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Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2017 begins on Thursday 4th May

27 Apr

CPF brochure 2017It’s just one week until the Cheltenham Poetry Festival kicks off with appearances from UoG’s own D.D. Johnston and Tyler Keevil. They’ll be talking from 7pm to 8pm at Smokey Joe’s on Thursday 4th May, and you can book your tickets here.

But, wait, it gets even better. Stick around! After that, it’s the turn of some of our many talented students. They’ll be reading flash fictions full of laughs and tragedy, in the same venue, on the same night, from 8:30pm. Admittance to that event is free, but space is limited so please reserve your place here.

And that’s just the first night of the 2017 Cheltenham Poetry Festival! Here are three other UoG-related events to look out for: on Thursday 5th May, English Literature lecturer John Hughes will be discussing how to analyse poetry, in Oxfam Bookshop at 11am; on Wednesday 10th May, there’s a chance to see PhD student Howard Timms’ play Oscar Wilde’s Women at 7:45pm at the Cheltenham Playhouse; and on Thursday 11th May, Anna Saunders (an alumni of our Creative Writing MA and the Festival director) will be reading alongside three other poets at the Cheltenham Playhouse at  8pm.

But that’s just a small sample of what’s on. The Poetry Festival runs until May 15th, with an exciting and eclectic range of big stars and local talents. So be sure to check out the full list of events here.

 

 

UoG Student and Staff Achievements

9 Mar

Creative Writing students and staff here at UoG have been busy this semester, and it’s high time we caught up with some of their recent achievements.  First up,  MA student Rachel Clements has had a new story, ‘Nostalgia Café’,  accepted over at Popshot magazine.  The story, developed as part of her MA coursework, will appear in April.  Secondly, undergraduate student Amy Wright has landed a position writing freelance articles for SelectSpecs’ online magazine.  You can check out her recent articles on what eyewear to wear on a Valentine’s Day date, or Meryl Streep’s impeccable style and specs.

Our teaching team has had recent successes, too.  Dramatic Writing lecturer and author Senja Andrejevic has had a new short story, ‘Theotokos’, published over at The Scrutiny Journal. The magic realist piece is based on a Serbian legend and can be read here.  Our Undergraduate Course  Leader Tyler Keevil has also had a new story published, over at Somesuch Stories, which can be read here (though be warned: this one’s not for the squeamish!); in addition, Tyler recently won the Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ prize, in the non-fiction category.  His winning piece, ‘Swarf’, is about a workplace accident at a factory in Mid Wales, and will appear in their spring issue.

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Last but certainly not least, Dramatic Writing lecturer Miranda Walker has been commissioned by CBBC to write on Series 4 of TV sketch show Diddy TV, starring Ted Robbins with Dick and Dom.  In the show, Dick and Dom are the producers and presenters of their own appallingly bad TV channel, bankrolled by Larry Weinsteinberger (Ted Robbins).  Each Diddy TV episode also features a guest star, such as Reece Shearsmith (Psychoville, Inside No 9, League of Gentlemen).

Miranda is having a great time writing TV show parodies!  Series 4 will be transmitted in 2018, but Series 3 goes out this month.  You can check out the trailer here:

Tyler Keevil sells new novel

24 Oct

Tyler KeevilHuge congratulations to our own Tyler Keevil, prolific author and Course Leader for the BA in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire, whose third novel has been purchased by Harper Collins imprint  The Borough Press.

Tyler’s new novel, No Good Brother, follows Tim Harding, a Canadian  deckhand who is trying to make an honest living when his trouble-prone younger brother, Jake, tracks him down at the Vancouver shipyards. Tim senses trouble, but nothing prepares him or us for the wild adventure that follows. The publisher describes it as “a rip-roaring novel of loyalty, love, danger and family.”

Holly Ainley, commissioning editor at The Borough Press, acquired world all language rights from Becky Thomas at Johnson & Alcock in a five-figure deal. She said, “I am a huge fan of Tyler’s writing and No Good Brother is an inspired story that defies expectation at every turn. It combines the beautifully controlled literary style of his short stories, with his trademark sharp-witted and heartfelt novelistic style.”

Keevil said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Borough list. No Good Brother is an important book for me and I know it couldn’t be in better hands.”

Unfortunately you’ll have to wait a while to read it: the novel is scheduled for publication in February 2018. Congratulations Tyler!

