Riddley Walker was first published in 1980. Forty years on, we celebrate the legacy of this cult novel and consider how it continues to speak to and resonate with us.

Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit is a collaborative project of talks, screenings and creative responses to the novel. The project will host an online ‘sum poasyum’ on 24th October 2020. We invite interested participants to share their thoughts about the book in the form of a short audio or video recording, to be featured on the project website for public access and highlighted in the programme.

Responses can be a consideration of how reading Riddley Walker has influenced your creative or academic practice, how it has affected your way of seeing or understanding the world, or a personal reflection on your experience of reading and rereading the book.

Please submit your response in the following form:

  • An audio recording of up to 5 minutes in a single mp3 file, maximum 5MB, OR
  • A video recording of up to 5 minutes in a single mp4 file, maximum 50MB
  • An accompanying image if you wish (of yourself, your copy of the book or a scene or object that evokes your relationship to the book) as a single jpeg file, maximum 5MB (ideal size 20488 pixels horizontal x 5000 pixels vertical)
  • Your name, title, institutional affiliation where relevant, and one social media account that you would like included with your response. These should be submitted as you wish them to appear on the website. Please include this information with your files.

Please use WeTransfer to submit your audio file and image to andrewmbutler42@gmail.com by 30th September 2020

Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit is a collaborative project created by Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Kent and Feral Practice, in association with The Canterbury Festival: visit https://blogs.canterbury.ac.uk/sumtymsbit to find out more.

For any queries about this project, please contact sonia.overall@canterbury.ac.uk.