MSt tutor Jenny Lewis at the Stanford University Centre, Oxford, 20th Nov 2018

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis will be at the Stanford University Centre in Oxford on the 20th of November 2018, 5 – 7 pm.

From the announcement:

Translating Trauma: Creative Responses to War and Conflict

British poet Jenny Lewis and Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh discuss their approaches to writing and translating war poetry. Jenny will show a presentation of her father’s black and white photographs, taken in Iraq during the First World War Mesopotamian Campaign from her book Taking Mesopotamia (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet 2014) and Adnan al-Sayegh will discuss the horror of his time as a young conscript in the Iran Iraq War and subsequent 18 months in an army detention centre (for reading poetry in the barracks), and read from his celebrated epic poem, Uruk’s Anthem.

The session will include a short translation exercise (no previous translation knowledge necessary) and a Q&A with students to further explore issues around creative responses to trauma.

Stanford University Centre in Oxford
65 High St
United Kingdom

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
Wednesday 3 October, 2018,
Goldsmiths, University of London
Free admission to seminar – to attend please email Maria MacDonald,
Thursday 4 October 2018,
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
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


MSt alumni Daisy Johnson & Kiran Millwood Hargrave shortlisted for Blackwell’s Book of the Year

MSt alumni Daisy Johnson and Kiran Millwood Hargrave have been shortlisted for Blackwell’s Book of the Year for Daisy’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Everything Under (Jonathan Cape) and Kiran’s The Way Past Winter (Chicken House).

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s Guardian podcast available

(from The Guardian)

The Guardian’s podcast with MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Jessie Burton talking about feminist fairytales is available online.

From the announcement:

On this week’s show, we’re talking feminist fairytales with Jessie Burton and Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Burton’s latest book, The Restless Girls, is a feminist retelling of the Brothers Grimm story The Twelve Dancing Princesses. In the Grimms’ original, a dozen nameless sisters are punished and forced into marriage because they love to dance. Among many changes, Burton gives each of the 12 women at the heart of the story a name – and a racing-driver mother.

Millwood Hargrave’s third book, The Way Past Winter, is not a retelling of a particular fairytale. Inspired by Scandinavian and Slavic folklore, Hargrave tells the story of three sisters who go searching for their missing brother in a magical and dangerous land. Both authors explain the importance of giving their female characters agency, the details they changed to subvert traditional fairytales, and how they deal with male readers who hesitate to read their books.

MSt alumna Maya Popa interviews MSt tutors Jane Draycott & Jenny Lewis for Carcanet blog

Jane Draycott and Jenny Lewis: Recalibrating the Classics

MSt alumna Maya Popa interviewed MSt tutors Jane Draycott & Jenny Lewis for Carcanet blog, which is now available to read online.

From the announcement;
This week on the blog, Jenny Lewis and Jane Draycott talk to Maya C. Popa about their translations Gilgamesh Retold and Pearl. As part of the Bookblast Tour 2018, the pair will be discussing their work in Claiming the Great Tradition: Women Recalibrate the Classics at Waterstones, Manchester on Thursday 8 November. We’d love to see you there. 

For more information, head over to our Facebook event.

Jenny Lewis is an Anglo-Welsh poet, playwright, songwriter, children’s author and translator who teaches poetry at Oxford University. She trained as a painter at the Ruskin School of Art before reading English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

She has published two collections with Oxford Poets/Carcanet, Fathom (2007) andTaking Mesopotamia (2014). Lewis is currently completing a PhD on Gilgamesh at Goldsmiths. Her translation Gilgamesh Retold is due out this October.

Jane Draycott studied at King’s College London and Bristol University. Her first full collection, Prince Rupert’s Drop was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 1999. In 2002 she was the winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry and in 2004, the year of her second collection, The Night Tree, she was nominated as one of the Poetry Book Society’s ‘Next Generation’ list of poets. Her third collection, Over was shortlisted for the 2009 T.S. Eliot Prize. 

She lives in Oxfordshire and is a tutor on postgraduate writing programmes at Oxford University and Lancaster University. 
Maya C. Popa is a Romanian-American poet and the author of two chapbooks, The Bees Have Been Canceled, and You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave. She holds degrees from Oxford University, New York University, and Barnard College. She directs the Creative Writing Program and teaches English Literature at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City.
Jenny Lewis and Jane Draycott

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki’s work in three new anthologies

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki’s work features in three new anthologies coming out in 2018:

The Asian Writer, A Decade (Dahlia Press), to be launched at the Asian Writer Festival 2018 (Oct 20th)

Paper Mirrors, (Crocus/Commonword), to be launched at the Commonword Prize for Children’s Fiction, 2018 (Dec 12th)

In the New Century: An Anthology of Pakistani English Literature 1998-2017, (OUP, ed. Muneeza Shamsie), launch 2019.

MSt tutor Anna Beer’s “Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh”: events on radio & in London, October 2018

MSt tutor Anna Beer will be talking about her new book Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh at several events in London in October, and, on 22 October 2018, will be on Radio 4’s Start the Week talking about Sir Walter Ralegh and piracy.

11 October 2018  at the British Library
Walter Ralegh: Adventurer, Poet, Writer: A celebration of the polymath Sir Walter Ralegh in words and music

23 October 2018  for the Royal Museums Greenwich (at Senate House, Central London)
Ocean’s Love: Ralegh and the Sea
( Free)

31 October 2018  at  the Palace of Westminster, Committee Room 3A
Sir Walter Raleigh 400: History, Art and Parliament


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.