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.

MSt alumna Alexandra Strnad’s “H Is for Hadeda” published by Poetry Salzburg

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.”

Jenny Lewis

“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.”

Jane Draycott

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis reads at Armistice Day Requiem and Poetry Reading, Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Oxford, 11 Nov 2017

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. .