20 June 2017

When Lancaster University’s TEDx committee were looking for someone to talk about the ‘future of literature’ they came straight to DeLC, and specifically, to Dr Emily Spiers, Lecturer in Creative Futures, who is based in DeLC and the Institute for Social Futures. In the mould of the global TED group, a non-profit dedicated to sharing ideas, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. In the sold-out event, which took place at Lancaster University on 13 May 2017 and was live-streamed to the world, Dr Spiers outlined what is at stake when imagining the possible future(s) of literature in the UK. In the video, which you can view here, she argues that the twenty-first century has given us many new opportunities for creative expression and innovation in the making of literature. But it has also presented us with serious challenges to the central importance and value of literature and culture. Dr Spiers’ talk ends with three compelling possible scenarios for the future of literature in the UK in 2050.