Welcome Semester Creative Writing Events!

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Welcome Semester Creative Writing Events for your Diary: – Meet some amazing writers, have a drink, get to know your writing community!

  • Graham Rawle, Graphic Novelist, on his projects. Monday the 9th of October. 11.00-12.30, Quad South Hall. No booking necessary.
  • Mark Illis and Zoe Marriott, Royal Literary Fund fellows, reading from their work. Wednesday 18th of October 5-6pm in the Chapel. Book free tickets here.
  • Laudanum Publishing Poetry Event with readings by Dr. Kimberly Campanello (YSJ Lecturer), Abigail Parry and Fran Lock Thursday the 26th of October 6-7.30pm in the Students Union. Book free tickets here.
  • Launch of two debut dystopian novels from YSJ Creative Writing staff Dr Naomi Booth and Prof Abi Curtis, Thursday 30th of November, 7-9pm in York Waterstones. Book free tickets here.

Event Info:

 Graham Rawle is a UK writer and collage artist whose visual work incorporates illustration, design, photography and installation. His weekly Lost Consonants series appeared in the Weekend Guardian for 15 years.

He has lectured and exhibited his work internationally, heading the design team that created the 4,000 sq ft (370 m2) ‘Hi-Life’ supermarket installation for EXPO 2000 in Hanover. As director of the Niff Institute, in 2001 he created a range of limited edition art pieces that form the Niff Actuals product range.

Among his astonishing published books are The Wonder Book of Fun, Lying Doggo, Diary of an Amateur Photographer and a reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz, which won 2009 Book of the Year and best Illustrated Trade book at the British Book Design Awards. His critically acclaimed Woman’s World, a novel created entirely from fragments of found text, is being made into a feature film.

Graham Rawle is a lecturer on the Sequential Design/Illustration MA at The Faculty of Arts (University of Brighton). http://www.grahamrawle.com/womansworld/index.html

 Mark Illis, RLF Fellow

http://www.markillis.co.uk

Mark Illis is a novelist and writer of short stories, who has also written for television, radio and film. He has been a literature development worker, a centre director for the Arvon Foundation and an editor for Yorkshire Arts Circus. In July 2017, his first Young Adult novel, THE IMPOSSIBLE, winner of a Northern Writers’ Award in 2015, will be published by Quercus. When teenagers in Gilpin start suffering from strange mutations, someone needs to find out what’s going on. Enter Hector, who’s suffering maybe the strangest mutation of all.

 Zoe Marriott, RLF Fellow

http://www.zoemarriott.com/biography.html

Zoë Marriott is the critically acclaimed author of eight feminist, diverse novels for young adults, which draw strongly on world mythology, fairytales and folklore. Her first book, The Swan Kingdom (Walker Books, 2007), based on Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Wild Swans’, was written when she was just twenty-one. It went on to become a USBBY Outstanding International book, was shortlisted for the Lincolnshire Young People’s book award, longlisted for the Branford Boase award, and was chosen for the 2009 International Reading Association booklist. Shadows on the Moon (Walker Books 2011), a Japanese-influenced retelling of ‘Cinderella’, is widely considered a classic of UK young adult fiction.. Her short story ‘Storm Clouds Fleeing from the Wind’ (Things I’ll Never Say anthology, Candlewick, 2015) was recommended for a James Tiptree Jr award.

 Laudanum Chapbook Anthology: Volume Two – Abigail Parry, Kimberly Campanello, Frances Lock, ed. by Tiffany Anne Tondut

‘As a showcase of vivid voices, taking a range of different approaches, this anthology doesn’t disappoint.’

–Becky Varley-Winter, Sabotage Reviews

 Abigail Parry has won a number of prizes and awards for her work, including the Ballymaloe Prize, the Troubadour Prize and an Eric Gregory Award. Her first collection, Jinx, will be published by Bloodaxe in 2018.

 Fran Lock is the author of three poetry collections, Dogtooth (Out-Spoken Press, 2017), The Mystic and the Pig Thief (Salt Publishing, 2014), and Flatrock (Little Episodes Publishing, 2011). She is the winner of the Ambit Poetry Competition 2014, and her poem Last Exit to Luton came third in the 2014 National Poetry Competition.

 Kimberly Campanello [Lectuer in Creative Writing at YSJ] was born in Elkhart, Indiana. Her most recent poetry book is Hymn to Kālī (Eyewear Publishing). She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University.

Tiffany Anne Tondut is laudanum’s founding publisher, series editor and designer. Her poetry has been published in various publications including The Rialto, Magma, Poetry News and Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. In 2015 she was a prize winner in The Troubadour’s International Poetry Prize. She lives and works in London.

