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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.

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Warwick Thursdays is free and open to the public.

Summer Term 2018

Thursday April 26 – Samuel Dodson and Daniel Sutherland:

Nothing in the Rulebook is a creative collective and a community of writers and artists founded to support new projects. Our ‘Creatives in profile’ interview series features long interviews with award-winning writers and artists. We publish original fiction, poetry, blogs and essays. We also run regular in-house projects, such as ‘Haikus for the NHS’. We’re always looking for contributors and supporters to help in our creative endeavours. More information can be found at

Samuel Dodson is a writer and editor based in London, and a communications manager in the civil service. His short stories have won, or been shortlisted for, a number of awards, including the Almond Press Short Story Award, Bare Fiction Award, and Bath Flash Fiction Award. Samuel’s stories have been published in a variety of small anthologies and his essays have appeared in Litro Magazine and Collective Exile. He founded Nothing in the Rulebook with Daniel Sutherland, in 2015. Daniel is an Irish playwright and short story writer. He is the Media Officer for the British Medical Association. A former journalist, his plays have been performed in London, Coventry, Belfast, Dublin and his home town of Warrenpoint.

Thursday May 3 – Jean Boase-Beier: After the Holocaust: Volker von Törne's Poetry of Guilt.

We tend to think of Holocaust poetry as poetry written by predominantly Jewish victims of the Holocaust in camps or ghettos, or maybe by survivors in exile. But a great deal of Holocaust poetry does not fit these criteria. The poet Volker von Törne’s father was in the SS, and von Törne went on to work with survivors of the Holocaust. His poetry starts from the assumption that recognizing the guilt of his own nation is essential. But his sense of guilt is also very personal. I have recently published the first English translation of his poetry, Memorial to the Future. I shall give some background on the Holocaust, on the poet and his context, and read from the work.

Jean Boase-Beier is a translator of German poetry, and has published translations of the work of Ernst Meister, Rose Ausländer, and Volker von Törne. She is translations editor at Arc Publications, for whom she edits four series of bilingual poetry books. She is Professor Emerita of Literature and Translation at the University of East Anglia, where she founded the MA in Literary Translation in 1992 and ran it until 2015. Her academic work focuses on translation, style and poetry, and especially on the translation of Holocaust poetry; publications include A Critical Introduction to Translation Studies (2011, Bloomsbury); Translating the Poetry of the Holocaust (2015, Bloomsbury) and the co-edited Translating Holocaust Lives (2017, Bloomsbury). Following on from an AHRC project ‘Translating the Poetry of the Holocaust’, Jean is currently collecting less well-known Holocaust poetry for an anthology to be published in 2019.

Thursday May 10 – Stephen Collis and Patrick Barron: Uncommon Solidarities: Writing, Landscape, Resistance

Stephen Collis’s many books of poetry include The Commons (Talon Books 2008; 2014), On the Material (Talon Books 2010—awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), DECOMP (with Jordan Scott—Coach House 2013), and Once in Blockadia (Talon Books 2016—nominated for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature). He has also written two books of literary criticism, on poets Susan Howe and Phyllis Webb, a book of essays on the Occupy Movement, and a novel. Almost Islands is a forthcoming memoir, and a long poem, Sketch of a Poem I Will Not Have Written, is in progress. He lives near Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, and teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University.

Patrick Barron is Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, where he co-directs the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program and teaches courses in environmental literature, translation studies, and poetry. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Program, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books include Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale (Routledge); Haiku for a Season, Haiku per una stagione, by Andrea Zanzotto (Chicago); The Selected Poetry and Prose of Andrea Zanzotto (Chicago); and Italian Environmental Literature: An Anthology (Italica). A critical edition of Gianni Celati's Towards the River's Mouth (Lexington) is forthcoming in 2019.

This event is co-sponsored by the Critical Environments research cluster in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.

This will be the last Warwick Thursday event for the current academic year: thank you to all our participants and to you, the loyal audience, for your support. We look forward to welcoming you back on October 4 for the first event in the 2018/19 season.

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