Travel the world without leaving your home and join a dynamic summit of writers, artists and scholars at Follow the Sun, an online literature and writing conference hosted by Transnational Literature, Paper Nations, and TRACE at Bath Spa University on January 28th-30th. Tickets are available on a sliding scale, depending on your income, location, and range of events you wish to attend. Get your tickets now on eventbrite:

Follow the Sun is a literary festival-meets-conference, a summit of citizens from around the world embarking on a creative and thought-provoking journey through transnational literature, writing, and performance. Follow the Sun is ideal for anyone who is in need of creative renewal. You may be an artist or scholar yourself, or simply curious about new ideas, creative writing, and global debate.

The summit’s key theme is ‘Place and Displacement’, inspired by keynote speaker Aminatta Forna, who said in 2020 that ‘we have seen place displaced’ as a reflection on our current state of being, both bound at home and displaced from our normal modes of interaction. As such, this event has no fixed abode, as it will take place entirely online and ‘follow the sun’ as morning travels around the world, beginning in Adelaide, Australia and moving across the sky to Mumbai, London, and New York. You will hear stories from award-winning poets, literary translators, and novelists. Academics from around the world will share their latest research on detention, displacement, and disappearance. Follow the Sun creates a forum for exchange of knowledge and ideas, placing people from different places within the same spaces for a brief moment in time.

The event will culminate on Saturday 30th January with a masterclass (9am-2pm UK time only) on performance poetry in the online world. Led by renowned writer, Zena Edwards, the masterclass is a unique opportunity to meet others, be inspired, and hone your public speaking skills. Limited tickets are available and are selling quickly.

 Speaking about the vision for Follow the Sun Bambo Soyinka, Director of TRACE and founder of Paper Nations said:

‘For so many of us, the last year has kept us confined to our own spaces and places, unable to move, unable to reflect, unable to pursue ideas and creative goals. We invite you to follow the sun with us and travel across boundaries and time zones, virtually stepping into the sun to make connections with scholars and artists, creative writers and performers, friends and colleagues, both old and new. Though we may be bound more than ever to our localities, by following the sun we can explore different places from within our own spaces, exchanging knowledge and ideas and embracing the chance to think about where we go from here. At this global event you will encounter people from across the world who will offer you fresh perspectives and ideas. With presentations from India, the UK, Austria and America, the dawn of each new day will bring new opportunities to step outside our homes and greet the morning with renewed energy and purpose.’

Follow the Sun boasts 16 events and more than 40 speakers, ranging from panels on erasing borders, to readings and performances on individual isolation and alienation. Simply enter the Zoom-room at any time throughout the 24-hr programme and catch up on anything you’ve missed on replay.

Venture around the globe and follow the sun. Tickets are available on: