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.


Alison Gibb

Alison Gibb

CONGRATULATIONS to Alison on her debut pamphlet,’Parallel to Red in Chorus’, launched at a wonderful event last evening as part of the OXFAM poetry reading series.

Alison Gibb is a poet living in Cambridge. (b.1973).

She holds a BA (hons) in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (1998) and a MA in Writing Poetry from Kingston University, where she is currently completing a MFA in Creative Writing.

Her poems have appeared in a number of small arts and poetry publications.  The Knives Forks and Spoons Press published her first pamphlet of poetry Parallel To Red In Chorus, in August 2011.

Alison is interested in the shared creative practices and theories within contemporary art practices and poetics.

Earlier this year she participated in Beyond Text: Making and Unmaking Text Across Performance Practices and Theories Conference, and continues to collaborates with artists and choreographers to produce live performances and poetic texts.

Title: ‘Parallel To Red In Chorus’

Poet: Alison Gibb

Pages: 29

Publisher: Knives, Forks and Spoons Press

Review _| Volatile Rune


Parallel To Red In Chorus is a sequence of poems that follows a journey between London and Isle of Skye, via Cambridge. Poems happen in and out of real time, generating new narratives and abstract forms. Text from external sources including: photography manuals, song lyrics, road signs and chemistry are woven into the fabric of the poems to create a multiple layered text of shifting surfaces, images and meanings.

Shared word from Alison on writing it:

I originally wrote Parallel To Red In Chorus for the creative submission for my MA dissertation. After spending a frustrating second year on the MA trying to overcome more traditional approaches to poetry and struggling to carve out a place for my own writing, I finally was able to push through creatively with this piece and to write something experimentally, poetic and hopefully accessible to all types of curious readers.

I was greatly encouraged and supported by my supervisor Todd Swift, who introduced me to some wonderful poets – theorist including Lyn Hejinian, Charles Bernstein and Veronica Forrest-Thomson. Our supervisions tended to focus on the academic side of the dissertation, the essay, what I was reading and how this could inform and develop my creative practice. Towards the end, Todd turned the pressure up a notch and had me send him poetry everyday for about a week, to make sure I was producing work. It was somewhere in this constant haze of reading, thinking and writing (a poetic state you could say) that my own writing emerged and took off.

I finally got hold of what the potential for poetry could be. And it is this potential for poetic activity in language, which continues to excite me and compels me to write.

Shared words from Alison on how she got published:

‘In Feb 2011 I took part in The Beyond Text Conference, where I presented and displayed ‘Parallel To Red In Chorus’. It was well received and I met some really inspiring writers and artists. Following the conference the organizers kindly recommended me to Alec Newman of Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, who invited me to submit the piece for his consideration. Happily, he liked the poems and offered to publish it as its own single pamphlet.

 Beyond Text: Making and Unmaking Text, Conference 2011

‘Parallel to Red in Chorus’ is now available to purchase at:

Elphicks, 160 Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG


Knives, Forks and Spoons Press

Or directly from Alison:

This beautiful pamphlet was launched at the latest in the series of OXFAM Poetry Readings, hosted by Todd Swift, sponsored by Kingston Writing School, at OXFAM Books and Music, Marylebone High St. The event also featured Mark Scott, over from America; Jill Battson, from Canada by way of France; Grahame Davies from Wales; and London’s own John Muckle. Also from Kingston Writing School: Venetia Adamson, Sam Cole-Rogers, Neil Gregory, Mia Jerome, Kim Lockwood, and Maria-Faith Mendoza.

Michael Loveday – ‘He Said / She said’




Michael Loveday

CONGRATULATIONS to Michael Loveday on the launch of his debut pamphlet, He Said / She Said’.

Michael studied English Literature at Merton College, Oxford.  He is editor-publisher of ’14’, an illustrated magazine devoted to sonnets,
ghost-sonnets and stranger fourteen-line poems. His poetry and prose appears
in many publications. His debut pamphlet, ‘
He Said/She Said’ was published
by HappenStance in July, 2011.

He is completing an MFA in Creative Writing at Kingston University.

Michael Loveday

‘He Said / She Said’
28 pages of poems

The pamphlet describes a faltering relationship between two people of different nationalities (Polish and British), and explores culture, language and otherness through that relationship. The sequence, like the title suggests, is about opposites (male / female, private / public, sameness / difference, remembering / forgetting), but the main emphasis of the pamphlet is about love and loss. And my grand theory is that maybe those two things – love and loss – aren’t opposites.

For more info on the pamphlet, and to purchase it online:

The pamphlet was launched at the latest in the series of OXFAM Poetry Readings, hosted by Todd Swift, sponsored by Kingston Writing School, at OXFAM Books and Music, Marylebone High St. The event also featured Annie Freud, Ilya Kaminsky, Todd Colby, Khin Aung Aye (James Byrne translating).

The next OXFAM reading features Denise Riley, David Lehman, and Todd Swift, launching his new collection, England Is Mine.






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