Summer Reading Series at the Rose Theatre: 10 July 2013 Event

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MFA student Vivienne Raper has been hard at work with several other students and the Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames to organise a brilliant series of public readings beginning on the 10th of July in the Rose Theatre’s Culture Cafe. The series will kick off with N M Browne reading on the theme of transformations. Short stories, poetry and other short forms of writing on this theme are welcomed from the public! Email to book your open mic slot or turn up on the day to see if there are still spaces left. Pieces should be no longer than 5 minutes in length.

Not to worry if you can’t make this event, there will be events in August, September and October with headline readers and Writers-in-Residence Kayo Chingonyi, Mark Barrowcliffe and MFA lecturer James Miller and open mic slots every month.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet writers, get involved with Kingston Writing School and to get public exposure if you’re a writer, yourself!

Kingston Connections 2013

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Kingston Connections starts in The Rose Theatre Kingston today. An exciting collaboration between the university, Royal Borough of Kingston, The Rose and Creative Youth, we are offering a heady mixture of dance, talks, poetry, theatre, music, writing workshops, science discussions. There’s even the chance to be part of a psychology experiment. Come along and join in!

Highlights today include a talk on genes (10:30am), a poetry reading (12:00pm) and a free workshop on self-publishing (5:30pm).

The full programme (as a PDF) and booking information is available on the Rose Theatre website.

MFA lecturers, tutors and writers in residence to be featured include:

Monday, 24 June 2013, 3:30-5:30pm, Rose Theatre – novelists Adam Baron & James Miller in conversation. Why Do You Write?

Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 12:00-1:00pm, Rose Theatre – poet Jane Yeh reads with Emily Berry.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 6:00-7:00pm, Rose Theatre – author Courttia Newland discusses how he has used his own life in his fiction. Life Writing: A Life in Fiction: autobiography and the novel. **Editor’s note: We regret to announce that Courttia’s talk has been cancelled. There are still lots of great events on this week, though, so get thee to Kingston!

Kingston students, alumni and staff can get free or reduced admission to most events!

Launch of Beacons

The launch of Beacons: Stories for Our Not So Distant Future will be on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 at 6:30pm in the Piccaddilly Waterstone’s. This collection of stories features the work of top, contemporary authors, including our own James Miller and Liz Jensen.

Beacons: Stories for Our Not So Distant Future Launch

Tuesday, 21 May 2013



203-205 Piccadilly, W1J 9HD


Free & open to all


Join the event on Facebook here.

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.

James Miller

James Miller. Photo courtesy of author.

James Miller. Photo courtesy of author.


James Miller is a London born author and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature at Kingston University. He read English at Oxford, earned an MA in Anglo-American literature at University College London and then completed his PhD in African-American Literature at King’s College London. Before joining Kingston University full time he taught A-level English at various colleges in London, American Literature at King’s College London and creative writing at South Bank University.

He has published two novels, Lost Boys (2008) and Sunshine State (2011). His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, literary journals and anthologies. Recently, these have included: 3:AM Magazine, Beacons: Stories for our Not So Distant Future, Still: A Literary Art Book, and What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? for a Jazz Band, The Moss Project.

On the 5th of March 2013 James ran the MFA Teaching & Writing Workshop.


James Miller’s list of recommended reading:


Discipline and Punish – Michel Foucault

Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism & Schizophrenia – Deleuze and Guattari

Postmodernism or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism – Frederic Jameson

The Production of Space – Henri Lefebvre

The Society of the Spectacle – Guy Debord

The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein

The Wretched of the Earth – Franz Fanon

Orientalism – Edward Said

Mythologies – Roland Barthes

Sexual Personae – Camille Paglia

Simulacra and Simulacrum – Jean Baudrillard

What is Literature? – Jean Paul Sartre

On Revolution – Hannah Arendt

American Power & the New Mandarins – Noam Chomsky

Eroticism – Georges Bataille


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