Winter|Spring 2019

28 January | Polly Atkin 11 February | Valentine’s Open Mic Night & Blind Date with a Book 25 February | Elizabeth Buchan 11 March | Jane Commane 25 March | Roy McFarlane 29 April | Elizabeth Lowry 13 May | Open Mic Night   Venue and Time for All Readings: Senior Common Room |…

Roy McFarlane | 25 March

Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and has spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton. He has held the role of Birmingham’s Poet Laureate and Starbucks’ Poet in Residence, and is presently the Birmingham & Midland Institute’s Poet in Residence. Roy’s writing has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Out of…

The Healing Next Time | Roy McFarlane

About the Collection: Roy McFarlane’s second poetry collection, The Healing Next Time, is a timely and unparalleled book of interwoven sequences on institutional racism, deaths in custody and of a life story set against the ever-changing backdrop of Birmingham at the turn of the millennium. Here forms a potent and resolute narrative in lyrical and multidimensional poems…

Jane Commane | 11 March

Jane Commane was born in Coventry and lives and works in Warwickshire. Her first full-length collection, Assembly Lines, was published by Bloodaxe in 2018. Her poetry has featured in anthologies, including The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt Publishing) and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon), and in magazines, including Anon, And Other Poems,…

Assembly Lines | Jane Commane

Assembly Lines asks what it means to be here and now, in post-industrial towns and cities of the heartlands that are forever on the periphery. From schools and workplaces and lives lived in ‘a different town, just like this’, these poems take a historical perspective on the present day from the ground upwards. This is…

Elizabeth Buchan | 25 February

Elizabeth Buchan began her career as a blurb writer at Penguin Books after graduating from the University of Kent with a double degree in English and History. She moved on to become a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full-time. Her novels include the award-winning Consider the Lily and the international bestseller,…

The New Mrs Clifton | Elizabeth Buchan

At the close of the Second World War, Intelligence Officer Gus Clifton returns to London. On his arm is Krista, the German wife he married secretly in Berlin. For his sisters, this broken woman is nothing more than the enemy. For Nella, Gus’s loyal fiancée, it is a terrible betrayal. These three friends wonder what…

Q&A | Elizabeth Buchan

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. I’m an early riser. I give myself breakfast and read the newspaper, cover to cover.  Then, most days, I am out power-walking around Clapham Common – which has become an addiction. I am usually at my desk by 9.30-10 am. I work…

♥ Valentine’s Open Mic | 11 February

The Valentine’s Open Mic Night returns! Join us for an evening of readings by Keele’s very own creative writing talent. The theme will be love – in all its facets and permutations. AND(!), while you are there, why not try a Blind Date with a Book?! Click the link to find out more. If you…

♥ Blind Date with a Book | 11 February

Looking to spice up your reading life? In need of new thrills, of mystery and surprise? Tired of judging books by their cover? Then join us this Valentine’s, and have a blind date with a book! How it works: Find a book at home you are happy to give away and/or have been meaning to…

Polly Atkin | 28 January

Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. Her first full poetry collection Basic Nest Architecture (Seren: 2017) is followed by a third pamphlet, With Invisible Rain (New Walk Press: 2018), which draws on Dorothy Wordsworth’s late journals to find a way to articulate pain. Her first pamphlet bone song (Aussteiger, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks…

Basic Nest Architecture | Polly Atkin

Basic Nest Architecture, Polly Atkin’s first collection of poetry, is divided into three sections. The first section contains poems quite directly inspired by the author’s move from the city to the Lake District. The author’s imaginative grasp excludes cliché, and she expertly grapples with her own animal obsessions as in the lively ‘Road-Kill’. The majority…

Q&A | Polly Atkin

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. I’m not much of a person for routines, though I do have habits. In the summer I like to write outside in the garden, because I hate being cooped up inside if the weather is fine. I write around chronic illness and…