MSt tutor Mary Jean Chan reading at Kellogg College, Oxford on Thursday 19th May

This Thursday, 19 May, there will be poetry readings and discussion with two acclaimed poets, Theophilus Kwek and Mary Jean Chan, who will be in conversation with Niall Munro.

This event will run from 17:30-18:30 in the Mawby Room, Kellogg College. Refreshments will be provided. Places are free and all are welcome. The reading is run in partnership with the Kellogg College Centre for Creative Writing.

Register here and join the Facebook event.

MSt tutor Dr Anna Beer’s new book forthcoming from Oneworld

In her new book, Dr Anna Beer investigates the lives and achievements of eight women writers, uncovering a startling and unconventional history of literature. 

Eve Bites Back places the female contemporaries of Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton centre stage in the history of literature in English, uncovering stories of dangerous liaisons and daring adventures. From Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Aemilia Lanyer and Anne Bradstreet, to Aphra Behn, Mary Wortley Montagu, Jane Austen and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, these are the women who dared to write.

More information here

MSt tutor Barney Norris’ play, The Wellspring, touring UK venues in 2022

This timely and intimate work from MSt tutor and award-winning playwright Barney Norris (The Remains Of The Day) and his father, the internationally acclaimed pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris, examines that age-old story of a boy and his dad, and how they can relate to one another, in every sense of the word.

An intimate, autobiographical exploration of their relationship, The Wellspring, takes us inside the complex and shifting dynamic between this particular father and son, exploring the
people and stories that shape us.

Directed by Jude Christian, their performances are accompanied by exquisite music performed by David.

More details here.

Watch MSt tutor Rebecca Abrams discuss her play The Meeting Room

MSt tutor Rebecca Abrams took part in an event in early March concerning the Arts and Restorative Justice, talking about how she researched and wrote her play The Meeting Room.

The session can be watched here, and here is a link to the blog Rebecca wrote which explains a bit more, both about the playwrighting process and her passion for and belief in the restorative justice process.

MSt tutor, poet and novelist Helen Mort, to speak about her forthcoming book in Oxford on 15 February

In the Oxford Centre for Life Writing Weinrebe Lecture, Helen Mort will discuss her forthcoming book, A Line Above the Sky, which melds memoir and nature writing to ask why humans are drawn to danger, and how we can find freedom in pushing our limits. It is a visceral love letter to losing oneself in physicality, whether climbing a mountain or bringing a child into the world, and an unforgettable celebration of womanhood in all its forms.

You can book for the lecture here, and find more information about the book here

MSt tutor Harry Man wins The Stephen Spender Prize 2021

MSt tutor Harry Man has won The Stephen Spender Prize 2021. The Prize is an annual competition for poetry in translation, with categories for young people (14-and-under, 16-and-under, and 18-and-under) as well as an open category for adults. 

For more information about the prize and The Stephen Spender Trust, and to read Harry’s entry and those of the runners up, click here


MSt tutor Ben Brown’s play A Splinter of Ice at the Jermyn Theatre

“Moscow, 1987. As the Cold War begins to thaw, one of the great novelists of the twentieth century, Graham Greene, meets his old MI6 boss and notorious Soviet spy, Kim Philby. The two men raise their vodka glasses and talk about old times. How much did Greene know about Philby’s ways? Did the Red Spy betray his old friend as much as he did his own country? And who is listening in the room next door…?”

A Splinter Of Ice arrives at the Jermyn Theatre on 14-30 October after an acclaimed national tour. Ben Brown‘s political drama is directed by Alan Strachan with Alastair Whatley, and stars Olivier Award winner Oliver Ford Davies (Game of Thrones) as Graham Greene, Stephen Boxer (The Crown) as Kim Philby, with Karen Ascoe as his wife Rufa.

A Co-production with Original Theatre. More details here.