MSt tutor Jenny Lewis and Oxford schools, “Poetry for Peace” project

The Poetry for Peace project is aimed at building bridges between English and Arabic-speaking communities. Generously supported by Arts Council England, Oxford University Museums and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the project involved poets Adnan al-Sayegh and Jenny Lewis working with over sixty 11-17 year olds from four Oxford schools on themes of heritage and peace

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MSt alumna Iannoa Mavrou publishes and designs “The Letters Page”

The Letters Page, a digital literary journal in letters edited by Jon McGregor, is now available as a limited edition boxed set published by, and with cover design by, MSt alumna Ioanna Mavrou, in collaboration with Thodoris Tzalavras:

Letters from: George Saunders, Clare Wigfall, Éireann Lorsung, Joanna Walsh, Andrey Kurkov, Naomi Alderman, Sam Riviere, Cassie Gonzales, Kevin Barry, Karen McLeod, Claudia Reed, S E Craythorne, Maria Papas, and Ken Sears.”

The Letters Page Vol. 1, Edited by Jon McGregor
Book design by Ioanna Mavrou & Thodoris Tzalavras
Boxed set contains book and loose-leaf letter reproductions
Limited Edition: 500 copies
Book Ex Machina, Nicosia, November 2016

ISBN 978-9963-9858-6-9
€ 29.95

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“Poetry with Simon Armitage”, Professor of Poetry, available as podcasts

(Series image credit Paul Wolfgang Webster)

Podcasts of lectures and public engagements by Oxford University’s Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage, poet, playwright and novelist, are available as podcasts.

Episodes include “Access All Areas: Poetry and the Underworld”, “On Lists”) “Mind the Gap: Negation and ‘a final revelation of horrible Nothingness -‘” , “The Parable of the Solicitor and the Poet”.

Seminar: Dr Anna Beer – “Breaking Stories: Writing Women’s Lives”

Creative Writing Seminar Series
Kellogg College Centre for Creative Writing
Mawby Room, Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road

5 pm (refreshments) for 5.30 pm
Michaelmas Term Week 7: Thursday 24 November 2016
All are welcome and no bookings are necessary

Dr Anna Beer: “Breaking Stories: Writing Women’s Lives”

Women, just as much as men, believed and believe the stories we tell ourselves about genius. The composer and pianist Clara Wieck, soon to be married to (the tortured genius) Robert Schumann wrote: ‘I once thought I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose – not one has been able to do it, and why should I expect to?’

a-beerAnna Beer, author of Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music, will talk about the ways she as a writer set out to challenge Clara’s despair. She will argue that recovering a female tradition (whether in music or in literature) is only the first step, that – in the words of one scholar – it is not enough simply to rewrite history ‘on the principle of add women and stir’.

Beer will explore the possibility of casting aside the usual biographical pegs upon which we hang a creative woman’s life, whether the nun taken from the world, the sacrificial wife, or the maiden aunt. Perhaps it’s time to break the old story, and find new ways to tell the lives of creative powerful women.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

MSt tutor Jane Draycott’s new collection, “The Occupant” out on 24th November, 2016

MSt tutor Jane Draycott’s new collection, The Occupant, which is a Poetry Society Recommendation, will be published by Carcanet Press on 24th November 2016.


“‘I’ve waited some time to read something this intelligent, this sensuous and this crystalline.’ – The Guardian on The Night Tree

‘The language is marvellously modulated yet stirringly wild. Draycott has carried over into our tamer, tired world a strong, strange sense of how original, gorgeous and natural this old poem can be.’ – David Morley, Poetry Review

Following her T.S. Eliot Prize-nominated Over, Jane Draycott’s fourth collection, The Occupant, illuminates the quiet intricacies and brief intimacies of urban life. In the National Gallery, a gardener steals part of a still-life canvas to replant in his own garden; on a winter train a commuter imagines his braver, doppelgänger as a firefighter; in an abandoned sanatorium, a grand piano dreams of former days, ‘rose-spotted paintwork peeling softly, half-moon fanlights rising, sinking’, waiting for anyone to return. At the heart of these imagined scenes the long title poem, ‘The Occupant’, draws on settings proposed but left unwritten by Dutch poet Martinus Nijhoff in his great 1934 modernist narrative Awater. In the stifling summer air, Draycott’s occupant trawls the streets of an unnamed city, while ‘at tills and kiosks police post notices, ‘Missing: Have you seen this wind?’”

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