Forthcoming events

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Events are always free to all, and anyone is welcome to attend! The programme of events evolves throughout the year, and runs annually from autumn to spring. Check back often.

Sunday 16 January
Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham


reading with Erika Davies and Eve Kilford
chair: Andrew Taylor

Carrie Etter

Free entry. Advance booking recommended to avoid disappointment: contact Five Leaves Bookshop.

Carrie Etter is an American poet and short fiction writer with four collections of poetry, most recently The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and a regular lecturer on NTU’s MA in Creative Writing. She also writes essays and reviews.

Jake Morris-Campbell’s debut collection of poetry, Corrigenda for Costafine Town, was published by Blue Diode Press in November 2021. He is a BBC New Generation Thinker, and a PhD graduate of Newcastle University.

Support will come from Erika Davies, a recent star student on NTU’s MA Creative Writing, and Eve Kilford, an exceptional final-year NTU BA Creative Writing student.

The event will include an audience-led Q&A, and will be chaired by NTU Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English, Andrew Taylor, who, like Etter, has published some of his collections with Shearsman Books.


reading with: TBA
Chair: Eve Makis

Women's Prize for Fiction Gwendoline Riley - Women's Prize for Fiction

Gwendoline Riley is the award-winning author of six novels, including: Cold Water, which was named one of the five outstanding debut novels of 2002 by the Guardian and won a Betty Trask Award; Joshua Spassky, which won the 2008 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the 2007 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; and  First Love, shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Gordon Burn Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. In June 2018 Riley was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She will read from her new novel, My Phantoms, and then take part in an audience-led Q&A.

Support will come from two exceptional NTU Creative Writing students. The event will be chaired by Eve Makis, novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing at NTU.


reading with TBC
chair: Rory Waterman

Togara Muzanenhamo was born to Zimbabwean parents in Lusaka, Zambia in 1975. He was brought up in Zimbabwe, and then went on to study in The Hague and Paris. He became a journalist in Harare and worked for a film script production company. He has published three collections of poetry, Spirit Brides (2006), Gumiguru (2014), and most recently Virga (2021), a Poetry Book Society Autumn Recommendation. He has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Alderburgh First Collection Prize and the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. Naush Sabah is the author of Litanies (Gullemot Press, 2021), and the editor and founder of Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal. Her other work includes the short play Coins, which was staged at The Rep. Litanies, from which she will read, uses Sufi prayers and sacred texts as starting points, to explore doubt, dissent and dislocation.

Support will come from two excellent Creative Writing students at NTU. The event will be chaired by NTU Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature, Rory Waterman, who collaborated with togara on a long poem for the anthology Poetry and Covid (Shearsman, 2021).


reading with Sarah Stamps, Leone Alessandra and Steve Katon
chair: Anthony Cropper

Liz John, writer

Liz John is a playwright based near Birmingham.  She writes for BBC Radio 4, The Archers, and she has also written extensively for BBC TV Doctors. Liz’s recent BOLDtext work at The Rep includes Paying the Price, The OfferMaslow – the Upgrade, and Escape. Her previous work includes Papering Over (Pentabus national tour),  Second-hand Dreams at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, and Whorestown at the Hexagon. Liz will be reading from, and discussing, her work, and will be happy to answer questions (including from writers!) in the Q&A at the end of the session.

Support will come from BA students Sarah Stamps and Leone Alessandra, and MA Creative Writing student Steve Katon. The event is chaired by Anthony Cropper, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at NTU, who is a playwright and novelist.

Wednesday 18 May
Venue TBC


reading with TBC
chair: David Belbin

Kim Slater | Nottingham Trent University

Kim Slater’s debut multi-award-winning Young Adult novel, Smart, which began life as a short story for her MA Creative Writing at NTU, was published in 2014. Thus far, this has been followed be three other hugely successful books: A Seven-Letter Word, 928 Miles from Home, and The Boy Who Lied.

Helen Cooper is a writer of psychological thrillers. Her debut novel, The Downstairs Neighbour, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in February 2021. It tells the story of three families sharing a converted Georgian townhouse in south-west London, whose lives drastically unravel after the disappearance of the 17-year-old girl from the top floor flat. Her second novel is due later this year. She has also written two books on academic writing for students, and is a graduate of NTU’s MA Creative Writing.

Support will come from one of our exceptional current NTU Creative Writing students. The readings will be followed by an audience-led Q&A. The event is chaired by David Belbin, novelist and Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at NTU, who taught Kim and Helen on NTU’s MA Creative Writing.


Events typically feature major writers, from a diverse array of genres, and always include readings from current NTU Creative Writing students (at BA, MA and PhD levels). Most are chaired by NTU staff, usually from Creative Writing and English.

Video and audio from some of our past events is available here.

Do you want to contribute?

If you are a Hub member and want to propose an event, please email Rory Waterman, the Nottingham Creative Writing Hub convener (see ‘Members’). Nottingham Creative Writing Hub exists primarily for the benefit of all of its student and staff members, and all ideas will be given open consideration and accepted wherever feasible. The main programme will run throughout the first two terms of the academic year.

We also accept applications from NTU Creative Writing students at all levels (BA, MA and PhD) to support any of our events with readings or performances. Slots will be awarded based on merit, fit, and fairness. Again, please email the convener if you’d like to put yourself forward. We’d love to hear from you!

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