MSt alumna Katherine MacInnes publishes new book, Snow Widows with

Snow Widows mines never-before-seen archive material to reconstruct the lives of five women – wives, mothers and sisters of the men participating in Robert Falcon Scott’s polar expedition – MSt alumna Katherine MacInnes offers a fresh and utterly different perspective on the race to the South Pole.

Sara Wheeler in The Spectator writes that MacInnes, ‘has produced an elegant, densely textured work, like a tapestry … Snow Widows is a welcome contribution to polar studies and to the popular new genre examining the women left behind. They were only left behind in a geographical sense, after all; their inner lives were as richly complicated – as well as perhaps as unknowable – as those of their frozen-bearded menfolk.

More information here.

MSt alumnus Constantine Blintzios’ novel published with Kernpunkt Press

MSt alumnus C.A. Blintkios’ novel The Smoke is Me, Burning is now available for pre-sale with Kernpunkt Press.

Jonathan McAloon, journalist for the BBCThe Guardian, and TLS, says of the book that it is “a sort of scrapbook of place magic. Almost told by ecology itself, The Smoke is Me, Burning has a reliable cyclical power that is often the mark of good art.”

More information here.

MSt alumna Laura Theis wins first prize in the EAL Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2021

MSt alumna Laura Theis has won first prize in the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2021, in the category for poets who speak English as an Additional Language. 

The prize, awarded by The Poetry Centre at Oxford Brookes, was judged this year by award-winning poet Will Harris. Laura’s was one of two top prizes of £1,000 in a competition that seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world.

An online awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 7 December from 6.30-7.30pm GMT. To read Laura’s winning entry and to register for the ceremony, click here

Alumna Jesse Sutanto wins the 2021 Comedy Women in Print Prize for her novel Dial A for Aunties

Comedian, author and actor Helen Lederer launched the Comedy Women in Print Prize (CWIP) in 2019, to recognise, celebrate and encourage witty women authors. 

With not only a sequel but a Netflix adaptation in the works, MSt alumna Jesse Satanto’s Dial A for Aunties has been recognised as the 2021 winner. 

Of her win, the Independent says of Sutanto that, “her novel is about looking up into the branches of a family tree and finding strength as well as infuriating relatives. And if it pushes bright young women … to discover that they’re capable of more than they imagined, all the better.”

MSt Alumna Rose Edwards publishes new novel, The Ember Days

MSt alumna Rose Edwards has published her second novel with UCLan. The Ember Days follows Rose’s earlier novel, The Harm Tree, on 7 October.

“Exiled from a broken land, two friends try to escape the darkness they left behind them. Together again, Torny and Ebba reach Vellsberg, an outpost of the Southern Empire, hoping for a safe haven. Instead, they find families driven by ambition, a strange young woman who doesn’t seem to belong, and the bloody consequences of the Empire’s attempt to control the north. When Vellsberg is attacked, Torny and Ebba entrust themselves to Aisulu, a lone rider from beyond the eastern edges of the Southern Empire. Betrayed and pursued, they flee through a land succumbing to a strange plague. Invisible flames afflict the penitent, and whispers of a new Martyr and his False Disciple follow at their heels. Unwilling to face the things they’ve done to survive, Torny and Ebba find themselves torn apart again. After all, what hope is there, when once you have been monstrous? What peace can there be, when you have betrayed your own?”

More information here

MSt alumnus Jinwoo Park winner of the 2020 Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award

The Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW) is pleased to announce Jinwoo Park winner of the 2020 Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award for his manuscript The Oxford Soju Club.

The judges say, “Park’s accomplished fiction manuscript is a riveting ‘tale of mystery and intrigue, C.I.A. agents, false identities, betrayal and love, each character committed to their own cause’.”

More details here.

MSt alumnus Sharath Jeevan publishes with Hachette

Described by the publisher as, ‘an inspirational manifesto for re-igniting our passion for life and our inner drive,’ MSt Alumnus Sharath Jeevan’s new book is written to help the reader achieve more lasting fulfilment.

Published on 2 September 2021, Intrinsic ‘shows us how we can fall back in love with our lives, and create the lives we want.’