Team UoG Strikes Again

5 Oct

The other week Creative Writing Lecturer and BA Course Leader Tyler Keevil was down in London to read at Waterstones Picadilly for the most recent Word Factory short story salon.  He performed alongside, and was in conversation with, Diriye Osman, Toby Litt, and Carys Davies, recent winner of the Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize for her stunning collection, The Redemption of Galen Pike.  The readings and interview with host Cathy Gavin should be on WordFactory.tv shortly, so you’ll be able see Tyler hamming it up if you’re not sick of hearing him in your classes.

More importantly, on the same night Word Factory announced the winners of its Neil Gaiman-inspired short story competition, Fables For a Modern Word.  So imagine Tyler’s surprise when he looked out in the audience to see UoG MA student Rod Griffiths in the crowd, who had entered the contest and come to support the event.  Then, to both their delight, Rod’s piece, ‘A Ghost’s Story,’ was revealed as one of the winning entries.  The challenge?  To complete a fable based on Gaiman’s opening line: ‘Long ago, in the days when there were still fish in the oceans and cars on the roads, there lived a woman who was not afraid of governments…’  Rod’s winning piece will be published on the Word Factory website, and possibly in a forthcoming anthology; he also wins a year’s free entry to all forthcoming Word Factory events.  Below is a pic of Rod with judges Toby Litt and Cathy Gavin, and other winners from the night.

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More Team UoG Successes!

7 Apr

The publications keep on coming for students here at UoG.  We’re going to need to hire a blogger to specifically handle this aspect of their achievements – that’s how good these writers are.  We currently have four to announce, and the lull over Easter break seemed the time to do so.  First up, MA student Senja Andrejevic has placed her story, ‘Half,’ (a poignant piece about blood ties and loyalty, developed on our MA 7101 module) with the Lampeter Review, where it will appear in issue 12.

TLRlogoThe magazine has previously published David Vann, Rachel Trezise, and our own Phil Bowne.  Speaking of Phil, he’s at it again: this time he’s placed his latest story (developed on our HM6101 module) with Work magazine.  The piece is a gripping exploration of bullying and misogyny in the workplace.

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Just to show that our Creative Writing tutors aren’t being outdone by their talented students, lecturer and BA Course Leader Tyler Keevil had good news recently: his short story collection, Burrard Inlet, has been longlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Award 2015, alongside the likes of Hilary Mantel, A.L. Kennedy, and Rose Tremaine.  The shortlist will be announced in May – so fingers crossed for Tyler until then.

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Introducing online writing tips .com

4 Jan

online writing tips logo white croppedWelcome back to all our students and warmest winter greetings to all our graduates! We hope everyone has had a relaxing and fun festive season (sorry about the assessment deadlines), and we hope 2015 is bringing you happiness. We’re looking forward to seeing you this week.

The nightmarish news is that you need never be without your dose of writing advice again. DD Johnston, supported by Tyler Keevil and Lucy Tyler, launched onlinewritingtips.com on January 1st. It’s a site for showcasing video clips about writing, and many of the clips are going to be short extracts derived from the tutors’ lectures. So if you missed a class, or need a reminder, or if – masochistically – there’s a lecture moment you want to relive, onlinewritingtips.com will soon be the place to go. It’s also on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, You Tube, and other platforms we’re ineptly struggling to use.

Happy New Year and see you soon!

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Tyler’s Triumph: UoG lecturer wins $10,000 Journey Prize

5 Nov

Glenn gould studioOn Saturday we blogged about Tyler Keevil, the University of Gloucestershire’s BA Course Leader for Creative Writing, being shortlisted for the prestigious Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize. Well… he’s only gone and won it! Congratulations to Tyler who was announced as the winner of the $10,000 prize for his brilliant short story ‘Sealskin’. The award ceremony was held at Toronto’s famous Glenn Gould Studio (pictured), and the judges said “‘Sealskin’ is a stunner. Tyler Keevil has accomplished something rare: a story about rough masculinity that brims with emotion and pathos.”

'Why the **** did I say that about the bean bags?'

‘Why the **** did I say that about the bean bags?’

 

It’s still the early am in Toronto, but in a few hours we imagine Keevil will be waking with a sense of achievement, a fuzzy head, and a little bit of regret. Why, he’ll ask himself, did I rashly promise that if I won I’d equip the Creative Writing office with bean bags and giant balls?

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.

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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!

Tyler’s top choice again: UoG lecturer wins people’s choice award for Wales Book of the Year

16 Jul

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACreative Writing course leader Tyler Keevil has won the People’s Choice category of the 2014 Wales Book of the Year Awards for his acclaimed second novel, The Drive (Myriad). A fast-paced and hilarious contemporary odyssey, The Drive is an epic road novel, but it’s also a reflection on narrative and the act of story telling.

