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.
Autumn Term 2017
Thursday October 5 – Stephen Vincent
Stephen Vincent’s career combines poetry, essays, art and book publishing. His hybrid practice reflects an immersion in the physical environment, contemporary society and politics. His haptic (based on the sense of touch) drawing – sometimes called “Poetry by Other Means” – directly engages the “vibrational fields” of performance and place: poetry readings, work with musicians, urban street sites, and the Sierra Mountains of California. He is the author of more than twelve books of poetry and the publisher of Momo's Press and Bedford Arts; his artist books are collected by museums and libraries worldwide. Vincent will read from and share the artwork in his most recent volume: The Last 100 Days of the Presidency of Barack Obama (October 13 – January 20, 2017).
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 October 19 – Lee Ann Brown
Lee Ann Brown was born in Japan, raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and attended Brown University. She is the author of Other Archer, which also appears in French translation by Stephane Bouquet as Autre Archère (Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2015); In the Laurels, Caught (Fence Books, 2013), Crowns of Charlotte (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan, 2003), and Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, 1999), which won the 1996 New American Poetry Competition. In 1989, Brown founded Tender Buttons Press, which is dedicated to publishing experimental women’s poetry. She is a professor at St. John’s University, and is this year's Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University.
Thursday, October 26 – Harriet Paige
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 16 – Zodwa Nyoni
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, in association with Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, the Sunday Times, and the University of Warwick.
Spring Term 2018
Thursday January 11 – 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 January 18 – Mog Harris
Thursday January 25 – Daniel Piper
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 8 – M. John Harrison
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
Dubravka Ugrešić was born in 1949 in Yugoslavia and studied Comparative and Russian Literature at the University of Zagreb, where she taught for many years. In 1991, when war broke out, Ugrešić took a firm anti-war stance. Politically ostracised and harassed by the media, she left Croatia in 1993 and is now based in Amsterdam. Translations of her work into English include The Ministry of Pain (2006), Baba Yaga Laid an Egg (2009) and Europe in Sepia (2014). In 2009 she was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize. Further information can be found at her website: http://www.dubravkaugresic.com/
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