We always have a lot of news! Some of it is here, including major artistic publications and projects undertaken by staff, and a wide range of achievements by students.

August/September 2019: former MA student Hilary Spiers’s play in production

Former MA Creative Writing student Hilary Spiers’s play Ladybird, Ladybird (shortlisted for the New Perspectives Long Play Competition) is being staged in Stamford, 10-14 September, at Stamford Arts Centre: In addition, Hilary has been commissioned to write an immersive promenade piece about the tragedienne Sarah Siddons for the Stamford Georgian Festival. There will be ten performances over the weekend of 28/29 September:

Stamford is easy to reach by train from Nottingham, and is a gorgeous town. We highly recommend you go along and check out the performances!

Rebecca Cullen, Sarah Jackson, William Ivory and Rory Waterman, 24 July 2019

July 2019: Graduation

On 24 July 2019, William Ivory, who has served as Visiting Professor on the MA Creative Writing for seven years, was awarded an honorary doctorate for services to screenwriting, and Rebecca Cullen graduated with her Midlands3Cities-funded PhD on time in contemporary poetry.

Many of our undergraduate students graduated alongside them, and other PGRs in the department. We wish all of them the successes they deserve.

July 2019: Borders and Crossings

The 2019 Borders & Crossings interdisciplinary conference on travel writing took place 4-6 July at the University of Leicester, and was co-organised by Sofia Aatkar, a PhD student in our department. Several participants are members of the Nottingham Creative Writing Hub: Tim Youngs took part in a round table discussion, Tuesday Shannon Goacher and Rory Waterman delivered papers, Aly Stoneman and Lauren Terry gave readings, and Jo Dixon led a Creative Writing workshop.

June 2019: Lowdham Book Festival

NTU M4C PhD student and poet Tuesday Shannon Goacher gave a reading at Lowdham Book Festival on Saturday 29 June, promoting her recent publication in Take Three (Soundswrite Press, 2019).

June 2019: Hannah Cooper-Smithson in Becoming-Botanical

Becoming-Botanical is a long-term project aiming to investigate and re-imagine the human/plant relationship with a view towards a sustainable future. Hannah is one of over 50 international artists, researchers and practitioners spanning 6 continents to be involved in the project. See

June 2019: Panya Banjoko in Russian

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature have asked Panya Banjoko to provide a poem for a festival in Ulyanovsk in Russia. The festival includes a literary tram ride, and poems from all the cities of literature will be read out at stations along the route. The poems will be translated in Russian, and will be read by prominent writers and other people from Ulyanovsk. 

June 2019: International success for The Accidental Memoir

The Accidental Memoir, a life writing guide co-written by Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper, is now for sale in the US through Harper Collins 360, with international cousins in Poland and Holland and more translations in the pipeline. Eve was also recently invited to Buckingham Palace for Cyprus Day celebrations, and gifted two copies of the book to HRH the Prince of Wales. If he now breaks with Royal protocol and writes a candid memoir about life inside the household, you’ll know why…

May 2019: Eve Makis’s film wins 13(!) awards

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Boy on the Bridge, a foreign feature co-written by Eve Makis and Stavros Pamballis (and based on Eve’s third book) has completed its journey of 50 festivals, picking up 13 awards.

The film trailer is here.

May 2019: Rory Waterman, Becky Cullen & Gregory Woods in Granada

In May, Becky, Rory and NTU Emeritus Professor and poet Gregory Woods all took part in events at Granada Book Fair, on behalf of NTU and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. Rory and Becky gave public workshops on behalf of the Critical Poetics Research Group, and Greg took part in a panel discussion about Byron, Lorca and Lawrence. The trip ended in a joint public reading in a Moorish palace.

May 2019: Recent MA graduate Jo Weston wins Erbacce Prize

The erbacce-prize for poetry, 2019, awarded by Liverpool based erbacce-Press, where Andrew Taylor is co-editor, recently awarded a prize to Nottingham Trent University MA in Creative Writing graduate, Jo Weston. Jo was one of eight winners, and she will be a featured poet in a forthcoming issue of erbacce poetry journal.

May 2019: New Walk Editions launches 2 new pamphlets

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New Walk Editions, a poetry pamphlet press edited by Rory Waterman with Nick Everett at the University of Leicester, launched two new pamphlets to a packed Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham, on 23 May. The pamphlets are Fighters, Losers, a sequence of boxing poems by London-Irish poet Declan Ryan, and From the Notebooks of Korah’s Daughter, responses to psalms by Israeli-American poet Linda Stern Zisquit. You can get hold of copies here.

May 2019: Eve Makis awarded Arts Council Funding

Eve has been awarded funding to research and write her fifth novel, the working title of which is The Missing, through the Arts Council’s initiative Developing Your Creative Practice: a new development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners.

May 2019: New pamphlets from Andrew Taylor

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Andrew Taylor’s collaborative pamphlet, at first it felt like flying (Indigo Dreams, 2018), has been selected by the Poetry Book Society as a 2019 summer selection. Find out more about the pamphlet here: Taylor’s second collaboration of 2019, Lowdeine Chronicles, is published on June 3rd by his own erbacce-press. This pamphlet was written over summer and into early Autumn 2018 with musician and writer Nick Power.

May 2019: Rory Waterman shortlisted for Ledbury Forte Prize

Rory Waterman’s Sarajevo Roses (Carcanet, 2017), is one of five books shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize for Second Collections, which is awarded every two years.

March 2019: Tuesday Shannon in Take Three

PhD student Tuesday Shannon has 23 pages of her poetry in Take Three: New Poets (Soundswrite Press, 2019). She’ll be reading at De Montfort University, Leicester on 23 March, and Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham on 2 May, in support of the anthology.

February 2019: Siân Liddle in East Midlands History and Heritage

Congratulations to Phd student Siân Liddle, who has published an article on plastic surgery in East Midlands History and Heritage: The Great War and its Consequences

February 2019: new pamphlet by Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor’s new pamphlet, a collaboration with Charlie Baylis has just been published by Indigo Dreams. At First it Felt Like Flying is available here. Congratulations, Andrew!

25 January 2019: Bedford International Writing Competition

Winner Colin Hughes reading at quarry Theatre, Bedford

On Friday 25, Rory Waterman, who acted as poetry judge, presented the prizes for the Bedford International Writing Competition, at Bedford’s Quarry Theatre.

23 January 2019: Totally Wired, featuring Rennie Parker

Totally Wired Poetry featured guest reader Rennie Parker, the author of five poetry collections and a critical book on the Georgian poets. Guest readers included many of our own MA Creative Writing and PhD students. Totally Wired Poetry is a free early evening reading series run by Rory Waterman, Andrew Taylor and Becky Cullen at Wired Cafe-bar in the city centre, with a friendly and supportive open mic (for poetry, fiction, or anything else) and excellent guest readers. Come along and be a part of it! Follow @poetrywired on Twitter for updates.

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