At the prize ceremony on July 10th, Jasper Rees said, ‘I was the first to tell the other judges they had to read The Drive. I haven’t been as excited about reading a new writer since I read DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little.’The Drive Cover

Myriad’s Senior Fiction Editor Vicky Blunden told Booktrade.info: ‘We are incredibly proud of Tyler and his extraordinary wild ride of a novel, The Drive. It is that rare and special blend of powerful storytelling, adventure, pure comedy and all the romance of lost love and life on the road – a true page-turner. Tyler is a literary star in the making, and he richly deserves the honour of this award.’

Kudos for our Teaching Staff

25 May

Poetry Archive LogoThe Creative Writing department had a couple bits of good news over the past few weeks.  First up, Professor Nigel McLoughlin’s work has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Poetry Archive.  Founded by poet Andrew Motion and producer Richarde Carrington, the archive is a web-based digital library that contains recordings of poets reading their own work.  The project was started in 1999 and went live in 2005.  The site has over 3 million visitors a year, and includes recordings by such luminaries as W.B. Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Seamus Heaney, and Carol Anne Duffy.  Nigel’s page is available to peruse (and listen to) here.

Wales Book of the YearSecondly, lecturer Tyler Keevil’s recent novel, The Drive, has been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year 2014, in the English language fiction category.  The Drive, an epic road trip adventure set in the Pacific Northwest, was given the nod alongside Francesca Rhydderch’s debut novel, The Rice Paper Diaries, and Tessa Hadley’s Clever Girl. The announcement broadcast is available to view online here.  All nominees are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award, and the winners of each category, as well as the overall winner, will be be announced on July 10th.

MS Burrard Inlet Launched

2 May

Burrard Inlet Cover Last week saw the pre-release event of Burrard Inlet, the new book from UoG lecturer Tyler Keevil. The event was held at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, down near the water and marina – an appropriate backdrop for the launch of a collection that features stories about the fishing industries, manual labour, and coastal life. The official publication date was yesterday, May 1, and over the next few months Tyler will be doing a series of readings to promote the book, along with his recent novel, The Drive. The mini-tour includes appearances at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Speakeasy in London, the Hay Festival, the Dinefwr Literature Festival, and Penfro Book Festival.

 

Fire Anthology: Launched and available to buy online

6 Mar
A few drinks as books are snapped up

A few drinks as books are snapped up

Many thanks to everyone who joined us last week to celebrate the launch of our new anthology. Around 100 people were treated to brilliant readings of prose and poetry, and between them made short work of 10 litres of wine and 2 kegs of lager! The celebrations continued at The Feathered Fish, and as someone said while we were arm in arm singing ‘Champagne Supernova’: ‘if any of us can remember this in the morning, it’ll be one of those memories you never forget.’

The audience begins to gather ahead of readings

The audience begins to gather ahead of readings

Meanwhile, the books were bought up so fast that we’ve now sold out already! While we replenish our supplies, fear not: you can order copies online. The book’s available from many distributors (including Amazon), but we recommend you order direct from the printers via this link: that way your books will arrive quicker and more of the cost will go towards future projects. Happy reading!

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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Cheltenham Literature Festival – Free tickets for Douglas Coupland tonight

6 Oct

Douglas_Coupland_Photo_of_AuthorA cult Canadaian author is appearing at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and this time we’re not talking about Tyler Keevil’s gig this Tuesday: Douglas Coupland, the author of international bestseller Generation X, is on a rare visit from Canada to discuss his new book, Worst.Person.Ever, described as ‘a deeply satirical book about a dreadful human being with no redeeming value.’ He’ll be talking at The Inkpot, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, at 8pm TONIGHT (Sunday 6th October), and tickets are free with UoG student ID.

There are loads of other events at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, one or two of which even feature writers. So do check out the full programme. University of Gloucestershire students are entitled to a 50% discount on ticket prices and can benefit from other offers (including, somewhat strangely, the chance to see Johnny Vegas for a fiver). See here for more information: .

Keevil V Johnston: The Event in the Tent – Tuesday 8th October

30 Sep

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The Drive CoverIt’s officially on: the event in the tent, the argy-bargy in the marquee, the affray in Montpellier, the… Call it what you will, Tyler Keevil V D.D. Johnston, refereed by Martin Randall, is happening. They won’t be boxing, unfortunately (that really would be worth seeing). No, they’ll be reading from their new novels, and possibly engaging in light banter. Yes, it’s the rumpus off the campus, the free-for-all at the festival, the mêlée in the tepee, the… I’m out.