 Sealed by Naomi Booth [Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at YSJ]

 ‘There is an unbearable truth about the modern world to be found in this book, but it cannot be looked at, or talked of directly. There is only a state of dulled awareness about a terrifying epidemic, drawing closer, pulling tighter – until the final, visceral pages where the horror must come out in a rush of blood and desperation. What a delicate, provoking balance of apocalyptic vision and personal journey Sealed is. I loved it.’

– Aliya Whiteley, The Arrival of Missives

Timely and suspenseful, Sealed is a gripping modern fable on motherhood, a terrifying portrait of ordinary people under threat from their own bodies and from the world around them. With elements of speculative fiction and the macabre, this is also an unforgettable story about a mother’s fight to survive.

Naomi Booth was born and raised in West Yorkshire and is now based in York, where she lectures in Creative Writing and Literature at York St John University.

 Water & Glass by Abi Curtis

Abi Curtis’ [Prof. of Creative Writing at YSJ] first novel, Water & Glass, will be published in Autumn 2017 by Cloud Lodge Books

“Speculative fiction is nothing without a beating heart, something real and human (or animal) at stake, and Water & Glass has this in boatloads. On every page Curtis combines a poet’s eye for the perfect, resonant detail with a blockbuster’s suspense and delivery on story. As beautifully surreal and symbolic as it gets, there’s something unshakeably, alarmingly plausible about this novel and its dramatisation of the next century: what we stand to lose and what may already be too late to save. An urgent, gorgeously written debut.”

–Luke Kennard, award winning author of The Transition

Abi Curtis is Professor of Creative Writing at York St. John University and is an award-winning poet. In 2004, she received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. Her first poetry collection Unexpected Weather was published after winning the Crashaw Poetry Prize in 2008, and in 2013 Curtis received a Somerset Maugham Award for her second poetry collection The Glass Delusion.

Bandit Fiction – accepting submissions

We are now accepting submissions for our debut pamphlet in December. If you would share our website with students who might be seeking publication, or those specialising in creative writing and the humanities, I would be grateful. (www.banditfiction.co.uk/submissions)  The submission deadline for this issue is October 31st, and we are currently accepting a maximum wordcount of 3500.bandit

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Aesthetica Prizes

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The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2017 is open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its 11th year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts, including Arifa Akbar, book reviewer for Monocle Radio and BBC Radio 5 Live and former Literary Editor at The Independent.

Prizes include:

  • £1,000 prize money Poetry Winner
  • £1,000 prize money Short Fiction Winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology for 60 shortlisted writers
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • One year subscription to Granta

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published elsewhere are accepted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

YSJ MA Creative Writing student wins prize

MA Creative Writing student Rachel McHale has just won the Writers Bureau Short Story Competition for her story ‘Bonfire’. The story also featured on Broadsides produced for the Student Showcase event at York Literature Festival in March, which was curated by YSJ 2nd year BA Creative Writing students.

Broadside of extract from 'Bonfire' designed by Andrew Kukk and commissioned by 2nd year BA Creative Writing students

Broadside of extract from ‘Bonfire’ designed by Andrew Kukk and commissioned by 2nd year BA Creative Writing students

Congratulations Rachel! You can read the story here.

Pollination Project Call for Submissions

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Call for Submissions

The Pollination Project

Deadline 5th June

Calling all writers and visual artists. Contribute to a beautiful printed anthology for the York St John Pollination Project.

The York St John Pollination Project is a funded, multi-disciplinary project that aims to ‘pollinate’ creative writing, visual art, music and critical writing whilst raising the awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators to our Eco-system. The images and writings that appear on these pages have been inspired by student trips to the Wellcome Trust and The Hive at Kew; a Pollination Symposium and Wildflower Workshop.

The project has so far brought together students, artists, sculptors, entomologists, conservationists, writers and gardeners, and aims to continue to make these inspirational links in the future. We want to ‘pollinate’ far and wide.

Submission with a slight difference. If you’d like your work to be included in the anthology please visit our site:

https://yorkstjohnpollinationproject.com/

Then browse the creative work that is already there. Choose something to respond to and upload your response to the ‘Contact’ section. This will potentially appear on the site to ‘pollinate’ other works, and in the anthology. Spread the word.

Music/sound also welcome, but this will appear on the site only.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

thThe 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. Prizes include:

  • £1,000 Poetry Winner
  • £1,000 Short Fiction Winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • One year subscription to Granta

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

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The @AestheticaMag Creative Writing Award is open for entries – celebrating excellence in #poetry & short #fiction www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

Brighton Fiction Prize

Brighton’s only short fiction prize.
1st prize £1,000. Short, flash and local awards.
Visit us at www.brightonprize.com @BrightonPrize
International entries. Open until 30th June 2017
Judges – authors Sally O’Reilly, Erinna Mettler and Myriad Editions’ Candida Lacey

CLINIC POETS AT PICA STUDIOS, YORK

CLINIC POETS AT PICA STUDIOS, YORK

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

7:00pm doors for 7.30pm start.

