(image from PEN Ackerely website)
MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s Dead Babies and Seaside Towns (Unbound, 2015) has been awarded the 2016 PEN Ackerley Prize.
“Alice Jolly has this evening been announced as the winner of the 2016 PEN Ackerley Prize for her memoir Dead Babies and Seaside Towns (Unbound). The book chronicles the author and her husband’s quest for a baby after their second child was stillborn.”
More details on the prize website.
MSt tutor Roopa Farooki has been shortlisted for the Commonword Diversity Writing for Children Prize, a prize that encourages diverse characters in children’s fiction, for her teen novel, Jay Zed Black. The winner will be announced on the 11th of October at Chapter One Bookshop (more details on the prize website)
MSt tutor Anna Beer’s Fulbright Frontier’s lecture “Right Place, Right Time: Women composers and their creative communities”.
MSt tutor Jamie McKendrick (Selected Poems, recommended by William Boyd) and alumna Daisy Johnson (Fen, recommended by Sarah Perry) feature in The Guardian‘s The Best Books for Summer 2016 reading list.
MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’ commissioned poem, ‘The Tale of the Weaver’s Wife’, is part of a new Shakespeare Liturgy based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The other contributing poets are Laurence Sail (Titania), Michael Symmons Roberts (Demetrius), Sinead Morrissey (Puck) and Micheal O’ Siadhail (Helena).
Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Tuesday 2nd August at 5:30pm; free entry.
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, Wednesday 3rd August at 7pm; free entry.
For more details –
MSt tutor Sarah Bakwell (and others) has recommended a 2016 summer read (well “more chilly than summery perhaps, but the richest book I’ve read recently”) in the Financial Times.
MSt tutor Ben Brown’s play 3 Dias En Mayo (Three Days in May) will be performed from 29 July to 25 September 2016 at the Teatro Helenico in Mexico City.
“Why is it, asks Anna Beer, that male composers have consistently eclipsed their female counterparts? The solution, she admits, is more complicated than simply rewriting music history “on the principle of add women and stir”. In probing deeper, she has given us a compelling account of eight women composers’ lives and the many and various difficulties they encountered.”
Read the article (payment required).