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Warwick Thursdays

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, translators, 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 is free and open to the public.

Autumn Term 2018

Thursday Oct 4 – Prano Bailey-Bond: Approaches to Genre

Prano is an award-winning director/writer with a strong body of short films and music videos. Her work invokes imaginative worlds, fusing a dark vocabulary with eerie allure. Her horror/thriller, NASTY, has screened at over 100 festivals, collecting awards globally, was BIFA long-listed and noted as one of the top horror shorts of 2016. She was selected by Film4 to direct episode one of their Fright Bites series for All4; SHORTCUT, which toured with The Final Girls’ We Are The Weirdosprogram around the UK, after premiering at Sitges Film Festival. She is currently in late-stage development on her debut feature, CENSOR, a psychological horror supported by the BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Creative England. CENSOR was selected for this year’s Frontieres Forum at Cannes Film Festival. Prano has been part of various industry development programmes including BFI NETWORK@LFF, which sought to identify original new voices, iconoclasts and risk takers, and the Berlinale Talents programme at Berlin Film Festival. She is represented for Film and Television by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.

(click here to check out Prano's website)


Thursday Oct 11 – Ian Long (Euroscript)

Ian is a writer, teacher, script editor and story consultant whose recent writing projects include an epic animated feature based on Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and a contemporary psychological thriller. Both are slated for imminent production. Ian has recently written and produced his own short film.

He has worked as a consultant for the UK Film Council's Premiere and New Cinema Funds, the First Film Foundation, the Script Factory and many other bodies and producers. He is currently overseeing a horror feature to be shot on location in Italy, developing a science fiction feature with a leading director and working on a collection of short stories.

For Euroscript Ian heads up Consultancy and teaches Genre workshops - Horror, Science Fiction and Thrillers with a special side order of Creating Fear in Cinema. Additionally he teaches script reading and assessment.

(click here to check out more on Ian and Euroscript)


Thursday Oct 18 – Sally Rooney - CANCELLED

Sally Rooney was born in 1991 and lives in Dublin. She is the youngest ever winner of the Sunday Times PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Her first novel Conversations with Friends was a Sunday Times, Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard Book of the Year, receiving the most mentions in the end of year round-ups for a debut book in 2017. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, London Review of Books and Granta. Conversations with Friends was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2017. She is the editor of The Stinging Fly.

(Follow her @sallyrooney).


Thursday Oct 25 – Will Eaves – Voice, Mind, Literature: Alan Turing, Murmur, and the problem of other people

Will Eaves is an Associate Professor in the Writing Programme and the author of five novels and two books of poetry. Murmur (CB Editions) was published in March and has been shortlisted for the 2018 Goldsmiths Prize. For seventeen years he was the Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement. His poems, stories and criticism have appeared in many journals and magazines, including The New Yorker, the TLS, the Yale Review, and the New Statesman. He helped found the Brixton Review of Books and is a contributing columnist.


Thursday Nov 1 – David Vann: How To Get In Trouble With Your Sister

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. He has been featured in 80 international literary festivals and had book tours in 29 countries. He has written for the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Outside, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, The Financial Times, The New Statesman, Elle UK, Esquire UK, Esquire Russia, National Geographic Adventure, Writer’s Digest, McSweeney’s, and other magazines and newspapers. 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.


Thursday Nov 8 – Lettice Franklin

Lettice Franklin is the Commissioning Editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, building a list of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. At W&N and 4th Estate before that, she has worked with authors including Paraic O’Donnell, Hermione Hoby, Anna Freeman, Joan Didion, Katherine Heiny, Lena Dunham, Claire Lowdon, Rivka Galchen, Anjali Joseph, Craig Brown and Judith Claire Mitchell.

The talk will cover the path to publication, what editors look for and a consideration of the publishing landscape today. Don't miss it!

(more on Weidenfeld & Nicolson here)


Thursday Nov 15 – Sophie Mackintosh: Reimagining Dystopias

Sophie Mackintosh was born in South Wales in 1988, and is currently based in London. Her fiction and poetry has been published in Granta Magazine, The White Review and The Stinging Fly, amongst others. Her short story ‘Grace’ was the winner of the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize, and her story ‘The Running Ones’ won the Virago/Stylist Short Story competition in 2016.

Sophie’s debut novel The Water Cure was published by Hamish Hamilton in the UK in Spring 2018 and it will be published by Doubleday in the US in early 2019.


Thursday Nov 22 – Matvei Yankelevich – Currents of Authenticity and Professionalization: Ugly Duckling Presse and Small Press Publishing in the Early 21st Century

Matvei Yankelevich's books include Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt (Black Square), Alpha Donut (United Artists), and Boris by the Sea (Octopus). His translations include Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook), and (with Eugene Ostashevsky) Alexander Vvedensky's An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets), which received a National Translation Award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is a founding member of Ugly Duckling Presse, where he curates the Eastern European Poets Series and currently serves as managing editor. He teaches at Columbia University's School of the Arts and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

(more on Ugly Duckling Presse here)

Thursday Nov 29 – Celia Hawkesworth

Translator Celia Hawkesworth is the winner of the 2018 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation, for Daša Drndić's Belladonna (Maclehose Press, 2017), and one of the pre-eminent translators of Croatian literature with almost 40 titles to her name, including works by Dubravka Ugrešić and Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andrić. Celia Hawkesworth taught Serbian and Croatian language and literature at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, from 1971 to 2002, and since retiring has devoted herself full-time to translation. She has been the recipient of the Dereta Book of the Year Award and the Heldt Prize for the best translation by a woman in Slavic studies. She has also twice been shortlisted for the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize.

Thursday Dec 6 – Micha Frazer-Carroll

Spring Term 2019

Thursday Jan 10 – Lucy Brydon

Thursday Jan 17 – Paul Cooper

Thursday Jan 24 – Kit de Waal

Thursday Jan 31 – TBA

Thursday Feb 7 – Charlotte Salter

Thursday Feb 14 – TBA

Thursday Feb 21 – TBA

Thursday Feb 28 – Genevieve Carver

Thursday March 7 – Michael Hulse

Thursday March 14 – Scarlett Thomas



We will also have a set of events for the Summer Term, which will be anounced nearer to the time. We look forward to welcoming you on October 4 for the first event in the 2018/19 season.


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