Trevisa Cake!

Fri 22 May  16:00 – 17:30                                  Glasney College Field, Penryn   

Intervention by Lori Diggle as part of the annual Raising Glasney Lecture

Lori Diggle invites you to come and share the story of Trevisa Cakes – traditionally eaten on Fridays after disputations. They are made of ginger cake shaped to represent medieval houses at the heart of Penryn . A lump of crystalized ginger inside each cake represents a dispersed fragment of Glasney College. We will absorb the true spirit of Glasney – literally and imaginatively!

“My name is Lori Diggle and I’m a doctoral researcher at Falmouth University. My research is practice based – I make images, objects, texts and soundscapes about particular sites and particular historical figures – on the edge of what can be reliably ‘known’ about them. At the moment I’m using the site of Glasney College and the figure of John Trevisa, a medieval translator and Cornishman, who was probably educated at Glasney, to explore ideas about place, history and memory. I deliberately choose to make work in response to subjects about which there is little in the archive. I then try to build a playful web of plausibilites, not based entirely on guesswork, but after a period of intense saturation with ideas, from many different perspectives, deliberately crossing disciplines and talking to a wide range of people.

The common thread in all of this is poetry

In addition to studying here at Falmouth I also work here as an academic skills adviser and associate lecturer– but my professional life – outside of my creative practice – has also involved work with disadvantaged members of the community – young people at risk of offending, unemployed, with a variety of special needs, from low socio-economic groups, with little or no functional literacy. Perhaps because of this I am not interested in producing slim volumes of verse that no-one (apart from a handful of other poets) ever reads

Instead I try to free poetry from the page – but – in an academic context particularly – this is challenging

Because how can such – ephemeral – work be archived? How in fact can any performance be archived, retrieved, understood meaningfully, after it is over?

So these are the kinds of questions I am thinking about during my research

It is only very recently that digital technologies have provided me with some possible strategies – strategies that my analogue self could only imagine.

I have exhibited and talked about my creative practice to groups in art centres, galleries and universities in this country and in Australia and New Zealand . I also took part in Transition 10 at the Newlyn Art Gallery where I worked with gallery visitors to produce an installation, the Trevisa Project – a poetics of uncertainty, over a 5 day residency”

Trevisa Project