MSt alumna Jingan Young shortlisted for Women of the Future Awards 2018

MSt alumna Jingan Young has been shortlisted for Women of the Future Awards 2018, in the Arts & Culture category.

“The Women of the Future Awards, founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 2006, were conceived to provide a platform for the remarkable female talent in the UK. The awards recognise the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors. ….The decision for the award is announced in November.”

About the awards.

MSt alumna Daisy Johnson’s “Everything Under” shortlisted for 2018 Man Booker Prize

MSt alumna Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under has been shortlisted for 2018 Man Booker Prize, 2018.

From the announcement: “The Man Booker Prize is open to writers of any nationality writing in English and published in the UK and Ireland. This year’s shortlist recognises three writers from the UK, two from the US, and one from Canada.”

… The 2018 winner will be announced on Tuesday 16 October in London’s Guildhall, at a dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the cultural world. The ceremony will be aired by the BBC, the prize’s broadcast partner.

In the meantime, there will be a number of public events featuring the shortlisted authors. These include an event at The Octagon Centre at the University of Sheffield, as part of the Off the ShelfFestival of Words on Friday 12 October and a discussion at The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday 13 October. This forms part of a day of Man Booker celebrations, which includes the Cheltenham Booker: 1958, and a live performance of the 1983 Booker winner The Life and Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee. The traditional Man Booker Prize shortlist readings at the Southbank Centre will take place on Sunday 14 October, hosted by Damian Barr.

You can read the Man Booker announcement here, and articles in The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, The New York Times .

 

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’ “Gilgamesh Retold” launches in London, Oxford, 3rd, 4th Oct, 11th Nov 2018

Jenny Lewis relocates Gilgamesh to its earlier, oral roots in a Sumerian society where men and women were more equal, the reigning deity of Gilgamesh’s city, Uruk, was female (Inanna), only women were allowed to brew beer and keep taverns and women had their own language – emesal. With this shift of emphasis, Lewis captures the powerful allure of the world’s oldest poem and gives it a fresh dynamic while creating a fast-paced narrative for a new generation of readers.
‘Not simply a retelling of the ancient epic; it is the spirited response of a contemporary poet to the original legend.’
Theodore Ziolkowski, Gilgamesh Among Us
 
SEMINAR, PRIVATE VIEW & CARCANET BOOK LAUNCH
Wednesday 3 October, 2018,
Goldsmiths, University of London
Free admission to seminar – to attend please email Maria MacDonald, m.macdonald@gold.ac.uk
NATIONAL POETRY DAY EVENT
Thursday 4 October 2018,
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
WOODSTOCK POETRY FESTIVAL EVENT
Thursday 11 November, 2018
Oxfordshire launch of Gilgamesh Retold followed by the festival’s popular open mic session. Tickets £5. To buy a ticket/ book a slot contact 01993 812760, or email info@woodstockbookshop.co.uk.

 

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki at the Margate Bookie Literary Festival , 29 Sept 2018

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki will be appearing at the Margate Bookie Literary Festival

From the announcement:

“29 September, 1-2pm, Turner Contemporary Art Gallery: MY FAMILY AND OTHER SECRETS

Meet three writers whose books are about difficult dads, manipulative mums and the trials (and joys!) of being a second-generation immigrant.

Roopa Farooki discusses The Good Children, about a monstrous mother’s browbeating her offspring into ‘ideal kids’.

Jess Kidd talks about the inspiration behind The Hoarder, set in a house collapsing under the weight of its terrible memories.

And Alice Fitzgerald tells us about Her Mother’s Daughter, a dark tale about how family deceit proves too much for one mother and her 10-year-old daughter.

Join us for readings, author questions and lots of talking.”

MSt almunus Nemat Sadat’s novel “The Carpet Weaver ” to be published by Penguin Random House, June 2019


(image from Penguin Random House)

From the announcement:

Penguin Random House India is proud to announce the publication of The Carpet Weaver by Nemat Sadat in June 2019.

The Kite Runner meets Brokeback Mountain in this sweeping tale of a young gay man’s struggle to come of age and find love in the face of brutal persecution.

