Alumni Publications – and Successes

Given all the wonderful successes of our alumni, we’ve decided to create a list. This is by no means complete, and we will be updating it as we go along. It’s in alphabetical order (work in progress), by first name, by the way, do use “Find” or “Search” if you are looking for someone or a particular work:

Alexandra Strnad, H Is for Hadeda (Poetry Salzburg 2017)
Pilgrims (Eyewear, 2018)

Annette Pas, The Country Where I Love You (Uitgeverij Vrijdag 2008),
A Strange Intimacy (Prometheus 2013)

Art Allen, The Nurseryman (Kernpunkt Press, 2019)

Bette Adriaanse, Rus Like Everyone Else (Unnamed Press 2015)

Blanka Cechova, Total Balkans (O.S.N. Opravdu Skvělé Nakladatelství – Jaroslav Čech 2017)

Cam Ralphs, Malkin (Emma Press 2015) 

Catherine Higgins-Moore, Strange Roof (Finishing Line Press 2017)

Charlotta Larsson, Förvandlerskan (Bokförlaget Forum 2015)

Carlos Llaza, Naturaleza muerta con langosta (Buenos Aires Poetry 2017)

Chris Viner, Brief Tenancies (J. New Books 2021), a portion of royalties will go to the Foundation for Peace.
Lemniscate (Unsolicited Press 2017)

Cressida Peever, The Glass Spider (Lazy Bee Scripts 2016), first performed as part of the Chesil Theatre 10×10 New Writing Festival;
Sex Education – performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Daisy Johnson, Fen (Vintage 2017), 
Everything Under (Jonathan Cape 2018) 
Sisters (Penguin 2020)

David Shook Our Obsidian Tongues (Eyewear 2013)

Elena Kaufman, Love Bites (Unbound 2018)

Emma Fenton-Wells,C*mbucket – Scriptspace 2018 finalist and performed at The Space, London. In development for 2021 production.
Populist produced by Part of the Night, 2019 R&D supported by Arts Council England, and 2021 UK tour.
The End of Us – performed at 2020 Two Fest festival at The Space, London.

Frances Macken, The Diary of Natalya Zlota (Frances Macken 2015)
You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here (Oneworld, April 2020)

Gry Strømme, Under samme sol(Vigmostad & Bjørke AS 2020)

Hazel Barkworth, Heatstroke (Headline Review 2020)

Humphrey Astley, Alexander the Great: a Folk Operetta three-part album and stage-show (PinDrop/PRSF, 2013-15) 
The Gallows-Humored Melody (Albion Beatnik Press, 2016) 
Reasons Not to Live There (Sabotage Reviews Recommended Release, 2012),
The One-Sided Coin (Rain Over Bouville, 2018)Humphrey ‘Huck’ Astley –

James Benmore, Dodger (Quercus 2013),
Dodger of the Dials (Quercus 2014),
Dodger of the Revolution (Quercus 2016)

James Ellis, The Wrong Story (Unbound 2017), 
Happy Family (Unbound 2020)

James Roderick, The Salesman’s Shoes (Modern English Tanka Press 2007)

Jana Casale, The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky (Knopf 2018)

JC Niala, Contributor to Contemporary Plays by African Women (Unsettled) (Methuen Drama 2019)

Jen Thorp, Librettos: The Schubert Project: Heideröslein, commissioned by Oxford Lieder Festival, Oct 2014; 
Four Motets After Bach, commissioned and performed by Armonico Consort, Sept 2015; 
Madrigals, commissioned for Rambert Dance Company, Sept 2015; 
After Orlando, commissioned and performed by Exultate Singers, Oct 2016; 
The Astronomer’s Carol, commissioned and performed by Armonico Consort, Dec 2015; 
Under The Surface, commissioned by the Life Of Breath Project at the University of Bristol, performed by the Brabant Ensemble & Bristol University Singers, Nov 2016;  
Music, Make: Anthem For St Cecilia, commissioned for the Festival Of St Cecilia annual event held by the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Performed by the combined choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral  and Westminster Cathedral Choir, and performed at Westminster Abbey, Nov 2016; 
Annual Official Christmas Carol, commissioned by BBC Music Magazine, Dec 2017; 
The Choice, frame opera libretto commissioned by Vocal Futures, performed at Britten Theatre, conducted by Suzi Digby, 14-15 October 2016; 
Beowulf, commissioned by Armonico Consort & AC Academy Singers with a score by Toby Young, performed with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and harpist Catrin Finch; 
Witch: An Opera, commissioned by the University of Oxford Faculty of Music, with a score by Toby Young, performed at the Jacqueline de Pre theatre

Jeremy Hughes Dovetail (Alcemi Press 2011), Wingspan (Cillian Press 2013)

Jing Lee, If I Could Tell You (Marshall Cavendish 2013), 
How We Disappeared (Oneworld, 2018)

