Skip to main content

News and Events

Warwick Thursdays has its own tab, and The Warwick Prize for Writing has its own page. Warwick Arts Centre has its own site. For Festival of the Imagination (October 2015) please go here.

Warwick Words is in the town of Warwick. Birmingham Literature Festival is in Birmingham. Kenilworth Arts Festival is in Kenilworth.

Below are a few recent news items about the Warwick Writing Programme from the department's main site, and a few less recent achievements of alumni, students and staff.

Tue 20 Jun '17
Radical new voice in literary fiction secures publishing deal

Graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme Sophie Mackintosh has secured a publishing deal with Hamish Hamilton for her debut novel The Water Cure following a seven-way auction. For further details, see the press release.

Wed 31 May '17
Alumna Katy Whitehead has won the 2017 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize

She was awarded the prize for Adventures in Synthetic Fun, an essay exploring the concept of ‘synthetic fun’ coined in the 1960s by Jeremy Sandford, and the changing nature of fun in an era of increasing automation, disputed oppression, widespread affective labour, illusory meritocracy, costly social mobility, divisive politics, and a degraded imagination.

Katy studied on the BA English Literature and Creative Writing and the MA in Writing in the department.

Thu 27 Apr '17
Complete University Guide rankings

The Complete University Guide rankings were published yesterday, and the department continues its strong performance in national and international league tables. For Creative Writing, the department's Warwick Writing Programme is ranked at number 1 in the UK. For English, we are 9th, and for Theatre Studies (categorised as Drama, Dance and Cinematics), 5th.

Other Warwick departments with joint degrees with English have also performed strongly: Film and Television Studies (categorised as Drame, Dance and Cinematics) and German and Philosophy are each ranked as 5th, and French, Hispanic Studies (categorised as Iberian Languages) and Italian are each at 7th.

The University is ranked at 8th nationally and is the highest rated university in the West Midlands.

 

Sarah Moss's latest book, Signs for Lost Children, is listed by the Financial Times and by the Independent as one of the 15 best fiction books of 2015 and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016! Her next novel, The Tidal Zone, is published in July 2016.
Congratulations to Daryl Qilin Yam, who is set to become a published author the same year he graduates. His highly anticipated fiction title, Kappa Quartet is published by Epigram Books and is due to be launched at the Singapore Writers festival in November this year, where he is set to be a featured author. You can read the news story here.

Sarah Moss and Will Eaves are reviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald on the same day, 5 September 2015!

David Morley’s Selected Poems, The Invisible Gift (Carcanet) has been chosen as the latest winner of The Poetry Society’s prestigious prize, the Ted Hughes Award for 2015.

Our Will Eaves has had his poem A Ship's Whistle published in the New Yorker. Have a read OR a listen! His novel The Absent Therapist was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014!

Jonathan Edwards (BA English and American Literature, 2002; MA in Writing, 2003) has won the Poetry Category in the Costa Book Awards 2014 with My Family and Other Superheroes! Well done!

Azfa Awad (current ELCW undergraduate) is featured in the Women Create Change project, a series of portraits by renowned documentary photographer Alison Baskerville.

Emily Hasler (BA in English and Creative Writing, 2007 and MA in Pan-romanticism, 2008) has won an Eric Gregory Poetry award of £4000 from the Society of Authors!

Graduate Julia Forster's debut novel What a Way to Go is published January 2016 by Atlantic Books (press release attached).

She thanks the WWP for all our support and belief in her from her days as your student 1998-2000. She writes: 'A lot of the themes that I was working through in the era have found there way into the book so my time at the Warwick Writing Programme was a very important element of the gestation of this book...'.
ELCW graduate Ben Cottam has written a new BBC Radio 4 series, Plum House. The amazing cast includes Tom Bell, Simon Callow, Jane Horrocks, Miles Jupp, Louise Ford and Pearce Quigley.

A L Kennedy was recently interviewed in The Guardian, for 'A Life in Books' by Sarah Crown. Her most recent novel, Serious Sweet, is about two decent, damaged people trying to make moral choices in an immoral world, and is long-listed for the Booker Prize.

Congratulations to Maureen Freely - her translation of Reckless by Hasan Ali Toptas (Bloomsbury) has been longlisted for the FT/Oppenheimerfunds Emerging Voices award 2016. "Often surreal, occasionally funny, full of awe for humanity and its potential, and never anything but ambitious, Reckless suggests that for Turkey, and for all of us, the truth about what we're capable of isn't very pleasant. The real battles, Toptas shows us, are in our hearts, where the outcome is all too often a crude form of justice." TLS