MSt tutor Sarah Bakewell awarded a Windham-Campbell prize

MSt tutor Sarah Bakewell has been awarded a Windham-Campbell prize.

From the announcement:

The Call of a Lifetime
The director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes recently made the call of a lifetime to eight entirely surprised writers, informing them that they will each be recognized with a $165,000 USD prize to support their writing. Awards will be conferred September 12-14 at an international literary festival at Yale, where the Prizes are based.

Established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell, the prizes are among the richest and most prestigious literary prizes on earth.

English language writers from anywhere in the world are eligible. This year’s recipients are: in drama, Lucas Hnath (US) and Suzan-Lori Parks (US); in nonfiction, Sarah Bakewell (UK) and Olivia Laing (UK); in fiction, John Keene (US) and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda/UK); and in poetry, Lorna Goodison (Jamaica) and Cathy Park Hong (US).”

Sarah Bakewell unknots complex philosophical thought with verve and wit; her eye for detail and her animated conversation bring readers to inhabit the lives of great philosophers …

Go to the prize website to read more

MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s “Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile” to be published by Unbound

MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile is to be published by Unbound.

Read more about it, including an excerpt, on Unbound’s site.

“Once the initial subscription has been raised then Alice’s share of the profits (50% of every book sold) will go to Emmaus – a charity who support homeless people in Gloucestershire and are part of a federation of 350 organisations in 37 countries around the world”


MStu tutor James Womack wins first ever PN Review Translation Prize for his translation of Manuel Vilas’ ‘Macbeth’.

MSt tutor James Womack  has won the PNR Review Translation Prize for his translation from Spanish to English of Manuel Vilas’ ‘Macbeth’.

from the announcement:

Carcanet Press and PN Review are delighted to announce the winners of the first ever PN Review Prize.

Chris Preddle has won the Poetry Prize with ‘Less Virgil’ and James Womack has won the Translation Prize with his translation from Spanish to English of Manuel Vilas’ ‘Macbeth’. Both winners will each receive £600.

The PN Review Prize is the first annual prize from one of the leading poetry journals worldwide, published for over 40 years by award-winning publisher Carcanet Press. The judges were Carcanet and PN Review editors Michael Schmidt and Luke Allan. Schmidt said, ‘It was a large and challenging field, and selection was, as always, a difficult process given the diversity of theme and form.

…. All the poems, commended and winners, will be published in PN Review issue 239. A prize ceremony will be held in London in January 2018’

Read more about this on the PNR Review site.

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s “The Island at the End of Everything” shortlisted for Costa and Blue Peter awards, and nominated in The Guardian’s Best Books of 2017

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Island at the End of Everything has been shortlisted for the Costa award and the Blue Peter award. It has also been named by Frances Hardinge as one of  The Guardian’s Best Books of 2017 

From the publisher:

“From the bestselling author of The Girl of Ink & Stars comes an irresistibly poetic, bittersweet and heartbreaking tale of finding your way home. 

Amihan lives on Culion Island, where some of the inhabitants including her mother – have leprosy. Ami loves her home with its blue seas and lush forests, Culion is all she has ever known. But the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: islanders untouched by sickness are forced to leave. Banished across the sea, she’s desperate to return, and finds a strange and fragile hope in a colony of butterflies. Can they lead her home before it’s too late?”

About The Island at the End of Everything


MSt tutor Phoebe Stuckes shortlisted for the Wordsworth Trust/ British Library Michael Marks Award

MSt tutor Phoebe Stuckes has been shortlisted for the 2017 Wordsworth Trust/ British Library Michael Marks Award.
From the announcement:
“Judges Comments: Savage and wild but beautifully cadenced, these are ‘mad chick’ poems from a brilliantly exhilarating voice: a girl persona in our slippery contemporary world, confident, original and fresh as paint.

“Foreign Goods: A Selection of Writing by British East Asian Artists”, edited by, and including a play by, MSt alumna Jingan Young published by Oberon Books

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Foreign Goods: A Selection of Writing by British East Asian Artists , curated and edited by MSt alumna Jingan Young, will be published by Oberon Books on 19 January 2018. It is now available for pre-order.

From the announcement:

This is the first ever collection of modern dramatic writing by British East Asian writers, curated and edited by the award-winning playwright Jingan Young. With a foreword by David Henry Hwang.

This ground-breaking collection features eight contemporary pieces written by British East Asian writers. Published by Oberon Books, its release contributes to improving the authentic representation of British East Asian people in the theatre industry and beyond.

The book contains mixture of full plays, short plays and monologues and so provides new and relevant material for actors, as well as new plays available for production. As such it will prove popular among actors, theatre makers and playwrights, as well as general readers, teachers, academics and students. It is an essential

introduction to the British East Asian theatrical community.

Includes the plays:
No More Lotus Flower! By Julie Cheung-Inhin,
Suzy Wong: Fitting In and Fucking Up by Kathryn Golding
Jamaica Boy by Stephen Hoo,
The Stone by Amber Hsu,
Under a Blood Red Moon
by Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen
The Confession by Cathy Lam
The Swing by Tan Suet Lee
I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce by Jingan Young.

Available for pre-order. Copies will be sold at Foreign Goods 3″

MSt alumna Cressida Peever’s play ‘The Sound I Heard at Three Seventeen’, part of Theatre503’s Rapid Write Response on 26th & 27th November

MSt Alumna Cressida Peever’s 10-minute play ‘The Sound I Heard at Three Seventeen’ will be performed alongside six others responding to ‘The Dark Room’ as part of Theatre503’s Rapid Write Response.

At Theatre503 in Battersea, London
on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th November at 19:45

For more information and tickets, visit Theatre503