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#FirstThursdays Late Opening: Irregular Commas – reading group with UEL Centre of Creative and Cultural Practice 

Thursday 3rd November 2022 , 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Join UEL’s Centre of Creative and Cultural Practice in this first coming together of Irregular Commas – a new, regular reading group hosted in the Nunnery Café, led by a different artist and theorist each time, who will select a text for discussion.  

Each text will be made available to the public in advance, either digitally or for collection from the Nunnery Café. 

Irregular Commas

Taking cues from this year’s Visions in the Nunnery and Angela YT Chan’s workshop on ‘imagining new climate narratives through speculative fiction’ following directly afterwards, the first iteration will be exploring issues around sustainability and the environment. 

We will be discussing Bolt from the Blue by Jeremy Cooper (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2021), which charts the waxing and waning of the relationship between a mother and daughter over the course of 30 years.  

The discussion will be facilitated by London-based, interdisciplinary artist Alice Wilson and professor of Film Studies at UEL and co-director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Practice, Valentina Vitali. 

The book is available for purchase from Fitzcarraldo Editions. Printed extracts from the book and additional reading can be found below. 

Bolt from the Blue extracts and further reading:

pp. 18-21
pp. 42-53
pp. 111-120
pp. 128-146
pp. 216-221

Lynn Gallagher’s Postcards by Jeremy Cooper – Fitzcarraldo Editions

Free (Tickets need to be booked using the link below in order to guarantee your place)
181-183 Bow Road
London, London E3 2SJ United Kingdom
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More about Alice Wilson 

Alice Wilson is a London based artist who works in a variety of mediums. Her practice has developed through an engagement with participatory processes and negotiations of site. She uses residencies as a way to gain distance and make space for the unknown in her work. She teaches at University of the Arts London and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally.  


More about Valentina Vitali 

Valentina Vitali is professor of Film Studies at the University of East London and co-director of the centre for Creative and Cultural Practice. Her research explores the relation between history, economics and film aesthetics from a comparative perspective. She has published on South and East Asian cinemas, on the relation between cinema and nation, and on image-based work by women. 


Access information 

The Nunnery Café has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system. 

Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road. 

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3) 

Transport Information  
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ 
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away. 
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area. 
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.