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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.

Spring Term 2019

Thursday Jan 10 – Lucy Brydon: Taking a Script to the Screen (2pm)

Lucy Brydon is a Scottish writer, filmmaker and visual artist. Lucy's first novel, Shanghai Passenger, was published in September 2015 by Blue Mark Books. Her debut feature film, Sick(er), commissioned by the Film London Microwave initiative with funding from the BBC and BFI, is currently in post production. Lucy has written, directed and produced work in the US, the UK and China - where she lived for several years. Her work has been included in film festivals internationally. Lucy also writes academically on film with a focus on gender and Scottish cinema.


Thursday Jan 17 – Paul Cooper: Writing from the Ruins

Paul Cooper is a researcher and novelist from Cardiff, Wales. He was educated at the University of Warwick and the UEA, and after graduating he left for Sri Lanka to work as an English teacher, where he took time to explore the ruins both ancient and modern. He has worked as an archivist, editor and journalist. His first novel, River of Ink, was published in January 2016, and his second is in the final stages of editing.

Thursday Jan 24 – Kit de Waal: The Trick To Time

Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother, who was a childminder and foster carer and a Caribbean father. She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels. She used to advise Social Services on the care of foster children, and has written training manuals on adoption, foster care and judgecraft for members of the judiciary. Her writing has received numerous awards including the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and 2015 and the SI Leeds Literary Reader's Choice Prize 2014 and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year.

MY NAME IS LEON, her first novel was published in 2016.


Thursday Jan 31 – Lytle Shaw: 23 Things

23 Things is the third in a series of architecture-centered prose works that began with The Clifford Chadwick Clifford Collection (2011) and The Moiré Effect (2012).

"Chronicling on-site research commissioned from me by a mysterious Belgian graphic designer, 23 Things is organized around a group of works in the orbit of the Italian architect Carlo Mollino (1905-73), who designed the bulbous and baroque space of the Turin opera house, a set of windowless fantasy interiors in the city that may have functioned primarily as photographic backdrops, and several extreme Alpine structures, including an under-the-Matterhorn chalet for the then fastest man on skis, Leo Gasperl. Comparable perhaps to a Bond villain, Mollino drew simultaneously with both hands, wrote a treatise on downhill skiing, engineered and drove race cars at Le Mans, was a stunt pilot, and the designer of what was until very recently the most expensive piece of furniture ever bought at auction. The more I looked into the Mollino industry, however, the more it developed an unhealthy curiosity about me. And so this book chronicles my descent into the world of “risotto giallo”—a northern Italian variant of the country’s thriller genre, a surprisingly dangerous domain of tyrant art collectors, car and motorcycle chases, and conceptual double-crosses, all presided over by Italian film music and the lush surfaces of mid-century modern furniture."

Lytle Shaw’s books of poetry, prose works and collaborative artwork (with J. Blachly) include Cable Factory 20 (1999), The Lobe (2002), The Chadwick Family Papers: A Brief Public Glimpse (2008), The Clifford Chadwick Clifford Collection (2011), Selected Shipwrecks (2012) and The Moiré Effect (2012).

Thursday Feb 7 – Charlotte Salter: Writing and Selling Dark Fantasy for Young People

Charlotte graduated from Warwick's BA in English Literature and Writing in 2012, and from the MA in Writing in 2015. Her debut novel, The Bone Snatcher, started life as her BA long project. Both The Bone Snatcher and her second novel for young readers, Where the Woods End, are published by Penguin Random House in the US and abroad.

Thursday Feb 14 – CANCELLED

Thursday Feb 21 – Kirsty Gunn

Kirsty Gunn was born in 1960 in New Zealand and educated at Queen Margaret College and Victoria University, Wellington, and at Oxford, where she completed an M.Phil. After moving to London she worked as a freelance journalist.

Her fiction includes the acclaimed Rain (1994), the story of an adolescent girl and the break-up of her family, for which she won a London Arts Board Literature Award; The Keepsake (1997), the fragmented narrative of a young woman recalling painful memories; and Featherstone (2002), a story concerned with love in all its variety. Her short stories have been included in many anthologies including The Junky's Christmas and Other Yuletide Stories (1994) and The Faber Book of Contemporary Stories about Childhood (1997).She is also author of This Place You Return To Is Home (1999), a collection of short stories, and in 2001 she was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Writer's Bursary. More recent books are The Boy and the Sea (2006), winner of the 2007 Sundial Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award; 44 Things (2007), a book of personal reflections over the course of one year; The Big Music (2012); and Infidelities (2014).

Kirsty Gunn lives in London and Scotland and is Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, where she directs the writing programme.

Thursday Feb 28 – Genevieve Carver - Spoken Words: Poetry and the Stage

Genevieve Carver is a Sheffield-based poet who since 2011 has been forging a reputation as a “leading star of the spoken word scene” (Now Then Magazine). Her work has been widely published in magazines and anthologies including Iota, Envoi, and The North, and she has been involved with a number of innovative cross-artform commissions working with film, animation and AR and VR technology. Since 2016 she has been touring the UK with poetry, music and theatre performance project Genevieve Carver & The Unsung. Their first show “The Unsung” won the spoken word award at Buxton Fringe in 2017, and completed a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. The collective are now working on a new project exploring female experiences in the music industry.


Thursday March 7 – Michael Hulse

Professor Michael Hulse teaches poetry and comparative literature. He has won numerous awards for his poetry, and has earned the praise of Gwyneth Lewis, Simon Armitage, C. K. Stead, the late Peter Porter and many others. His 2013 collection, Half-Life, was chosen as a Book of the Year in the Australian Book Review, where John Kinsella described it as “brilliant”, “devastatingly disturbing” and “technically perfect”. Reading tours have taken him to the US, Canada and Mexico, India, Australia, New Zealand, and many parts of Europe. He has been a judge of the Günter Grass Foundation’s Albatross Prize, a literary award similar to Britain’s Man Booker International, and, with J. M. Coetzee and Susanna Moore, served as an ambassador for Adelaide Writers’ Week. In 2009 he co-founded the Hippocrates Prize, for a poem on a medical subject, with Warwick colleague Prof. Donald Singer, and together they organize an annual international symposium on poetry and medicine. In 2011 the Hippocrates initiative took the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. For more information on Michael, see the literature pages of the British Council’s site.

Thursday March 14 - Heather McCalden

Heather McCalden is a multidisciplinary artist currently residing in London. Originally from Los Angeles, Heather has studied dance at LINES/Ballet, film production at New York University, and photography and performance at the Royal College of Art. 

Heather’s work has been exhibited at Roulette Intermedium (NYC), Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn), National Sawdust (Brooklyn), Zabludowicz Collection (London), Testbed 1 (London), Flux Dubai, and StudioRCA (London). She was awarded the Fiona Mee grant to attend the Emerging Writer’s Intensive at Banff Centre for the Arts in 2017, and returned to the Banff Centre in 2018 as part of their Late Summer Writer’s Residency. Latter this month, her film “Perhaps” will screen alongside Reena Esmail’s musical composition of the same name at Seattle Symphony. She is currently working on a book about viral culture.

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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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