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: Kat Sommers, 1 March 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: 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

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

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.

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s “The Island at the End of Everything” shortlisted for Costa and Blue Peter awards, and nominated in The Guardian’s Best Books of 2017

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Island at the End of Everything has been shortlisted for the Costa award and the Blue Peter award. It has also been named by Frances Hardinge as one of  The Guardian’s Best Books of 2017 

From the publisher:

“From the bestselling author of The Girl of Ink & Stars comes an irresistibly poetic, bittersweet and heartbreaking tale of finding your way home. 

Amihan lives on Culion Island, where some of the inhabitants including her mother – have leprosy. Ami loves her home with its blue seas and lush forests, Culion is all she has ever known. But the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: islanders untouched by sickness are forced to leave. Banished across the sea, she’s desperate to return, and finds a strange and fragile hope in a colony of butterflies. Can they lead her home before it’s too late?”

About The Island at the End of Everything

 

MSt tutor Phoebe Stuckes shortlisted for the Wordsworth Trust/ British Library Michael Marks Award

MSt tutor Phoebe Stuckes has been shortlisted for the 2017 Wordsworth Trust/ British Library Michael Marks Award.
From the announcement:
“Judges Comments: Savage and wild but beautifully cadenced, these are ‘mad chick’ poems from a brilliantly exhilarating voice: a girl persona in our slippery contemporary world, confident, original and fresh as paint.