MSt alumna Blanka Čechová’s novel “Total Balkans” best rated Czech book on GoodReads  

MSt alumna Blanka Čechová’s novel Total Balkans is the best rated Czech book on GoodReads .

From the cover: “Can billions be embezzled hundred by hundred? Does democratization make sense? And does an individual have any chance to make a difference inside a huge organization? A young lawyer sets out for a breathtaking mission in Kosovo to find the answers. She witnesses crushing injustice, survives a line of incredible adventures, disillusions and doubts, and finally, she becomes the black sheep inside the respected organization and the hero of local people, who realize that somebody finally cares.”

The English version of the book is available on Amazon

MSt aluman Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s “The Deathless Girls”, a reinterpreting of Dracula, to be published by Orion Children’s Books’ Bellatrix

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s reinterpretation of Dracula is to be published by Orion Children’s Books’ new YA feminist series, Bellatrix.

From The Bookseller
“Millwood Hargrave has written The Deathless Girls – the untold story of the brides of Dracula. 17-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their traveller community. Forced to work in the castle kitchens, Lil meets Mira, a fellow slave girl she feels inexplicably drawn to. But she also learns about the Dragon – a mysterious figure of myth who takes young girls as gifts.”

Read more about it on The Bookseller.

MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s “Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile” on the Walter Scott Prize Academy Recommends list

MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s novel Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile (published by Unbound) is one of the Walter Scott Prize Academy’s Recommends for 2019.

From the announcement: “Announcing the Academy list, chair of Judges Alistair Moffatt said:

“We are delighted to unveil our Academy’s ‘recommended’ list, offering readers a further selection of twenty superb novels from the UK, Africa, Australia and beyond.  The Walter Scott Prize Academy, expanded this year to include book bloggers and international book festival directors, is playing an important role in bringing superlative historical fiction from further afield to public attention, as well as recognizing home grown talent.” “

Read more about the list here.

MSt alumna Hazel Barkworth’s novel “Heatstroke” to be published by Headline Review in 2020

MSt alumna Hazel Barkworth’s debut novel Heatstroke is to be published by Headline Review in 2020. From the Bookseller:

Headline’s sister imprint Headline Review has snapped up the “heady and compulsive” debut novel from Hazel Barkworth in a pre-empt deal.

Commissioning editor Frankie Edwards acquired world rights from Lucy Morris at Curtis Brown. Heatstroke will be published as a lead hardback in early summer 2020.

The novel is about the impact on three women of a teacher-pupil relationship. The synopsis says:  “It would be fair to assume this book is about 15-year-old Lily, who disappears at the beginning of a long, hot summer. But this isn’t the story you think you’re reading…”

Read more about it on The Bookseller

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis and Michael Schmidt: events in Oxford, 27 Feb 2019

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis and poet Michael Schmidt at two events in Oxford on 27 Feb 2019
2.00-3.00pm Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Gilgamesh the Escapologist – on the instability of texts and translations – https://www.ashmolean.org/event/gilgamesh-the-escapologist


5.30-6.30pm Kellogg College, Banbury Road, Oxford
Recalibrating the Epic of Gilgamesh for the 21st Century – How can one poem speak in such different voices and authorise such different responses?http://www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/events/creative-writing-feb19/

Both events are free and there will be refreshments served at Kellogg from 5.00pm onwards.