Cover for D.D. Johnston's novel, The Deconstruction of Professor ThrubWhen is it? Tuesday 8th October at 6pm.
Where is it? The University of Gloucestershire Tent, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Imperial Square, Cheltenham.

It’s free and everyone’s welcome.

See you there!

Lecturers’ new publications

29 Jul

Scenes from a diverse world coverThis month sees a rush of publishing activity from the University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing lecturers. Just out is Scenes from a Diverse World, an anthology of play extracts, compiled by the International Centre for Women Playwrights. The anthology includes an extract from Lucy Tyler‘s Measurements of a Murderer, a play that was originally performed in 2009-10. The play takes a surreal look at the custom of holding beauty pageants in Russian women’s prisons, and tells its story with poetry and striking imagery.

ABC Studies coverMeanwhile, there’s a chance to get a glimpse of Dr Martin Randall‘s novel-in-progress, Ostend. The opening chapter is published this month in American, British and Canadian Studies journal. From what little Randall’s revealed, Ostend is a metafictional novel about a man’s search for his missing brother, a response to contemporary European fiction, a meditation on photography, a love story, and a tour of a dilapidated seaside town. Those lucky enough to have heard Randall read extracts will know the beauty with which all this is expressed.

Cover for D.D. Johnston's novel, The Deconstruction of Professor ThrubDon’t forget that D.D. Johnston‘s new novel, The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub, has also recently hit the shelves. Discussing it on Monocle Radio, Georgina Godwin described it as ‘a great book – and really funny’. It was originally written as a PhD at the University of Gloucestershire, and you can hear the author discussing that process with Martin Randall and Martin Goodman here.

Finally, we’re just weeks away from the launch of Tyler Keevil‘s much anticipated new novel, The Drive. If you don’t already know, here’s the synopsis:

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A single call from his Czech girlfriend catapults Trevor into a serious crisis. Desperate to get his mojo back, he blazes down Highway 99 in a rented Dodge Neon. But soon his journey to California is fraught with peril, and all he has for protection are a semi-automatic pistol, his trusty plastic visor and a flea-ridden cat. As the drugs and the heartbreak kick in, the question is no longer whether Trevor will get over his girlfriend’s infidelity, but whether he’ll get out alive. A fast-paced and hilarious contemporary odyssey, The Drive has all the adventure and surrealism of Hunter S Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but overlaid with heartfelt yearning and hope.

We’ll have more about the launch of The Drive soon, but in the meantime, don’t forget to pre-order your copy.

Fire Anthology: Submissions Closed

2 May

FireThe editors of the 2013 University of Gloucestershire anthology of Creative Writing, Fire, wish to thank everyone who has submitted work. We received more than 60 submissions and expect to publish work from 25-30 students. Please note that we have replied to acknowledge receipt of work to everyone who submitted, so if you submitted and didn’t get a thank you note, we haven’t received your work; in that case, please contact us (fire@newwriting.org) as soon as possible.

Once again, the standard looks to be very high, and the selection process is not going to be easy. What’s more, before we can start the selection process, we have to finish assignment marking. So please don’t worry if you don’t hear any news for a while; we will announce our selections to everyone simultaneously (probably some time in June). Thanks again and good luck to everyone who entered – we have some happy hours of reading ahead of us.

The editors: Tyler Keevil, Lucy Tyler, and D.D. Johnston

Fire Anthology: Two Weeks to Submit

16 Apr

FireThe new creative anthology, Fire, is still accepting submissions – but only for two more weeks. We won’t be able to accept any writing submitted after midnight on Tuesday 30th April. Fire is the follow up to last year’s excellent anthology, Smoke, which we reccomend you read before submitting to Fire. Smoke is available to buy online here, and the submission guidelines for fire are available here. Good luck!

UG Creative Writing Lecturer Wins Short Story Competition

17 Feb

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University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing lecturer, Tyler Keevil, has won 1st prize in the Cinnamon Press Short Story Awards for his story ‘Reaching Out.’

Cinnamon is the publisher of, among others, Stephen May, Matthew Francis, and ex-University of Gloucestershire lecturer, Kate North. The independent press runs the competition bi-annually to showcase short fiction talent. Tyler’s winning story is set on Vancouver’s North Shore, and is narrated by a reclusive forestry worker who picks up a hitchhiker trying to get down from Mount Seymour. The odd behaviour of both characters – and the contents of the hitcher’s backpack – make for a tense and unnerving reading experience.

The story will be published along with the other shortlisted entries in a paperback anthology this September.