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Events are always free to NTU students and staff, and anyone is welcome to attend! The programme of events evolves throughout the year, and runs annually from autumn to spring. Check back often.
Friday 29 October
University Hall, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham
Nottingham Creative Writing Hub, in partnership with Curated & Created
and Five Leaves Bookshop, presents:
reading with Aly Stoneman, Tuesday Shannon and Munashe Dziva
chair: Rory Waterman
Wendy Cope is the author of five collections with Faber and Faber: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, Serious Concerns, If I Don’t Know, Family Values, and, most recently, Anecdotal Evidence. She is one of the most popular and best-selling poets writing in English. In 1998, she was voted the BBC Radio 4 listeners’ choice to become the next Poet Laureate (a post she made clear she would not want), and in 2010 she was awarded an OBE. The poet and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, wrote that ‘Wendy Cope is without doubt the wittiest of contemporary English poets, and says a lot of extremely serious things.’
Wendy will read extensively from her poetry, and her readings are not to be missed. The event will also be supported by short readings from three NTU students. Munashe Dziva is a BA Psychology and Sociology student and WRAP ambassador. A participant in the NTU Black Leadership Programme, in 2020, she was published in the WRAP online anthology The Story of Us. Tuesday Shannon is an AHRC Midlands4Cities-funded PhD candidate and WRAP tutor. A selection of her poems can be found in Take Three: Volume One (Soundswrite Press, 2019). Aly Stoneman recently completed an AHRC Midlands4Cities-funded PhD and was also a WRAP tutor, and she is the author of the pamphlet Lost Lands (Crystal Clear, 2011).
The event will be followed by an audience-led Q&A, chaired by NTU’s Rory Waterman, who is the author of the book Wendy Cope (Liverpool University Press, 2021).
Sunday 16 January
Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
reading with Erika Davies and Eve Kilford
chair: Andrew Taylor
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’s Andrew Taylor, who, like Etter, has published some of his own collections with Shearsman Books.
All events feature major writers, from a diverse array of genres, reading alongside current NTU Creative Writing students (at BA, MA and PhD levels), and 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 NCWH 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. 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!