Jingan Young, Jingan Young, Filth or “Failed in London, Try Hong Kong” ,Hong Kong Arts Festival, March 2014
Foreign Goods (Oberon Books, 2018)

Jonny Flieger, You are Among Monsters (Palimpsest Press 2017)

Katherine MacInnes, Love and Death and Mrs Bill: A Play About Oriana, Wife of Polar Explorer Edward Wilson (Snow Widow 2013)
Oriana: Woman with Iceberg Eyes (History Press 2019)

Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Splitfish (Gatehouse Press, 2014)
The Girl of Ink and Stars (Chicken House 2016), 
The Island at the End of Everything (Chicken House 2017), 
Orpheus and Eurydice (Bloomsbury 2017), 
The Way Past Winter (Chicken House 2018), 
The Mercies (Picador 2019),
The Deathless Girls (Orion Childrens’ Books, 2019)
A Secret of Birds and Bone (Chicken House, 2020)

Lani Yamamoto, Stína (V & A Publishing 2015)

Laura Theis, How to Extricate Yourself (Dempsey & Windle 2020)

Lex Coulton, Falling Short (John Murray 2018)

M J Holmes, Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass (Pindrop Press 2018)
Don’t Tell the Bees (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2020)
Dihedral (Live Canon Press, 2020)

Madiha Bee, The Lightworkers (Pinyon Publishing 2020)

Mariah Whelan, the love i do to you (Eyewear, 2019)
The Rafters are Still Burning (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming 2021)

Maya Popa, The Bees Have Been Canceled (Southward Press 2017), 
You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave (New Michigan Press, 2018)
American Faith (Sarabande, 2019

Michael Collins, The Death of All Things Seen (Head of Zeus, 2016)

Morgan Christie, Variations on a Lobster’s Tale (New Plains Review Publishing Group 2018)
These Bodies (Tolsun press, 2020)

Nabin Chhetri, Bini (Red Mountain Press 2016)
I, Father (forthcoming with Eyewear publishing)

Nemat Sadat, The Carpet Weaver (Penguin India June 2019)

Nick Bruckman, Pufferfish – performed at the Pleasance, April 2016

Pat Toland, Stockholm (Templar Press 2014)

Patrick Cash, The Chemsex Monologues (Play – Bloomsbury 2016)
The HIV Monologues (Play – Bloomsbury 2016)
Anti-Hate Anthology (Editor – Spoken Word London 2019)
‘Cracks’ in The London Magazine (Short story – 2021)

Prajwal Parajuly, The Gurkha’s Daughter (Quercus 2014), 
Land Where I Flee (Quercus 2015)

Romola Parish, Crying in the Silicon Wilderness: Meditations on Faith (OxfordFolio 2017)

Rory Gleeson, Rockadoon Shore (John Murray 2017)

Rose Edwards, The Harm Tree (UCLan 2019)

Sabyn Javeri, Nobody Killed Her (HarperCollins India 2017)

Sam Bully-Thomas, Cane (Wundor Editions 2017)

Sam Moore, All my Teachers Died of AIDS (Pilot Press 2020)

Samir Guglani, Histories (Riverrun 2017)

Sabyn Javeri, Hijabistan (Harper India 2019)

Sarvat Hasin, This Wide Night (Penguin Books India 2017),
The Giant Dark (Dialogue Books 2021)

Sophy Roberts, The Lost Pianos of Siberia (Doubleday 2020)

Stephanie Chong, Where Demons Fear to Tread (Harlequin 2011), 
The Demoness of Waking Dreams (Harlequin 2012) 

Stephanie Scott, What’s Left Of Me Is Yours (Weidenfeld & Nicolson / Doubleday 2020)

Susie Campbell, The Bitters (Dancing Girl Press 2014), 
The Frock Enquiry (Annexe 2015)
I return to you (Sampson Low, 2019)
Tenter (Guillemot Press, 2020)

MSt alumna Laura Theis’ “How to Extricate Yourself” published by Dempsey & Windle

MSt alumna Laura Theis collecttion “How to Extricate Yourself” has been published by Dempsey & Windle

From the announcement:

“What would it be like to be a writer in residence on the moon? Or to wake up with hair made out of spiders? To move in with a dragon? Or to raise a demon baby by accident? Simultaneously dark and funny, these poems let the reader escape into the realm of the imagination and the fantastical. Unafraid of asking ‘what if…’, the poems’ various speakers and narrative voices try to make sense of their narrowing world and sleepless nights through self-deception and make-believe, spells and incarnations, peeks into the possibilities of other worlds and lives.

Besides being awarded the 2020 Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize, the poems in this collection have won or been shortlisted for the Acumen Poetry Prize, the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, three consecutive Live Canon International Poetry Awards, the Hammond House Award, the Yeovil Prize, the Wirral Poetry Festival Competition, the Blue Nib Chapbook Contest, the Yaffle Prize, the Charroux Prize andthe Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize judged by Jackie Kay

Praise for ‘how to extricate yourself’:

How to Extricate Yourselfcombines vivid narrative, seriousness and delight in language that moves easily between wry imaginative energy and resonant pathos. This is a debut collection of admirable wit and invention, and introduces Laura Theis – already a successful fiction writer – as a poet of distinctive new voice.”

