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MA Critical Writing in Art and Design Book Launch: Near, Variations

25 June 2019 | 6pm – 9pm

StudioRCA, 1 Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 5AU

Near, Variations is a collaborative publication made by students from the MA Critical Writing in Art & Design (now know as  MA Writing ) Programme at the Royal College of Art, who invite you to celebrate its launch at StudioRCA. Entrance is free and doors open at 6pm. Reading and performances from contributing authors to begin at 7pm. 

About the Book

Weaving themselves into the literary tradition of texts written in response to a prompt, the eleven essays in Near, Variations attempt to reconsider verbal description to be as valid a form of description as visual depiction. Taking this aim to heart, the essays in this collection devise strategies to achieve proximity to their focal point. At once straightforward discussions of their subject matter, spanning art, music, poetry and film, the texts in Near, Variations are also enquiries into their status as essays. Their collective tone slips in and out of the academic register, often rejecting it altogether. Just as a window is both seen through as well as looked out of: as often as writing an essay is about its subject, it is also about its author and as often as it is about its author, reading it becomes about its reader, too.


Chloe Evans, Olivia Fletcher, Anastasia Freygang, Urshita Gauta, Flavia Gimene, Elvira Højber, Claire Maso, Hannah Nussbaum, Nick Popham, Niyoshi Shah, Oliver Williams

With an afterword by Chris Fite-Wassilak

For more information contact Urshita Gautam

This event has been organised by the MA Writing programme. For more information please contact