Tag Archives: Launches

Anthology Launch & 2016 UoG Novel Writing Contest Winners Announced!

16 Dec

On Tuesday the course celebrated the launch of this year’s paperback anthology of student work, Reflections: New Writing 5.  Attendees were treated to readings from contributors on campus, which was followed by an after-party at Tailor’s bar in town.  Excitingly, at the event the winners for this year’s UoG Novel Writing Contest were also announced.  3rd prize went to Mark Webber for his Mafioso crime novel, Mamma; 2nd prize went to Pamela Keevil for her drama-mystery, Mayflies; and the overall winner was Senja Andrejevic for her thriller, All The Things We Knew.  Each winner received a cash prize and professional critique from literary agent Becky Thomas, of Johnson and Alcock.  Thanks to all who came out to support such a great night, as well as all those who submitted work to the anthology and the novel writing contest.  Have a good break, and we’ll see you in the New Year!


Reflections Anthology Launch Event

25 Nov

Hot on the heels of our recent post about the 2016 UoG Novel Contest Shortlist, we’re pleased to announced that this year’s annual Creative Writing anthology, Reflections: New Writing 5, will be launched in just under three weeks time, on Tuesday December 13th, in just under three weeks time.  The doors open at 6.15 in TCoo2(A) for reflective fun and refreshments.  Then, at 7.00 p.m., we’ll move into the main lecture hall (TC001) for readings.  The paperback anthology retails for £6.99 but will be on sale for the discounted launch price of £5.  When we wrap up, there is an after-party in the private function room (downstairs) at Tailor’s.  Entry is free, so bring your friends and come along to what’s shaping up to be a great night!


Miranda Walker’s New Version of the Secret Garden Is Officially Launched

15 Nov

UoG Creative Writing lecturer Miranda Walker recently launched her latest work: a new graphic-text version of The Secret Garden, created in collaboration with artist Zosia Dzierzawska.  Miranda’s colleagues, students, and many members of the public attended the launch at Waterstones in Cheltenham, where they were treated to a performed reading by actors from The Everyman and a Q&A session with Miranda.  The book is perfect for young readers and can be picked up at your local Waterstones or online, at the place we don’t name.  Here’s the official press release, which sums it up perfectly…

The Secret Garden as you have never seen it before…

When Mary goes to live with her uncle, she discovers a secret, locked garden.  Will she ever find the way in – and what other secrets does Misselthwaite Manor hold?

This stunning new graphic text adaptation, written by Miranda Walker, illustrated by Zosia Dzierzawska and published by Oxford University Press, is an exciting fresh take on the much-loved children’s classic.  

It is part of a unique new series of Project X graphic texts, which hold great appeal for today’s young readers.  Alongside, graphic texts are an effective way for children to achieve higher-level reading comprehension including inference, challenging vocabulary, critical thinking and visual literacy.

Show Don’t Tell Issue 3 Launch!

17 Jan

Show Don't Tell CoverTo ring in the new year, and kickstart Semester Two, the Show Don’t Tell team are launching their highly anticipated 3rd issue.  Much of the content is still being kept under wraps, but rumours abound.  There is allegedly more writing tips, thoughts on flash fiction, help with writing dissertations, the latest in the series of interviews with your writing tutors, and the submission call for this year’s Compass anthology.  It’s shaping up to be even better than the previous issues (if that’s possible) and the team would love to see you at Yates’s for the launch on Tuesday, January 20th, at 8 p.m.  In the meantime, check out the editor’s brilliant video preview.

Carnival Opens On Campus!

5 Dec


Last night the Carnival opened its doors on FCH campus for one night only, leading to a bacchanalian celebration of words!  Thank you to everybody who attended the launch of the Carnival anthology, the latest installment in our renowned New Writing series, showcasing the best work from our Creative Writing students.

Group Shot PartyWe had a great turnout and the student editors of Carnival – from our MA programme – were wonderful hosts; the crowd was able to imbibe in libations, take part in carnival games, and sample the popcorn and cotton candy and other carnival snacks.

Phil Reading

After that we all moved into the big top – TC001 – to hear readings from some of the talented Carnival contributors, notably Reece McCormack, Phil Bown, Dani Schlosser, Nathaniel Wilson, and Ash Hartridge.  Many other contributors were in attendance, as well as friends, family, fellow students, lecturing staff, and university management.  In the second half, we announced the results of the inaugural UoG Novel Contest (more on this later!) before the entire collective headed across town for a private after-party at Copa.  Photos of the night are available to view on the Carnival page.  A big thank you to the Carnival editors, the contributors, the readers, and all those in attendance on the night.

Come One, Come All: The Carnival Opens on Thursday!

1 Dec

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????You may have seen the burly men setting up the tents on the lawn at FCH; you may have spotted the sword swallower practising his craft in the refectory, between bites of sandwich and tikka masala; you may have noticed the bearded lady, wandering around the Creative Writing offices, or the Ringmaster cracking the whip, encouraging his barely-tamed lions to dance.  That’s because the Carnival is now in town, and gearing up for the big event on Thursday December 4th.  And guess what?  You’re all invited – students, lecturers, friends – to the launch of the third anthology in the New Writing series.

The DOORS OPEN at 6.45 p.m. in TC002A.  There won’t be sword swallowing but there will be drinks and snacks and fun.  At 7.45 p.m., we move into the big top known as TC001 to hear readings from the contributors, and to find out the results of the inaugural UoG Novel Writing Contest.  The after-party will be at Copa from 9 p.m.  It’s shaping up to be a wonderful, wondrous occasion – and a great way to bring the first Semester to a close before the Christmas break.