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.
The text of MSt tutor Roopa Farooki’s keynote speech on Saturday 21st October 2017 at the inaugural Asian Writer Festival is now available online.
The launch party for Volume 2, Issue 1 of theORB, sponsored by Prospect magazine, will be taking place this week in Brasenose College at 8pm Thursday 23rd November.
“You can pick up a copy of the magazine, hear a talk by celebrity academic John Mullan, and enjoy free wine and refreshments. Click the header image above for more details.”
MSt alumna Alexandra Strnad’s H Is for Hadeda has been published by Poetry Salzburg. You can read more about it, and excerpts from it on, their webpage – and order it too.
From the Poetry Salzburg page:
““H Is for Hadeda is a luminous sequence of poems from a writer of great intelligence who combines elegance of expression with an excitingly visceral engagement with language. The polished surface, created by Strnad’s extraordinary dexterity and supple control of syntax and diction, belies deeper currents caused by the rift between older, Central European sensibilities and a newer, less urbane and sometimes less forgiving perspective. The preoccupations are spacious and wide-ranging, taking us from her Czech grand-mother’s Christmas biscuits and the ‘branches populated by pale aphids’ above the Café Meduza in Belgická to the mud-pool wadis of Thesiger’s Arabia, a photo shoot in the desert where the model is teamed with a falcon, a camel shedding ‘one bead of self-pity’ for its dead calf, the ‘aviation cocktails, silver travertine floors’ of the Burj and a young mem-sahib gasping in the heat of Hyderabad while dreaming of coldness and ‘a bed flanked by stalagmites’. It’s rare to find a writer who is at home in so many different contexts and elements and it gives the poems a constant sense of openness to different traditions of thought, of kinetically travelling forwards, of renewal and surprise; a wonderful, life-affirming debut.”
“These are poems of sensuous and edgy detail, alert to the beautiful fascination of the world’s unspoken and ancient dramas – ‘the fury is there: / a dark pip in an old fruit’ (“Prayer”) – all charged with a distinctive acuteness of observation. The collection’s canvas is wide – Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, the desert regions of the Gulf – but Strnad’s attention to the shimmer of danger and darkness is micro-precise, not least in her memorable title poem: ‘she / doesn’t mind, if his feathers are wood ash, his // dull eyes two burnt almond shells, his love call / a slasher-film scream’. A fascinating debut by a poet to watch.”
MSt tutor Jenny Lewis will be reading with Adnan al-Sayegh, Peter J. King, Jude Cowan Montague, Chinta Kallie, Ruba Abughaida and Jenyth Worsley at the Armistice Day Requiem and Poetry Reading at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore, from 7.30-9.30pm on Saturday 11 November to remember all victims of war, spoken in several languages. The event will feature a new requiem based on Wilfred Owen’s poem, ‘Futility’, composed by Janet Davies. .