Dr Clare Morgan giving seminar on ‘Writing the Short Story,’ 24th November at Kellogg College, Oxford

Dr Clare Morgan, Director of the MSt in Creative Writing, will be giving a seminar on ‘Writing the Short Story’ at the Kellogg College Centre for Creative Writing on Thursday 24th November.

The session will take place in the Mawby Room at 5.00pm (refreshments) for a 5.30pm start. All are welcome and there is no need to book.

Dr Morgan’s stories have been widely anthologized and commissioned by BBC Radio 4, and her new collection, Scar Tissue was published by Seren in September 2022. 

MSt tutor Jane Draycott’s ‘The Claim’ is The Guardian’s Poem of the Week

‘The Claim,’ from Jane Draycott’s recently published fifth collection, The Kingdom, has been selected by Carol Rumen’s as Poem of the Week in The Guardian

Also in The Guardian, David Morley wrote that Jane’s work demonstrates, “a patient intelligence of practice, and concision of address, not only in every poem … but in the very philosophy of perception informing her poetics.” Of her previous collection, he wrote, “I’ve waited some time to read something this intelligent, this sensuous and this crystalline. In fact The Night Tree is the finest collection I’ve read for ages. What are you waiting for?”


MSt tutor Jamie McKendrick reading from his recent poetry collection in Oxford 20 November

Oxford’s Woodstock Bookshop will be hosting its first in-store poetry event on 20 November, when MSt tutor Jamie McKendrick will be joined by Jennie Feldman to give readings from their most recent collections. Jamie will be reading from Anomaly (Faber & Faber) and The Years (Arc Publications) while Jennie will read from No Cherry Time (Arc Publications).

Entry is free, the event starts at 18:30 and tickets must be booked here.

MSt Course Director Dr Clare Morgan reads from her new short story collection, Scar Tissue, in Cardiff on Thursday 10 November

MSt Course Director, Dr Clare Morgan, will be reading from her new short story collection Scar Tissue at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, at 7pm on Thursday 10 November.

This event is free, but registration is essential, here.

Scar Tissue offers a fresh perspective on the nature of individual existence in all its transient vulnerability. As we travel from Wales and the Marches to places as far away as India, Paris, New England, Scandinavia and Spain, these lyrical, evocative, and searching stories unflinchingly explore the darker and more challenging aspects of emotional, sexual and familial relationships, while simultaneously celebrating the joys of being alive in an unfathomable world. Scar Tissue is published alongside a re-print of Clare’s first collection An Affair of the Heart.

Gilgamesh Retold by MSt tutor Jenny Lewis to be dramatised and performed as a verse play in Oxford

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’s Gilgamesh Retold (Carcanet Classics, 2018) was heralded on publication as being, ‘innovative, graceful, erudite and utterly unputdownable,’ and selected as a book of the year by publications including New Statesman, London Review of Books and The New Yorker.

Gilgamesh Retold has recently been dramatised and will be performed as a verse play in Oxford on Thursday 24 November 2022, 19:30 at St Edmund Hall, alongside The Tyring House, by Lynn Thornton. Tickets available here or at the door.

Dr Clare Morgan, Director of the MSt, publishes new collection of short stories

In a new short story collection published by Seren on 22 September, MSt Director Clare Morgan offers a fresh perspective on the nature of individual existence in all its transient vulnerability.

Scar Tissue ranges broadly in geographic scope. From deep country on the Welsh borders to the metropolitan precinct of London; from the forests of Scandinavia to neatly clapboarded New England; from a Spanish finca to Dulles airport; and from the steamy environs of Mumbai to the cooler spaces of a medieval farmhouse in Snowdonia – all these disparate realms intersect with the perennial human need to belong and the impossibility of doing so. 

Seren have, at the same time, republished Morgan’s earlier collection, An Affair of the Heart, in which men and women reckon the worth of relationships past and present, from steamy New Orleans to urbane Paris, from metropolitan Chelsea to the industrial valleys and rural hinterlands of Wales.

In these lyrical, evocative and searching stories, Clare Morgan unflinchingly explores the darker and more challenging aspects of emotional, sexual and familial relationships, while simultaneously celebrating the joys of being alive in an unfathomable world.

More information here.

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’s 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.