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Creative and Critical Writing

Creative and Critical Writing

Professor Nicholas Royle reads from his remarkable novel Quilt.

Followed by a discussion with Senior Fiction Editor Vicky Blunden from the publisher Myriad Editions.

York St John University, Temple Hall, 27th March 2015:  3-5pm

FREE booking here; quilt https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-and-critical-writing-professor-nicholas-royle-reading-event-tickets-14373885679

Nicholas Royle lives in Seaford and is Professor of English at the University of Sussex.

His academic writing is distinguished, in unusual ways, by playful language and linguistic invention. Since at least his early teens, when he wrote an abandoned work called The Foresight Saga, he has been fascinated by the strangeness of literature. This fascination has led to the publication of numerous books about literature, including the highly acclaimed Telepathy and Literature: Essays on the Reading Mind and The Uncanny. Despite their ‘academic’ appearances, such books contain unexpected interiors: Telepathy and Literature ends with a bizarre footnote comprising a short story called ‘Telephoning Home’; The Uncanny incorporates several pieces of short fiction. His latest academic work, Veering: A Theory of Literature, also contains numerous embedded fictions and indeed argues for a new conception of the relations between creative and critical writing.

‘An intense study of grief and mental disintegration, a lexical celebration and a psychological conundrum… Royle explores loss and alienation perceptively and inventively.’ – Guardian

‘A book of mythological power. Quilt is unforgettable, like all those great pieces of fiction that are fed by our immemorial root system, the human dream of metamorphosis.’ – Hélène Cixous

‘Royle’s baroque, athletic prose… confers a strong sense of the “strangeness” of English, “which, after all, belongs to no one” and should be continually reinvented.’ – Observer

Vicky Blunden is Senior Fiction Editor at Myriad Editions and winner of the IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year Award in 2013. Myriad is an independent publisher based in Brighton, committed to nurturing new talent and publishing prize-winning fiction.

“Our graphic books explore tough subjects through narrative illustration. Our novels are original works of literary fiction, eclectic, bold and full of character.”

http://www.myriadeditions.com/about

Quick Fictions Competition and Reading

Are you a fiction writer? Love speed and economy?

27th March, 6.30pm
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Temple Hall, York St John University

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/quick-fictions-tickets-14374371131

Quick Fictions is concerned with the question of how to write – inventively, thoughtfully, memorably – in the age of the short attention span. Quick fictions are the writing of our time. Quick means: lively, vigorous, sharp, agile, perceptive, swift, even impatient, but also sensitive and vulnerable, like quick flesh. Quick fictions might be funny, poignant, dark, sad, romantic, strange, but never trivial: they take us to the very quick of things.   

We invite you to submit a quick fiction (up to three submissions per author) for the Quick Fictions event at the York Literature Festival on Friday 27 March 2015. We will select approximately 20 of the pieces submitted and ask the authors to read their fictions on the day. In due course selected work will appear on the Quick Fictions app.

Write a (very) short piece of fiction (300 words at the most, but 50 words or fewer would be fine too!) and send to quickfictions@gmail.com by 5 p.m. on Friday 13 March 2015 at the latest. There is no submission fee.

Please ensure your submission is accompanied by a name and contact details (tel. no. and/or email address) and remember to provide a title for the fiction/s you submit.

If you are one of the writers selected, you will be asked to read your fiction at the event on the evening of the 27th of March 2015, in Temple Hall at York St John University (or you may ask a substitute to read it for you) – Nicholas Royle, on behalf of Quick Fictions 

York Literature Festival Programme now Published!

York St John is hosting a number of exciting events at the Literature Festival this year. We’ve already given a few teasers on the blog. Now the full programme is up! Tickets will sell like hot-cakes, and many of the YSJ events are free, so get booking asap!royle_nicholas

http://www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk/

Highlights include:theatre

  • The Art of Short Fiction, workshop and reading with novelist and editor Nicholas Royle and Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Alison Moore
  • Germaine Greer on the Disappearing Womanlighthouse
  • Three prize-winning women poets: Helen Mort, Rebecca Goss and Emily Berry, giving a workshop and reading.
  • YSJ Student Showcase presenting the best of our writing talent
  • Narrative and alternative futures

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November Round-Up

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSo it’s been a pretty exciting November. On the 7th we had a fabulous book launch with Nuala Casey and Matt Haig here at YSJ. Matt read from his latest novel, The Humans, and reminded us all why it’s great to be a human, from the point of view of an alien. Matt’s lively and moving writing is highly recommended. Nuala Casey, a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing here at YSJ, read from her debut novel, Soho 4 a. mNuala held the audience with her atmospheric and gritty prose, taking us through the shady streets of Soho. Nuala doesn’t wait around either, her next novel, Summer Lies Bleeding will be out next summer. Both writers responded to questions from the audience with generosity and refreshing honesty, and we all got an insight into the discipline and hard work necessary to become a successful writer.

Last week we were incredibly proud to see our first SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTUREScohort of joint honours Creative Writing students graduate in the grand York Minster. We were all dressed in our finery, struggling to balance our hats and comparing our gowns. JT Welsch definitely won that particular contest…

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We know that all our students are going on to do great things, and are happy to have the pleasure of continuing to teach some on our MA.

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Finally, novelist Barrie Sherwood gave a wonderful reading of his latest work, Sandia, yesterday evening. Barrie was a lecturer here at YSJ for five years and recently left to teach in Singapore. It was lovely to see him again, and lots of his previous students turned up to wish him well and thank him for being an inspirational teacher. Barrie’s new novel is remarkable, a work that shows a novelist at the height of his ability. I was bowled over by the control and power of the prose. I can’t wait to read the whole thing.

 

There are more exciting events coming next year, including a reading of Holophin by Luke Kennard, who will be joined by Tom Chivers of brilliant independent press Penned in the Margins. We are also welcoming an literary agent, and looking forward to the York Literature Festival, where we’ll get to see Germaine Greer, Nicholas Royle, Alison Moore, Emily Berry, Helen Mort, Rebecca Goss (to name only a few).

York Literature Festival: The Art of Short Fiction with Nicholas Royle & Alison Moore

York Literature Series: Short Fiction Event with Nicholas Royle and Alison Moore, 21st March 2014
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Hosted by York St John University

Workshop (3pm) and evening talk (7pm)

Temple Hall

Booking: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8613690781

Nicholas Royle is the author of First Novel, as well as six earlier novels including The Director’s Cut and Antwerp, and a short story collection, Mortality. He has edited numerous anthologies including Darklands, Murmurations: An Anthology of Uncanny Stories About Birds and three volumes of The Best British Short Stories (2011–2013). A senior lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, he also runs Nightjar Press, publishing original short stories as signed, limited-edition chroyle_nicholasapbooks, and works as an editor for Salt Publishing, where he has been responsible for Alison Moore’s Man Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse and Alice Thompson’s Burnt Island among other titles.

Alison Moore’s first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Ali window 22012 and in the New Writer of the Year category of the National Book Awards 2012 before going on to win the McKitterick Prize 2013. Her debut collection, The Pre-War House and Other Stories, was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2013. She is an honorary lecturer in the School of English at Nottingham University. www.alison-moore.com

By booking on this event you can attend both the workshop and evening talk.

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8613690781

Any questions please email: artsevents@yorksj.ac.uk