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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, 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.

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Warwick Thursdays is free and open to the public.

Spring Term 2018

Thursday January 11 – Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss began her academic career as a Romanticist, publishing on food and gender in Romantic-era women’s fiction (Spilling the Beans: Eating, Cooking, Reading and Writing in British Women's Fiction) and on the influence of Arctic travel writing on Romantic poetry. Her first novel, Cold Earth (Granta, 2009), developed from her doctoral research. Since then, she has published four more novels (Night Waking, Bodies of Light, Signs for Lost Children, The Tidal Zone: all with Granta), three of which have been shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize, and a travel book/memoir about a year in Iceland with her family, Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Her next novel, Ghost Wall, will be published later this year.

Thursday January 18 – Mog Harris

Mog Harris is Warwick born and bred. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and has designed extensively for the theatre in London. She has worked for a youth charity in the UK and Rome. In Paris she learnt French, looked after two small children, sold art materials in the 6ème arrondissement, and got up very early to sell organic fruit and veg. On a Christmas visit to France in 2014, her parents mentioned that Warwick’s independent bookshop was up for sale. Mog and her partner Pauline shared a look over the dinner table and the deal was done in early 2015. Since their takeover of the bookshop, they have twice won the Wellcome Collection’s Incurably Curious Window Display competition and received a James Paterson Grant. Pauline was shortlisted for Young Bookshop Manager of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2016.

Thursday January 25 – Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is a comedian, writer, and national poetry slam champion. He has been seen and heard on national TV and radio, and across Europe at festivals including Latitude, Bestival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Trieste International Poetry Festival. He has written and performed two hit Edinburgh Fringe shows, Daniel Piper Is In Four Gangs (2016) and Daniel Piper’s Day Off (2017). Daniel won the 2017 Scottish National Poetry Slam and came second in the world championships in Paris the same year. He has written for many publications (including The Skinny and The Alarmist) and will publish his first book of comic poems and short stories in 2018.

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.

Thursday February 8 – M. John Harrison

M. John Harrison is a pioneering figure in the development of post-war fiction in English. His eleven novels (including In Viriconium, The Course of the Heart, Climbers and Light) and five short-story collections bring political urgency and a literary-critical sensibility to popular genres: modern science-fiction and fantasy, nature writing and horror. He won the Boardman Tasker Prize for Climbers (1989), the James Tipree Jr Award for Light (2002), and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Nova Swing (2007). He reviews fiction for the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. He will be reading from his acclaimed new short-story collection, You Should Come With Me Now (2017).

Thursday February 15 – Laura Williams

Laura Williams is an agent at Peters Fraser and Dunlop, where she has been working since leaving Oxford with a degree in Classics in 2011. She is actively building a fiction list and a small non-fiction list. She is looking for literary fiction, commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high-concept contemporary young adult, as well as narrative non-fiction of all types, with a focus on mental health. Her taste is dark: she loves gothic, ghost stories, horror, anything sinister. She also loves books that make her cry: a big love story or an intense family drama.


Thursday March 1 – 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 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.

Thursday March 15 – Sam Jordison

Sam Jordison is a publisher, journalist, and author. He is co-director of the award-winning independent publisher Galley Beggar Press. He writes about books for The Guardian. His own non-fiction books include Enemies Of The People, Literary London (with Eloise Millar) and the best-selling Crap Towns series.

Summer Term 2018

Thursday April 26 – Sam Dodson and Dan Sutherland

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