Set largely in Afghanistan in the 1970s, The Carpet Weaver traces the odyssey of Kanishka Nurzada, who must grapple with heartbreak and fear because his gay identity is incompatible with his faith and the values his family and community hold dear. The son of a leading carpet seller, Kanishka falls in love with Maihan, with whom he shares his first kiss at the age of sixteen. Their romance must be kept secret in a nation where the death penalty is meted out to those deemed to be kuni, a derogatory term for gay men. And when war comes to Afghanistan, it brings even greater challenges—and danger—for the two lovers.

From the cultural melting pot of Kabul to the horrors of an internment camp in Pakistan, Kanishka’s arduous journey finally takes him to the USA in the desperate search for a place to call home—and the fervent hope of reuniting with his beloved Maihan. But destiny seems to have different plans in store for him.

Nemat Sadat is a prominent activist and journalist currently based in the USA. He is the first native from Afghanistan to have publicly come out as gay and campaign for LGBTQIA rights in Muslim communities worldwide. While teaching at the American University of Afghanistan, he secretly mobilized a gay movement off campus but was then persecuted by the Afghan authorities and deemed a national security threat for allegedly subverting Islam. Sadat has previously worked at ABC News Nightline, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, and The UN Chronicle, and has earned six university degrees, including graduate degrees from Harvard, Columbia, and Oxford. The Carpet Weaver is his first novel.”

 

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Kat Sommers, “Wandering lonely as a cloud: Coping with isolation as a writer”, 21 November 2018

“Wandering lonely as a cloud: Coping with isolation as a writer”

Kat Sommers is a comedy writer based in south London. She has written for the BBC, Sky, and the School of Life, and recently co-wrote a sitcom for Radio 4, Charlotte & Lillian, starring Miriam Margoyles and Helen Monks. She has a TV show about best friends in development and is writing a memoir about pop fandom.

Mawby Room, Kellogg College,
62 Banbury Road
5 pm (refreshments) for 5.30 pm

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

http://www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/researchcentres/CW

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Peter Bush, “The Translator as Writer”, 25 October 2018

The Translator as Writer

Peter Bush is a full-time literary translator and has translated over 70 works mainly from Catalan and Spanish. Translations include Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook (NYRB), Najat El Hachmi’s The Last Patriarch (Serpent’s Tail), Merce Rodoreda’s In Diamond Square (Virago) and Juan Goytisolo’s Forbidden Territory (Verso). In August Bitter Lemon published his translation of Teresa Solana’s The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories and forthcoming from Short Books is All Messi: Exercises in Style by Jordi Punti. Peter is a former Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia, where he was also Professor of Literary Translation.

Mawby Room, Kellogg College,
62 Banbury Road
5 pm (refreshments) for 5.30 pm

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

http://www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/researchcentres/CW

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki’s SI Leeds Literary Prize Reading, 14 Sept 2018, London

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki will be reading for SI Leeds Literary Prize Readings at Richmix in London,  14 September

About the prize, from their website:

The SI Leeds Literary Prize
The SI Leeds Literary Prize is a biennial prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women in the UK. The prize aims to act as a loudspeaker for Black and Asian women’s voices, and a platform to discover exciting new talent from a group largely under represented on our bookshelves. The prize works closely with a range of other established  literary partners to enable increased support for our winning writers including Arvon, The Literary Consultancy and New Writing North.

Friday, 14th September 2018
Tickets: £5 – £7.50 (+booking fee £1.50/no fee for members)

at Venue 2, Richmix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

More information and tickets.

 

MSt director Clare Morgan and tutors Alice Jolly and Roopa Farooki at Writing Coach event

MSt director Clare Morgan and tutors Alice Jolly and Roopa Farooki participated in a Writing Coach panel discussion on “Routes to Publication”, at the Google Digital Academy on 16th August 2018.

(Pictured with Louise Dougherty, John Mitchinson from Unbound, Jacqui Lofthouse from The Writing Coach, Stephanie Zia from Blackbird Books).