For more information about the author visit his website

Alumni Publications – and Successes

Given all the wonderful successes of our alumni, we’ve decided to create a list. This is by no means complete, and we will be updating it as we go along. It’s in alphabetical order (work in progress), by first name, by the way, do use “Find” or “Search” if you are looking for someone or a particular work:

Alexandra Strnad, H Is for Hadeda (Poetry Salzburg 2017)
Pilgrims (Eyewear, 2018)

Annette Pas, The Country Where I Love You (Uitgeverij Vrijdag 2008),
A Strange Intimacy (Prometheus 2013)

Art Allen, The Nurseryman (Kernpunkt Press, 2019)

Bette Adriaanse, Rus Like Everyone Else (Unnamed Press 2015)

Blanka Cechova, Total Balkans (O.S.N. Opravdu Skvělé Nakladatelství – Jaroslav Čech 2017)

Cam Ralphs, Malkin (Emma Press 2015) 

Catherine Higgins-Moore, Strange Roof (Finishing Line Press 2017)

Charlotta Larsson, Förvandlerskan (Bokförlaget Forum 2015)

Carlos Llaza, Naturaleza muerta con langosta (Buenos Aires Poetry 2017)

Chris Viner, Brief Tenancies (J. New Books 2021), a portion of royalties will go to the Foundation for Peace.
Lemniscate (Unsolicited Press 2017)

Cressida Peever, The Glass Spider (Lazy Bee Scripts 2016), first performed as part of the Chesil Theatre 10×10 New Writing Festival;
Sex Education – performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Daisy Johnson, Fen (Vintage 2017), 
Everything Under (Jonathan Cape 2018) 
Sisters (Penguin 2020)

David Shook Our Obsidian Tongues (Eyewear 2013)

Elena Kaufman, Love Bites (Unbound 2018)

Emma Fenton-Wells,C*mbucket – Scriptspace 2018 finalist and performed at The Space, London. In development for 2021 production.
Populist produced by Part of the Night, 2019 R&D supported by Arts Council England, and 2021 UK tour.
The End of Us – performed at 2020 Two Fest festival at The Space, London.

Frances Macken, The Diary of Natalya Zlota (Frances Macken 2015)
You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here (Oneworld, April 2020)

Gry Strømme, Under samme sol(Vigmostad & Bjørke AS 2020)

Hazel Barkworth, Heatstroke (Headline Review 2020)

Humphrey Astley, Alexander the Great: a Folk Operetta three-part album and stage-show (PinDrop/PRSF, 2013-15) 
The Gallows-Humored Melody (Albion Beatnik Press, 2016) 
Reasons Not to Live There (Sabotage Reviews Recommended Release, 2012),
The One-Sided Coin (Rain Over Bouville, 2018)Humphrey ‘Huck’ Astley –

James Benmore, Dodger (Quercus 2013),
Dodger of the Dials (Quercus 2014),
Dodger of the Revolution (Quercus 2016)

James Ellis, The Wrong Story (Unbound 2017), 
Happy Family (Unbound 2020)

James Roderick, The Salesman’s Shoes (Modern English Tanka Press 2007)

Jana Casale, The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky (Knopf 2018)

JC Niala, Contributor to Contemporary Plays by African Women (Unsettled) (Methuen Drama 2019)

Jen Thorp, Librettos: The Schubert Project: Heideröslein, commissioned by Oxford Lieder Festival, Oct 2014; 
Four Motets After Bach, commissioned and performed by Armonico Consort, Sept 2015; 
Madrigals, commissioned for Rambert Dance Company, Sept 2015; 
After Orlando, commissioned and performed by Exultate Singers, Oct 2016; 
The Astronomer’s Carol, commissioned and performed by Armonico Consort, Dec 2015; 
Under The Surface, commissioned by the Life Of Breath Project at the University of Bristol, performed by the Brabant Ensemble & Bristol University Singers, Nov 2016;  
Music, Make: Anthem For St Cecilia, commissioned for the Festival Of St Cecilia annual event held by the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Performed by the combined choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral  and Westminster Cathedral Choir, and performed at Westminster Abbey, Nov 2016; 
Annual Official Christmas Carol, commissioned by BBC Music Magazine, Dec 2017; 
The Choice, frame opera libretto commissioned by Vocal Futures, performed at Britten Theatre, conducted by Suzi Digby, 14-15 October 2016; 
Beowulf, commissioned by Armonico Consort & AC Academy Singers with a score by Toby Young, performed with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and harpist Catrin Finch; 
Witch: An Opera, commissioned by the University of Oxford Faculty of Music, with a score by Toby Young, performed at the Jacqueline de Pre theatre

Jeremy Hughes Dovetail (Alcemi Press 2011), Wingspan (Cillian Press 2013)

Jing Lee, If I Could Tell You (Marshall Cavendish 2013), 
How We Disappeared (Oneworld, 2018)

Jingan Young, Jingan Young, Filth or “Failed in London, Try Hong Kong” ,Hong Kong Arts Festival, March 2014
Foreign Goods (Oberon Books, 2018)

Jonny Flieger, You are Among Monsters (Palimpsest Press 2017)

