MSt tutor Jenny Lewis will be reading at Pembroke College, Oxford on 21st January 2019 at 6 pm.
From the announcement:
“Jenny Lewis is an Arts Council-funded poet, playwright, children’s author, translator and songwriter who teaches poetry at Oxford University. Her first poetry sequence, When I Became an Amazon (Iron Press, 1996), was dramatized, widely toured and broadcast on BBC Woman’s Hour. It was translated into Russian by Natalya Dubrovina and published by Bilingua, Russia in 2002. It was made into an opera with music by Gennadyi Shiroglazov, performed by the Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Company in November 2017 and won the 2018 Russian Laureate Prize . Jenny has published four collections of poetry and had seven plays and poetry cycles performed at major UK theatres including the Polka Theatre (for children), the Leicester Haymarket and the Royal Festival Hall. Her recent work includes After Gilgamesh (Pegasus Theatre, 2011; Mulfran Press, 2012), Stories for Survival, a Retelling of the 1001 Arabian Nights (Pegasus Theatre, 2015), Singing for Inanna, a chapbook of poems in English and Arabic with the Iraqi poet, Adnan al-Sayegh (Mulfran Press 2014) and Taking Mesopotamia (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet 2014). Her latest work, Gilgamesh Retold (Carcanet Press 2018), was a New Statesman Book of the Year, a Carcanet Book of the Year and a London Review of Books Book of the Week. Her work has been translated into several languages including Russian, Farsi and Arabic. She is currently completing a Ph.D. on Gilgamesh at Goldsmiths, London University.”
More details are available here
There was a lot of crying’: youngest Booker prize nominee on writing her first novel.
MSt alumna Daisy Johnson interviewed for Guardian Culture
From the announcement
“The author made headlines this year after becoming the youngest person to be shortlisted for the Man Booker prize with her debut novel Everything Under. Iman Amrani speaks to her about her book, which has been described as a feminist retelling of a well-known myth, which plays with the boundaries of reality and the supernatural This interview is part of a series called Fresh Voices, presented by Amrani”
MSt alumna Rowena Cooper’s monologue ‘And This is the Funny Thing’ will be performed by The Founding Fall Company as part of their annual Free Fall event in London on 13th December 2018, 6.30 pm
Hampton Street (junction with Newington Butts)
London SE17 3AN
Tickets can be bought here
MSt alumnus Nabin Chhetri’s poem “Paper Boat” has been awarded second prize in the Vancouver Tagore Society Poetry Contest 2018.
MSt alumna Maya Popa has been appointed poetry reviews editor at Publishers Weekly.
From the announcement:
“Maya C. Popa has joined Publishers Weekly as its new poetry reviews editor, effective immediately. Popa succeeds Alex Crowley in the post and will be responsible for editing PW’s reviews of poetry collections. She can be reached at email@example.com
Popa is a poet and critic whose debut collection of poetry, American Faith, will be published in 2019 by Sarabande Books. Her criticism and nonfiction have appeared widely, including in Poetry, the Times Literary Supplement, and Poets & Writers.“
MSt alumna Morgan Christie’s Variations on a Lobster’s Tale won the Alexander Posey Chapbook contest in 2018, and has been published by the New Plains review. You can read more about the prize here, and find the chapbook on Amazon.
MSt alumna Alexandra Strnad’s pamphlet, Pilgrims, is being published by Eyewear. It is available to preorder/buy from the Eyewear website
MSt alumna Jingan Young’s poem “Plum Nest” has won the 2018 Bi’An Award for Poetry.
About the prize:
“The Bi’an Award is a new writing competition open to UK-based writers of Chinese heritage and supported by Arts Council England, Arvon and Stand magazine.”
MSt alumna Kiran Millwood-Hargrave’s The Way Past Winter is the Sunday Times’ Children’s Book of the Year 2018 for the age group over 12.
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