Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Kat Sommers, 1 March 2018

“ Wandering lonely as a cloud: Coping with isolation as a writer ”

Kat Sommers is a comedy writer based in south London. She has written for the BBC, Sky, and the School of Life, and recently co-wrote a sitcom for Radio 4, Charlotte & Lillian , starring Miriam Margoyles and Helen Monks. She has a TV show about best friends in development and is writing a memoir about pop fandom.

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

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s “The Girl Of Ink And Stars” shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Girl Of Ink And Stars has been shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the Young Readers category.

Kiran Millwood-Hargrave … offers us the rich allegories of a young girl fighting for truth against oppression…”

The winner will be announced on 30th March 2017.

More information on the shortlist and the prize.

MSt alumna Sarvat Husain’s novel “This Wide Night” launch, 17th March, Oxford

MSt alumna  Sarvat Hasin’s debut novel, “This Wide Night” will be launched at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford on 17th March 2017.

A retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’, but transported to 1970s Karachi, this stunning new novel presents a quiet, seething world of four women in the subcontinent.
Sarvat Hasin was born in London and grew up in Karachi. She studied politics at Royal Holloway, and wrote her debut novel whilst studying for a Creative Writing masters at the University of Oxford. She has also worked as a bookseller and at publishing houses. Her short stories, essays and poetry have appeared widely in journals and anthologies including The Mays Anthology, Diverse Quarterly, Catweazle Magazine and Dawn Newspaper.

Fri 17 March 2017
7:00 –  8:30 pm

Blackwell’s Bookshop, 51 Broad Street, Oxford

Attendance free, registration required. For more information, visit this page.

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s “The Girl Of Ink And Stars” shortlisted for inaugural Jhalak Prize

The Jhalak Prize “seeks to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers, and the overall winner will be presented with a prize of £1,000. The shortlist consists of fiction, YA, non-fiction, debuts, short stories and genre.”

This year’s judges are author and co-founder of the award, Sunny Singh (chair), YA author Catherine Johnson, author and poet Alex Wheatle MBE, poet and broadcaster Musa Okwonga and Booker-longlisted fiction writer Yvvette Edwards.

For more about the prize and the shortlist, visit the Jhalak Prize website. The winner will be announced on 17th March 2017.

For more about The Girl of Ink and Stars, visit the publisher’s page.

Poetry Society Annual Lecture, with Jan Wagner. 20 February 2017

Jan Wagner Image: Alberto Novelli, Villa Massimo

The Poetry Society Annual Lecture in partnership with New College Oxford, by the German poet and translator, Jan Wagner.

The Shedding of Skins and Schemes: a voice of one’s own and the voices of others

“Jan Wagner is the outstanding German poet of his generation. His lecture, delivered in English, is on influence and the exchange of poetic ideas across borders; of the teachers poets must find for themselves (and then distance themselves from again). Interspersed with readings of some of his own poems, Wagner’s lecture draws on poets such as Rimbaud, Heym and Brecht, Popa, Pound and Hughes, and the poet-translators who have carried their work between cultures.

Wagner’s collection Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees (Arc), translated by Iain Galbraith, won the Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize 2015. He has translated into German poets including Armitage, MacNeice, Shapcott, Simic and Sweeney.”

New College, Oxford. Monday 20 February 2017, 7.00 – 8.30 pm

Tickets free, RSVP to Oliver Fox by email to

For more information, visit the Poetry Society page.

MSt alumna Catherine Higgins-Moore’s “Strange Roof” to be published in May 2017


Catherine Higgins-Moore’s Strange Roof by Finishing Line Press in May 2017, in the New Women’s Voices Series.

‘Catherine Higgins-Moore’s use of language to embolden and communicate experience inspires and excites. She is not afraid of anything. Her confident gritty flair inks life into a world both known and unknown. A joy resides in these pages. A bold and fearless joy.’
-Lisa O’Donnell, The Death of Bees, Winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize

For more information and to pre-order, visit Finishing Line Press.

MSt alumna Maya Popa’s chapbook “The Bees Have Been Canceled” published Feb 2017

MSt alumna Maya Popa’s chapbook, The Bees Have Been Canceled: Poems, has been published by New Michigan Press.

‘this remarkable chapbook [is]…annunciatory and regenerative…continually making anew the world it describes’ (Jamie McKendrick)

‘a terrific new voice in poetry, cerebral, distinctive and urbane…’ (Thomas McCarthy)

  • ISBN-10: 1934832596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934832592

The Bees Have Been Canceled is available on Amazon.



Sean O’Brien, Visiting Humanitas-Weidenfeld Professor, lectures at St Anne’s on 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th Feb 2017

The first of four weekly lectures by distinguished poet Sean O’Brien, Visiting Humanitas-Weidenfeld Professor, is on Tuesday 7th February.


Tuesday 7 February 2017  ‘For dreams are licensed as they never were’. What becomes of the history poem?

Tuesday 14 February 2017 Displacement: Irish poetry and poets of Irish descent in Britain.

Tuesday 21 February 2017   ‘I only am escaped alone to tell thee’ or ‘The Faster We Go the Rounder We Get’.

Tuesday 28 February 2017 In Conversation with Patrick McGuinness

The lectures take place at 5.30 in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre at St Anne’s College. The first lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.  All welcome, no need to book.

Further details.