Athens International Creative Writing Summer School

Ever fancied a life of travel and writing? Well some of our MFA teachers will be living that life this summer and you can too. Kingston Writing School and the British Council are proud to announce the International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens, Greece from 17 June – 13 July 2013. This program of two and four week sessions are open to everyone. Download the application here.

MFA tutors who will be teaching are: Rachel Cusk, Jane Yeh, Fiona Sampson, James Miller, Jonathan Barnes and Adam Baron. Additionally, other sessions will be led by Siobhan Campbell, Paul Perry and Todd Swift who all teach at Kingston University and supervise dissertations. You can find out more about the tutors by clicking on the links to their author profiles or by visiting the staff page of the Kingston Writing School website.

Athens International Creative Writing School


Access the invitation as a PDF here.

Find out more on the British Council website or on the Kingston Writing School website.


Fiona Sampson and James Miller Reading

We are excited to announce that two Kingston MFA teachers, Fiona Sampson, Senior Researcher, and James Miller, Senior Lecturer, will be doing a free, public event this Wednesday at Waterstones Piccadilly in London. This is the second in a reading series. The premier event featured Rachel Cusk and Jane Yeh and was received rave reviews from attendees. You are all invited to come to the event. If you are a prospective student, this will be a great opportunity to meet some lecturers and current Kingston students. Please see below to book a free ticket.


An Evening with Fiona Sampson and James Miller

10 April 2013, 7:00pm

Waterstones Piccadilly

203/206 Piccadilly

London W1J 9HD


Here’s the official blurb:

Waterstones Piccadilly and Kingston Writing School are proud to present an evening with of readings with leading poet Fiona Sampson and novelist James Miller. Join us for a glass of wine and hear Fiona Sampson read from her new book ‘Coleshill’ and novelist James Miller read from his second novel, ‘Sunshine State.

Tickets are free but all places must be reserved in advance by contacting the store on 02078512400 or emailing

An Evening with Fiona Sampson & James Miller


Find out more at the Waterstones Piccadilly website or the Kingston Writing School website.

Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson is an award-winning poet and academic and is editor of Poetry Review.

Her most recent books include a new edition of Percy Bysshe Shelley for Faber (2011, Poetry Book Society Book Club Choice) and Music Lessons: The Newcastle Poetry Lectures (2011).

She is published in more than thirty languages, and her eleven books in translation including Patuvachki Dnevnik, awarded the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia, 2004).

In 2009, she received a Cholmondeley Award and was elected an FRSL; she has since been elected to the Council of the Royal Society of Literature.

Fiona has received the Newdigate Prize, writers’ awards from the Arts Councils of England and Wales and the Society of Authors and, in, the United States, the Literary Review‘s Charles Angoff Award. ‘Trumpeldor Beach’ was shortlisted for the 2006 Forward Prize for best single poem.

She was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Nijmegen and has a PhD in the philosophy of language. She was Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University from 2002-2005.

Fiona Sampson is internationally recognised for her pioneering residencies in health care and contributes to the Guardian, the Irish Times and other publications. Her translations include Jaan Kaplinski, an anthology of younger Central European poets, and Orient Express, of which she was founding editor.

She is currently Distinguished Writer at the University of Kingston, and this year she serves as a judge for the Griffin Prizes and the Cholmondeley Awards.  Her critical survey of contemporary British poetry, Beyond the Lyric (Chatto) appears this September, and her next collection, Coleshill, also from Chatto, in January 2013.

She has been the editor of Poetry Review since 2005.

Click here to read a recent Interview with Fiona Sampson, on the Write out Loud website.

Fiona Sampson will be reading a selection of her poems on Thursday 23rd Feb, at Kingston University at 7:30pm in Room 5002, John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames

Selected bibliography

  • The Self on the Page: Theory and Practice of Creative Writing in Personal Development (with Celia Hunt) Jessica Kingsley (1998)
  • The Healing Word (1998)
  • Creative Writing In Health And Social Care (editor) Jessica Kingsley, (2004)
  • A Fine Line: New Poetry from East and Central Europe (with Jean Boase-Beier and
  • Alexandra Buchler, Arc, 2004)
  • Evening Brings Everything Back (translations of Jaan Kaplinski, Bloodaxe, 2004)
  • Folding the Real (Seren, 2001, published in Romanian by Editura Paralela 45, 2004)
  • Writing: Self and Reflexivity co-authored with Celia Hunt (2005)
  • The Distance Between Us (Seren, 2006)
  • On Listening (Salt, 2007)
  • Day co-authored with Amir Or (2007)
  • Common Prayer (2007), short-listed for the 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize
  • A Century of Poetry Review (Carcanet, 2009)
  • Poetry Writing: the Expert Guide (Robert Hale, 2009)
  • Rough Music (Carcanet Press, 2010)


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