–               Jane Draycott

“No one else does weird and tender quite like Laura Theis.”

– Kiran Millwood Hargrave

“Grabbed me not just for the overall quality from poem to poem but also from line to line… I could have read these poems all night and still have read some more.”

– Paul McGrane, who selected Laura Theis as the winner of the 2020 Brian Dempsey Memorial Pamphlet Prize

“A witty and playful collection from a gifted poet who blends delicate lyricism with candid confession.  An engaging and fresh new voice.” 

– Anna Saunders, 2020 Wirral Prize Judge & CEO of Cheltenham Poetry Festival

“In these poems which sing and see from a distance, Laura Theis is in complete control of tone – never forced or rushed, convinced the gentlemen callers will leave having not detected the fire in the grates of the witchy girls…. It is a book of entrances and exits – the astronaut’s wife, a lover on the moon – reports from a world where jellyfish are admirable, space and distance present both in the barely punctuated lines and between partner and partner. These poems are resourceful and magical, tracing infinity ‘the way bees love to eat / honey but also make honey.’

– Matt Bryden, Judge of the 2020 Charroux Prize

“A sparkling debut…a small treasure box filled with surprising, unusual jewels.”

– Christina HouenPerfect Words

The book is available directly from the publisher through Waterstones / Amazon )

MSt tutor Jamie Mckendrick’s “The Years” shortlisted for the 2020 Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets

MSt tutor Jamie Mckendrick’s “The Years” has been shortlisted for the 2020 Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets.

From the announcement

“The judges admired these poems for their formal accomplishment, quiet erudition, variety of theme and engaging introspection.  But, beyond that, it was the complex and various interplay between the poems and McKendrick’s own ink and watercolour pictures that marked this pamphlet out as being a truly singular achievement. Reader and viewer become caught up in the profound similarities and differences there are between poem and picture; they also become transfixed by subtle, sometimes sombre, hued world the two of them create.”

You can read about the shortlist here.

MSt alumnus David Shook’s “Barcode Scanner” wins ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival’s Prize for the Best Film for Tolerance

MSt alumnus David Shook’s Barcode Scanner has won the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival’s Prize for the Best Film for Tolerance.

From the announcement:

“The Prize for the Best Film for Tolerance, donated by the Federal Foreign Ministry, has been awarded to the film A Barcode Scanner (IRQ 2019) by David Shook, based on the poem of the same name by Zêdan Xelef. From the jury citation: “The poetic voice and the cinematographical eye become mediums against oppression and despair by simply simply and clearly scanning what is there, repeatedly and impeccably, like the barcodes of a condensed everyday life experience.”

MSt alumna MJ Holmes’s novella “Don’t Tell the Bees” published by Ad Hoc Fiction

MSt alumna MJ Holmes’s novella Don’t Tell the Bees , which won the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award has been published by Ad Hoc Fiction.

The judge of the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award , Michael Loveday, said:

WThe winning novella is a story of a young girl (called No-more) and a village community in France, around the time of the Second World War. It’s full of nostalgia for old rural ways, and, in passing, a nuanced description of the impact of industrial progress. There’s a charming fairy-tale quality, a satisfying come-uppance for a villainous character, and every page positively oozes with fondness for its characters. The novella adopts a classic novella-in-flash form, with each chapter a self-contained world of its own, a distinct moment in time, but its absolute originality is expressed in the characters’ eccentric qualities, the richly textured language, the blending of history with fable, and the way that its fragments collectively evoke the whole story of a village and way of life. Amongst a raft of brilliant manuscripts, this was the story I found myself most eagerly returning to, cherishing each time the writer’s deft skills. “

You can read about it and order it from Ad Hoc

MSt alumna M J Holmes’ pamphlet “Dihedral” published by Live Canon

MSt alumna M J Holmes’ pamphlet “Dihedral” has been published by Live Canon.

From the announcement:

“Joint winner of the 2020 Live Canon Pamphlet Competition.

A Forward Prize nominee and Hawthornden Fellow, Mary-Jane has won the Bridport Poetry prize, the Bath Novella-in-Flash Prize, the Martin Starkie Poetry Prize, Dromineer Fiction Prize, the Reflex Fiction and Mslexia Flash prize as well as the Bedford Poetry competition. In 2020, she was shortlisted for the Beverley International Prize for Literature and longlisted for the UK National Poetry Prize. Mary-Jane’s debut poetry collection Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass is published by Pindrop Press.

Her work appears in anthologies including Best Small Fictions 2014/16/18 and Best Microfictions 2020 and in a variety of publications including Magma, Mslexia, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, The Lonely Crowd, and Prole. “

You can read about it and order it here.