MSt alumna Maya Catherine Popa’s “The Bees Have Been Cancelled” UK Poetry Book Society’s Summer Pamphlet Choice

MSt alumna Maya Catherine Popa’s chapbook The Bees Have Been Cancelled has been selected by the UK Poetry Book Society as their 2017 Summer Pamphlet Choice.

From the PBS announcement:

“The poems in The Bees Have Been Canceled are ravenous, rich, and exquisitely built. Maya Catherine Popa’s language makes visible how yearning tethers the mind to the world and how hurt spawns an astonishing self-awareness. Her gaze alights on beauty and violence; it ‘scurries from birth to blight.’ Such attentive looking brings closer the brokenness of the world. This gaze is also restorative; it alleviates and mends and delights.” – Eduardo C. Corral

“Maya Catherine Popa’s The Bees Have Been Canceled is haunted by violence and catastrophe, by the consequences of human desire turned to incommensurate ends, and anxious about the resources of language. There are no glib answers, only a certain kind of belief (the kind Emily Dickinson might recognize) embodied afresh in poems that are richly textured, and filled with energy, wit, and intelligence. Popa’s work is serious, but there’s joy here, too, in a balance that defies gravity.” -Averill Curdy

MSt tutor Jane Draycott reads at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, 6 May 2017

MSt tutor Jane Draycott will be reading from “Pearl” and “The Occupant” at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival on the 6th of May 2017, at 5 pm.

From the festival website:

‘Part of the same 14th-century manuscript as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, also written in its dialect, Pearl is an intricately wrought 1200-line elegiac poem in which a father grieves for his small daughter, dead before her second birthday. This wrenchingly beautiful vision of love and bereavement has been translated by acclaimed poet Jane Draycott, and, according to The Independent, “The glamour, even glitz, of its view of paradise across the river of death dazzles as never before in modern English”. David Morley described it as “marvellously modulated yet stirringly wild.” The event also includes a reading from Jane’s new collection The Occupant and a chance for questions.”

More information about the festival.

Book tickets.

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Prof Tabish Khair, 11th May 2017

“Thinking in Stories: Or why the process of reading literature is the antidote to fundamentalism”

Tabish Khair

Mawby Room, Kellogg College,
62 Banbury Road
5 pm (refreshments) for 5.30 pm

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary

Born and educated in Gaya, a small town in Bihar, India, Tabish Khair is the author of various acclaimed books, including the novels The Bus Stopped; Filming: A Love Story; The Thing About Thugs; and How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position. He has also published the poetry collections Where Parallel Lines Meet and Man of Glass. In 2016, he published a study The New Xenophobia and a new novel, Just Another Jihadi Jane, to critical acclaim. Khair is currently a Leverhulme guest professor at the School of English, Leeds University.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

Plays by MSt alumna Jingan Young & MSt tutor Amal Chatterjee in “Foreign Goods Last Forever 2: Visions of England”, 24th, 25th April 2017

Plays by MSt alumna Jingan Young and MSt tutor Amal Chatterjee feature in Jingan Young’s Pokfulam Rd Production’s “”Foreign Goods Last Forever 2: Visions of England””

From the announcement:

After a sell out show at Theatre503 in November of 2016, Foreign Goods returns with ‘Visions of England’ in April 2017 featuring fully-formed short plays by Chinese, South East Asian playwrights Amal Chatterjee, Kathryn Golding, Stephen Hoo, Amber Hsu, Julie Cheung-Inhin, Cathy Lam, and Jingan Young. The night will include the UK premiere of ‘Trying to Find Chinatown’ by Tony award-winning David Henry Hwang (Chinglish, M. Butterfly).

More information at Pokfulam Rd Productions, and at Theatre503 (including tickets)

MSt alumnus James Benmore launches paperback of third Dodger novel at Albion Beatnik, Oxford, 21 April

MSt alumnus James Benmore, who won the A.M.Heath Prize, 2010,  will be launching the third novel in his Dodger trilogy – Dodger of the Revolution – at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore on Friday 21 April, 2017, from 7.30-9.30pm. James will be joined by fellow novelists Douglas Adamson and Jude Cowan Montague and take part in a discussion about routes into publishing and the ups and downs of getting and staying published. Dodger of the Revolution is now available in book shops and from Amazon.

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis collaboration “Writing Mesopotamia” events at the Ashmolean, 1st April

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis and Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh celebrate the final stages of their four-year, Arts Council-funded ‘Writing Mesopotamia’ collaboration with two events at the Ashmolean Museum on Saturday 1st April, 2017

‘Who Can Climb the Sky?’ and the launch of the ‘Poetry for Peace, 2016’ anthology – words against war by young people of Oxfordshire.

More information on the collaboration webpages.

MSt alumnus Rory Gleeson’s “Rockadoon Shore” published by John Murray

MSt alumnus Rory Gleeson’s novel Rockadoon Shore has been published by John Murray.

From the publisher’s website:

Cath is worried about her friends. DanDan is struggling with the death of his ex, Lucy is drinking way too much and Steph has become closed off. A weekend away is just what they need so they travel out to Rockadoon Lodge, to the wilds in the west of Ireland.

But the weekend doesn’t go to plan. JJ is more concerned with getting high than spending time with them, while Merc is humiliated and seeks revenge. And with long-ignored tensions now out in the open, their elderly neighbour Malachy arrives on their doorstep with a gun in his hands . . .

Honest, moving and human, Rockadoon Shore is a novel about friendship and youth, about missed opportunities and lost love, and about the realities of growing up and growing old in modern-day Ireland. Highly energetic and tensely humorous, it heralds a new and exciting voice in contemporary Irish fiction.”

More on the book at the author’s website.

MSt alumnus Sam Guglani’s “Histories” to be published by Quercus, November 2017

MSt alumnus Sam Guglani’s Histories to be published by Quercus in November 2017.

From Janklow & Nesbit:

Histories is a hypnotic portrait of life in one hospital, over one week, where we witness charged encounters within the emotional and physical world of medicine, as characters go through the motions of their everyday existence: Dev, a consultant physician, prepares for his morning clinic; Jane, a hairdresser and patient, lulls in and out of consciousness; old insecurities surface as Seb and Ben, junior doctors together from day one, try to save a man from dying. These are only some of the stories that so seamlessly connect and collide. It’s an unforgettable panorama of being. Sam Guglani’s prose has the raw intensity of poetry; every page of this novel sucks you in and demands intense emotional investment. ”

More at the publisher’s website.