Poetry reading and chapbook launch by MSt Tutor Jamie McKendrick and MSt alumni Maya Catherine Popa, Oxford 6th July 2018

Poetry reading and chapbook launch by MSt Tutor Jamie McKendrick and MSt alumni Maya Catherine Popa, organised and introduced by MSt Tutor Jenny Lewis
6.30-8.30pm, FRIDAY 6th JULY at the Quaker Meeting House, St. Giles, Oxford.
Jamie and Maya will be reading a selection of their work including from Jamie’s new pamphlet, Repairwork  (Clutag Press, 2018) and Maya’s new chapbook, You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave. Oxford poet Jennie Carr will be reading with Jamie and Maya from her new collection, A Tilt in the Year (Littoral Press, 2018)
Tickets £4 at the door. Refreshments available.
For details, please contact Jenny Lewis – jennyklewis@gmail.com

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis poetry collection “Even at the Edge of the World” published in Arabic

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’ poetry collection Even at the Edge of the World has been published in Arabic. Edited & introduced by Adnan al-Sayegh; translated by Ruba Abughaida, Gassan Namiq, Dr. Taj Kandoura, Dr. Bahaa AbdelMegid, Dana Al-Zubaidi, Ahmed Al-Hamdi and Marga Burgui-Artajo.
Published by Dar Sutour, Baghdad & Dar Al-Rafidain, Beirut, 19 May, 2018.

MSt alumna Mary-Jane Holmes’ poetry collection “Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass” published by Pindrop Press

From the Pindrop Press announcement:

“Mary-Jane Holmes, winner of the Bridport Prize 2017, dazzles with this, her debut collection. These poems range far and wide – from the landscapes, stories and traditions of the North Pennines, rich with dialect; to an Occitan hamlet with its chanterelles and walnut harvests, via the many voices of wind, water and rural history; some agonising, some benedictory. Meet the female roofer determined to shove it to the men; Eros escaping from a nursing home. Witness the intimate rites of a family preparing a body for burial; the ordeal of tattoo removal; the girl in a pencil skirt and Doc Martens on the edge of a bridge during rush hour. You’ll never see things quite the same again.

 Praise for Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass:

“What we hear distinctly in these vivid geographies is a new voice in the poetics of landscape. In the musical interweave between her haunting evocations of the English Pennines and her echoing conversations with the 20th-century Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni, Holmes has created a richly generative space in which her searching imagination seems vitally at home.” Jane Draycott

“I can hardly believe this rich, intense and compellingly readable collection is a debut. I have rarely read so many poems in a row filled with lines as fresh, as lively and as apt to the complexity of such wide-ranging subject matter. Those who love strikingly original language for its own sake will enjoy this book, as will those who like their poems to be located in the reality of time and place, with strong narrative underpinning. It’s a perfect coming-together of concern for the environment and for the human with a commitment to the highest standards of aesthetic representation. For me, Holmes is perhaps the most convincingly rural and at the same time most convincingly contemporary English poet since Ted Hughes. Surely one of the collections of the year.” Dave Lordan

Read more about the  collection, including a sample poem, and order it, from the Pindrop website.

MSt tutor Amal Chatterjee’s play “Finding José” in Tamasha’s scratch night, London, 25th May 2018

MSt tutor Amal Chatterjee’s play, Finding José, is one of four  in Tamasha’s “Over to You” scratch night on 25th May 2018.

Date: Friday, 25 May 20178, 7:30pm
Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

From Tamasha’s website:

We want to scratch the plays a company like ours – a diverse, cutting edge touring theatre company of 27 years – should be producing. …Over the course of three weeks, 70 artists submitted plays to scratch … we have narrowed this down to the four gripping short plays we will present, including:

Finding José by Amal Chatterjee
Graveyard Girlz by Lakesha Arie-Angela
Other Please Explain by Lynsey Martenstyn
The Affairs of Men by Sid Sagar

The plays will be followed by a Q&A with the writers.

More details from Tamasha

Booking (tickets £8-£10)