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Introducing…The Letters Page, Vol 1

This blog post was written by Annalise Grice, a researcher from the School of English and the current Production Manager of The Letters Page.  “I’m a big fan of The Letters Page. Texts and emails are fine, but there’s nothing like a hand-written letter.” – Roddy Doyle The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters …

National Poetry Day – October 6th 2016

The theme of this year’s National Poetry Day is ‘messages’. Having recently relocated to Nottingham from Glasgow, I think of how messages can be interpreted the Scottish way, meaning ‘groceries’ (a celebration of poems about the supermarket – Allen Ginsberg would surely approve). The generosity of the theme is intriguing – for me, the theme …

Some thoughts on my poem Eight pieces in imitation of Thomas A. Clark published in Granta this Month

With most of my poems the writing process has been all about the drafting – crossing things out and jigging stuff around and starting again until eventually there is something I can’t improve on. Other times, though, it’s more like something I imagine a Zen monk might do – years of study and contemplation followed …

English Showcase Blog

This week I had the pleasure of attending The English Showcase which featured an impressive array of work from our students – and, in one instance, a former student who has gone on to publish a novel she began on the MA course. Clare Harvey’s novel, The Gunner Girl, was released last November, with a …

The Return

The New Wipers Times The Wipers Times was a renowned trench magazine, published by Nottingham’s Sherwood Foresters whilst fighting on the frontlines during the Great War, 1914-1918. Working with army families, the New Wipers Times is a ‘graphic anthology’ that gives a glimpse of army life today. In early 1916 the 12th Battalion of the …

Lakeside Literacy Volunteers: The David Ross Collection

This blog post was written by third year Creative Writing student Matthew Lewis Miller from the School of Education. A few months ago, Clare Harvey and Ruth Lewis-Jones rudely interrupted one of my valuable university morning classes to tell me about the Lakeside Literacy Volunteers. I am very glad that they did. Over the last …

National Storytelling Week

National Storytelling Week brings back memories for me, though not the kind you’d expect, as I recently picked up a copy of D.T. Max’s Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace. I first heard of David Foster Wallace in the Spring of 1996 when Infinite Jest hit the bookshops …

Alison Moore & The Man Booker Prize

Back in May, fellow author Megan Taylor and I gave a talk at the University of Nottingham called ‘From First Draft to Publication’. I talked about my debut novel The Lighthouse, the first copies of which had just been printed. One of the things I spoke about was the fact that my publishers, Salt, had entered …

Alison Moore and Megan Taylor: From First Draft to Publication

Alison Moore and Megan Taylor came to the university on Wednesday 2 May 2012 to read from their most recent works and discuss the process of writing and publication. Alison Moore began the session by discussing how she began her career with short stories published in various magazines and anthologies, including Best British Short Stories …

Jon McGregor: A short talk about the short story

Honorary lecturer, Jon McGregor, came into the school on Thursday 22 March 2012 to give a short talk about the short story. This talk was the first in a series he will be giving here. Jon McGregor’s new short story collection, This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You, led the …