MFAs to be published in RiPPLE

This Wednesday, 1 May will see the launch of RiPPLE, Kingston University’s annual literary anthology, published by Kingston University Press. We are proud to announce that there are several MFAs featured in this year’s publication. Some of them will also be reading at the launch so you can hear what we’re really made of. We invite you all to join us at 7pm on Wednesday in Woody’s Bar & Kitchen for a celebratory evening filled with good writing.

RiPPLE Launch

7pm

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Woody’s Bar & Kitchen

5 Ram Passage, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HH

 

MFAs published in RiPPLE 2013:

Kristin Durinick

Lucy Furlong

Neil Horabin

Sinéad Keegan

Ryan Licata

Beatrice Parvin

 

MFAs reading at the event:

Beatrice Parvin – Love Letters and Asparagus

Sinéad Keegan – Desert Children

 

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Christopher Priest – 23 April 7:30pm

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Read more about Christopher Priest in his writer profile.

Paul Maliszewski – 16 April 7:30pm

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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.

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An Evening with Fiona Sampson and James Miller

10 April 2013, 7:00pm

Waterstones Piccadilly

203/206 Piccadilly

London W1J 9HD

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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 events@piccadilly.waterstones.co.uk

An Evening with Fiona Sampson & James Miller

 

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

Rachel Cusk & Jane Yeh Reading

We are excited to announce that two Kingston MFA teachers, Rachel Cusk, Reader, and Jane Yeh, Senior Lecturer, will be doing a free, public event next Wednesday at Waterstones Piccadilly in London. 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.

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An Evening with Jane Yeh and Rachel Cusk

03 April 2013, 7:00pm

Waterstones Piccadilly

203/206 Piccadilly

London W1J 9HD

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Here’s the official blurb:

Waterstones Piccadilly and Kingston Writing School are proud to present the first in a series of events showcasing the work of Kingston lecturers and alumni. Join us for a glass of wine as highly acclaimed novelist Rachel Cusk discusses teaching creative writing with poet Jane Yeh. This will be followed by a reading from Jane Yeh’s new collection ‘The Ninjas.’

Tickets are free but all places must be reserved in advance by contacting the store on 02078512400 or emailing events@piccadilly.waterstones.co.uk

 

Promotional image courtesy of KWS & Waterstones

Promotional image courtesy of Waterstones and Kingston Writing School

 

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

Christopher Priest

Christopher Priest

Christopher Priest is an English writer of novels, short stories, biographies, critical works and more. He has written radio drama for BBC Radio 4, television programs for Thames TV and HTV and his reviews and features have been published in the Guardian, The Times, the Scotsman and other broadsheets and numerous magazines.

His 1995 novel, The Prestige, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and, in 2006, was made into a film of the same name starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johannson. Christopher Nolan directed and it was nominated for two Academy Awards.

Christopher has garnered several international awards, including the Eurocon Award (Yugoslavia), the Kurd Lasswitz Award (Germany), the Ditmar Award (Australia) and Le Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire (France). In 2001, he was awarded France’s Prix Utopia for lifetime achievement. In 2002, he won both the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award for his novel The Separation. The Islanders won the 2011 BSFA Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The Adjacent will be released in June.

Find out more about Christopher on his website: http://www.christopher-priest.co.uk/

 

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Christopher will be reading at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 in JG 3003, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road. This is a free reading and open to the public.

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SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Fiction

The Adjacent (June 2013)

The Islanders (2011)

The Separation (2002)

The Prestige (1995)

The Quiet Woman (1990)

The Glamour (1988)

The Affirmation (1981)

An Infinite Summer (1979)

The Space Machine (1976)

Fugue for a Darkening Island (1972)

Indoctrinaire (1970)

 

Essays

‘Top Ten Slipstream Books’, The Guardian, May 2003

‘John Wyndham and H G Wells’, a talk given at Midhurst, West Sussex in December 2000

 ‘Independent Cinemas’, The Independent, 1999

 ‘The Beatles’, Chuch, 1986

 

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Christopher Priest’s Recommended Reading List

 

NON-FICTION:

A Sort of Life – Graham Greene

(The first volume of Greene’s autobiography, this is in my experience the only book

that tells the truth about what it is to be a writer.)

Bomber County – Daniel Swift

(About the poetry written by combatants in the second world war.)

The King’s English – Kingsley Amis

(A book of English usage, idiosyncratic and amusing.)

Song of the Sky – Guy Murchie

(A lyrical account of the nature of the sky: winds, clouds, storms, etc.)

 

FICTION:

Disappearances – William Wiser

Loitering with Intent – Muriel Spark

Larry’s Party – Carol Shields

Pavane – Keith Roberts

Collected Stories – Vladimir Nabokov

Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov

The Painted Bird – Jerzy Kosinski

Fame – Daniel Kehlmann

Ice – Anna Kavan

Dubliners – James Joyce

The Magus – John Fowles

2666 – Roberto Bolaño

The Voices of Time – J. G. Ballard

Paul Maliszewski

Paul Maliszewski

The MFA Residency Series is delighted to welcome back our first returning Resident, Paul Maliszewski. Paul was an MFA Resident in 2009 and is now a part of the 2013 MFA Residency Series as well. He is the author of Fakers, a book of essays, and Prayer and Parable, a collection of stories. His stories, criticism and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies, including Harper’s, The Paris Review, Granta, Bomb, Bookforum and The Baffler. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes. He has also edited an issue of McSweeney’s (2002), Paper Placemats (2004), two issues of Denver Quarterly about real and imagined places (2004) and J&L Illustrated #3 (2012).

