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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.

Wed 15 Nov '17
Pop-up International Women's Literature Reading Group

Novelist Sarah Moss and literary translator Chantal Wright from the Warwick Writing Programme will lead a discussion on international women’s literature and the new Warwick Prize for Women in Translation on Wednesday 22 November, 7 - 8.15 p.m., at Warwick Books in Warwick town centre. You may want to read one or more of the six books shortlisted for this year’s prize and come along with your thoughts but you can also simply join us for the discussion – all welcome! Please e-mail translation@warwick.ac.uk to reserve your spot. Supported by the Connecting Cultures GRP, Warwick Books and Harper Collins Independent Thinking.

Translation Slam

Literary translators Sophie Hughes and Rosalind Harvey will be battling it out over commas and word choices at Warwick Books on Tuesday 21 November, 7 - 8.15 p.m., at Warwick Books in Warwick town centre. Mexican writer Laia Jufresa will be in attendance. Please e-mail translation@warwick.ac.uk to reserve your spot. Supported by the Connecting Cultures GRP, Warwick Books and Harper Collins Independent Thinking.

Wed 11 Oct '17
The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation - Shortlist Announced!

The competition received a total of 58 eligible entries of which 16 titles made the initial longlist. The shortlist comprises a novel, a novella, a children’s book, a collection of poetry and a volume of short stories. The source languages represented are Polish and German, with two shortlisted titles apiece, as well as Irish and Russian.

The full list of shortlisted titles is as follows: 

- Second-hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, translated from Russian by Bela Sheyavich (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2016)

- Swallow Summer by Larissa Boehning, translated from German by Lyn Marven (Comma Press, 2016)

- Clementine Loves Red by Krystyna Boglar, translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones and Zosia Krasodomska-Jones (Pushkin Children’s Books, 2016)

- The Coast Road by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, translated from Irish by Michael Coady, Peter Fallon, Tom French, Alan Gillis, Vona Groarke, John McAuliffe, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, Michelle O’Sullivan, Justin Quinn, Billy Ramsell, Peter Sirr and David Wheatley (The Gallery Press, 2016)

- Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg, translated from Polish by Eliza Marciniak (Portobello Books, 2017)

- Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada, translated from German by Susan Bernofsky (Portobello Books, 2016)

Click here for more information on the Prize for Women in Translation and Translation at Warwick.

 

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