Katherine MacInnes, Love and Death and Mrs Bill: A Play About Oriana, Wife of Polar Explorer Edward Wilson (Snow Widow 2013)
Oriana: Woman with Iceberg Eyes (History Press 2019)

Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Splitfish (Gatehouse Press, 2014)
The Girl of Ink and Stars (Chicken House 2016), 
The Island at the End of Everything (Chicken House 2017), 
Orpheus and Eurydice (Bloomsbury 2017), 
The Way Past Winter (Chicken House 2018), 
The Mercies (Picador 2019),
The Deathless Girls (Orion Childrens’ Books, 2019)
A Secret of Birds and Bone (Chicken House, 2020)

Lani Yamamoto, Stína (V & A Publishing 2015)

Laura Theis, How to Extricate Yourself (Dempsey & Windle 2020)

Lex Coulton, Falling Short (John Murray 2018)

M J Holmes, Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass (Pindrop Press 2018)
Don’t Tell the Bees (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2020)
Dihedral (Live Canon Press, 2020)

Madiha Bee, The Lightworkers (Pinyon Publishing 2020)

Mariah Whelan, the love i do to you (Eyewear, 2019)
The Rafters are Still Burning (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming 2021)

Maya Popa, The Bees Have Been Canceled (Southward Press 2017), 
You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave (New Michigan Press, 2018)
American Faith (Sarabande, 2019

Michael Collins, The Death of All Things Seen (Head of Zeus, 2016)

Morgan Christie, Variations on a Lobster’s Tale (New Plains Review Publishing Group 2018)
These Bodies (Tolsun press, 2020)

Nabin Chhetri, Bini (Red Mountain Press 2016)
I, Father (forthcoming with Eyewear publishing)

Nemat Sadat, The Carpet Weaver (Penguin India June 2019)

Nick Bruckman, Pufferfish – performed at the Pleasance, April 2016

Pat Toland, Stockholm (Templar Press 2014)

Patrick Cash, The Chemsex Monologues (Play – Bloomsbury 2016)
The HIV Monologues (Play – Bloomsbury 2016)
Anti-Hate Anthology (Editor – Spoken Word London 2019)
‘Cracks’ in The London Magazine (Short story – 2021)

Prajwal Parajuly, The Gurkha’s Daughter (Quercus 2014), 
Land Where I Flee (Quercus 2015)

Romola Parish, Crying in the Silicon Wilderness: Meditations on Faith (OxfordFolio 2017)

Rory Gleeson, Rockadoon Shore (John Murray 2017)

Rose Edwards, The Harm Tree (UCLan 2019)

Sabyn Javeri, Nobody Killed Her (HarperCollins India 2017)

Sam Bully-Thomas, Cane (Wundor Editions 2017)

Sam Moore, All my Teachers Died of AIDS (Pilot Press 2020)

Samir Guglani, Histories (Riverrun 2017)

Sabyn Javeri, Hijabistan (Harper India 2019)

Sarvat Hasin, This Wide Night (Penguin Books India 2017),
The Giant Dark (Dialogue Books 2021)

Sophy Roberts, The Lost Pianos of Siberia (Doubleday 2020)

Stephanie Chong, Where Demons Fear to Tread (Harlequin 2011), 
The Demoness of Waking Dreams (Harlequin 2012) 

Stephanie Scott, What’s Left Of Me Is Yours (Weidenfeld & Nicolson / Doubleday 2020)

Susie Campbell, The Bitters (Dancing Girl Press 2014), 
The Frock Enquiry (Annexe 2015)
I return to you (Sampson Low, 2019)
Tenter (Guillemot Press, 2020)

MSt alumna MJ Holmes’s novella “Don’t Tell the Bees” published by Ad Hoc Fiction

MSt alumna MJ Holmes’s novella Don’t Tell the Bees , which won the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award has been published by Ad Hoc Fiction.

The judge of the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award , Michael Loveday, said:

WThe winning novella is a story of a young girl (called No-more) and a village community in France, around the time of the Second World War. It’s full of nostalgia for old rural ways, and, in passing, a nuanced description of the impact of industrial progress. There’s a charming fairy-tale quality, a satisfying come-uppance for a villainous character, and every page positively oozes with fondness for its characters. The novella adopts a classic novella-in-flash form, with each chapter a self-contained world of its own, a distinct moment in time, but its absolute originality is expressed in the characters’ eccentric qualities, the richly textured language, the blending of history with fable, and the way that its fragments collectively evoke the whole story of a village and way of life. Amongst a raft of brilliant manuscripts, this was the story I found myself most eagerly returning to, cherishing each time the writer’s deft skills. “

You can read about it and order it from Ad Hoc