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.
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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
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 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 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.“
Plays by MSt alumna Jingan Young and MSt tutor Amal Chatterjee feature in Jingan Young’s Pokfulam Rd Production’s “Foreign Goods Last Forever 3”
More information at Pokfulam Rd Productions.
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, 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.