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Prizes, publications, and performances: more success for UoG Creative Writers

1 Nov

Happy news, fellow writers. As the man himself would say, we’re all super-excited for Tyler Keevil. The BA course leader has been shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize for his story ‘Sealskin.’ The Journey Prize is a major literary award with a $10,000 first prize, and Tyler is one of three finalists alongside Lori McNulty and Clea Young. He’ll be flying out to Toronto for the award ceremony at the Glenn Gould studio on November 4th, when the overall winner will be revealed. Tyler may be getting pretty used to award ceremonies, but we’re not quite believing the claim on his official website that he’s hired a fashion adviser. There’s certainly been no evidence of that around uni.

The journey prize

You can read a conversation between Tyler and Miriam Toews in the National Post here, and if you want to read the story itself, get a copy of Tyler’s collected short fiction, Burrard Inlet – it is, as Tyler would put it, super sweet.

Our poets are riding a wave too. Last year’s third year poetry group have had more success: Adam Magee has a poem up at the ezine Ink Sweat & Tears  and has two poems forthcoming in Domestic Cherry, the annual journal of Swindon Poetry Festival. Rosanna Riches and Josh Martin both have poems in issue six of Angle Poetry Journal.

Wales Arts ReviewThe poetry lecturers are also busy publishing: Angela France has a poem in an anthology of longer narrative poems, The Other Side of Sleep (Arachne Press), has three poems in Domestic Cherry, and a poem in Wales Arts Review. While Nigel McLoughlin has had poems published in The Honest Ulsterman and Under The Radar as well as poems forthcoming in New Writing, The Wolf, and The Stony Thursday Book.  There is an interview with Nigel in Axon, which you can read online here.

Not to be out done, there’s also fresh success for one of our playwrights. Senja Andrejevic-Bullock, who is studying for a Master’s degree, recently saw her short play ‘The Bargain’ performed script-in-hand by Touring Theatre Consortium at The Everyman Theatre.

Good luck Tyler and congratulations to all our stars!

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Graduates’ Publishing Successes

4 Sep

Me after you coverTime to catch up on some good news from the summer 🙂

In February, we reported that Lucie Brownlee, a graduate of the University of Gloucestershire Creative and Critical Writing MA, had sold her memoir, Me After You, to Virgin Books.  Well, it was launched over the summer and it’s every bit as funny, tragic, and beautiful as her prize winning blog, Wife After Death. For those who don’t know, Me After You recounts Lucie’s life after the loss of her beloved husband, Mark, who died, aged just 37, as they were making love. The BBC’s Andrew Marr has described the book as ‘raw, riveting and beautifully written…much recommended’, and it’s already among Waterstone’s hundred best selling non-fiction titles. You can get a copy online here or from any good bookshop (probably from some pretty bad bookshops too). It’s great!

Congratulations are also due to poet Adam Magee, who has recently graduated from our Creative Writing BA.  Adam has had success with his poetry over the summer. First, he had two poems published in Domestic Cherry anthology – his poems are brilliantly titled ‘Dear Diary I Hate Him More Than Sh*t-suit Stigmata’ and ‘Dream I am the Rake’. And yesterday his poem, ‘How to Bake Sooterkins’ was published by Ink, Sweat & Tears. You can read it online here.

And the fiction writers aren’t to be left out. Another graduate from our BA, Matthew Paul, has had success with two stories over the summer. Matthew, who’s now studying on our Creative and Critical Writing MA, has had a story accepted for the forthcoming Pea River Journaland his flash fiction piece ‘Scratch the Skin Clean’ is available to read online from Luna Luna.

Congratulations to all three authors! Remember, we always want to hear what our alumni are up to, so drop us a line at hi@newwriting.org

Celebrating poetry at the University of Gloucestershire

1 Apr

Cheltenham Poetry FestivalAs part of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, there’s a chance to see some of the University’s rising stars at The Muffin Man tonight. The University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing Showcase will be hosted by Adam Magee and headlined by Caitlin Clarke and Josh Martin. Also Performing will be Emmy Summers, Dani Schlosser, Sam Last, Lesley Ingram, and more. The event starts at 9:30pm, Tuesday 1st April, so come along, treat yourself to some fresh poetry, and support our talented writers.

