游子在美国 Youzi in the USA : Darcy Holdorf ‘Not Here Or There’.

Wednesday August 8th, 2012 by No Comments

A couple of months ago I came across the work of Darcy Holdorf, a young American photographer who worked on a series ‘Not Here Or There’ about Chinese students at Ohio University. Darcy won a prize in the US College Photographer of the Year awards, and the series was showcased in the USA on the » Read On


Instant Memories and Weibo

Thursday June 21st, 2012 by 2 Comments

Yesterday I met with Chenghao to show him the photographs I took at his birthday party recently. We chatted about the exhibition and I was really pleased he agreed we could take this display of photographs from his bedroom wall and re-install them in the show, in exactly the same layout. I love these Fuji » Read On


Sharing the Work

Wednesday June 20th, 2012 by No Comments

To London last Friday, as invited speakers at the Society for Research in Higher Education seminar, ‘Internationalisation and Marketisation of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Experience’.  This would be the first chance to share some of the short photo films that Gemma has been developing for the project, and to circulate our work within broader discussions » Read On


父母在, 不远游, 游必有方. Do not travel far, without good reason.

Tuesday May 22nd, 2012 by No Comments

Nina studying at Western Bank Library This afternoon I got an email from Nina, which I think is important to share (thanks Nina for agreeing!): ‘I suddenly think about one saying in Chinese today in the middle of writing my essay, “父母在,不远游,游必有方。” It is an old and traditional Chinese saying, from Confucius, means while your » Read On


新东方 New Oriental, or Learning More About Cooking Than English

Wednesday May 9th, 2012 by No Comments

Further to Dave’s previous post, I wanted to share some of the conversations I’ve had with participants. I am in the process of re-reading and analysing the initial interviews I conducted, and am pulling out themes which I will share in the coming days. In the meantime I wanted to share one quote that really » Read On


Useful Conversations

Thursday May 3rd, 2012 by 1 Comment

I’ve had a number of influential discussions which have helped me to formulate ideas about the themes and areas of approach that I wish to pursue in the project. Richard Steadman-Jones, a colleague in the School of English at the University of Sheffield, has been collaborating with academics and artists on the Writing in the Home and » Read On

Reflections on a Conversation

Thursday April 5th, 2012 by No Comments

We wanted to identify how our own approaches to the project – practice-led and academic – might cohere and inform one another. Here, I pick out and tentatively explore those areas from our exchange which have been particularly useful. The power of story? In clarifying my hopes for the work, I emphasised my interest in » Read On

A Conversation between Gemma Thorpe and David Forrest

Wednesday April 4th, 2012 by No Comments

Transcription of one of our initial meetings discussing the collaboration. DF: I see the project as an opportunity to look at the way in which storytelling, in its broadest sense, can empower people; to hear voices, stories, narratives that have not been previously heard. There’s a really interesting opportunity with working with the Chinese student » Read On