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. For a full printable schedule of the term's events, please click here (Autumn Term 2016) and here (Spring Term 2017)(Word). The department's main news and events page is here.
Spring Term 2017
Week 1: Thursday January 12th - Claire Jane Carter
Claire Jane Carter is a graduate of the MA programme at the University of East Anglia, and she is poet, essayist, and filmmaker. Her most recent film collaboration, Operation Moffat, has won numerous prizes at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival, Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, and Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. She now lives in Sheffield.
Week 2: Thursday January 19th - Michael Hulse
Described by Gwyneth Lewis as “a formidable poet”, Michael Hulse has won several awards for his poetry, and reading tours have taken him to Canada, the US and Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, India, and several European countries. He has translated more than sixty books from the German, among them works by W. G. Sebald, Goethe and Rilke, and has worked in publishing, television and universities. His co-edited anthology The Twentieth Century in Poetry was described by The Guardian as “magnificent”, and his latest book of poems, Half-Life, was chosen as a Book of the Year by John Kinsella.
Week 3: Thursday January 26th - Gonzalo Garcia Ceron
Born in Santiago, Chile in 1986, Gonzalo Garcia Ceron studied English and American Literature at Kent in Canterbury, where he also went on to do an MA in Postcolonial Studies. He taught Creative Writing there for four years. He now teaches at Warwick. He has published short stories with Galley Beggar Press (Longlisted for the 2016 Short Story Prize), who will now publish We Are The End, a novel heavily influenced by his interest in the relationship between video games, digital culture and everyday constructions of narrative. He is currently working on Always 3 Days, a creative non-fiction book based on his experiences travelling and settling abroad.
Week 4: Thursday February 2nd - Nelle Andrew
Nelle Andrew studied at Warwick University and then Trinity College, Dublin before working at Pan Macmillan. She then moved to agenting and has been at PFD since 2009. Before becoming a literary agent, she was a published author of fiction. Her clients are a varied list from Sunday Times Bestsellers in non fiction, to literary to dystopia, historical and crime. Her speciality is début authors due to her personal background in this area.
Week 5: Thursday February 9th - Jane Commane
Jane Commane is a Coventry-born poet, editor, writer, tutor and a general maker and doer of various things word and writing related. She has been published in magazines such as Tears in the Fence, Litter, Anon, Horizon Review and Gists & Piths and in several anthologies including Sherb: New Urban Writing from Coventry (Heaventree Press 2006), Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt Publishing, 2011) and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon Press 2012). She is the Editor and Director of Nine Arches Press, an independent poetry press based in Coventry.
Week 6: Thursday February 16th - Carrie Plitt
Before joining Felicity Bryan as an agent in 2016, Carrie worked for five years at Conville & Walsh Literary Agency. At Felicity Bryan she is actively building a list of non-fiction and fiction clients, with a focus on debut authors. She also hosts a monthly books radio show and podcast called Literary Friction.
Week 7: Thursday February 23rd - Lucy Brydon
Lucy is a novelist, screenwriter, and director. Her first novel, Shanghai Passenger, was published in September 2015 by Blue Mark Books. Her debut feature film, sick(er), was commissioned by the Film London Microwave Initiative in May, 2016, with funding from the BBC and British Film institute. It will go into production in 2017. She teaches screenwriting on the university of warwick's creative writing programme. Lucy trained on the undergraduate writing programme at the University of Warwick, and in directing on the MFA programme at the University of Columbia in new york.
Week 8: Thursday March 2nd - Nikesh Shukla
Nikesh Shukla’s debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was published by Quartet Books and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. In 2013 he released a novella about food with Galley Beggars Press, The Time Machine, donating his royalties to Rot Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. The book won Best Novella at the Sabotage Awards. His second novel, Meatspace, was published by The Friday Project. It's been lauded by the New Statesman, BBC Radio 4, the Independent on Sunday, and the Daily Mail. Most recently, Nikesh is the editor of the essay collection, The Good Immigrant, where 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK.
Week 9: Thursday March 9th - Simon Pettet
Simon Pettet is an English-born poet and long-time resident of New York's Lower East Side. He has compiled and edited Selected Art Writings (1998) of the poet James Schuyler and collaborated with photographer-filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt on Conversations about Everything and Talking Pictures. Pettet's Selected Poems (1995) is still available from Talisman House, along with his most recent work, More Winnowed Fragments (2006).
Week 10: Thursday March 16th - Irenosen Okojie
Irenosen Okojie is a writer and Arts Project Manager. Her debut novel, Butterfly Fish, won a Betty Trask award. Her work has been featured in The Observer,The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally. She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and was featured in the Evening Standard Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors. Her short story collection, Speak Gigantular, is published by Jacaranda Books.