Paul earned his MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University and has taught at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Writing program. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their two sons.

 

Paul will be reading at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 in JG 3003, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road. This is a free reading and open to the public.

 

Paul’s Suggested Reading List:

Here are some books that are either new-ish or new to me. Readers wanting more of a greatest-of-all-time selection can check out the list I sent for my first visit.

The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith

The Letters of William Gaddis, edited by Steven Moore [I reviewed this book and am including it here as a way of sneaking in a gentle reminder: Everyone should read Gaddis’s novel J R.]

Mawrdew Czgowchwz, by James McCourt [I’ve been thinking a lot about the semicolon lately. Apology, a new magazine, which I also recommend, asked me to moderate a discussion on the semicolon, to determine whether it’s an endangered species. I invited some writers, including James McCourt, to contribute short pieces about their use of (or disdain for) the semicolon. There are some beautifully deployed semicolons in Mawrdew Czgowchwz (pronounced “Mardu Gorgeous”) and wonderful writing throughout.]

Collected Body, by Valzhyna Mort [Excellent poems. Her first book, Factory of Tears, is super, too.]

His Wife Leaves Him, by Stephen Dixon [Out soon from Fantagraphics Books. I helped proofread the novel, which I considered an education in storytelling. Dixon is just so quick at starting and stopping his stories, and so artful without seeming the least bit artful. This book is Dixon’s masterpiece.]

An interview with Paul Maliszewski may be found here, on The Paris Review website.

The poet James Wagner recently asked a bunch of writers, “Why do you write?” I responded, or tried, anyway, and so did others.

MFA Students to Read this Weekend

No Dead White Men is thrilled to announce that three Kingston MFA students will be reading at Ace Stories in Brighton this Sunday evening. Many congratulations to Natalie Cotton, Ryan Licata and Citlalli Milan who will be reading with Hannah Vincent (Kingston MA graduate). The event will also include music by Simonne and the Dark Stars. Please see their biographies below and come out to show your support!

Ace Stories KWS Student Showcase

Ace Stories is a live literature event project created by and directed by Jason Clifton, and supported by Arts Council England. It began in June 2010 with the first event at the Hotel Pelirocco, a boutique hotel in the centre of Brighton. Ace Stories is currently in its 3rd season of events, this one running from February to September 2013.

This is the second season Ace Stories’ has had Kingston Writing School as a supporter and partner. The following KWS tutors have read at Ace Stories since 2010: Scott Bradfield, Rachel Cusk, James Miller, Courttia Newland– and some of the students or KWS writers-in-residence who have participated include Alan McCormick, Mike Loveday, Hannah Tuson, Stefania Mastrorosa and Hannah Vincent.
 
Performers (In alphabetical order)
 
Natalie Cotton:

After spending many years creating a hybrid of reality and fiction working in communications, Natalie Cotton realised she’d far rather write about her own experiences of the world. She’s now writing a novel and is part of Kingston University’s MFA programme. She displays signs of obsession with bees, climate change and engineering.

Ryan Licata:

Born in the golden town of Benoni, read literature and philosophy at the University of Cape Town, and taught bambini in the hills of northern Italy. Joined forces with the Italian artist Hannes Pasqualini, to create Sons of Sorrow, a collection of illustrated stories. Currently working on a crime novella. Loves reading short stories, and writing them, too. He is currently studying for an MFA in Creative Writing at Kingston Writing School.

Citlalli Millan:

Citlalli Millan is from Mexico City. She trained as an actor in London and toured through India with a production of Twelfth Night. Her first Creative Writing workshop was at the age of nine, and since then she has been writing gory short stories, documentaries and is now writing a novel about the violence in Mexico.

Hannah Vincent:

Hannah lives in Brighton.  She started out as a playwright after studying drama at UEA.  Her plays have been produced by, among others, The Royal Court and the National Theatre Studio.  She worked as a TV script editor for BBC Drama and now she teaches Creative Writing for the Open University.  She completed the MA in Creative Writing at Kingston in 2012.

PLUS music from Simonne & the Dark Stars: Simonne and the Dark Stars, a four piece-band based in Brighton UK, draws inspiration from artists as diverse as Nick Cave, Patti Smith and Chopin. With keyboards, bass & drums they bring lyrical poetry to life with driving rhythm. They take you down the road marked out by haunting and delicate sounds of the saw and Simonne’s voice with hints of PJ Harvey and Kate Bush.

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Michael Sarnowski Visits Kingston

Michael Sarnowski

Michael Sarnowski

Michael Sarnowski earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Vanderbilt University, where he was a recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. His poetry has recently been selected to appear in Potomac Review, The Adirondack Review, Underground Voices, and Foundling Review, among others. He currently lives in Syracuse, New York, where he teaches at Le Moyne College.

Reading

Thursday 28th February 4-6pm JG1004

Reading from his work and Question & Answer

Free

All welcome

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