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. .

MSt alumnus Quintin Pastrana profiled in Esquire magazine on the opening of his 500th library

from Esquire magazine

Books Saved Him, So Now He’s Building His 500th Library: Quintin Pastrana’s Library Renewal Partnership bets on libraries as a way to save Filipino communities.”

from the article:

For Barangay 105, Tondo, it started with a small space. Around 30 square meters, which—by the standards of a Metro Manila slum that’s so densely populated that it could not be relocated to Bulacan or Laguna—is not very small at all. In 2014, neighboring slumlords began encroaching on this precious empty parcel, and were just about to claim it for themselves before Remy Cabello, a local volunteer teacher, reached out to Quintin Pastrana for help. She told him that if she could not convince the slumlords that she could build a classroom with a library there, they would take it away.

“We had two weeks before they decided to close that place down,” says Pastrana, the founder of the Library Renewal Partnership, a coalition that builds libraries for literacy and community empowerment. “So we had a text brigade going on, emails, Facebook shoutouts—it was Christmas, anyway.”

Read the rest of the article on the website.

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Peter Moore, 26 October 2017

Endeavours of the Mind

Peter Moore

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

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary

Peter Moore is a writer, historian and critic. His debut Damn His Blood was published by Chatto & Windus in 2012 and was chosen as a Radio 4 Book of the Week. His second book, The Weather Experiment, was a Sunday Times Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 and was adapted by BBC 4 for a three-part television documentary. He reviews regularly for The Literary Review and has been a writer in residence at Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire. In 2016 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship for his third book, Endeavour, which will be published in 2018.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Helen Mort, 22 November 2017

“Failsafe: the value of getting it wrong”

Helen Mort

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

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. She has published two poetry collections with Chatto & Windus, ‘Division Street’ (2013) and ‘No Map Could Show Them’ (2016). She won the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize for best first collection in 2014. Helen has a volume of short stories forthcoming from Wrecking Ball and a novel forthcoming from Chatto. She is a core creative tutor on Oxford’s MSt in Creative Writing. She also teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

MSt tutor Helen Mort’s BBC radio commissions, “Millstone” and “Give me Space Beneath my Feet” available to listen to online,on iPlayer

MSt tutor Helen Mort’s two new radio commissions, broadcast on BBC Radio3, are now  available to listen to online on iPlayer:

The Essay – Cornerstones: Millstone

Between The Ears – Give me Space Beneath my Feet (part of last weekend’s ‘Contains Strong Language‘ Festival)

MSt alumna Kent DePinto’s “The Fish that Ate Florida” on BBC World Service’s Life Stories

(Photo: Lionfish in an aquarium, from BBC website)

MSt alumna Kent DePinto’s programme, “The Fish that Ate Florida”, originally on BBC World Service’s Life Stories on 1st October 2017, is now available to listen to online.

From the BBC:

“As part of the BBC Life Stories season, exploring our relationship with the natural world, we travel under the sea in pursuit of a major ecological threat to Western Atlantic coasts – the Lionfish.

The species, which recently spread from its natural territory in the Pacific to Atlantic waters, is aggressive, exotic and very, very hungry. Kent DePinto explores how lionfish went from being an aquarium favourite to the scourge of an aquatic ecosystem as it eats everything in its path – with no natural predators in these seas to control it. She meets the people who have made it their life’s work to eradicate lionfish from Florida waters, in an underwater journey of spears, guns, and survival of the fittest.

Kent explores the tight-knit and sometimes unlikely partnerships of conservationists, scientists, and competitive spear-fishermen and women, as they band together to combat one of the biggest challenges American and Caribbean coral reefs have faced.”

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki to be keynote speaker at the Asian Writer Festival, 21 October, Royal Asiatic Society

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki will be the keynote speaker at the Asian Writer Festival  on 21 October, at the Royal Asiatic Society. Roopa will also be doing a panel on relationships in literary fiction. Twitter link and eventbrite links below.

Rehearsed reading of MSt tutor Ben Brown’s play “The Promise”, London, November 2nd

There will be a rehearsed reading of MSt tutor Ben Brown’s play The Promise on November 2 at the JW3 in Hampstead. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Jonathan Freedland,

From the JW3 announcement:

“On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, JW3 presents a rehearsed reading of The Promise, a play dramatising this momentous historical moment.

November 2, 1917. The Balfour Declaration is signed, signalling the British government’s support for a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. It’s the beginning of World War I and Herbert Samuel – the first practising Jew ever to sit in a British Cabinet – dreams of using British power to back a return of the Jews to Palestine. His cousin and fellow Cabinet member, Edwin Montagu, is implacably opposed to the idea. Politics, religion and love collide with explosive effect in Ben Brown’s acclaimed play about the origins of Israel.

Directed by Richard Beecham.”

Visit the webpage for more information and tickets.