Novelist Maggie Gee at York St John

Discussion and Reading with Maggie Gee

  • Room: QS/030 – QUAD SOUTH HALL
  • Date: Wednesday, 03/12/2014woolf NY
  • Time: 16.00-18.00

Maggie Gee


York St John is pleased to host the novelist Maggie Gee for a reading and discussion of her work. Gee was included on the first Granta list of ‘Best Young British Novelists’ in 1983, and since then has published twelve novels, a collection of short stories and a memoir. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Novelists at YSJ: 6th November 2014

Two Contemporary Novelists – Lucy Atkins and Nuala Casey
6th November 7-9.30pm
York St John University Quad South Hall
Reading and Q & A


Perfect for anyone interested in writing or reading contemporary fiction Lucy Atkins, photographed by Charlie Hopkinson © 2013.

Lucy Atkins is an award-winning feature journalist and author,missing one as well as a Sunday Times book critic. She has written for many newspapers, including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, and the Telegraph, as well as magazines such as Psychologies, Red, Woman and Home and Grazia. She lives in Oxford.

Lucy will be reading from her latest novel The Missing One

‘A moving and suspenseful tale of the secrets a family keeps,’ Rachel Hore, bestselling author of The Silent Tide

‘A page-turning… I read it in three sittings..a compelling emotional mystery’ Lucy Clarke, author of Richard and Judy bestseller The Sea Sisters 

nuala_casey_03_13Nuala Casey was born in Stockton on Tees in 1979, the youngest of five children. After graduating from Durham University in 2001, Nuala moved to London to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter. However, her experiences living in Soho where she chronicled the comings and goings of the people around her, took novel nuala coverher life in a different direction.

She went on to work as a copywriter and was awarded an MA in Creative Writing. Her debut novel Soho, 4am was published by Quercus in 2013 and was described by the Huffington Post as “the London Novel revived.” Urban living and the voices of the city continue to provide inspiration for her writing. She is currently working on her third novel, a psychological thriller set in York and Brighton as well as a collection of short stories entitled ‘Apocalypse Soho’. Nuala’s latest novel, Summer Lies Bleeding, is out now (Quercus, 2014.)

Casey is the latest and no less valid a chronicler than Colin MacInnes, Jake Arnott or Zadie Smith.

Jason Holmes, The Huffington Post


One for the girls…Mslexia Short Story Competition

A really good competition with a cash prize, writing retreat and day with an editor. Women writers only…sorry boys!myslexia

A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy – we love to read it.

1ST PRIZE: £2,000
Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Chawton House
, and a day with a Virago editor

2nd prize: £500, 3rd prize: £250

Three other finalists each receive £100

Judge: Jane Rogers

Closing date: 17 March 2014

All winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia

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…



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.


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).