MSt tutor Nicoletta Demetriou film “Cypriot Fiddlers” at Wolfson College, 2nd May 2017

MSt tutor Nicoletta Demetriou’s  film “Cypriot Fiddlers” will be screened at Wolfson College, on 2nd May 2017.

“The Cypriot Fiddler is an attempt to trace the life stories of a dying class of traditional musicians on both sides of the Cypriot divide. The documentary, released in 2016, was entirely funded by members of the public through an online crowd-sourcing campaign.”

Time: 17:00 to 19:00

Location: The Haldane Room

For more information, visit the event site.

MSt alumna Maya Catherine Popa’s “The Bees Have Been Cancelled” UK Poetry Book Society’s Summer Pamphlet Choice

MSt alumna Maya Catherine Popa’s chapbook The Bees Have Been Cancelled has been selected by the UK Poetry Book Society as their 2017 Summer Pamphlet Choice.

From the PBS announcement:

“The poems in The Bees Have Been Canceled are ravenous, rich, and exquisitely built. Maya Catherine Popa’s language makes visible how yearning tethers the mind to the world and how hurt spawns an astonishing self-awareness. Her gaze alights on beauty and violence; it ‘scurries from birth to blight.’ Such attentive looking brings closer the brokenness of the world. This gaze is also restorative; it alleviates and mends and delights.” – Eduardo C. Corral

“Maya Catherine Popa’s The Bees Have Been Canceled is haunted by violence and catastrophe, by the consequences of human desire turned to incommensurate ends, and anxious about the resources of language. There are no glib answers, only a certain kind of belief (the kind Emily Dickinson might recognize) embodied afresh in poems that are richly textured, and filled with energy, wit, and intelligence. Popa’s work is serious, but there’s joy here, too, in a balance that defies gravity.” -Averill Curdy

MSt tutor Jane Draycott reads at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, 6 May 2017

MSt tutor Jane Draycott will be reading from “Pearl” and “The Occupant” at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival on the 6th of May 2017, at 5 pm.

From the festival website:

‘Part of the same 14th-century manuscript as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, also written in its dialect, Pearl is an intricately wrought 1200-line elegiac poem in which a father grieves for his small daughter, dead before her second birthday. This wrenchingly beautiful vision of love and bereavement has been translated by acclaimed poet Jane Draycott, and, according to The Independent, “The glamour, even glitz, of its view of paradise across the river of death dazzles as never before in modern English”. David Morley described it as “marvellously modulated yet stirringly wild.” The event also includes a reading from Jane’s new collection The Occupant and a chance for questions.”

More information about the festival.

Book tickets.

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Prof Tabish Khair, 11th May 2017

“Thinking in Stories: Or why the process of reading literature is the antidote to fundamentalism”

Tabish Khair

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

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary

Born and educated in Gaya, a small town in Bihar, India, Tabish Khair is the author of various acclaimed books, including the novels The Bus Stopped; Filming: A Love Story; The Thing About Thugs; and How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position. He has also published the poetry collections Where Parallel Lines Meet and Man of Glass. In 2016, he published a study The New Xenophobia and a new novel, Just Another Jihadi Jane, to critical acclaim. Khair is currently a Leverhulme guest professor at the School of English, Leeds University.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan