MSt alumna Jennifer Thorp’s libretto premieres at the Britten Theatre, 14th-15th Oct 2015.

JRphotoThe Choice is part of a collaboration between Vocal Futures and The English Concert to showcase Handel in a modern frame.

Two ancient goddesses compete over the future of a young, privileged soldier: MSt alumna Jennifer Thorp wrote the libretto for the modern parts, and Toby Young composed the music.

On the 14th and 15th of October at Britten Theatre in London.

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis on being one of the “Mulberry Bush Women of the Year 2015”

Woman of the Year 2015 lunchOne of my students very sweetly nominated me as a ‘Mulberry Bush Women of the Year 2015’ and I was duly invited to lunch at Balliol. I was surprised and grateful to be nominated as the nominees are chosen as a mark of admiration for the way they have improved the lives of others and inspired them.

This was the fifteenth Mulberry School Women of the Year lunch which in the past has featured speakers such as Baroness Scotland, Nicola Horlick and P.D. James. The event is a way of fund-raising for, and raising awareness of, the achievements of the Mulberry Bush School which gives hope to children who have experienced high levels of domestic violence and neglect.

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Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Marti Leimbach, 4 November 2015

Writing Scandalously: Serious Sex Scenes for the Non-Genre Writer

with Marti Leimbach

Mawby Room, Kellogg College,
62 Banbury Road
5 pm (refreshments) for 5.30 pm

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary

Marti Leimbach is the author of seven novels, including New York Times bestseller Dying Young and Daniel Isn’t Talking. Widely translated, and published worldwide, Marti is a core course tutor at Oxford University’s Creative Writing Program, where she teaches on the Master’s program. Her upcoming novel, Age Of Consent, will be published in 2016 by Penguin Random House in the USA and Fourth Estate in the UK.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Nigel Cliff, 26 November 2015

Writing the Cold War

with Nigel Cliff

Mawby Room, Kellogg College,
62 Banbury Road
5 pm (refreshments) for 5.30 pm

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary

Nigel Cliff is the author of The Shakespeare Riots (Random House, 2007), which was shortlisted for the U.S. National Award for Arts Writing, and was a Washington Post Book of the Year. His second book, The Last Crusade (Harper, 2011), was shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize and has been widely translated. His most recent book is a new translation and edition of Marco Polo’s Travels for Penguin Classics (2014). He is currently working on a nonfiction book for Harper set during the Cold War. He has also written screenplays and reviews books for the New York Times.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

“How to get Published” session, chaired by MSt Director, Dr Clare Morgan

Dr Clare Morgan: (LMH and Kellogg College), novelist, literary critic and Director of the MSt in Creative Writing
Dr Angus Philips: (Exeter), author of The Future of the Book in the Digital Age and Director of Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes
Caroline Wood: Agent and Director at the Felicity Bryan literary agency
Juliet Mabey: founder of Oneworld Publications

Venue: Edmond Safra, Said Business School
Date: Saturday 19 September
Timings: 11.45am-1pm Panel discussion and Q&A

Session description:

The gateway to publishing fiction has for centuries been guarded by a relatively small number of editors, publishers and magazine proprietors, leaving first-time writers to navigate the dos and don’ts of submission protocol in order to stand out among an ever-growing crowd. Now, with the emergence of self-publishing and digital platforms as legitimate vehicles for new works, what options are available to emerging writers? In this session, our panel of experts will discuss traditional as well as alternative means of getting published – and the best ways to improve your chances of finding the right publisher for your work.

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis on POESI-O-RAMA Festival, Malmö, Sweden, 2015

‘The music says freedom exists…’

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MSt Tutor, Jenny Lewis, at the POESI-O-RAMA Festival, Malmö, Sweden, 11-13 September, 2015

I was honoured to be asked to read with Adnan al-Sayegh at the POESI-O-RAMA Festival in Malmo, Sweden on 12 September 2015. Invited by Hassan Hadi, Director of the Modern Art Theatre Group and Björn Ganzer, the Swedish poet (and rock musician) who travelled with us on the Al-Kalima ‘Poetry and Resistance’ Festival in Morocco earlier this year, the festival was dedicated to the memory of the Nobel Prize-winning Swedish Poet Laureate, Tomas Tranströmer. Continue reading

MSt students Zachary Burke & Eva Hibbs launch “Still Listening” podcasts on writing and music

MSt students Zachary Burke and Eva Hibbs have launched Still Listening:

“Good writing deserves to be engaged with in this dynamic way and, simply put, we want to draw people back into the story.

As a podcast, Still Listening hopes to provide a platform for emerging UK talents, explore the relationship between writing and music, and investigate how art forms react in conversation with another.”

Visit  Still Listening on soundcloud