Centre for Writing Kicks off the Year with YSJ Staff Reading

On Monday, 12 October, the Centre for Writing at YSJU started the new academic year with a roar and a swoon.

A full house for the launch

The evening saw the launch of two books: Lecturer Naomi Booth’s novella The Lost Art of Sinking, which imagines an uncanny world of intentional swooning from the perspective of the main character, Esther, and Lecturer and Acting Head of Programme JT Welsch’s poetry collection Hell Creek Anthology, which is based on Edgar Lee Masters Spoon River Anthology, but this time, with dinosaurs found in Hell Creek, Montana.

Naomi Booth signs books

Naomi Booth introduced the audience to the literary history of swooning, from the Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross, to contemporary advertising, before reading from her novella’s first chapter. JT Welsch  showed the illustrations from his collection created by fashion illustrator Dom & Ink.

Naomi Booth
JT Welsch

Students and staff gnoshed on dinosaur desserts and the lecturers talked about their writing processes and their downright obsessions with their subjects.

JT Welsch signs copies of Hell Creek Anthology

Stay tuned for the next reading at YSJU Centre for Writing!


York St John Student Festival Showcase


York St John ‘stars of the future’ will perform later this month as part of York Literature Festival.

The Student Showcas2013-07-25-Nuala_Casey600e event will feature new fiction, poetry and other work from students studying Creative Writing. The evening, on 26 March, will be introduced by and include a reading from York St John graduate Nuala Casey whose second novel, Summer Lies Bleeding, will be published in September. Nuala Casey said: “As a graduate of York St John’s MA Creative Writing, I am thrilled to be introducing the Student Showcase. The BA and MA Creative Writing students have produced some amazing work this year and I am really looking forward to celebrating some truly outstanding and undiscovered talent. “

York Literature Festival begins next week and brings a diverse programme of literature-related events to venues across the city. Sponsored by York St John University, and now in its seventh year, the 2014 event has attracted famous names including Germaine Greer, Roger McGough and Professor Robert Winston. As well as the showcase, YSJ events will include workshops and evening talks on short fiction and poetry.

York St John is also involved with BBC Radio York’s Fifty Shades of Grey: The Debate. Naomi Booth, lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature, will take part. Miles Salter, Festival Director and graduate of York St John, said: “I am thrilled that York St John, which has always been such a creative place, is our lead sponsor. I am looking forward to a diverse and wide ranging festival with more than 3,000 people attending events.”

York Literature Festival events taking place at York St John University:

Friday 21 March, 3.00pm – 5.00pm, The Art of Short Fiction – Workshops, Temple Hall

Friday 21 March, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, The Art of Short Fiction – Evening Talk, Temple Hall

Tuesday 25 March, 4.00pm – 6.00pm, Three Prize-Winning Poets: Emily Berry, Helen Mort and Rebecca Goss – Workshop, Skell 223

Tuesday 25 March, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, Three Prize-Winning Poets: Emily Berry, Helen Mort and Rebecca Goss – Evening reading and book signing, Quad South Hall

Wednesday 26 March,7.30pm – 9.30pm, York St John University Student Showcase, Quad South Hall

Saturday 29 March, 2.30pm – 4.00pm, Kokoro: an afternoon of poetry and music inspired by Japan, York St John University Chapel