MSt alumna Susie Campbell’s pamphlet “The Frock Enquiry” launch, 23rd October 2015

MSt alumna Susie Campbell’s second pamphlet, published by Annexe Magazine, will be launched in

London: 23rd October, at Vout-O-Rennes.  7pm. The event that  will include a celebration of Annexe Magazine over the years.  (entry free)
Oxford: 8th November,  Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 7 pm (entry fee £2).

The pamphlet is being hand typeset and bound in Oxford. Each of the first limited-edition copies includes a piece of vintage sewing pattern bound into it.

JT Welsch’s The Ruin  will be launched with Susie’s pamphlet.


“Susie Campbell’s The Frock Enquiry uses the Enquiry into Women’s Work by The Women’s Industrial Council 1900-15 as its backbone. It imagines how these working women might have constructed voices for themselves out of the language of their work – taking it apart and reassembling it to forge a new and ‘unnatural’ rhetoric of interrogation, myth and protest.

JT Welsch’s The Ruin is set in the ruins of Tunisia and jumps between Carthage, old Star Wars sets, empty hotels, and the footsteps of other visiting artists and writers, exploring and raising difficult questions on the role of tourism and cultural appropriation in the wake of the 2011 revolution.”


To pre-order the pamphlet, visit this site.

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki on being inspired by Joyce, in the RLF’s “Collected” series.

“Tumbling Down Joyce’s Stairs: South London’s reply to Dubliners”


MSt tutor Roopa Farooki’s piece on her novel Londoners and on being inspired by Joyce has been published in Collected, the weekly series of articles by Royal Literary Fund’s writers edited by James McConnachie.

Read it here.

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis in “Now and Then: Poetry for Peace”, Ashmolean Museum, 17th October 2015

Picture clippingNow and Then: Poetry for Peace
Saturday 17 October, 11am–12pm
Free, no booking required.

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis and Adnan al Sayegh will be reading in the Near Eastern Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford “in celebration in one of the world’s greatest civilizations and to support a return to peace in the region”

“Literary Activism: a Symposium”, St Hugh’s College, Oxford & UEA India. 16th October, 2015

UEA India in partnership with St Hugh’s College, Oxford

“Literary Activism: a Symposium’

Time: Friday, 16 October 2015, 10am to 6pm
Venue: Maplethorpe Building, St Hugh’s College, Oxford

“This day-long event is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in thinking further about the current context of literature and how it is valued. Neither a celebrity-driven literary festival nor an academic conference, the symposium will bring together a range of writers, critics, publishers and scholars.

The different sessions of the symposium will be initiated by a series of talks and debates. Participants include novelist-critics Tim Parks (IULM University, Milan), Amit Chaudhuri (UEA), and Kirsty Gunn (University of Dundee); Peter D. McDonald, Elleke Boehmer, and Michelle Kelly from Oxford University; Jon Cook, Stephen Benson, Clare Connors and Philip Langeskov from UEA; and the publishers, Sam Jordison (Galley Beggar Press) and Ursula Owen (Virago).”

The full programme is here.

MSt tutor Nicoletta Demetriou on ‘Collecting music, collecting life stories: The Cypriot Fiddler project.’ Wolfson College, 20th October 2015

MSt tutor Nicoletta Demetriou  will be speaking about “her attempt to record the stories of Cyprus’s last surviving traditional fiddlers. She will talk about what musicians’ life stories can tell us about the music and society we are looking at, and the importance of letting biographical subjects tell their own story. This event is free of charge and open to all. Sandwiches will be provided.”

Oxford Centre for Life-Writing,
Wolfson College, Florey Room. 1- 2 pm.

Poetry Society commissions MSt tutor Jane Draycott and others for “Beginning to See the Light”, 8th Oct 2015

The Poetry Society has commissioned new pieces from MSt tutor Jane Draycott,  Raymond Antrobus, Malika Booker, Holly Corfield Carr,  Caleb Klaces and Richard Price, for the National Poetry Day show “Beginning to See the Light” at the Southbank Centre, London.

From high noon to neon-lit midnight, from the hum of a strip light to the gleam of the moon, six spot-lit writers trace the course of light through the day in a series of newly commissioned poems. What’s illuminated, what stays in the shadows: follow the poets as they bring the day’s discoveries into the light.

“Beginning to See the Light”, Thursday 8 October 2015, 7.30 – 9.00 pm

MSt tutor Nicoletta Demetriou co-authors “Music in Cyprus”

The volume of essays, Music in Cyprus, co-authored by MSt tutor Nicoletta Demetriou and Jim Samson, Emeritus Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been published by Ashgate.

The authors consider such questions as: What is the role of different musics in defining national, regional, social and cultural identities in Cyprus? How do Cypriot alterities illuminate European projects of modernity? And what has been the impact of westernization and modernization (and, conversely, of orientalization) on music in Cyprus? The book will be of interest to students and academics working not only in both historical musicology and ethnomusicology, but also in the history and anthropology of Cyprus and of the entire Greek-Anatolian region.

Read more, look inside at Ashgate’s website.