PICA, Artist-led Studios, 7A Grape Lane, YO1 7HU

Poetry press Clinic brings poets Rebecca Tamás and Edward Doegar to York to read from their publications, Savage and For Now, published with clinic in Spring 2017, along with guest Ágnes Lehóczky.

Rebecca Tamás is a London based poet, working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at The University of East Anglia. Her poetry pamphlet, The Ophelia Letters, was published by Salt in 2013, and she has most recently had work in The White Review, Best British Poetry 2015, A Poem for Every Year and The Suburban Review. Rebecca’s pamphlet Savage, will be published by Clinic in March, and she is currently working on poems about witchcraft, occult female alterity and ecological language. You can find her on twitter @RebTamas.

Edward Doegar’s poems, reviews and translations have appeared in various magazines including Poetry Review, Granta (online), Prac Crit and Poetry London. He is a fellow of the Complete Works and a consulting editor at The Rialto. His pamphlet, For Now, will be published by clinic in March.

Ágnes Lehóczky is a poet, scholar and translator originally from Budapest. Her poetry collections published in the UK are Budapest to Babel (Egg Box Publishing, 2008), Rememberer (Egg Box Publishing, 2012) and Carillonneur (Shearsman Books, 2014). She also has three poetry collections in Hungarian: ikszedik stáció(Universitas, 2000), Medalion (Universitas, Budapest, 2002) and Palimpszeszt (Magyar Napló, Budapest, 2015). She currently works as a lecturer and teaches creative writing at the University of Sheffield. Her pamphlet, Pool Epitaphs and Other Love Letters, will published by Boiler House Press in 2017 and her new full collection Swimming Pool by Shearsman also in 2017.pica

This is a White Rose College of Arts and Humanities Student-Led Forum event.

Poetry at PICA STUDIOS

Clinic Presents Poetry at PICA STUDIOS

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 7:00pm 9:00pm

PICA Studios, 7A Grape Lane, York. YO1 7HU

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Poetry press Clinic brings two exciting young poets Rebecca Tamás and Edward Doegar to York to read from their new publications, Savage and For Now, along with Ágnes Lehóczky

Rebecca Tamás is a London based poet, working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at The University of East Anglia. Her poetry pamphlet, The Ophelia Letters, was published by Salt in 2013, and she has most recently had work in The White Review, Best British Poetry 2015, A Poem for Every Year and The Suburban Review. Rebecca’s pamphlet Savage, will be published by Clinic in March, and she is currently working on poems about witchcraft, occult female alterity and ecological language. You can find her on twitter @RebTamas.

Edward Doegar’s poems, reviews and translations have appeared in various magazines including Poetry Review, Granta (online), Prac Crit and Poetry London. He is a fellow of the Complete Works and a consulting editor at The Rialto. His pamphlet, For Now, will be published by clinic in March.

Ágnes Lehóczky is a poet, scholar and translator originally from Budapest. Her poetry collections published in the UK are Budapest to Babel (Egg Box Publishing, 2008), Rememberer (Egg Box Publishing, 2012) and Carillonneur (Shearsman Books, 2014). She also has three poetry collections in Hungarian: ikszedik stáció(Universitas, 2000), Medalion (Universitas, Budapest, 2002) and Palimpszeszt (Magyar Napló, Budapest, 2015). She was the winner of the Arthur Welton Poetry Award 2010 and the inaugural co-winner of the Jane Martin Prize for Poetry at Girton College, Cambridge, in 2011. Her pamphlet, Pool Epitaphs and Other Love Letters, will published by Boiler House Press in 2017 and her new full collection Swimming Pool by Shearsman also in 2017.

Crime and Adventure on the Railways

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for some suspense-filled mystery stories by third-year Creative Writing students on the National Railway Museum website. The students all participated in a collaborative project with the museum last semester as part of their Writing Genres module. They learnt all about the long history of crime and adventure stories with train and railway settings.

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As you can read at http://blog.nrm.org.uk/ their stories all drew on this history: the possibilities of the ‘locked room’ of the train carriage, the potential for the criminal to hide and escape, the anxieties of being trapped with strangers, and all the things that can be done with a carriage key…

The stories will be published at fortnightly intervals from this week onward to coincide with the museums Crime and Adventure season. read the stories, visit the museum and be inspired to add to this genre yourself.