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Warwick Thursdays

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 events and talks in previous terms, click on the Past Events tab above. The department's main news and events page is here.

Warwick Thursdays will resume in the Autumn Term 2017/18. Confirmed speakers are listed below.


Thursday October 5 – Tim Leach and Will Eaves

Tim Leach writes historical fiction, with a particular interest in unreliable source texts and the ancient world. He began his first novel whilst studying for the MA in Writing at Warwick: The Last King of Lydia was published in 2013 and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize that year. A sequel, The King and the Slave, was published in 2014.

Will Eaves’s most recent novel, The Absent Therapist (2014) was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. His collection of poetry and criticism, The Inevitable Gift Shop (2016), was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. A new novel of linked stories, Murmur, will be published in 2018.

Thursday October 12 – Katy Whitehead

Katy Whitehead is a graduate of the University of Warwick's Writing Programme (BA and MA) and winner of the 2017 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize for Adventures in Synthetic Fun, a book-length work-in-progress. Katy was shortlisted for Myriad Editions’ First Drafts competition and Penned in the Margins’ Generation Txt, and longlisted for a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship and the Mslexia novel competition. She worked in publishing for five years, most recently as a commissioning editor of books by Lena Dunham and T. Geronimo Johnson. She lives in London with her husband and mentors regularly at the Ministry of Stories.

Thursday November 2 – Stefan Tobler

Stefan Tobler is the publisher of the award-winning independent publishing house And Other Stories, and a translator. And Other Stories authors include the Man Booker-shortlisted Deborah Levy, the Guardian First Book-shortlisted Juan Pablo Villalobos; Joanna Walsh, Ivan Vladislavic and Yuri Herrera. Stefan's translations of Clarice Lispector's Agua Viva and Raduan Nassar's A Cup of Rage are both Penguin Classics. He will be enthusing about start-ups, finding writers and publishing them, submissions / acquisitions, and “new models” in literary publishing.

Thursday November 9 – Jack McGowan and six years of Shoot from the Lip

Thursday November 23 – Rishi Dastidar

Rishi Dastidar is a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective, and also serves as a chair of the writer development organization Spread The Word. His debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press, founded by Warwick alumna Jane Commane.

Thursday November 30 – Gonzalo Garcia Ceron and Preti Taneja

Thursday December 7 – the Winner of the Young Writer of the Year Award, sponsored by Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, in association with Peters, Fraser & Dunlop and the University of Warwick.

Spring Term 2018

Thursday January 18 – Mog Harris

Thursday February 1 – Nancy Campbell

Nancy Campbell is a writer and book artist, whose recent work responds to polar and marine environments. Her poetry collection Disko Bay (shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016) relates her experiences while writer-in-residence at the most northern museum in the world. Artist’s books such as How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet (winner of the Birgit Skiöld Award 2013) and the participatory live lit project The Polar Tombola challenge contemporary notions of the printed page. Her memoir The Library of Ice will be published by Scribner UK in 2018. www.nancycampbell.co.uk

Thursday February 15 – Marilia Savvides

Thursday February 22 – Lara Pawson

Lara Pawson was born in London, a city she left at sixteen for a hamlet in Somerset. She has also lived in Abidjan, Accra, Bamako, Johannesburg, Luanda and the Alpes-Maritimes. This Is the Place to Be (CB Editions), her second book, has been shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, the PEN Ackerley Prize and the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing. Her first book, In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre (2014), was longlisted for the George Orwell Prize. She worked for the BBC World Service between 1998 and 2007. Her journalism, essays and criticism have been widely published.

Thursday March 1 – Kirsty Gunn

Thursday March 8 – Dubravka Ugresic



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Warwick Thursdays is free and open to the public.


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