I’d love to make it along to this series of events at Radar in Loughborough at the end of the month… I’m trying to keep those few days free! Programmed by my very clever friend and sometime colleague Kate Self, it reflects an emerging field that encompasses literature, film, music, art and performance. More information below:


Where does the real end and the unreal begin?
Can we even distinguish one from the other?

The world of Weird is subtly strange, uncanny, irrational, inexplicable, questioning our everyday environments and perceptions and implying that our world is far more bizarre and disturbing than we would like to believe.

A Weekend of Weird brings together writers, performers, filmmakers, artists, publishers, academics, enthusiasts and celebrants to ask: what is the Weird? Where did it come from? Where is it going?

The weekend will comprise panel discussions, live performances, film screenings and a specialist book fair. It is organised by Radar in collaboration with Dr Nick Freeman and Dr Dan Watt from Loughborough University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama.

A Weekend of Weird centres around a series of main panel discussions with contributions from John Hirschhorn-SmithAndrew Michael HurleyTimothy J. Jarvis, James Machin and Mark Valentine. These sessions will be interspersed with live performances and a series of specially curated film programmes.

For this programme Radar has commissioned new works by Joey HolderBen JuddTai Shani and artist collective Reactor. There will also be screenings of work by Sidsel Christensen and Pauline Curnier Jardin.


Radar is a contemporary arts programme inspiring participation and debate through cross disciplinary working between artists and academics. Radar engages with research and uses it as a stimulus to inform and develop new projects.