Reading: YSJ Staff – 1/10/13, 7-9:30pm

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The York St John Creative Writing staff will kick off another year of exciting literary events with a reading by the four lecturers – including Abi Curtis and JT Welsch, as well as our two new Creative Writing lecturers, Laura Joyce and Naomi Booth. The event is free for all YSJ students and will take place 1 October 2013 in Quad South Hall from 7 to 9:30pm.

Here’s more info about what each of the lecturers have Author pic Abi Curtis 2012been up to in their writing:

Abi Curtis is Head of Programme for Creative Writing at York St John University. Her latest poetry collection, The Glass Delusion, was a winner of the 2013 Somerset Maugham Award. Tonight, she is reading from her novel in progress.

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JT Welsch is a Lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature at York St John University. His poems have appeared in various journals, anthologies, and three chapbooks: Orchids (Salt, 2010), Orchestra & Chorus (Holdfire, 2012), and Waterloo (Like This, 2012). He will read from new projects, including the forthcoming Hell Creek Anthology and Pruitt-Igoe.

Laura Joyce’s first novel, The Museum of Atheism, was published by Salt in 2012. She has had short fiction and poetry published in SuccourMetazenParaxis and Quick Fictions. Heberlinr short fiction has been anthologised in Murmurations: An Anthology of Uncanny Stories about BirdsThe Manchester Anthology and The New Gothic. Her novella, The Luminol Reels, will be published by Calamari Press in 2014. This novella forms the creative component of her creative-critical doctoral thesis on experimental 21st century literature. Laura will be reading an extract from The Museum of Atheism.

Naomi Booth is a lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature at YSJ. She read English at the University of Cambridge, and has previously taught Creative and Critical writing at th208083e University of Sussex. She loves short-fiction and has recently completed a collection titled Dark Tourists, which explores the weird and macabre elements of holidays. She’s now working on a novel that focuses on our contemporary obsession with the housing market. She’ll be reading two short stories from Dark Tourists.

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