Warwick Thursdays is the Writing Programme’s weekly literary salon, organized by Writing Programme staff in conjunction with the Masters students and featuring visiting novelists, poets, dramatists, filmmakers, publishers, editors, agents and artists in conversation with Warwick writers.
Talks are open to anyone and free, and, unless otherwise noted, take place in the Writers’ Room in Millburn House on Thursdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. For details of what we did in previous terms, click on the Past Events tab above.
Summer Term 2016
Week 1: Thursday 28th April
Sarah Moss, Writing Workshop
Sarah Moss is a novelist and non-fiction writer. She is the author of numerous books including Cold Earth (2010), Night Waking (2012) and Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland (Granta 2012). Bodies of Light (Granta 2014) was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize. Signs for Lost Children (Granta 2015) is shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize and longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize.
Week 2: Thursday 5th May - THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED [DATE TBA].
Jonathan Skinner, Bookmaking Workshop -
Jonathan Skinner is a poet. His interests include Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies; Ethnopoetics; Sound Studies; Critical Theory; and Translation. He is founder and editor of ecopoetics, a journal which features creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology. In this workshop you will be making a book.
Week 3: Thursday 12th May
Jack McGowan, Performance Poetry
Jack McGown is a poet and performer. He is currently completing a PhD exploring the nature of performance poetry in the UK entitled Slam the Book: The role of performance in contemporary UK poetry. His interests include new media in contemporary poetry, Oulipean techniques in creative writing, 20th century UK poetry and poetics, and new creative writing pedagogies. He runs poetry slam events and workshops. In this talk Jack will reveal the secrets of slam poetry.
Week 4: Thursday 19th May
Nick Lawrence, Neoliberal poetry: the ruins of Iraq.
We know that Donald Rumsfeld’s ‘known unknowns’ remark at a White House briefing in February 2002, during the manufacture of the case for invading Iraq, has several possible sources, among them D. H. Lawrence’s war poem “New Heaven and Earth”: “Now here was I, new awakened, with my hand stretching out / and touching the unknown, the real unknown, the unknown unknown …” In this talk-reading mashup I want to articulate Rumsfeld’s neoliberal poetry with the ruins of Iraq, taking in the modes of poetry as prophecy, as testimony, as waste of time. “The immense poetry of war and the poetry of a work of the imagination are two different things,” argued Wallace Stevens in the lead-up to a previous war. Is that (still) true?
Week 5: Thursday 26th May
Emma Mason, Vote Ficus! Thinking With Plants
What is thinking? What is plant thinking? Can we think like plants? And does poetry help this, and should Michael Moore's 2000 campaign to elect a ficus to congress (because plants are more thoughtful than most congressmen) be realised?
Week 6: Thursday 2nd June
Chantal Wright, ‘Literary Translation: Creative? Writing?’
Chantal Wright is a literary translator working from German and French into English: in 2012 she was awarded the inaugural Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation and she has twice been shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation, in 2011 and 2015. Her translation of Milena Baisch's children's book Anton and Piranha is an IBBY 2016 UK Honour Book.
Week 7: Thursday 9th June
Dan Vyleta, Smoke
Dan Vyleta is Senior Lecturer in Film and Creative Writing at the School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham. Dan is a novelist and cultural historian. His first novel, Pavel & I, gathered immediate international acclaim and was translated into eight languages. His second novel, The Quiet Twin, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. The Crooked Maid was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the 2014 J.I. Segal Award. Dan self-describes as a Czech-German-Canadian which indicates that a) life is complicated, b) the nation state is not what it used to be and c) he is rather confused about these matters. He loves Jazz, (ice) hockey and Sveijkian strategies of resistance to power.
Dan will be talking about his new novel Smoke.
Week 8: Thursday 16th June
Keith Gabriel, I’m Writing for ‘The Man’
Keith is Warwick’s Marketing Copywriter, and former business columnist for the Birmingham Post. After 18 years of working in public relations - most soul-destroyingly in the godforsaken world of financial PR – Keith has written in a variety of forms. Sometimes it’s been creatively. Sometimes…not so much. He’ll talk about the challenges of writing for businesses and institutions, and the fun you can have bending the rules.