MSt tutor Roopa Farooki on judging panel for Young Muslim Writers Award

MSt tutor Roopa Farooki has been named a judge on the panel for Young Muslim Writers Award 2018.

From the announcement:

The judging panel comprised of 31 award-winning poets, writers, and journalists have been announced for the 8th annual Young Muslim Writers Awards competition.

 The panel of judges have been tasked with selecting nine winners for this year’s writing competition organised by UK charity Muslim Hands, in association with the Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study (University of London). Thousands of children have submitted their writing over the competition’s eight-year history, with forty-five submissions shortlisted from this year’s entrants.

Since 2010 Muslim Hands has encouraged and nurtured the writing talents of thousands of children through creative writing workshops and the annual competition. Winners from this year’s competition will be announced on Saturday 1st December at the iconic Senate House (London) across the Short Story, Poetry, and Journalism categories.”

More about the prize and the judges

MSt tutor Jane Draycott reading at the British Library, 26 Nov 2018

MSt tutor Jane Draycott will be reading at the British Library on Monday 26 Nov 2018 for Carcanet’s “What makes a Classic?”

From the announcement:

One generation’s classics look quite different from another’s. So how do you define them?

To celebrate the launch of Carcanet’s new Carcanet Classics series, we explore how you go about curating a list of classics and what value such collections hold for readers, writers, students or even collectors.

The Carcanet Classics range from books from two millennia BC to those of our own century, from Sumeria to Paterson, New Jersey, from ancient Greece to Anglo-Saxondom. The range includes new takes on ancient texts (two Gilgameshes for example), new readings of the Latin classics and young poets advocating the work of their mentors.

Readers at this event include:
– Carcanet’s Founder and Editorial Director, Michael Schmidt
– John Clegg (Selected Poems by John Heath-Stubbs, Sept 2018)
– Jane Draycott (Pearl (trans.), Sept 2018) 
– Philip Terry (Dictator (a Gilgamesh translation), Oct 2018) 
– Robyn Marsack (Selected Poems by Edmund Blunden, Dec 2018)at the Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

tickets Full Price: £10.00, Member: £10.00, Senior 60+: £8.00, Student: £7.00, Registered Unemployed: £7.00, Under 18: £7.00

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis at the Stanford University Centre, Oxford, 20th Nov 2018

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis will be at the Stanford University Centre in Oxford on the 20th of November 2018, 5 – 7 pm.

From the announcement:

Translating Trauma: Creative Responses to War and Conflict

British poet Jenny Lewis and Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh discuss their approaches to writing and translating war poetry. Jenny will show a presentation of her father’s black and white photographs, taken in Iraq during the First World War Mesopotamian Campaign from her book Taking Mesopotamia (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet 2014) and Adnan al-Sayegh will discuss the horror of his time as a young conscript in the Iran Iraq War and subsequent 18 months in an army detention centre (for reading poetry in the barracks), and read from his celebrated epic poem, Uruk’s Anthem.

The session will include a short translation exercise (no previous translation knowledge necessary) and a Q&A with students to further explore issues around creative responses to trauma.

Stanford University Centre in Oxford
65 High St
United Kingdom

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’ “Gilgamesh Retold” launches in London, Oxford, 3rd, 4th Oct, 11th Nov 2018

Jenny Lewis relocates Gilgamesh to its earlier, oral roots in a Sumerian society where men and women were more equal, the reigning deity of Gilgamesh’s city, Uruk, was female (Inanna), only women were allowed to brew beer and keep taverns and women had their own language – emesal. With this shift of emphasis, Lewis captures the powerful allure of the world’s oldest poem and gives it a fresh dynamic while creating a fast-paced narrative for a new generation of readers.
‘Not simply a retelling of the ancient epic; it is the spirited response of a contemporary poet to the original legend.’
Theodore Ziolkowski, Gilgamesh Among Us
Wednesday 3 October, 2018,
Goldsmiths, University of London
Free admission to seminar – to attend please email Maria MacDonald,
Thursday 4 October 2018,
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Thursday 11 November, 2018
Oxfordshire launch of Gilgamesh Retold followed by the festival’s popular open mic session. Tickets £5. To buy a ticket/ book a slot contact 01993 812760, or email


MSt alumni Daisy Johnson & Kiran Millwood Hargrave shortlisted for Blackwell’s Book of the Year

MSt alumni Daisy Johnson and Kiran Millwood Hargrave have been shortlisted for Blackwell’s Book of the Year for Daisy’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Everything Under (Jonathan Cape) and Kiran’s The Way Past Winter (Chicken House).