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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.

Murmur

MURMUR #1
A new reading series

Sunday 15th October 2017 / 7pm / free entry
Common

Featuring…
Rachael Allen
Jessica Higgins
Tom Jenks
Tessa Harris
Thom Adams
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Readers:

RACHAEL ALLEN is the poetry editor for Granta, co-editor of poetry press Clinic and online journal Tender. Her first full collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in 2019.

JESSICA HIGGINS is an artist based in Glasgow who works in sculpture, performance and writing. She is 1/8th of Good Press, a volunteer-led-unfunded-informal-organisation dedicated to the promotion and production of independent artist publications and projects; and one half of Museums Press, a publisher of art for leisure (est. 2009) and its new subsidiary A Plume which publishes writing by artists twice in a year, and an annual (est. 2017). Guilding, a novella and collection of quasi-essays was published by Publication Studio London in April 2017.

TOM JENKS’ most recent book is Crabtree: The Libretto, published by The Red Ceilings Press, with others including Items (if p then q), Sublunar (Oystercatcher Press) and Spruce (Blart Books). His work has appeared in The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (ed. Victoria Bean & Chris McCabe) and The Best British Poetry 2015 (ed. Emily Berry). He co-organises The Other Room reading series in Manchester and edits the avant -objects imprint zimZalla.

TESSA HARRIS is a writer and poet currently at the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester as a Commonwealth PhD candidate. She was born and raised in Windhoek, Namibia, and has had short stories and poetry published in Namibia, South Africa and the UK.

THOM ADAMS is a writer based in Manchester. He is a recent philosophy graduate and is currently working on his first pamphlet.