This Lunchtime Talk will be broadcast live on Watershed's YouTube channel.

The name and ethos of the magazine is inspired by Ursula LeGuin’s essay, The Carrier Bag of Fiction, in which she tells the story of the container: the most humble, the most useful and quite possibly the first thing the human race invented. The container is the bag you put things in because they are “useful, edible, or beautiful” and because you want to share them with your community. It signifies what it is to be collectively human - expansive, communal, representational, and more about process than destination.

In this talk we explore how we’ve tried to approach Container differently: raising up different voices that question, dissent and explore, and supporting communities of action and resistance through writing and content. We’ll talk about our attempts to resist the lure of “techno-heroic” narratives not just in the work we commission but in every stage of the editorial process.  And we also hope to preview some of Issue 2’s content which is currently being commissioned. We are open for pitches for content ideas until 31 Jan.  Find out more about contributing here:

Container is based in Bristol and born out of a long-term collaboration between Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio and UWE Bristol’s Creative Economies Lab, alongside leading creative and technology-based labs and research centres across the South West,

Join us on Fri 19th February, 13:00-14:00 for the talk and to take part in the discussion afterwards.

Watch live on YouTube