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7:30pm - 10:30pm



Join us at SO,13 Social Studies Building for a special writers’ soirée, with wine, snacks, good company, and readings from celebrated poets and novelists at The University of Warwick: David Vann, Gonzalo Garcia Ceron, David Morley, and Jack McGowan, our host for the evening.


The evening has been organised in support of Manifest, an anthology of the very best writing of students currently studying Warwick’s MA in Writing course. The book will be produced in-house by the students themselves and published in mid-2018.


Warwick has been rated no.1 for creative writing in The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide for 3 years running. Recent graduates have won the 2016 Beverly Series (Sohini Basak) and the 2017 Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize (Katy Whitehead).





Published in 23 languages, DAVID VANN’s internationally-bestselling books have won 14 prizes, including best foreign novel in France and Spain, and appeared on 83 Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. The Observer called David’s latest novel, Bright Air Black, a ‘compelling study of human nature stripped to its most elemental.’ A former Guggenheim fellow, National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Wallace Stegner fellow, and John L’Heureux fellow, he holds degrees from Stanford and Cornell and is currently a Professor at the University of Warwick in England and Honorary Professor at the University of Franche-Comté in France.


GONZALO GARCIA CERON studied English and American Literature at the University of Kent, where he also taught Creative Writing. He is now a Teaching Fellow in the Warwick Writing Programme. His first novel, We Are The End, reflects his interest in the relationship between video games, digital culture, and the construction of narrative. It is published by Galley Beggar Press and has been shortlisted for the EIBF First Book Award 2017.


DAVID MORLEY is an award-winning poet and critic who has published over twenty books including ten collections of poetry. The Invisible Gift won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry in 2016. He was awarded a Cholmondeley Award from The Society of Authors for his body of work and contribution to poetry. He won a National Teaching Fellowship the most prestigious award for teaching in higher education. David is a Fellow of the English Association, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds the Alliance Professorship in Writing at Monash University, Melbourne.


JACK MCGOWAN is a performance poet with over a decade of experience in the UK spoken word scene. He has performed at a number of high profile events including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, StAnza International Poetry Festival, and Ilkley Literature Festival. His poetry appears in a number of online and print publications and he has been interviewed by major outlets such as the BBC regarding his work on UK spoken word. Jack studied his undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing at Warwick University and returned in 2013 to conduct doctoral research for a Ph.D. in contemporary performance poetics. He is now a tutor on the Warwick Writing Programme and hosts 'Shoot from the Lip' - one of the largest spoken word collectives in the West Midlands. (Find them on Facebook:@shootfromthelip.warwick)



Thu 18 Jan '18
English undergraduate Adesola Akerele hosts discussion of her documentary, Brotherhood

JANUARY 23, 2018, THE OCULUS, OC0.03, 19.15

English undergraduate student Adesola Akerele is hosting a premiere and panel discussion of her own documentary, Brotherhood. Funded in part by Warwick's Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning, Brotherhood is a documentary that aims start a conversation that addresses the current narrative of the young black man. It features an organisation called the Amos Bursary (founded by Baroness Valorie Amos) which nurtures young black men and pushes them to excel as leaders. The Bursary has shaped outstanding black boys who have become pioneers in their generation. From those who have spoken in the House of Lords, to others who have developed apps, or even those who have raised money to attend Harvard University. This documentary gives a voice to boys who up until this point have not been able to share their own narratives.Through engaging in these conversations, we learn how these young black men manoeuvre themselves in a society that works against them.


Following the screening. There will be a panel discussion regarding the film and about how to positively encourage the progression of young black people in society. We will also discuss what steps can be taken to essentially re- write the narrative of the young black person in the UK.