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Warwick Thursdays, Past Events

Warwick Thursdays is the Writing Programme’s weekly literary salon, organised by the Warwick Writing Programme and featuring visiting novelists, poets, dramatists, filmmakers, translators, publishers, editors, journalists, agents and artists in conversation with Warwick writers.

Talks are open to the public and are 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.

Spring Term 2020

Thursday January 9 - Tim Leach

Tim Leach is a writer of historical fiction, specialising in the ancient world, unreliable source texts, and the crossover points between myth and history. His first novel, The Last King of Lydia, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2013. A sequel, The King and the Slave, followed in 2014, and his latest book Smile of the Wolf, was published in Summer 2018.

Tim is a graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme, where he now teaches fiction as an Assistant Professor. Originally from Essex, he now lives in Sheffield, and is a keen fell runner and rock climber in his spare time.

Thursday January 16 - MA Writing Anthology 2020’s PhD Panel: Elif Gülez, J.S. Loveard and Lúcia Collischonn

Elif Gülez is a PhD student in Literary Practice, at the University of Warwick. Her research is about borders, migration and memory. She also holds an LLM Degree in International Human Rights Law from Essex University; and two MA degrees in English Literature and in Creative Writing from the University of Warwick. Before she fully committed herself to writing, she has worked many years in public relations and marketing in Istanbul. During those years she’s spent as a professional, she worked voluntarily as the editor of a local cultural magazine Scripta. Her work has appeared in Warwick Writers’ Anthology (2018-19), in Scripta and in Sefername, an anthology of travel essays published in her mother language Turkish.

J.S. Loveard is a writer. Currently working on a novel Common Place, as part of the Literary Practice PhD at Warwick, he also lectures and tutors at the Centre of Academic Writing (CAW) at Coventry University. He has also contributed a text to Where the Marsh Plants Grow, an Arts Council England funded recording project with Via Nova, a Birmingham-based experimental choral ensemble. He very occasionally tweets @jsloveard.


Lúcia Collischonn is a Brazilian-German translator and PhD candidate in Translation Studies at the University of Warwick. She takes special academic and professional interest in Exophony in creative writing and translation, that is, writing literature in a foreign language and translation into and out of one’s mother tongue. Exophony was the theme of both her Master’s dissertation and her current PhD research. She has special interest in the works of Yoko Tawada, having recently translated two texts by the author, the novel Etüden im Schnee (2016) which was published in Brazil in May 2019, and Der erste Nachtgesang published in the latest edition of the Journal No Man’s Land. Research interests include: translation theory and practice, literary theory, contemporary and world literature, Portuguese-language literatures, German-language literatures, transnational literature and adaptation studies.

This event is held to raise funds for the Warwick MA Writing course's annual anthology. Follow us on Facebook @betweenthelinesanthology/Instagram @warwickanthology2020 to get the latest updates on all our events happening throughout the year!

Thursday January 23 - Boyd Tonkin: Ghosts, hoaxes and angels: the curious case of Camara Laye

Boyd Tonkin is a journalist, author and critic who writes on books and arts for international media including The Economist, The Financial Times, The Times, New York Review of Books Daily, Wall Street Journal, New Scientist and The Spectator. His reader’s guide to global fiction, The Hundred Best Novels in Translation, was published in 2018. Since 2016, when he chaired the Man Booker International Prize, he has been special adviser to the prize. He was previously Literary Editor at The Independent, where he re-founded and judged the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and then the paper’s Senior Writer. He is a Trustee of the Orwell Foundation, contributing editor for, and associate editor of the journal Critical Muslim. He is also a judge for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation.

Thursday January 30 - Jane Rogers - 'Body Tourists: Writing The Future'

Jane has published ten novels, a collection of stories, original television and radio drama, and adapted work for radio. Her novels range from historical (Mr Wroe's Virgins, which she adapted into an award-winning TV serial) through contemporary (Island, about a young woman who sets out to murder her mother) to science fiction (The Testament of Jessie Lamb, ManBooker longlisted, winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award 2012). Her latest novel Body Tourists is a dystopia set in 2045. She has taught writing to a wide range of students, and is Emerita Professor of Writing at at Sheffield Hallam University. Jane will consider why a writer might choose to set fiction in the future, and what the pitfalls might be.

Thursday February 6 - Michael Hulse

Described by Gwyneth Lewis as "a formidable poet", Michael Hulse is a key figure in contemporary poetry. His audience for his solo appearance at Adelaide Writers' Week 2012 numbered 700, and his new collection of poems, Half-Life, was chosen as a Book of the Year by John Kinsella. His poetry has won him first prize in the UK's National Poetry Competition and Eric Gregory and Cholmondeley Awards from the Society of Authors, and he is the only poet to have won the Bridport Poetry Competition twice. Reading tours have taken him to Canada, the US and Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, India, and several European countries, and his work has been praised by Robert Gray, C. K. Stead, Sean O'Brien, Simon Armitage, the late Peter Porter, and many others.

He has edited the literary quarterlies Stand, Leviathan Quarterly and (currently) The Warwick Review; co-edited the Bloodaxe anthology The New Poetry and The 20th Century in Poetry, the best-selling anthology of twentieth-century poetry of the English-speaking world co-edited with Simon Rae (Ebury Press, 2011; Pegasus Press, 2012), described by The Guardian as "magnificent"; and in the Nineties was general editor of the Könemann literature classics series and of Arc international poets. He has translated more than sixty books from the German, among them works by Goethe, Rilke, Jakob Wassermann, Alfred Andersch, and Nobel Prize winners Elfriede Jelinek and Herta Müller. His translations of The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn and Vertigo by W. G. Sebald brought him plaudits from Susan Sontag , A. S. Byatt, and many more, and were shortlisted for every translation prize - The Rings of Saturn won the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Michael Hulse is a permanent judge of the Günter Grass Foundation's biennial international literary award, the Albatross Prize, and co-founder of the international Hippocrates initiative for poetry and medicine, for which he shared a Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2011. With Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee and US novelist Susanna Moore, he is a consultant to Adelaide Writers' Week. He teaches at Warwick University.

Thursday February 20 - Flavia Casà: 'From Script to Screen: How to Turn Your Script Into a Moving Image'

Born in Paris and raised in NYC, Flavia discovered filmmaking through photography and directing school plays. After graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Flavia directed award-winning short films, and was mentored by Academy Award-winning Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki on Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman". Flavia also worked for acclaimed Directors Noah Baumbach and Cédric Klapisch. Flavia works as a Writer/Director & Video Producer in London. She is also a film tutor, and uses filmmaking tools to empower young people. She enjoys doing improv, cycling and listening to a good podcast.

She is the founder of Caritas Films, a London-based production company which produces film, theatre, branded and commercial content.

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Thursday February 27 - Alia Trabucco Zerán
Alia Trabucco Zerán was born in Chile in 1983. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for her MFA in Creative Writing at New York University and she holds a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies from University College London. La Resta (The Remainder), her debut novel, won the prize for Best Unpublished Literary Work awarded by the Chilean Council for the Arts in 2014, and on publication was chosen by El País as one of its top ten debuts of 2015. In 2019 The Remainder was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize.


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