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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.

Warwick Thursdays will resume in the Autumn Term 2017/18. Confirmed speakers are listed below.

Autumn Term 2017

Thursday October 5 – Stephen Vincent

Stephen Vincent’s career combines poetry, essays, art and book publishing. His hybrid practice reflects an immersion in the physical environment, contemporary society and politics. His haptic (based on the sense of touch) drawing – sometimes called “Poetry by Other Means” – directly engages the “vibrational fields” of performance and place: poetry readings, work with musicians, urban street sites, and the Sierra Mountains of California. He is the author of more than twelve books of poetry and the publisher of Momo's Press and Bedford Arts; his artist books are collected by museums and libraries worldwide. Vincent will read from and share the artwork in his most recent volume: The Last 100 Days of the Presidency of Barack Obama (October 13 – January 20, 2017).

Thursday October 12 – Katy Whitehead

Katy Whitehead is a graduate of the University of Warwick's Writing Programme (BA and MA) and winner of the 2017 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize for Adventures in Synthetic Fun, a book-length work-in-progress. Katy was shortlisted for Myriad Editions’ First Drafts competition and Penned in the Margins’ Generation Txt, and longlisted for a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship and the Mslexia novel competition. She worked in publishing for five years, most recently as a commissioning editor of books by Lena Dunham and T. Geronimo Johnson. She lives in London with her husband and mentors regularly at the Ministry of Stories.

Thursday October 19 – Lee Ann Brown

Lee Ann Brown was born in Japan, raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and attended Brown University. She is the author of Other Archer, which also appears in French translation by Stephane Bouquet as Autre Archère (Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2015); In the Laurels, Caught (Fence Books, 2013), Crowns of Charlotte (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan, 2003), and Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, 1999), which won the 1996 New American Poetry Competition. In 1989, Brown founded Tender Buttons Press, which is dedicated to publishing experimental women’s poetry. She is a professor at St. John’s University, and is this year's Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University.

Thursday, October 26 – Harriet Paige

Harriet Paige was born in 1979 and grew up in Devon. She studied English and American Literature at Warwick and returned in 2005 to do an MA in Writing. Since then, she has continued to develop her writing alongside working as an interiors journalist and bringing up her three children. Man With a Seagull on His Head, published by Bluemoose Books, is her first novel and has been shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize (voting open now).

Thursday November 2 – Stefan Tobler

Stefan Tobler is the publisher of the award-winning independent publishing house And Other Stories, and a translator. And Other Stories authors include the Man Booker-shortlisted Deborah Levy, the Guardian First Book-shortlisted Juan Pablo Villalobos; Joanna Walsh, Ivan Vladislavic and Yuri Herrera. Stefan's translations of Clarice Lispector's Agua Viva and Raduan Nassar's A Cup of Rage are both Penguin Classics. He will be enthusing about start-ups, finding writers and publishing them, submissions / acquisitions, and “new models” in literary publishing.

Thursday November 9 – Jack McGowan and six years of Shoot from the Lip

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.

Shoot from the Lip was founded in 2013 by Jack McGowan and Zena Agha. Over the last six years, it has evolved from humble beginnings in a back-alley bar, becoming a prominent fixture on the West Midlands spoken word scene. SFTL Slam events regularly attract audiences of 80-100, combining Warwick University students and local community poets and spoken word enthusiasts. All events are free, and performers are always welcome, regardless of experience. Previous performers have gone on to be shortlisted for major spoken word awards, compose poetry films for the Guardian, and feature in episodes of Holby City.

Thursday November 16 – Zodwa Nyoni

Zodwa Nyoni is a playwright and poet based in Leeds. As winner of the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme she was Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has previously been Apprentice Poet-in-Residence at Ilkley Literature Festival (2013), Leeds Kirkgate Market (2012) and Writer-in-Residence at I Love West Leeds Festival (2010). She is currently under commission at The Tricycle Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Thursday November 23 – Rishi Dastidar

Rishi Dastidar is a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective, and also serves as a chair of the writer development organization Spread The Word. His debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press, founded by Warwick alumna Jane Commane.

Thursday November 30 – Gonzalo Garcia Ceron and Preti Taneja

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.

Preti Taneja's debut novel We That Are Young, a response both to King Lear and to the rising religious fascism of contemporary India, is published by Galley Beggar Press. Her novella Kumkum Malhotra won the Gatehouse Press New Fiction Prize in 2014 and she writes for the Guardian, the New Statesman, and Index, among other journals. Preti is a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker and a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at Warwick University. After a decade of reporting on minority and refugee rights in Jordan, Sweden, East Africa and the Balkans, she is now investigating the protection of cultural rights in conflict and post-conflict situations.

Thursday December 7 – Will Eaves

Will Eaves’s most recent novel, The Absent Therapist (2014), was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. His collection of poetry, memoir and criticism, The Inevitable Gift Shop (2016), was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. A new novel of linked tales, Murmur, will be published in 2018; the title story was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017.

Spring Term 2018

Thursday January 11 – Tim Leach

Tim Leach writes historical fiction, with a particular interest in unreliable source texts and the ancient world. He began his first novel whilst studying for the MA in Writing at Warwick: The Last King of Lydia was published in 2013 and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize that year. A sequel, The King and the Slave, was published in 2014.

Thursday January 18 – Mog Harris

Thursday January 25 – Daniel Piper

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

Thursday February 15 – Marilia Savvides

Thursday February 22 – 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 1 – Kirsty Gunn

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. Further information can be found at her website:

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