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The programme of events will constantly evolve throughout the year, and runs annually from autumn to spring. Check back often! Throughout 2020-21, all events will be online.


25 November 2020, 7pm
DIAL-A-POEM: Raquel Lanseros, Andrew McMillan, Rishi Dastidar, Chrissy Williams
Support: John Rogers & Rose Brennan
Chaired by Sarah Jackson

Space is limited; advance registration required. Registration link: will appear here nearer the date.

Dial-a-Poem launch - Crossed Lines

Celebrating the AHRC-funded Dial-a-Poem app, with readings from several of the featured poets. Raquel Lanseros is one of the most awarded and recognised voices of contemporary poetry in Spanish. Her Matria (2018) was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award in Spain in 2019. Andrew McMillan’s debut collection physical (2015) won the Guardian First Book Award, among others. His second, playtime (2018), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He is a Senior Lecturer at MMU. Rishi Dastidar’s debut collection Ticker-Tape was published by Nine Arches in 2018. He is a consulting editor at The Rialto and serves as a chair of the writer development organisation Spread the Word. Chrissy Williams’ first collection, Bear, (Bloodaxe, 2017), was one of the Telegraph’s 50 Best Books of the Year. She is editor of the online journal Perverse and recently edited the UK’s first book on poetry comics.

They will be supported by Rose Brennan, currently in her first year at the University of Birmingham studying the History of Art and French, and John Rogers, who completed his MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University in 2020. Rose was awarded first prize in the national Dial-a-Poem competition, and John Rogers won the NTU prize.


2 December 2020, 7pm
PETER PAPHIDES
Support: Hannah Cooper-Smithson
Chaired by Eve Makis

Space is limited; advance registration required. Registration link: will appear here nearer the date.

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Former chief rock critic at The Times, Pete Paphides currently works as a freelance music broadcaster and journalist for the Guardian, Mojo and Q. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Broken Greek, the story of his childhood growing up in the 1970’s in the Birmingham fish and chips shops of his immigrant parents. Shy and introverted, Pete stopped speaking between the ages of 4 and 7, and found refuge in pop music, thanks to Top of the Pops and Dial-A-Disc. He is married to the columnist and writer Caitlin Moran. Pete will discuss his writing practice, the art of creative non-fiction and how a silent child learned to cope with the help of Abba. The event is chaired by MA Creative Writing lecturer and Writer in Residence for the Postcolonial Studies Centre, Eve Makis, and there will be a Q&A.

Support comes from Hannah Cooper-Smithson, poet and NTU Midlands4Cities-funded PhD researcher in English and Creative Writing, whose poems have just been longlisted in the Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize 2020.


20 January 2021, 7pm
ALAN JENKINS
Support: Aly Stoneman & Tuesday Shannon
Chaired by Rory Waterman

Space is limited; advance registration required. Registration link: will appear here nearer the date.

Alan Jenkins - Poetry Archive

Alan Jenkins’s collections of poetry include Harm, The Drift and A Shorter Life (all with Chatto & Windus) and Revenants (Clutag Press). He has served as long-time Deputy Editor and Poetry Editor of the TLS, and was Writer in Residence at St John’s College, University of Cambridge from 2015-18. His many poetry awards include a Forward Prize, a Cholmondeley Award, a shortlisting for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and a Poetry Book Society Choice. Alan will read from his poetry, and discuss the genesis of poems and the technicalities of his writing. The session will be followed by a Q&A.

Support will come from Tuesday Shannon and Aly Stoneman, both Midlands4Cities-funded PhD students at NTU. Tuesday’s poems have been featured in Left Lion, Take Three (Soundswrite Press, 2019), and elsewhere. Aly was founding poetry editor at LeftLion Magazine, and is a winner of the Buxton Poetry Prize (2015), and a commissioned poet and ‘Young Voices’ mentor for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature (2020).  


3 March 2021, 7pm
LYNDA CLARK
Support: Victoria Zoë Callus
Chaired by Sarah Jackson

Space is limited; advance registration required. Registration link: will appear here nearer the date.

Lynda Clark is a graduate of the NTU MA Creative Writing, and also holds a PhD from NTU. She is currently research fellow on the InGAME project at the University of Dundee, where she researches how AI systems can be used in storytelling. Her first novel, Beyond Kidding was published by Fairlight Books in October 2019. Her short story ‘Ghillie’s Mum’ won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Europe and Canada in 2018, and was shortlisted for the 2019 BBC Short Story Award.

Support will come from Victoria Zoë Callus, a star graduate of our BA English with Creative Writing and the MRes in Literary Research, and current NTU Midlands4Cities PhD candidate. The event is chaired by Dr Sarah Jackson, who supervised Linda and is currently supervising Victoria.


10 March, 7pm
POETRY AND COVID COLLABORATIONS
Support: Lauren Terry
Chaired by Anthony Caleshu (U. of Plymouth)

Space is limited; advance registration required. Registration link: will appear here nearer the date.

Three international pairings of acclaimed poets (participants to be revealed nearer the time) recite collaborations written for the AHRC-funded Poetry and Covid project anthology, published by Shearsman Press. The session will be chaired by project co-lead Professor Anthony Caleshu, of the University of Plymouth. The session will be followed by a Q&A.

Support will come from Lauren Terry, NTU Midlands4Cities PhD student, graduate of the NTU BA English with Creative Writing and MA Creative Writing, and author of the pamphlet Museum of Lost and Broken Things (Leafe, 2020).


24 March 2021, 7pm
OKECHUKWU NZELU
Support: Panya Banjoko
Chaired by Jenni Ramone

Space is limited; advance registration required. Registration link: will appear here nearer the date.

Okechukwu Nzelu … a game of lost and found.

Okechukwu Nzelu was born in Manchester in 1988 and read English at Girton College, University of Cambridge. In 2015 he was the recipient of a New Writing North Award. In 2020 his debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the Polari First Book Prize. He lives in Manchester. Okey will read from his debut novel, and the session will be followed by a Q&A chaired by Dr Jenni Ramone, Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies at NTU, and leader of the NTU BA English module ‘Black Writing in Britain’.

Okey will be supported by Panya Banjoko, author of the poetry collection Some Things (Burning Eye Books), curator of the Nottingham Black Archive, and a PhD student in English and Creative Writing at NTU.


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.

We also accept applications from NTU Creative Writing students at all levels to support any events for which support has not already been confirmed (see above). Slots will be awarded based on merit, fit, and fairness – whether you have read for us recently. Again, please email the convener if you’d like to put yourself forward.

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