MSt alumna Maya Popa’s poetry collection You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave has been published by New Michigan Press
“This is a work of seething precision. In these poems, hope is a meticulous, meditative state—a method of forensic searching and study that is carried with great care across generations. By stitching her raging images together with stillness and poise, Popa asks us to step back from our panic and look: “peeling back the hair, that quiet, necessary artifice, / to reveal a nesting doll of impulses.”
“In Maya Catherine Popa’s You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave, feathers are unfulfilled parables, a hen’s eggs turn a vicious red, and a super moon “blooms a tyranny of flowers.” A helix of histories lies threaded to both the present day and the various magics of night. These poems are smart and lush, and at the end of each of them my heart, mind, and ear argue over which was lavished with the most pleasure. I am enchanted by this book, in its thrall, its bright gravity, its terribilitá.”
MSt tutor Sarah Bakewell has been awarded a Windham-Campbell prize.
From the announcement:
“The Call of a Lifetime
The director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes recently made the call of a lifetime to eight entirely surprised writers, informing them that they will each be recognized with a $165,000 USD prize to support their writing. Awards will be conferred September 12-14 at an international literary festival at Yale, where the Prizes are based.
Established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell, the prizes are among the richest and most prestigious literary prizes on earth.
English language writers from anywhere in the world are eligible. This year’s recipients are: in drama, Lucas Hnath (US) and Suzan-Lori Parks (US); in nonﬁction, Sarah Bakewell (UK) and Olivia Laing (UK); in ﬁction, John Keene (US) and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda/UK); and in poetry, Lorna Goodison (Jamaica) and Cathy Park Hong (US).”
“Sarah Bakewell unknots complex philosophical thought with verve and wit; her eye for detail and her animated conversation bring readers to inhabit the lives of great philosophers …”
Go to the prize website to read more
MSt tutor John Retallack’s dramatisation of J B Priestley’s “The Good Companions” on BBC Radio 4 is available to listen to online.
From the Radio 4 site: “John Retallack’s dramatisation of J B Priestley’s classic story of a 1929 Concert Party tour charts new adventures for factory worker Jess Oakroyd and newly independant Miss Trant.”
MSt tutor Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch’s new collection, Ling di Long, will be launched on 26 Feb 2018
6.30 – 8.30 pm
The Music Room
49 Great Ormond Street
London WC1N 3HZ
Admission free but please advise of attendance: rackpress@nicholas murray.co.uk
Tickets are now on sale for the third Science and Poetry event
at St. Hilda’s College, organised by MSt tutor Jenny Lewis with Sarah Watkinson of St. Hilda’s. The event, on 9 Jun 2018
, will feature poets Carrie Etter and Philip Gross and is themed around climate and environmental change. It will include an open mic for poems relating to the theme.
There will be a free workshop in advance of SciPo 2018, led by alumna Romola Parish and Sarah Watkinson at St Hilda’s College on 17 February, from 10.00-4.00. There will also be an opportunity to enter poems into a competition judged by Jenny Lewis.
MSt tutor James Womack’s On Trust: A Book of Lies (Carcanet Press) has been longlisted for the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize. The shortlist, six books, will be announced at the end of March, and the winner on Thursday 10th May 2018.
Read more about the prize and the longlist.
MSt tutor Rebecca Abrams will be discussing her new book The Jewish Journey at Blackwells Bookshop in Oxford, on Thu 25 Jan 18, 1– 2pm. The book explores the history of the Jewish people from antiquity to modern times through 22 objects from the Ashmolean Museum
MSt tutor Alice Jolly’s Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile is to be published by Unbound.
Read more about it, including an excerpt, on Unbound’s site.
“Once the initial subscription has been raised then Alice’s share of the profits (50% of every book sold) will go to Emmaus – a charity who support homeless people in Gloucestershire and are part of a federation of 350 organisations in 37 countries around the world”
MSt tutor Jenny Lewis attended world premiere of Russian opera based on her book When I Became an Amazon
20 November 2017 saw the world premiere of the chamber-opera ‘How I Became an Amazon’ by Russian composer Gennadyi Shiroglazov, based on the book When I Became an Amazon by Jenny Lewis (Iron Press, 1996). The opera was performed in English by soprano Olga Popova with Jenny herself reading two of the poems. Both were accompanied by a 30-strong chamber orchestra conducted by Valery Platonov – all from the Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre of Perm. Russian translations by Natalya Dubrovina were printed in the programme. Depending on further funding, there are plans to develop the opera further and stage it in Moscow in 2018.