MSt tutor Marian Womack’s novel “The Golden Key” published by Titan Books

MSt tutor Marian Womack’s novel The Golden Key has been published by Titan Books. From the release note:

“After the death of Queen Victoria, England heaves with the uncanny. Séances are held and the dead are called upon from darker realms.

Helena Walton-Cisneros, known for her ability to find the lost and the displaced, is hired by the elusive Lady Matthews to solve a twenty-year-old mystery: the disappearance of her three stepdaughters who vanished without a trace on the Norfolk Fens.

But the Fens are an age-old land, where folk tales and dark magic still linger. The locals speak of devilmen and catatonic children are found on the Broads. Here, Helena finds what she was sent for, as the Fenland always gives up its secrets, in the end…”

You can order the book from Titan’s webpage

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s novel “The Mercies” published in the UK & the US.

MSt alumna Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s novel The Mercies has been published in the UK & the US. From the UK announcement (Picador):

“The Sunday Times Bestseller
‘A gripping novel . . . Beautiful and chilling’ – Madeline Miller, author of Circe

Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm of 1617, The Mercies is a story about how suspicion can twist its way through a community, and a love that may prove as dangerous as it is powerful.

On Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm. As Maren Magnusdatter watches, forty fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves – the menfolk of Vardø wiped out in an instant.

Vardø is now a place of women.

Eighteen months later, a sinister figure arrives. Summoned from Scotland to take control of a place at the edge of the civilized world, Absalom Cornet knows what he needs to do to bring the women of Vardø to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In Vardø, and in Maren, Ursa finds something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place flooded with a terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs . . .

BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick 2020

A gripping novel inspired by a real-life witch hunt. Hargrave’s prose is visceral and immersive; the muddy, cold life and politics of a fishing village leap to vivid life. But her most vital insights are about the human heart: how terrifyingly quickly prejudices can turn into murder, and how desperately we need love and courage to oppose it. Beautiful and chilling

Madeline Miller, author of Circe

This is a powerful story that gathers ever more momentum as it moves towards its conclusion

Sunday Times

A book for our times . . . Millwood Hargrave is a whirlwind, storm-building talent

Daisy Johnson, Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of Everything Under”

MSt tutors Jane Draycott & Jenny Lewis at Carcanet’s 50 year celebration, Oxford, 20 Feb 2020

MSt tutors Jane Draycott & Jenny Lewis will be reading at Carcanet’s 50 year celebration, Oxford, 20 Feb 2020.

The announcement:

Thursday 20 Feb 2020, 17:30 to 19:00
Location:T S Eliot Theatre
Merton College
Description:Celebrate Fifty Years of Carcanet Press publishing some of the very best in contemporary poetry in an evening of readings and discussion  Followed by a Drinks Reception at Merton College, Oxford.  

This convivial and informal evening hasbeen planned to highlight the poetry and creative practice of prominent poetson the Carcanet list, all of whom have connections to Oxford and the University.

Join us to hear a range of readings by Peter McDonaldJane YehRowland Bagnall, Jane Draycott, Peter Davidson and Jenny Lewis, and be part of a discussion that will take us from themes ofinfluence and tradition to a consideration of contemporary poetics and the roleof the poet in contemporary society.

A drinks reception will follow thepresentation, where there will be an opportunity to meet the poets, purchasecopies of recent collections and learn more about the work of Carcanet Press inmaking a major contribution to our cultural life in the UK and beyond.

The evening is hosted by Kirsty Gunn,Visiting Creative Research  Fellow, Merton College.

All welcome, no tickets necessary. “

MSt alumna Majella Kelly’s “City Poems” out on 20th, 21st Feb 2020

Announcement from the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and ignition Press:

“The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is delighted to announce the publication of three new ignitionpress poetry pamphlets:

City Poems by Mia KangHush by Majella KellyHinge by Alycia Pirmohamed
We will be launching them next week at the Poetry Cafe in London on Thursday 20 February from 7pm and on Friday 21 February at Waterstones Oxford from 6.30pm. Mia will be appearing via video link, but Alycia and Majella will be there in person! You will also be able to find us at the Poetry Book Fair in London on Saturday 22 February.
We’d love to see you at one of these launches! Please sign up for free tickets via Eventbrite here.

You can read samples of their work on the Poetry Centre website and hear them read from their pamphlets here. They will be available to buy online from the Brookes Shop this Friday.

Majella Kelly is an Irish writer from Tuam, Co. Galway who won the 2019 Strokestown International Poetry Competition. Last year she was also shortlisted for the inaugural Brotherton Prize at Leeds University and her poems will be published by Carcanet in a Brotherton anthology. Her poetry and short fiction has been published in such places as The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Southword, Ambit and Best New British & Irish Poets 2017. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford.”