MSt tutor Amal Chatterjee’s article on Roman roads & colonial legacies in “Prospect”

MSt tutor Amal Chatterjee’s article “How Europe’s Roman roads reveal the challenge of rebuilding after colonialism” has been published in Prospect online.

An ancient Roman road in Rome—but what might the vestiges of the Roman empire tell us about how states rebuild after imperialism? Photo: Pixabay (fromProspect)

It’s a known phenomenon: systems and structures, if robust, continue to work for as long as they are unchanged.
Once upon a time, the Romans ruled a vast swathe of Europe, of North Africa, and of what is now called the Middle East. Where they conquered, they built towns and cities, many of which survive to this day …

Read the full article on the Prospect website.


MSt tutor Ella Hickson’s “Anna” at the National Theatre till 15 June 2019

MSt tutor Ella Hickson’s play “Anna” is on at the National Theatre till 15 June 2019.

From the website: “Created by playwright Ella Hickson (The Writer) and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham, this tense new thriller is directed by Natalie Abrahami (Machinal). It uses individual audio headsets to give the audience intimate access to events as they unfold over one evening, in East Berlin.

Some of the reviews:

“Slick and stylish. Full of history, mystery and horror. Impressively intelligent” The Stage

“Layered and engrossing. Remarkable sound from extraordinary aural engineers Ben and Max Ringham” What’s On Stage

“A riveting 65 minutes. A multilayered plot worthy of Le Carré with fascinating wizard-level sound design ” The Times

Ticket prices

Monday – Thursday eves, all matinees
*£65, £45, £40, £35, £20, £15 
Friday & Saturday eves
*£70, £50, £45, £35, £20, £18
Ways to save
Previews 11 – 17 May

*£67, £40 – £15

For tickets and information, visit the NT website

MSt tutor James Womack shortlisted for Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize 2019

MSt tutor James Womack has been shortlisted for Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize for his collection On Trust: A Book of Lies . From the announcement:

“Judged this year by Lachlan Mackinnon and Linda Gregerson, the biannual prize is the first of its kind and aims to support and encourage ‘mid-career’ poets, with a £5,000 prize for the winner. The vibrant, diverse collections offer a reminder that in turbulent political times poetry – particularly those published by independent and small presses – continues to thrive and flourish.

The prize recognises that a poet’s second collection can be “dangerous, risk-taking liberating and wildly ambitious” according to Tom Chivers, Editor at Penned in the Margins, who says “I welcome a new prize for second collections, to shine a spotlight on work that might otherwise fall down the gap between the excitement of the new and the confidence of the established.”The shortlisted poets will be invited to read at a Prize Giving event on Friday 5 July 2019 at Ledbury Poetry Festival when the judges will announce the winner. “

More information on the prize, the shortlist and the books

MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s “Mary Sate, Imbecile” shortlisted for the 2019 Rathbone Folio Prize

MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s Mary Sate, Imbecile (Unbound) has been short listed for the 2019 Rathbone Folio Prize. The winner will be announced on 20 May 2019, at the British Library. Read more about the Prize and the books shortlisted on the Rathbones Folio website (link below).

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis with Jem Poster and Sue Leigh at the Oxford Literary Festival, Sun 7 April 2019

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis will be discussing her poetry with Professor Jem Poster and Oxford poet Sue Leigh at the Oxford Literary Festival on Sunday 7 April, 12.00-1.00pm, St Cross College.
From the announcement:

“Oxfordshire poets Jenny Lewis and Sue Leigh discuss their writing and its sources.

Lewis and Leigh have been working recently at opposite ends of the scale – Lewis on a vigorous version of the epic of Gilgamesh and Leigh on a collection of finely worked lyric poems – but they share a vision of the poet’s art as vocation and of the cultural importance of poetry itself.

Lewis is an Anglo-Welsh poet and playwright who teaches poetry at the University of Oxford. Her recent publications are Gilgamesh Retold, Fathom and Taking Mesopotamia. Leigh is a poet and writer based in Oxfordshire’s Windrush Valley. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education. Her latest work is Chosen Hill.

Here they talk to poet, novelist and festival director of academic programmes Professor Jem Poster.”

More details below
https://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/literature-events/2019/april-7/epic-and-miniature

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki’s interview with St George’s, University of London, online

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki’s interview with St Georges’ for World Book Day and International Women’s Day about her new book series is available online.

From the interview:
International Women’s Day is an annual event which falls on 8 March each year. It has celebrated the achievements of women around the world since 1911. The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is ‘Balance for Better’ to help forge a more gender-balanced world.

Roopa Farooki is a fourth-year graduate entry medic and published author. She is about to launch a series of children books about black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women in science.

What inspired the books? And what are they about?

When I started medical school, I’d already written six literary novels, so I didn’t have any great ambition to write another. But I thought it would be amazing to write something that my four young children could read. It turns out that writing for children is really hard, and I’m no Roald Dahl, so I wrote something like a thousand pages of fiction before I found the right story.


You can read the full interview here.





https://www.sgul.ac.uk/news/news-archive/student-series-of-children-books-about-black-asian-and-minority-ethnic-bame-women-in-science


MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s “Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile” on the Walter Scott Prize Academy Recommends list

MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s novel Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile (published by Unbound) is one of the Walter Scott Prize Academy’s Recommends for 2019.

From the announcement: “Announcing the Academy list, chair of Judges Alistair Moffatt said:

“We are delighted to unveil our Academy’s ‘recommended’ list, offering readers a further selection of twenty superb novels from the UK, Africa, Australia and beyond.  The Walter Scott Prize Academy, expanded this year to include book bloggers and international book festival directors, is playing an important role in bringing superlative historical fiction from further afield to public attention, as well as recognizing home grown talent.” “

Read more about the list here.

MSt tutor Jane Draycott’s poem “India” on London Underground

MSt tutor Jane Draycott’s poem “India” is a Poem on the Underground, in London.

From the Poetry Society’s announcement:
Poems on the Underground
The Poetry Society and Poems on the Underground join forces to promote one of Britain’s most successful public art projects. As well as being displayed on underground trains throughout the capital, school members of The Poetry Society receive a set of Poems on the Underground posters each time they are released. Poems are selected by Judith Chernaik, Imtiaz Dharker, and George Szirtes.