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.

“Foreign Goods: A Selection of Writing by British East Asian Artists”, edited by, and including a play by, MSt alumna Jingan Young published by Oberon Books

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Foreign Goods: A Selection of Writing by British East Asian Artists , curated and edited by MSt alumna Jingan Young, will be published by Oberon Books on 19 January 2018. It is now available for pre-order.

From the announcement:

This is the first ever collection of modern dramatic writing by British East Asian writers, curated and edited by the award-winning playwright Jingan Young. With a foreword by David Henry Hwang.

This ground-breaking collection features eight contemporary pieces written by British East Asian writers. Published by Oberon Books, its release contributes to improving the authentic representation of British East Asian people in the theatre industry and beyond.

The book contains mixture of full plays, short plays and monologues and so provides new and relevant material for actors, as well as new plays available for production. As such it will prove popular among actors, theatre makers and playwrights, as well as general readers, teachers, academics and students. It is an essential

introduction to the British East Asian theatrical community.

Includes the plays:
No More Lotus Flower! By Julie Cheung-Inhin,
Suzy Wong: Fitting In and Fucking Up by Kathryn Golding
Jamaica Boy by Stephen Hoo,
The Stone by Amber Hsu,
Under a Blood Red Moon
by Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen
The Confession by Cathy Lam
The Swing by Tan Suet Lee
I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce by Jingan Young.

Available for pre-order. Copies will be sold at Foreign Goods 3″

MSt alumna Cressida Peever’s play ‘The Sound I Heard at Three Seventeen’, part of Theatre503’s Rapid Write Response on 26th & 27th November

MSt Alumna Cressida Peever’s 10-minute play ‘The Sound I Heard at Three Seventeen’ will be performed alongside six others responding to ‘The Dark Room’ as part of Theatre503’s Rapid Write Response.

At Theatre503 in Battersea, London
on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th November at 19:45

For more information and tickets, visit Theatre503

MSt alumna Katherine MacInnes’ series of four children’s books to be published by English Rose


MSt alumna Katherine MacInnes’ series of four children’s books, the Johnny Gorilla books, is to be published by English Rose on 1st December 2017.

“…a new series of four, full colour books based on a real gorilla who came to the Cotswolds a hundred years ago this Christmas. He lived in Uley and is photographed with children from the village school.”

You can read more about the story behind it in Country Life.