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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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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.

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.

Photos from the anthology launch

14 Dec

Today is the last day of term and a good time to wish everyone a happy winter break and a successful new year. The launch of the Smoke Anthology on Wednesday night was a great way to close the curtain on another eventful term. The readings were excellent, and through book sales we made more than £300 to help fund a future anthology. Also, even before we hit The Railway for the after-party, sixty-five guests and authors managed to drink sixteen litres of wine and a keg of beer! Thanks to everyone who came and everyone who submitted to the anthology. We hope you all had a great night, and we can’t wait for 2013. In the meantime, here are some photos from the first part of Wednesday’s launch, and you can see many more by following this link.

Tyler and Martin opening bar

Smoke Launch 1

Smoke Launch - perusing the bar menu

Keely and Claire selling Smoke

Nigel Smoke Launch

Tyler introducing Smoke Launch

More photos

Smoke Anthology – Launch Night

25 Nov

We’ve now booked a date for the launch of Smoke: the exceptional new anthology of writing from students on the University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing courses. We’ll be launching Smoke at a wine reception on Wednesday 12th December at FCH Campus (TC006). The wine reception will run from 7pm until 9pm, and there will then be an after-party at The Railway. Since I like a bit of pomp, the suggested dress code is smart/ smart-casual (though casual-casual’s fine too). Throughout the night, the book will be on sale at a discounted price of £5 (RRP £7.99). Everyone’s welcome at both events – students and alumni, their friends and relatives, and members of the public. Book the date in your diary now!

Smoke Anthology: Sneak Preview

16 Oct

We’ve got preview copies of the anthology, and they look pretty sweet 🙂

The rest of the books are on their way, currently in a boat. I like to think that at this moment they’re somewhere near the Cape of Good Hope, but wherever they are on their journey, god spede ye sturdy mariners!

We’re excitedly awaiting their arrival, but in the meantime, here’s an impression of the cover: