Sunday 6 August 2023

Summer News 2023

Lots has been happening in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Leicester since our last News post (which you can read here), so we thought it was time for an update ...

Firstly, our well-known review site, Everybody's Reviewing, has recently passed 250,000 readers! Thank you to everyone involved over the years: our reviewers, interviewers, interviewees, readers and editors. We've also recently redesigned the site, and now have an Instagram account too (@everybodyreview). Creative Writing at Leicester has a new Twitter account: @cwaleicester.

Congratulations to MA Creative Writing graduate Rosalind Adam, whose poem "Market Square" has been published by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review here

Congratulations to PhD Creative Writing student Joe Bedford, whose story "Maria" won third prize in the Evening Standard's Stories Competition 2023. You can read Joe's story here. And not only that: Joe's story "The Christening" was shortlisted for the prestigious ALCS-Tom Gallon Trust Prize, run by the Society of Authors. You can see the shortlist here. Joe has also written an article for Everybody's Reviewing: "A Book That Changed Me: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh," which you can read here

Congratulations to MA Creative Writing student Laura Besley, whose story "Safe" was shortlisted for the Free Flash Fiction Competition. You can read Laura's story here. Laura's story "More Than Sleep" has also been published by 50-Word Stories. You can read it here.

Louise Brown, MA Creative Writing graduate, has reviewed Eastmouth and Other Stories by Alison Moore on Everybody's Reviewing here

Tracey Foster, MA Creative Writing graduate, has written a review for Everybody's Reviewing, "Punk: Rage and Revolution," which you can read here. She has also started a new writing blog called Small Sublime, which you can see here

Beth Gaylard, PhD Creative Writing student, is editor of Frontier, University of Leicester's journal for PGR students. You can read the current issue here, which also includes an essay by Joe Bedford, "‘Giving Succour’ to Fascism? Nationalism, Indigeneity and Conspiracy in the work of Paul Kingsnorth."

Congratulations to PhD Creative Writing student Kathy Hoyle, whose novella-in-flash, Chasing the Dragon, has been published by Alien Buddha Press. Kathy launched the book at a brilliant online event co-hosted by Writers' HQ on Thursday 6th July. You can watch a recording of the launch event on Youtube here. You can read more about Chasing the Dragon on Creative Writing at Leicester here. Kathy has also interviewed author Lisa Blower for Everybody's Reviewing here

Congratulations to undergraduate Creative Writing students Joseph JoyceMariam Lulat, and Emily Wood, who are joint winners of this year's John Coleman Creative Writing Prize for undergraduate prose submissions. 

Congratulations to PhD Creative Writing graduate Hannah Stevens, whose book of stories, In Their Absence, has been translated into Bulgarian by Ana Pipeva, as Когато ги няма. It's published by Altera and is available from Helikon books.

Congratulations to Shauna Strathman, BA English with Creative Writing student, who is winner of this year's G. S. Fraser Poetry Prize. 

Jonathan Taylor, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, has published his new book of short stories, Scablands and Other Stories. You can read a complete story from the collection on Creative Writing at Leicester here

Paul Taylor-McCartney, PhD Creative Writing graduate, has written a review of Connective Tissue by Jane Fraser, which you can read on Everybody's Reviewing here

Harry Whitehead, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, has published a piece of creative non-fiction in Hinterland Magazine, called "On Dead Chickens." 

Lisa Williams, MA Creative Writing graduate, has published her story "Swipe and Pay on the Last Bus of the Day" on Friday Flash Fiction here. She has reviewed The Last Dance by Mark Billingham on Everybody's Reviewing here. Lisa will be featured on Leicester Community Radio every Thursday, reading her 100-word stories. 

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