MSt alumna Romola Parish reads at the Oxfordshire Museum, 15 July 2017

MSt alumna Romola Parish reads at the Living Landscapes exhibition, 15 July 2017, the Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

Romola Parish, who graduated from the MSt programme in 2016, is currently  Poet in Residence at the Historic Landscape Classification Project at Oxfordshire County Council. She will be reading from her pamphlet of poems, In Polygonia, at the launch of the interactive digital map at the Living Landscapes exhibition, 15 July 2017, at the Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock.

The day also includes presentations on the project, exhibitions, work by artist Miranda Cresswell, workshops and two events – post-it poems and photographs, to which everyone is invited to contribute.

For more information on the exhibition please visit the website and event page:


MSt tutor Jenny Lewis in “‘Poetry in Motion’ the Songwriter’s Art”, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, 22 May

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis takes part in ‘Poetry in Motion’ the Songwriter’s Art, at Regent’s Park College, on 22nd May at 5-6.30pm, Regents Park College, Oxford.
Jenny will be looking at the relationship between poetry and songwriting and describing how, in the 60’s,  she co-wrote, with Vashti Bunyan, the original song from which the iconic ‘Train Song’ was developed. ‘Train Song’ has had over 4 million hits on YouTube and been used on high profile TV commercials such as Reebok and Samsung and US TV series such as True Detective and, currently, The Patriot. Free event, all welcome.

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis with poet Adnan al-Sayegh, artist Frances Kiernan, exhibition at Iraqi Embassy, London

Exhibition and readings of work by MST tutor Jenny Lewis at Iraqi Embassy cultural event

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis joined the distinguished Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh and the British artist Frances Kiernan to present an exhibition of prints and extracts from Gilgamesh Retold, Jenny’s re-imagining of the Epic of Gilgamesh, at the the Iraqi Embassy on 29 April, 2017. The presentation was followed by the launch of The Flood an extract from Gilgamesh Retold with Arabic translations by Adnan al-Sayegh and Ruba Abughaida and original woodcuts by Frances Kiernan, published by Mulfran Press.

The ceremony was opened by His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq Dr. Saleh Al-Tamimi, who welcomed the guests and the audience, highlighting Jenny’s poetry and the importance of her collaboration with the Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh which is funded by Arts Council England and supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and The Poetry Society. Dr. Al-Tamimi also stressed the importance of these cultural evenings that shed light on the ancient civilization of Iraq and its history which is currently under threat from terrorist groups.

Dr Al-Tamimi also thanked the media ambassador Waheeda Al-Miqdadi for her efforts in organizing this evening in co-operation with the Embassy.


MSt tutor John Retallack to direct “As You Like It” at Corpus Christi College, 10th – 13th May

MSt Creative Writing tutor John Retallack is directing a production of As You Like It at Corpus Christi College. The play will be performed both indoors and outdoors in the college Gardens,  Cloisters,  Chapel and  Dining Hall.

The older characters in the play are played by Corpus Christi staff: the
recently retired President, Richard Carwardine in the role of Duke Senior;
and the gardener of the college, David Leake, plays Adam. Students play all
the young roles and also the wonderful music that Howard Goodall has
specially written for As You Like It. 

There are only five performances of the show; evenings at 7.30pm from
Wednesday May 10th until Saturday 13th when there is also a matinee at 2.30
Audience numbers are restricted to 90. For the price of your ticket, wine
is served on the roof terrace overlooking Christ Church Meadow during the
interval and also at the end of the performance in the Dining Hall.”

Further details and booking information can be found here: