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MA Writers’ Reading

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 17, 2010 by noelwilliams

I’ve just come from a really excellent set of readings from my fellow MA writing students at Hallam Uni. This is the first time that students on the MA have had chance, as a cohort, to read to each other, and it was great. Everyone was disciplined, organised, and, most importantly, had chosen some excellent pieces to read. I guess it would be unfair for me to say whose work I enjoyed most, as everyone brought something entertaining, moving, provoking, amusing or beautiful to the table. A few that stick in my memory, though, are Jamie’s Cockscomb, Suzannah’s “Leeds International Swimming Pool,” Tricia’s neat little story of observational wistfulness, with its striking image of the man hauling a swan into the Dee, Joan’s clever found poem, the wonderfully melodic and expressive “River” of Fay and the musical lines of Angelina and of Ruby. However, there wasn’t a piece I didn’t enjoy, which is a rare thing to say for any reading.

Now I have to make sure the Tuesday Poet’s reading on March 5th is as good an event.

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Readings by Writers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2010 by noelwilliams

Following the launch of Alan Halsey’s exhibition at Bank Street last Friday, the next event is this Wednesday.

Come along at 6.15 to hear 20 writers from Sheffield Hallam University’s MA Writing offer small samples of their new works and works in progress, both poems and stories. In many cases these will be works that have never been heard before, given their first airing.

The MA Writing at Sheffield is taught by many prestigious writers, including Jane Rogers, Leslie Glaister, Maurice Riordan, local poet Chris Jones, Harriet Tarlo, John Turner, Mike Harris and John Milne. Visiting professors include Sean O’Brien and Hilary Mantel. Previous students have included Frances Leviston, Anne Chivers and Marina Lewycka.

This is a rare chance to experience some new, quality writing, mainly from local writers.

And it’s free!