MSt tutor Anna Beer on BBC Four, in “Unsung Heroines”, 22nd June 2018

MSt tutor Anna Beer is appearing in BBC Four’s Unsung Heroines: the Lost World of Female Composers, 22nd June 2018 at 8 pm (UK)

From the BCC Four announcement:

Danielle de Niese explores the lives and works of five female composers – from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century – who were famous in their lifetimes, but whose work was then forgotten.

Western classical music has traditionally been seen as a procession of male geniuses, but the truth is that women have always composed. Hildegard of Bingen, Francesca Caccini, Clara Schumann, Florence Price and Elizabeth Maconchy – all these women battled to fulfil their ambitions and overcome the obstacles that society placed in their way. They then disappeared into obscurity, and only some have found recognition again.

MSt alumna JC Niala’s work in London Theatre showcase, 19th & 28th June 2018

MSt alumna JC Niala has been chosen as one of the emerging storytellers whose work is to be showcased in London, on the 19th and 28th of June

From the announcement:

Using the theme of ‘Otherness and Hospitality’, the TellYours 2018 storytellers will showcase their tales after completing an intense six month professional development programme run by Filotico Arts in collaboration with world-leading storyteller Daniel Morden, award-winning theatre director Jennifer Tang and arts producers Renaissance One and Counterpoint Arts.”

The showcase will take place at Canada Water Theatre on June 19 and Battersea Arts Centre – BAC on June 28, 2018.

More information and tickets here.

Poetry reading by MSt alumni Romola Parish, Humphrey Astley, Catherine Higgins-Moore, Mary-Jane Holmes, Laura Theis online

(photo from Kellogg College)

MSt alumni Romola Parish, Humphrey ‘Huck’ Astley, Catherine Higgins-Moore (2009), Mary-Jane Holmes, and Laura Theis read at Kellogg College on 21st May 2018. You can watch them read in the video kindly made available by the College, and read more about them and the event here.


MSt tutor Jane Draycott at the Oxford Translation Day, 9 June 2018

From the announcement: “Join Modern Poetry in Translation for a reading and conversation with Jane Draycott, focusing on her translation of Storms Under the Skin by Henri Michaux, a PBS Recommended Translation. Henri Michaux (1899-1984) was one of the most original and influential figures of twentieth century French poetry, hailed by Allen Ginsberg as ‘master’ and ‘genius’ and by Borges as ‘without equal in the literature of our time’. Jane Draycott has translated poems and prose-poems from Michaux’s volumes 1927-54, including extracts from his best-loved creations Plume and the haunting realm of Les Emanglons, alongside poems written on the eve of war in Europe and during the Occupation. After her reading, Jane will be discussing her translations with MPT editor Clare Pollard.”

Tickets (free) here, and more information about the Oxford Translation Day here

Poetry reading and chapbook launch by MSt Tutor Jamie McKendrick and MSt alumni Maya Catherine Popa, Oxford 6th July 2018

Poetry reading and chapbook launch by MSt Tutor Jamie McKendrick and MSt alumni Maya Catherine Popa, organised and introduced by MSt Tutor Jenny Lewis
6.30-8.30pm, FRIDAY 6th JULY at the Quaker Meeting House, St. Giles, Oxford.
Jamie and Maya will be reading a selection of their work including from Jamie’s new pamphlet, Repairwork  (Clutag Press, 2018) and Maya’s new chapbook, You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave. Oxford poet Jennie Carr will be reading with Jamie and Maya from her new collection, A Tilt in the Year (Littoral Press, 2018)
Tickets £4 at the door. Refreshments available.
For details, please contact Jenny Lewis –

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis poetry collection “Even at the Edge of the World” published in Arabic

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’ poetry collection Even at the Edge of the World has been published in Arabic. Edited & introduced by Adnan al-Sayegh; translated by Ruba Abughaida, Gassan Namiq, Dr. Taj Kandoura, Dr. Bahaa AbdelMegid, Dana Al-Zubaidi, Ahmed Al-Hamdi and Marga Burgui-Artajo.
Published by Dar Sutour, Baghdad & Dar Al-Rafidain, Beirut, 19 May, 2018.

MSt tutor Amal Chatterjee’s play “Finding José” in Tamasha’s scratch night, London, 25th May 2018

MSt tutor Amal Chatterjee’s play, Finding José, is one of four  in Tamasha’s “Over to You” scratch night on 25th May 2018.

Date: Friday, 25 May 20178, 7:30pm
Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

From Tamasha’s website:

We want to scratch the plays a company like ours – a diverse, cutting edge touring theatre company of 27 years – should be producing. …Over the course of three weeks, 70 artists submitted plays to scratch … we have narrowed this down to the four gripping short plays we will present, including:

Finding José by Amal Chatterjee
Graveyard Girlz by Lakesha Arie-Angela
Other Please Explain by Lynsey Martenstyn
The Affairs of Men by Sid Sagar

The plays will be followed by a Q&A with the writers.

More details from Tamasha

Booking (tickets £8-£10)

MSt alumna JC Niala at AfOx (Africa Oxford Initiative) on May 11th, 2018

From the website:

AfOx insaka

The AfOx insaka is a gathering for sharing ideas and knowledge about Africa-focused research with speakers from diverse and varied academic disciplines. There are two events each term. On Friday of Week 3, and Friday of Week 7. Each event will feature two talks by speakers from different disciplines, followed by questions and discussion. Drinks will be served afterwards.

Friday 11th May, 2018
J C Niala, University of Oxford; “History Hidden in Plain Site’ African Soldiers in WW1 & the seeds of Colonial Resistance”
Peter Horby and Nzelle Delphine Kayem

MSt alumna JC Niala’s podcast on African perspectives on the First World War online

A Wordly War: Battle Experiences through the Eyes of African Cultures

by MSt alumna JC Niala

From the website:
Examining the First World War through the lives of African soldiers and labourers.

This podcast examines the First World War through the lives of African soldiers and labourers. Based on historical fact, it discusses fictional poetry and letters that could have been written by Africans involved in the war. It looks at WW1 through a global perspective – the interaction of peoples from different parts of the world. What impact that had on their existence and the shifts that it made for better or worse in their perspectives on the world as a whole.

This podcast was the runner-up in the TORCH and Academic IT Services WW1 Research Competition 2016