End of Term News

It’s the end of the Spring term, so we thought we’d share some recent news from Creative Writing at Leicester. Wishing everyone a good Easter break!

Firstly, we’d like to welcome bestselling author Adele Parks, who has joined the School of Arts as Visiting Professor. She gave a guest workshop on Wednesday 15 March. We’ve also recently had brilliant guest talks and workshops by Barbara Cooke, Farhana Shaikh and Amirah Mohiddin. There are some great forthcoming guest events next term too. You can see a complete list here.  

New Walk Editions, co-edited from the Centre for New Writing by Nick Everett, is publishing its first full-length poetry collection, Alan Jenkins’s The Ghost Net, on 8 May. The launch event, with readings by Jenkins and by Adrian Buckner and Tuesday Shannon, will take place at Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham at 7pm on Wednesday 24 May.  For more details of the book and the event, please see here.

Congratulations to all students and graduates who performed at the Creative Writing Student Showcase on Monday 27 March, which was part of the wonderful Literary Leicester Festival 2023: Laurie Cusack, Kathy Hoyle, Laura Besley, Nina Walker, Sara Waheed and Karen Powell-Curtis. Thanks to everyone who came to the event and helped make it such a lovely evening. 

Congratulations to PhD student Joe Bedford and MA Creative Writing student Laura Besley, both of whom have been longlisted for the Welkin Writing Prize!

As followers of this blog will know, Joe Bedford also has a debut novel, A Bad Decade for Good People, forthcoming from Parthian Books in June. You can read more about it here. His story “Peak Jack” has been published by Flights Journal here

MA Creative Writing student Madeleine Bell has written a review of Mona Awad’s novel Bunny for Everybody’s Reviewing here

As well as being longlisted for the Welkin Prize, Laura Besley’s story “Vernacular” has been published by 50-Word Stories here. She has written reviews for Everybody’s Reviewing here and here and here

MA Creative Writing student Sushma Bragg has written a review of Lionel Shriver’s novel We Need to Talk about Kevin for Everybody’s Reviewing here

Laurie Cusack is publishing the book of short stories he wrote during his PhD in Creative Writing. The book is called The Mad Road, and will be published by Roman Books in August 2023. More details to follow! Laurie has also written a review for Everybody’s Reviewing here

Congratulations to BA English and Creative Writing graduate Shae Davies, whose stories “The Trung Sisters” and “Maria Ressa” have been published in Bedtime Stories: Amazing Asian Tales from the Past (Scholastic, 2022). 

Sam Dawson, MA Creative Writing graduate, has had his short story “Symphony no.14” published by Syncopation Literary Journal here

Congratulations to PhD Creative Writing student Kathy Hoyle, whose work was longlisted for the Bath Award for Novella-in-Flash

PhD student Lucretia McCarthy is editing a chapbook of life writing called Lives in Conversation. You can find the submission details here. Lucretia hosted and interviewed the experimental life writing author Joanna Walsh during this year’s Literary Leicester Festival. 

BA English student Helen Schofield has written a review of Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler for Everybody’s Reviewing here

Congratulations to Jane Simmons, PhD Creative Writing student, who has been longlisted for the National Poetry Competition. She also read a poem called “Poem in Which My Father Does Not Die Young” at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in November. The poem was longlisted in the Mslexia poetry competition. She has accepted an invitation to Mimi Khalvati’s poetry retreat on Crete in June. She wrote a review for Everybody’s Reviewing here. 

Lisa Williams, MA Creative Writing graduate, has had her flash story “The Weekly Shop” published in Friday Flash Fiction here. She also wrote a review for Everybody’s Reviewing here

MA Creative Writing student Gift Yusuf has written a review of Purple Hibiscus for Everybody’s Reviewing here


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