Tag Archives: Lania Knight

RE: Generate showcase, June 8th

3 Jun

Never mind the ballots, don’t miss this! Our final event of the 2016/2017 academic year will feature readings and discussion with poet Lesley Ingram, short story writer Daisy Johnson, and novelist Sarah Walton. They’ll be speaking at our afternoon panel at 3pm in FCH TC002.

Then, in the evening, those authors will read from their work alongside UoG students at the Frog & Fiddle, from 7pm. Both events are free and open to the public. See you there!

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America, America, WTF America?

8 Nov

Students, remember: this is what happens when you don’t read books. Tonight, as the world’s most powerful country goes to the polls, join the Creative Writing Society for The Great American Quiz at Smokey Joe’s, and listen online to American-born Senior Lecturer Lania Knight’s thoughts on the impending catastrophe.

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The country that has given us Mark Twain, Herbert Melville, Walt Whitman, F Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, Grace Paley, Ursula le Guin, Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, and Toni Morrison is also a country that has confined political debate, privatised education, and celebrated unfettered capitalism. Democracy has for a long time meant nothing more than a quadrennial choice between interchangeable neoliberals – and now they can’t even get that right. What’s most frightening about the US election, and what was most frightening about the Brexit election, is how fervently some people cling to their hatred. We send greetings and kind thoughts to our American students and to our alumni who have returned to the US. We’d suggest you flee back over here, but the standard of debate that surrounded the Brexit referendum is evidence that British society faces all the same problems.

Still, here’s a consolation: tonight, Tuesday 8th November, join the Creative Writing Society for The Great American Quiz. They say: “It’s a quiz. It’s American themed. It’s election night. It’s at Smokey Joe’s. Aka, it’ll be great and you should Be There™. Its £1 per player!”

And, as preparation, why not listen to Lania Knight’s election-based interview on BBC Radio Gloucestershire! Lania is on at 02:09:30.

Writers Research Riot – this Wednesday!

6 Jun

wrr flyerThe sun is shining, summer is here, and it’s nearly time to head for the beach, metaphorically and actually. But before you go, we have one more brilliant day of writing-based fun. This Wednesday, 8th June, 2nd-year students and Lania Knight have organised the Writers Research Riot. The first event from 3pm to 5pm in TC002 at Francis Close Hall Campus, features surrealist-novelist and film critic Alan Bilton, acclaimed short story writer and novelist Joanna Campbell, and talented poet and short-story writer Anna Lewis.

Then, from 8pm at the Frog and Fiddle, there’s a chance to hear performances of new work from 2nd-year students. It promises to be a brilliant way to end the academic year. Everyone’s welcome, and we hope to see you there. For more information, please see the Facebook event page.

A warm welcome to Dr Lania Knight!

15 Sep
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We’re delighted to announce a major summer transfer swoop. Before the transfer window slammed shut (and nobody ever thinks to close it gently), we secured the services of Dr Lania Knight, signed from Major League outfit Eastern Illinois University. Lania is a novelist and short story writer, whose novel Three Cubic Feet was a finalist in the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Missouri Review, New Stories from the Midwest, PANK, Midwestern Gothic, Jabberwock Review, and elsewhere. Manager Tyler Keevil commented, “We’re delighted to welcome Lania to the team. Obviously it’s a great boost for us. She brings a wealth of experience and energy to the squad. We wanted to add strength and depth, but also bring in some real quality, and Lania absolutely fits the bill.” Meanwhile, Lania has spoken of her delight at joining the University of Gloucestershire. “As soon as I spoke with the gaffer I knew it was the right move for me. Obviously it’s a massive club, and I’m looking forward to getting out there and doing my talking in the classroom.” Welcome to the magnificent seven, Lania!

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