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Warwick Thursdays has its own tab, and The Warwick Prize for Writing has its own page. Warwick Arts Centre has its own site. For Festival of the Imagination (October 2015) please go here.

Warwick Words is in the town of Warwick. Birmingham Literature Festival is in Birmingham. Kenilworth Arts Festival is in Kenilworth.

Below are a few recent news items about the Warwick Writing Programme from the department's main site, and a few less recent achievements of alumni, students and staff.

Sun 17 Jun '18
Laura Shanahan is prose runner-up for the World Literature Today Translation Prize

Many congratulations to Laura Shanahan, postgraduate student on the MA in Literary Translation Studies (who had been have been shortlisted for the John Dryden Translation Competition), has been chosen as the prose runner-up for the World Literature Today Translation Prize for her translation from Italian of an excerpt from Anna Maria Ortese's short story 'The Silence of Reason'. Cick here for more information.

Sun 10 Jun '18
Professor David Morley elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature

The poet, Professor David Morley of the University of Warwick Writing Programme, has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

The Fellowship is one of the highest honours for a writer. It encompasses the most distinguished authors working in the English language, including J.K. Rowling, Hilary Mantel, Philip Pullman, Richard Dawkins, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Richard Ford, Ian McEwan and Tom Stoppard.

Founded in 1820, The Royal Society of Literature is Britain’s national charity for the advancement of literature. It acts as a voice for the value of literature, encouraging and honouring great writers, and engaging people in appreciating literature.

Election as Fellow of the RSL is a uniquely prestigious honour, awarded by writers to writers.

New Fellows are offered the choice of signing the Society’s Roll Book with the pen of T.S. Eliot, Lord Byron or – new this year - George Eliot. In keeping with the honour being for his poetry, Morley signed with Byron’s.

A National Teaching Fellow, Professor Morley teaches on Warwick’s Writing Programme, and is a recent winner of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for his collection The Invisible Gift, and The Cholmondeley Award for achievement in poetry from The Society of Authors.

On receiving the RSL Fellowship, Professor Morley commented:

‘My election to The Royal Society came out of the blue. It’s a huge honour for my poetry to be recognised by other writers in this way. I’m aware I’ve got a lot of work to do, and Fellowship of the RSL is a great boost. The RSL has an excellent schools outreach programme which I’m looking forward to being involved with. I hope to encourage more students from diverse and less privileged backgrounds to study creative writing at university and become authors themselves’.

Fri 27 Apr '18




5:30-7pm, R3.41 Ramphal

Professor Stephen Collis will discuss the role poetry has played in his environmental activism, specifically in resistance to Canadian tar sands mining, extraction and transport, and alongside members of the Critical Environments group will lead a workshop on writing and activism.

(In the same time slot, Dr. Patrick Barron will lead a seminar on translation with MA in Literary Translation students. For more information, please contact Dr. Chantal Wright.)



1:30-2:30pm, Writers Room, Millburn House

Professors Stephen Collis and Patrick Barron will give a reading (of original poetry, prose, and translation) and discuss their creative work.


4-6pm, R2.41 Ramphal

Professors Stephen Collis and Patrick Barron will briefly present creative and critical work around landscapes of the Anthropocene—threatened, enclosed, abandoned, occupied, reclaimed, irrevocably humanized more-than-human commons—and lead a discussion about the new kinds of solidarity and resources called forth in and through environmental writing in a time of accelerated climate change and intensified pressure on the planetary commons. Professors Collis and Barron have provided the following texts for participants to read in advance of the seminar, though this reading is not required for participation.

Stephen Collis: "Manifesto of the Biotariat," "Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands"
Patrick Barron: An Assemblage of Passages by Gianni Celati; from Verso la foce (Towards the River’s Mouth), by Gianni Celati; from Paesaggio Italiano



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.

For further INFORMATION about any of these events, please contact Dr. Jonathan Skinner:


Sarah Moss's latest book, Signs for Lost Children, is listed by the Financial Times and by the Independent as one of the 15 best fiction books of 2015 and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016! Her next novel, The Tidal Zone, is published in July 2016.
Congratulations to Daryl Qilin Yam, who is set to become a published author the same year he graduates. His highly anticipated fiction title, Kappa Quartet is published by Epigram Books and is due to be launched at the Singapore Writers festival in November this year, where he is set to be a featured author. You can read the news story here.

Sarah Moss and Will Eaves are reviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald on the same day, 5 September 2015!

David Morley’s Selected Poems, The Invisible Gift (Carcanet) has been chosen as the latest winner of The Poetry Society’s prestigious prize, the Ted Hughes Award for 2015.

Our Will Eaves has had his poem A Ship's Whistle published in the New Yorker. Have a read OR a listen! His novel The Absent Therapist was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014!

Jonathan Edwards (BA English and American Literature, 2002; MA in Writing, 2003) has won the Poetry Category in the Costa Book Awards 2014 with My Family and Other Superheroes! Well done!

Azfa Awad (current ELCW undergraduate) is featured in the Women Create Change project, a series of portraits by renowned documentary photographer Alison Baskerville.

Emily Hasler (BA in English and Creative Writing, 2007 and MA in Pan-romanticism, 2008) has won an Eric Gregory Poetry award of £4000 from the Society of Authors!

Graduate Julia Forster's debut novel What a Way to Go is published January 2016 by Atlantic Books (press release attached).

She thanks the WWP for all our support and belief in her from her days as your student 1998-2000. She writes: 'A lot of the themes that I was working through in the era have found there way into the book so my time at the Warwick Writing Programme was a very important element of the gestation of this book...'.
ELCW graduate Ben Cottam has written a new BBC Radio 4 series, Plum House. The amazing cast includes Tom Bell, Simon Callow, Jane Horrocks, Miles Jupp, Louise Ford and Pearce Quigley.

A L Kennedy was recently interviewed in The Guardian, for 'A Life in Books' by Sarah Crown. Her most recent novel, Serious Sweet, is about two decent, damaged people trying to make moral choices in an immoral world, and is long-listed for the Booker Prize.

Congratulations to Maureen Freely - her translation of Reckless by Hasan Ali Toptas (Bloomsbury) has been longlisted for the FT/Oppenheimerfunds Emerging Voices award 2016. "Often surreal, occasionally funny, full of awe for humanity and its potential, and never anything but ambitious, Reckless suggests that for Turkey, and for all of us, the truth about what we're capable of isn't very pleasant. The real battles, Toptas shows us, are in our hearts, where the outcome is all too often a crude form of justice." TLS