It’s a great time for poetry at UoG, with many publishing success stories to report. Third-year poetry students Rosanna Riches and Adam Magee have both secured their first publications outside university. Rosanna has had three poems accepted by Angle Poetry Journal: ‘Scales’ and ‘Trending Beheading’ in issue 5 and ‘Meteorology’ for issue 6. Adam has had four poems accepted for Black Light Engine Room: ‘Crabbing’, ‘The lane behind my street’, ‘Degatano farm’, and ‘Anwn’.

Meanwhile, lecturers Angela France and Nigel McLoughlin have each had four poems accepted by Black Light Engine Room. Nigel McLoughlin also has new poems forthcoming in The Interpreter’s House and The Honest Ulsterman and Angela France has three poems in an anthology edited by Rosie Bailey and June Hall as well as an article in Litro magazine, ‘Gender Disparity in Poetry Publishing: it’s about more than the numbers’ which can be read here.

2014 Cheltenham Poetry Festival

17 Mar

Cheltenham Poetry FestivalThe Cheltenham Poetry Festival is back with another brilliant line-up for 2014. The festival will run from 28th March to 6th April, and once again it will star many poets with connections to the University of Gloucestershire.

The Poetry Festival has become an annual highlight in the cultural life of Gloucestershire; Poet Alison Brackenbury described at as a ‘triumph’ in its first year, and it has continued to delight audiences ever since. As Anna Saunders, the Festival founder and Executive Director, explains: ‘Since our launch in 2010 we have aimed to give you an all-singing, all-dancing festival – one that fuses poetry and music, film, drama and visual art. This year is no exception; we have award winning plays, cabaret nights, specially commissioned poetry cinema, poetry bands and much more.’

Anna is a graduate of the University of Gloucestershire’s MA in Creative and Critical Writing, and connections between the Festival and the University run deep. Check out the full 2014 programme here, and in the meantime here’s a guide to the events starring students, alumni, and staff (past and present) from the University of Gloucestershire:

Friday 28 March at 8:00pm  at Copa
A Matter of Life, Death and Poetry
A number of poets including MA alumni Avril Staple

Saturday 29 March at 1:00pm at The Everyman Other Space Studio
John Goodby and former UoG lecturer Kate North plus open mic 

Saturday 29 March 2014 at 4:30pm at Francis Close Hall
Laurie Lee – a celebration of a Gloucestershire poet’s work.

Hosted by UoG lecturer and graduate Angela France

Monday 31 March at 9:30pm at The Strand
Women’s Words 
With Angela France, current students Dani Schlosser and Emmy Summers, graduate Lizzie Rogers – MC, current student Adam Magee

 Tuesday 1st April 9.30pm-10.30pm at The Muffin Man
The University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing Showcase
H
osted by Adam Magee, with headliners Caitlin Clarke and Josh Martin

Thursday 03 April at 8:00pm at Copa
Anna Saunders & Jeremy Page – Struck
Launch of Anna Saunders’s New collection

Friday 04 April at 8:00pm at The Strand
Poetry Factory – Images from the Museum of Light 

A poetry collective which includes  MA graduate Chaucer Cameron, Anna Saunders and Avril Staple

Saturday 5th April 12.30pm-1.30pm at Copa
Poetry Pairings
Including Anna Saunders, Angela France, Adam Magee

Saturday 05 April 2014 at 5:00pm at Tailors
Peter Carpenter & Lesley Ingram – Being In Bed With Philip Larkin

Well Versed: University of Gloucestershire poets in action this Wednesday

1 Mar

WELL VERSED MARCHWell Versed is a monthly spoken word and music event sponsored by the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. The events feature a cherry-picked line-up of local poets, plus nationally acclaimed headliners, and this month’s show is starring two poets with University of Gloucestershire connections.

Anna Saunders, a graduate of our MA in Creative and Critical Writing, is the author of two collections of poetry. Her first collection, Communion (Wild Conversations Press), was praised for its ‘lush imagery and music’ by Nigel McLoughlin and as ‘moving poems of flesh and spirit, from ears…finely tuned’, by Alison Brackenbury. Anna’s second collection, Struck (Pindrop Press) has been described as ‘a bold and beautiful collection’ by Flarestack author David Clarke and as full of ‘dazzling and intoxicating images’ by award winning poet James Knox Whittet.

Appearing alongside Anna will be final year BA student, Adam Magee. Adam’s work has recently received widespread praise and he was selected as the first beneficiary of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival mentoring scheme. He is a regular performer on the local poetry festival as well as an organiser of the UoG Creative Writing students’ Open Mic nights. Last year he performed with the university’s slam team and his poetry appears in the newly published Fire anthology. The Cheltenham Poetry Festival has described him as ‘Hugely talented…the lyricism of Dylan Thomas with the bite of Charles Bukowski.’

