MSt alumna Rose Edwards at the NYALitFest, Feminism & Fantasy Panel, 16 March 2019 in Preston

MSt alumna Rose Edwards will be on the Feminism & Fantasy Panel at the NYALitFest, 16 March 2019. The panel, chaired by Melinda Salisbury, also includes Samantha Shannon and Laure Eve.

Sat, 16 March 2019

11:00 – 11:45 GMT

UCLan Greenbank Building Victoria Street, Preston PR1 2HE

More information and tickets here.

MSt alumna Rose Edward’s novel “The Harm Tree” to be published by UCLan, July 2019

MSt alumna Rose Edward’s novel “The Harm Tree” will be published by UCLan in July 2019.

From the announcement:

“You’re too young to remember why we needed heroes. You should be glad…

Nine years ago, two princes waged a bloody civil war for the right to rule Arngard. The younger prince took the throne and outlawed the ancient beliefs, but some wounds don’t heal. New religion replaced the barbaric traditions and finally, there’s peace.

Torny and Ebba are friends. Sent away by their families, they work together and watch out for each other. Too young to remember the war that tore apart the kingdom, Torny dreams of the glorious warriors of old, while Ebba misses her family, despite the darkness she left behind.

But when a man is murdered on the street and Torny finds herself in possession of a dangerous message, the two friends must tread separate paths. These will lead them through fear, through grief, to the source of their own power and to the gates of death itself.

As Torny and Ebba are used as tools for the opposing factions of the war, a deep power is ignited in them both. Can they uncover their own strength to finally heal the wounds of a nation?”

Read more about the book on the UCLan website
Read a Q&A with Rose, and about the cover

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis reads at Pembroke College, Oxford, 21st Jan 2019

 

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis will be reading at Pembroke College, Oxford on 21st January 2019 at 6 pm.

From the announcement:

“Jenny Lewis is an Arts Council-funded poet, playwright, children’s author, translator and songwriter who teaches poetry at Oxford University. Her first poetry sequence, When I Became an Amazon (Iron Press, 1996), was dramatized, widely toured and broadcast on BBC Woman’s Hour. It was translated into Russian by Natalya Dubrovina and published by Bilingua, Russia in 2002. It was made into an opera with music by Gennadyi Shiroglazov, performed by the Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Company in November 2017 and won the 2018 Russian Laureate Prize . Jenny has published four collections of poetry and had seven plays and poetry cycles performed at major UK theatres including the Polka Theatre (for children), the Leicester Haymarket and the Royal Festival Hall. Her recent work includes After Gilgamesh (Pegasus Theatre, 2011; Mulfran Press, 2012), Stories for Survival, a Retelling of the 1001 Arabian Nights (Pegasus Theatre, 2015), Singing for Inanna, a chapbook of poems in English and Arabic with the Iraqi poet, Adnan al-Sayegh (Mulfran Press 2014) and Taking Mesopotamia (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet 2014). Her latest work, Gilgamesh Retold (Carcanet Press 2018), was a New Statesman Book of the Year, a Carcanet Book of the Year and a London Review of Books Book of the Week. Her work has been translated into several languages including Russian, Farsi and Arabic. She is currently completing a Ph.D. on Gilgamesh at Goldsmiths, London University.”

More details are available here

MSt alumna Daisy Johnson interview on The Guardian Culture

There was a lot of crying’: youngest Booker prize nominee on writing her first novel.

MSt alumna Daisy Johnson interviewed for Guardian Culture

From the announcement

“The author made headlines this year after becoming the youngest person to be shortlisted for the Man Booker prize with her debut novel Everything Under. Iman Amrani speaks to her about her book, which has been described as a feminist retelling of a well-known myth, which plays with the boundaries of reality and the supernatural  This interview is part of a series called Fresh Voices, presented by Amrani”

 

MSt alumna Rowena Cooper’s monologue to be performed at Free Fall event, London, 13th Dec 2018

MSt alumna Rowena Cooper’s monologue ‘And This is the Funny Thing’  will be performed by The Founding Fall Company as part of their annual Free Fall event in London on 13th December 2018, 6.30 pm

Draper Hall
Hampton Street (junction with Newington Butts)
London SE17 3AN

Tickets can be bought here

MSt alumna Rowena Cooper’s play “After Aulis” at Brighton Fringe, 5 – 8 May 2019

 

After a 4 night run at The Attic theatre in Stratford in July 2018, MSt alumna Rowena Cooper’s play, After Aulis, is to be staged at the Brighton Fringe Festival from 5th-8th May 2019.

 

Venue: The Quadrant

Time: 6pm, 5th – 8th May 2019

Tickets on sale in March 2019 from https://www.brightonfringe.org/.

More info about the play: http://www.afteraulis.com.

 

MSt alumna Maya Popa appointed Publishers Weekly’s poetry reviews editor

MSt alumna Maya Popa has been appointed poetry reviews editor at Publishers Weekly. 

From the announcement:

Maya C. Popa has joined Publishers Weekly as its new poetry reviews editor, effective immediately. Popa succeeds Alex Crowley in the post and will be responsible for editing PW’s reviews of poetry collections. She can be reached at mpopa@publishersweekly.com

Popa is a poet and critic whose debut collection of poetry, American Faith, will be published in 2019 by Sarabande Books. Her criticism and nonfiction have appeared widely, including in Poetry, the Times Literary Supplement, and Poets & Writers.