MSt alumnus Rory Gleeson reading at Anthony Burgess Foundation 28 March

MSt alumnus Rory Gleeson is one of three debut writers reading at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation

From the Foundation’s announcement:

“… novelists Rory Gleeson and Alys Conran, and poet Joey Connolly. Roddy Doyle wrote of Gleeson’s debut, ‘Rockadoon Shore is terrific’, while Conran’s novel Pigeon is longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Gregory Award winner Joey Connolly’s first book is just out from Carcanet.”

More about the event from the Anthony Burgess Foundation

MSt alumnus James Ellis on his novel, The Wrong Story, being published

MSt alumnus James Ellis’s novel The Wrong Story has been published by Unbound.

After falling from a car park roof, cartoonist Tom Hannah is left with partial amnesia and the feeling that something important is missing from his life. His journey to recovery is hampered by a growing inability to distinguish between real and imaginary events. The characters from his cartoon strip assume a grimy reality, while the lives of his family and friends appear ever more unreal.

The Wrong Story is about the borderlands between memory, imagination and the real world. It is about the desire for self-determination and the obligations on a responsible creator. But mostly it’s about a man who falls off a roof and wants to know why – was it an accident, did he jump, or was he pushed?

James on how it feels to see his first novel published, and how it feels now that it is “out there”:

It feels great to see my first novel published. I’m happy, excited, proud and relieved. It has an ISBN, a shipping weight, it occupies shelf space. It’s a book. What began with a few doodled notes in Rewley House developed into an MSt year two project and ended up as an 80,000 word paperback.  Along the way it was pitched, rejected, picked up, crowdfunded, drafted, edited, proofread, printed and distributed. So yes, it feels great.

But being ‘out there’? That can be scary. People might read it. What would their reviews be like? The rankings? It has talking animals in it! I readjusted my thinking. The published book is not my story any more, the one I nurtured for two and a half years. It has independence. It is complete. It is rubbing shoulders (or covers) with all the other novels that are out there. My feeling now is that it should stay out there for as long as possible.

For more information on The Wrong Story and to buy it, go to Unbound.

MSt alumnus Rory Gleeson’s “Rockadoon Shore” published by John Murray

MSt alumnus Rory Gleeson’s novel Rockadoon Shore has been published by John Murray.

From the publisher’s website:

Cath is worried about her friends. DanDan is struggling with the death of his ex, Lucy is drinking way too much and Steph has become closed off. A weekend away is just what they need so they travel out to Rockadoon Lodge, to the wilds in the west of Ireland.

But the weekend doesn’t go to plan. JJ is more concerned with getting high than spending time with them, while Merc is humiliated and seeks revenge. And with long-ignored tensions now out in the open, their elderly neighbour Malachy arrives on their doorstep with a gun in his hands . . .

Honest, moving and human, Rockadoon Shore is a novel about friendship and youth, about missed opportunities and lost love, and about the realities of growing up and growing old in modern-day Ireland. Highly energetic and tensely humorous, it heralds a new and exciting voice in contemporary Irish fiction.”

More on the book at the author’s website.

MSt alumnus Sam Guglani’s “Histories” to be published by Quercus, November 2017

MSt alumnus Sam Guglani’s Histories to be published by Quercus in November 2017.

From Janklow & Nesbit:

Histories is a hypnotic portrait of life in one hospital, over one week, where we witness charged encounters within the emotional and physical world of medicine, as characters go through the motions of their everyday existence: Dev, a consultant physician, prepares for his morning clinic; Jane, a hairdresser and patient, lulls in and out of consciousness; old insecurities surface as Seb and Ben, junior doctors together from day one, try to save a man from dying. These are only some of the stories that so seamlessly connect and collide. It’s an unforgettable panorama of being. Sam Guglani’s prose has the raw intensity of poetry; every page of this novel sucks you in and demands intense emotional investment. ”

More at the publisher’s website.

MSt alumna Sarvat Hasin interview, Oxford Writers’ House

From the Oxford Writer’s House website:
This week, we present an exclusive interview with Sarvat Hasin – recent graduate of the MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford University – whose debut novel, This Wide Night, has just been published by Penguin India. You can read more about the novel here, or hear what Kiran Millwood Hargrave (former President of the Oxford University Poetry Society, and bestselling author of The Girl of Ink and Starshas to say about it on her blog. – Theophilus Kwek, Publications Director “

Read the interview here.

MSt tutor Harry Man shortlisted for 2016 Ted Hughes Award

MSt tutor Harry Man has been shortlisted for the 2016 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, for  Finders Keepers (Sidekick Books).

From the Poetry Society’s announcement:

“Described as a poetic field guide to Britain’s vanishing wildlife, the book Finders Keepers contains poems and colour illustrations that are the culmination of a year-long project which has seen Harry Man and illustrator Sophie Gainsley geocaching their work in public spaces across the country. It is a project that seeks to memorialise the many species that have been brought to the brink (and beyond) of extinction.
From the judges: “This collection is a symbiotic relationship between poetry and illustration. Image and text inventively flow in and out of each other, playing with form and colour. There is an integrity to the poetry which is both charming and precious, making you look again at the environment and your own back garden.”

The winner will be announced at the Ted Hughes Award and National Poetry Competition Award Ceremony on 29 March 2017.

More information about the prize, the shortlist.

More about Finders Keepers from Sidekick Books

MSt tutor Jamie McKendrick awarded 2016 John Florio prize for translation

MSt tutor Jamie McKendrick has been awarded the 2016 John Florio prize for translation from Italian for his translation of Antonella Anedda’s Archipelago.

‘Where Anedda crisscrosses the usual navigational lines between poetry and prose, McKendrick expertly follows, occasionally shifting course himself to good effect. Archipelago charts an intriguing confluence of poetic minds.’

More on the prize and the award.
Visit Bloodaxe Books for more about Archipelago.

More on the prize and the award

Visit Bloodaxe Books for more about Archipelago.

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s “The Girl Of Ink And Stars” shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Girl Of Ink And Stars has been shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the Young Readers category.

Kiran Millwood-Hargrave … offers us the rich allegories of a young girl fighting for truth against oppression…”

The winner will be announced on 30th March 2017.

More information on the shortlist and the prize.