MSt alumna Jingan Young shortlisted for Women of the Future Awards 2018

MSt alumna Jingan Young has been shortlisted for Women of the Future Awards 2018, in the Arts & Culture category.

“The Women of the Future Awards, founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 2006, were conceived to provide a platform for the remarkable female talent in the UK. The awards recognise the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors. ….The decision for the award is announced in November.”

About the awards.

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’ “Gilgamesh Retold” launches in London, Oxford, 3rd, 4th Oct, 11th Nov 2018

Jenny Lewis relocates Gilgamesh to its earlier, oral roots in a Sumerian society where men and women were more equal, the reigning deity of Gilgamesh’s city, Uruk, was female (Inanna), only women were allowed to brew beer and keep taverns and women had their own language – emesal. With this shift of emphasis, Lewis captures the powerful allure of the world’s oldest poem and gives it a fresh dynamic while creating a fast-paced narrative for a new generation of readers.
‘Not simply a retelling of the ancient epic; it is the spirited response of a contemporary poet to the original legend.’
Theodore Ziolkowski, Gilgamesh Among Us
Wednesday 3 October, 2018,
Goldsmiths, University of London
Free admission to seminar – to attend please email Maria MacDonald,
Thursday 4 October 2018,
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Thursday 11 November, 2018
Oxfordshire launch of Gilgamesh Retold followed by the festival’s popular open mic session. Tickets £5. To buy a ticket/ book a slot contact 01993 812760, or email


MSt tutor Roopa Farooki at the Margate Bookie Literary Festival , 29 Sept 2018

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki will be appearing at the Margate Bookie Literary Festival

From the announcement:

“29 September, 1-2pm, Turner Contemporary Art Gallery: MY FAMILY AND OTHER SECRETS

Meet three writers whose books are about difficult dads, manipulative mums and the trials (and joys!) of being a second-generation immigrant.

Roopa Farooki discusses The Good Children, about a monstrous mother’s browbeating her offspring into ‘ideal kids’.

Jess Kidd talks about the inspiration behind The Hoarder, set in a house collapsing under the weight of its terrible memories.

And Alice Fitzgerald tells us about Her Mother’s Daughter, a dark tale about how family deceit proves too much for one mother and her 10-year-old daughter.

Join us for readings, author questions and lots of talking.”

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Kat Sommers, “Wandering lonely as a cloud: Coping with isolation as a writer”, 21 November 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

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Peter Bush, “The Translator as Writer”, 25 October 2018

The Translator as Writer

Peter Bush is a full-time literary translator and has translated over 70 works mainly from Catalan and Spanish. Translations include Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook (NYRB), Najat El Hachmi’s The Last Patriarch (Serpent’s Tail), Merce Rodoreda’s In Diamond Square (Virago) and Juan Goytisolo’s Forbidden Territory (Verso). In August Bitter Lemon published his translation of Teresa Solana’s The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories and forthcoming from Short Books is All Messi: Exercises in Style by Jordi Punti. Peter is a former Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia, where he was also Professor of Literary Translation.

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 Roopa Farooki’s SI Leeds Literary Prize Reading, 14 Sept 2018, London

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki will be reading for SI Leeds Literary Prize Readings at Richmix in London,  14 September

About the prize, from their website:

The SI Leeds Literary Prize
The SI Leeds Literary Prize is a biennial prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women in the UK. The prize aims to act as a loudspeaker for Black and Asian women’s voices, and a platform to discover exciting new talent from a group largely under represented on our bookshelves. The prize works closely with a range of other established  literary partners to enable increased support for our winning writers including Arvon, The Literary Consultancy and New Writing North.

Friday, 14th September 2018
Tickets: £5 – £7.50 (+booking fee £1.50/no fee for members)

at Venue 2, Richmix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

More information and tickets.


Sam Guglani at the Edinburgh Book Festival, 17 August 2018

Who Will Nurse the Doctors?

MSt alumnus Sam Guglani will be appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival with Caroline Elton.

From the announcement:

“Medics aren’t immune to illness, and increasingly their working conditions threaten their own health. Clinical psychologist Caroline Elton specialises in helping doctors and writes with compassion about the profession in Also Human. Sam Guglani, a clinical oncologist and writer of exceptional insight, has set his book of linked stories Histories in a hospital, helping him explore the human need for genuine communication. Chaired by Gavin Francis.”

 Fri 17 Aug 2018, 17:45 – 18:45

at the Garden Theatre, Edinbugh

Tickets: £12.00, £10.00

For more information and tickets, visit the Festival announcement


MSt alumna Daisy Johnson’s “Everything Under” longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize

(picture from the Man Booker website)

MSt alumna Daisy Johnson’s novel Everything Under had been longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

From the announcement:

Everything Under, Daisy Johnson (Vintage, Jonathan Cape)

Judges’ comment: “A hypnotic, mythic, unexpected story from a beguiling new voice. Everything Under is an exploration of family, gender, the ways we understand each other and the hands we hold out to each other – a story that’s like the waterways at its heart: you have to take the trip to understand what’s underneath.”

Synopsis: Words are important to Gretel, always have been. As a child, she lived on a canal boat with her mother, and together they invented a language that was just their own. She hasn’t seen her mother since the age of sixteen, though – almost a lifetime ago – and those memories have faded.

Now Gretel works as a lexicographer, updating dictionary entries, which suits her solitary nature. A phone call from the hospital interrupts Gretel’s isolation and throws up questions from long ago. She begins to remember the private vocabulary of her childhood. She remembers other things, too: the wild years spent on the river; the strange, lonely boy who came to stay on the boat one winter; and the creature in the water – a canal thief? – swimming upstream, getting ever closer. In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but go back.

Daisy Johnson was born in Paignton, UK, in 1990. Her debut short story collection, Fen, was published in 2016. She is the winner of the Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize, the A.M. Heath prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She currently lives in Oxford by the river.”


Read more about the longlist on the prize website, and listen to Daisy talk about her writing with Mariella Frostrup.



MSt tutors Roopa Farooki and Anjali Joseph in Breaking Ground: Celebrating British Writers of Colour

MSt tutors Roopa Farooki & Anjali Jospeh are listed in Breaking Ground: Celebrating British Writers of Colour.

from the brochure:

“Highlighting 200 contemporary British writers of colour, the Speaking Volumes Breaking Ground brochure is an indispensible guide to the wealth and depth of diverse writing talent on our doorstep…”

Read more about it, and see the brochure.

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.