The event is at The Muffin Man, at 7pm, on Wednesday 5th March. Tickets are priced at £3 for concessions and it would be great to see as much UoG support as possible.

Meanwhile, the brilliant annual Cheltenham Poetry Festival is under a month away, so please check out the events listings here, and look out for information on the many performers with University of Gloucestershire connections.

 

Fire Anthology, launch and after-party, on Thu 27th February

11 Feb

Display copies of the Fire anthologyThe venue for our after-partyYou are cordially invited to the launch of the University of Gloucestershire’s brilliant new anthology of Creative Writing, Fire. Join us on Thursday 27th for a wine reception at FCH Campus, with readings from the book and refreshments, from 7:15-9:15pm. Then we’ll be celebrating at the Night Garden at the Feathered Fish (pictured), a few minutes walk from FCH, from 9:30 until midnight. Everyone’s welcome at both events – students and alumni, their friends and relatives, and members of the public. There’s no need to book with us in advance, but to help us estimate numbers, we’d be grateful if those who plan to attend could indicate so on the Facebook event page. There’s a voluntary dress code of smart/ smart casual, so feel free to dress to impress. See you there!

Thursday 27th February, TC001 & TC002A at FCH Campus, from 7:15pm

 

Fire: New Writing II – UoG Creative Writing anthology coming soon

10 Jan

We’ve just received a preview copy of Fire from the printers, and it’s looking beautiful. The new anthology of Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire features prose and poetry from thirty-seven students and graduates. From the experimental to the classic, from the shocking to the heartwarming, it’s a book that contains something for everyone. We’re exceedingly grateful to two professional artists – both university alumni – who gave up their time to help with the cover: the image was kindly donated by the very talented Greg Farndon, while the design was created by the brilliant Sean Strong. We’ll soon be announcing a date for the launch (which will be some time in February), and please check this blog for details of how to purchase the anthology online.

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Unislam! Competition and U of G Student Poetry Publications

1 Nov

unislamIt’s been an important week for the poets on our program here at U of G.  Firstly, the university’s slam poetry team took part in the inaugural Unislam! competition, hosted by Birmingham University. Angela France, lecturer in Creative Writing, had spent several weeks coaching the team and the students featured in the Gloucestershire Echo in the run up to the slam. Performers included Danie Schlosser, Adam Magee, Nick Short, and Emmy Summers, and the team alternates were Andy Davis and Rosanna Riches. Yohann Okyemba-Ngassaki went along as a supporter. There were strong performances all around by the U of G team, who were in a tough heat against competition that included the host university. Despite the quality of their poems, the UoG team missed out on qualifying from their ‘group of death’, but as the judges said on the day: it’s about the poetry, not the points, and the University of Gloucestershire team put in a good showing and did themselves proud.pic poetry slam

Secondly, three 3rd year students from our course have had their poems selected to be published on Peony Moon, a poetry blog run by Michelle Mcgrane.  Next week the blog will be running a project entitled ‘Against Rape,’ and work by Caitlin Clarke, Camellia Cressey, Emmy Summers will feature alongside poetry by U of G alumni Sally Clark.  Congratulations to all – and we’ll provide links and updates when their poems start appearing on the website.

Christmas Open Mic Night: Tuesday 4th December

30 Nov

The final open mic of the year is on this Tuesday at the Frog and Fiddle Pub. The night’s being co-hosted by Adam Magee and Becca Edwards, and it’s Christmas themed. They say:

Christmas fancy dressThe theme this time is a Christmassy one (sort of), and we want you to try to bring stories that aren’t just happy, but also ones showing the other side of Christmas that people experience (which should make Randall happy). But dress Christmassy – hats, etc. – because we can’t make Randall too happy.

Gather at 7:30 for an 8pm kick off. Be present or be a Scrooge. (Or be present and be a Scrooge.)

Open Mic this Tuesday

17 Nov

The penultimate open mic night of the year will be held on Tuesday 20th November. Bookies are predicting it will be a slightly quieter night than the final, Christmas-themed bash, so if you want to read but don’t want to read in front of too many people, now’s yer chance. Meet at 7:30, for an 8pm kick off, at the Frog and Fiddle.