We are also very excited that Helen will be giving a workshop and reading along with Emily Berry and Rebecca Goss at YSJ as part of the York Literature Festival.
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!
- 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 Woman
- 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
So 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. m. Nuala 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 cohort 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).
Hosted by York St John University
25th March 2014
Workshop -Skell 223 from 4pm to 6pm
Evening reading and book-signing – Quad South Hall 7.00pm
An opportunity to join a workshop and reading with three of the best poets writing in the UK – these are poets to watch.
Emily Berry’s debut collection is Dear Boy, winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. She co-edits the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives and is a contributor to The Breakfast Bible (Bloomsbury 2013), a compendium of breakfasts.
Rebecca Goss grew up in Suffolk. She recently returned to live in the county after living in Liverpool for twenty years. Her first collection The Anatomy of Structures was published by Flambard Press in 2010. Her second collection, Her Birth (Carcanet/Northern House), was shortlisted for The 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection and was a winner in The 2013 East Anglian Book Awards.
Helen Mort was born in Sheffield and grew up in Chesterfield. Her first collection Division Street is published by Chatto & Windus and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2013 and has been shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize 2013. She has also published two pamphlets with tall lighthouse press. From 2010-11, Helen was Poet in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.