MSt tutor Sarah Bakewell awarded a Windham-Campbell prize

MSt tutor Sarah Bakewell has been awarded a Windham-Campbell prize.

From the announcement:

The Call of a Lifetime
The director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes recently made the call of a lifetime to eight entirely surprised writers, informing them that they will each be recognized with a $165,000 USD prize to support their writing. Awards will be conferred September 12-14 at an international literary festival at Yale, where the Prizes are based.

Established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell, the prizes are among the richest and most prestigious literary prizes on earth.

English language writers from anywhere in the world are eligible. This year’s recipients are: in drama, Lucas Hnath (US) and Suzan-Lori Parks (US); in nonfiction, Sarah Bakewell (UK) and Olivia Laing (UK); in fiction, John Keene (US) and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda/UK); and in poetry, Lorna Goodison (Jamaica) and Cathy Park Hong (US).”

Sarah Bakewell unknots complex philosophical thought with verve and wit; her eye for detail and her animated conversation bring readers to inhabit the lives of great philosophers …

Go to the prize website to read more

MSt tutor John Retallack’s Radio4 dramatisation of J B Priestley’s “The Good Companions” available online

MSt tutor John Retallack’s dramatisation of J B Priestley’s “The Good Companions”  on BBC Radio 4 is available to listen to online.

From the Radio 4 site: “John Retallack’s dramatisation of J B Priestley’s classic story of a 1929 Concert Party tour charts new adventures for factory worker Jess Oakroyd and newly independant Miss Trant.”

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis & alumna Romola Parish at Science and Poetry event with St. Hilda’s College, Oxford

Tickets are now on sale for the third Science and Poetry event at St. Hilda’s College, organised by MSt tutor Jenny Lewis with Sarah Watkinson of St. Hilda’s. The event, on 9 Jun 2018, will feature poets Carrie Etter and Philip Gross and is themed around climate and environmental change. It will include an open mic for poems relating to the theme.
There will be a free workshop in advance of SciPo 2018, led by alumna Romola Parish and Sarah Watkinson at St Hilda’s College on 17 February, from 10.00-4.00. There will also be an opportunity to enter poems into a competition judged by Jenny Lewis.

MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s “Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile” to be published by Unbound

MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile is to be published by Unbound.

Read more about it, including an excerpt, on Unbound’s site.

“Once the initial subscription has been raised then Alice’s share of the profits (50% of every book sold) will go to Emmaus – a charity who support homeless people in Gloucestershire and are part of a federation of 350 organisations in 37 countries around the world”


World Premiere of Russian opera based on MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’s “When I Became an Amazon”

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis attended world premiere of Russian opera based on her book When I Became an Amazon

20 November 2017 saw the world premiere of the chamber-opera ‘How I Became an Amazon’ by Russian composer Gennadyi Shiroglazov,  based on the book When I Became an Amazon by Jenny Lewis (Iron Press, 1996). The opera was performed in English by soprano Olga Popova with Jenny herself reading two of the poems. Both were accompanied by a 30-strong chamber orchestra conducted by Valery Platonov – all from the Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre of Perm.  Russian translations by Natalya Dubrovina were printed in the programme. Depending on further funding, there are plans to develop the opera further and stage it in Moscow in 2018.

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Danielle McLaughlin, 1 February 2018

 “Writing Our Obsessions”

Danielle McLaughlin’s stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times,The Lonely Crowd and The New Yorker, and have been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4. Her debut collection of short stories Dinosaurs on Other Planets was published in Ireland by The Stinging Fly Press in 2015, and in the UK (John Murray), US (Random House) and Slovakia (Inaque) in 2016. Together with Madeleine D’Arcy, she co – runs Fiction at the Friary in Cork .

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

MStu tutor James Womack wins first ever PN Review Translation Prize for his translation of Manuel Vilas’ ‘Macbeth’.

MSt tutor James Womack  has won the PNR Review Translation Prize for his translation from Spanish to English of Manuel Vilas’ ‘Macbeth’.

from the announcement:

Carcanet Press and PN Review are delighted to announce the winners of the first ever PN Review Prize.

Chris Preddle has won the Poetry Prize with ‘Less Virgil’ and James Womack has won the Translation Prize with his translation from Spanish to English of Manuel Vilas’ ‘Macbeth’. Both winners will each receive £600.

The PN Review Prize is the first annual prize from one of the leading poetry journals worldwide, published for over 40 years by award-winning publisher Carcanet Press. The judges were Carcanet and PN Review editors Michael Schmidt and Luke Allan. Schmidt said, ‘It was a large and challenging field, and selection was, as always, a difficult process given the diversity of theme and form.

…. All the poems, commended and winners, will be published in PN Review issue 239. A prize ceremony will be held in London in January 2018’

Read more about this on the PNR Review site.