Andrew Taylor & Aidan Semmens: Shearsman Books launch reading

7th November at 19:30, The Swedenborg Society, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH. More information here.

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National Creative Writing Graduate Fair

From Comma Press…

The National Creative Writing Graduate Fair takes place on the 3rd November in Manchester, a day dedicated to emerging creative writers, from poets, to short story writers, to novelists. 

The Fair is all about giving writers practical and up-to-date advice on how to live, work, and succeed as a writer. Over the course of the day, you will attend panel sessions, talks and workshops about topics like digital innovations in publishing, choosing the correct form for your idea, and book publicity. Moreover, writers are given the opportunity to meet with two agents, and have a pitching session where they can present their work for on-the-spot feedback. 

You don’t have to be a university graduate to attend the fair, nor do you have to have had anything published. All you need to do is prepare two verbal pitches, in 2 of 10 genres. We cater to writers working in everything from commercial fiction to short stories, from poetry to historical fiction.

The programme includes ‘Next Generation’ poet and novelist Luke Kennard (keynote speaker), Betty Trask Award winning Irenosen Okojie, Jhalak Prize winning Jacob RossBookseller Start Up of the Week Bookollective and leading writer’s magazine Mslexia

Head to the Grad Fair website for the full programme and more information about the day. Tickets are £40, or £35 when booked in a group of five. If you are in receipt of means-tested benefits, or a single parent, you can apply for a reduced fee place for £20.

Bookings close on Wednesday 25th October, so don’t miss out on securing your place.

GenSex at Edge Hill University

Thursday 19th October, 1pm, Room B004, Edge Hill University, St Helens Rd, Ormskirk, L39 4QP

GenSex presents poet Amy McCauley, who through interactive poetry performance, image & essays, invites you to consider: Is a ‘private’ self possible? Can we speak in voices which are not in some way already inherently ‘public’? How might a writer tackle ancient and contemporary myths around ‘femaleness’, desire, sexuality and the performing body? Do we ever stop ‘performing’ (as bodily forms, forms of language, gendered forms and sexualities)?

For this event, our speaker has provided handouts for attendees, so for all those attending, please email: gensex.ehu@gmail.com for the file. Handouts will be available in the session also.

All are welcome!

Amy McCauley recently completed a PhD at Aberystwyth University and won a Northern Writers’ Award (2016). She works as Poetry Editor for New Welsh Review and as Editor of Creative Response for the feminist visual arts website MAI Journal. She is interested in trans-genre writing, auto-frictions and feminisms. Amy’s first collection of poetry ‘Oedipa’ will be published by Guillemot Press in 2018.

Caplet

18th October at 18:50. St Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, London, E29PL.

Caplet is back for an eveningful of readering and discusseration.

Appearing this month are:

1. CLIVE GRESSWELL
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Gresswell is a poet who resides in Luton, Earth. His work has been published in BlazeVOX, LondonGrip, Dispatches, and ZombieLogic Review, and is due to be published in Tears in The Fence. He appeared at the recent Tears in The Fence Poetry Festival. His debut edition, ‘Jargon Busters’ was recently published by Knives, Forks, and Spoons press. You can read an enthusiastic review here: https://tearsinthefence.com/2017/08/07/jargon-busters-by-clive-gresswell-kfs-press.

2. DAVID HERD
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David Herd’s collections of poetry include All Just (Carcanet 2012), Outwith (Bookthug 2012) and Through (Carcanet, 2016). His poems, essays and reviews have been widely published in magazines, journals and newspapers and his recent writings on the politics of human movement have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, TLS, PN Review and Almost Island. He is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent and a co-organiser of the project Refugee Tales.

Junction Box 10

Junction Box is  a space for poets, primarily, but also for other kinds of creative and critical practitioners, to talk about the world, themselves and the others, in a free and category-open fashion.  Number 10 is now live. featuring:

  • Julia Rose Lewis & James Miller: Preface to ‘Strays’
  • Lucy Sheerman & Karlien van den Beukel: Rem • Press
  • Nia Davies & Sampurna Chattarji: Ritual Correspondence
  • Doug Jones: from ‘Posts’
  • Laura Goode: Two Poems
  • Rebecca Compton: Cooperation vs Collaboration
  • Paul Hawkins: Trailing arm leading edge
  • Holly Corfield Carr: On Caves
  • Eley Williams: Three Pieces
  • Sonja Vitow: 13 Reasons I Believe In Ghosts
  • Tim Allen: from ‘A Democracy of Poisons’
  • Anthony Mellors & David Rees: Winter Journey (Time out x 2)