Winter | Spring 2022

31 January | The Things We Write: Staff Readings (Online Event) 14 February | Valentine’s Open Mic CANCELLED, with regret, due to strike action. 28 February | Kate Pullinger CANCELLED, with regret, due to strike action. 14 March | These Are the Hands: Poems from the Heart of the NHS  (Online Event) 21 March |…

Anthology Launch | 09 May

Please join us for the launch of The Things We Write 2021/22, the second Keele creative writing anthology, which this year has been entirely self-funding thanks to sales of books from the first. So please celebrate with us this collection of prose and poetry by Keele students. We are proud to welcome our very special…

Life/Writing Fest | 04 April

With strong themes of family, childhood, travel and those unforgettable “firsts” in life, the MA Life/Writing module has produced some extremely exciting, diverse and challenging work this year. We would like to share this with you in the form of several short readings. Please join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening of…

Sophie Mackintosh | 21 March

Sophie Mackintosh was born in South Wales in 1988, and is currently based in London. Her fiction, essays and poetry have been published by Granta, The White Review, The New York Times and The Stinging Fly, among others. She has been Writer-in-Residence at Gladstone’s Library, and awarded the Prague City of Literature and Paris Writers’…

Q&A | Sophie Mackintosh

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. It depends what I’m working on – I tend to work best in the morning, so I always try and write first thing. My concentration goes a bit in the afternoon, so I use this time for non-writing things, and if I’m on deadline or…

These Are the Hands | 14 March

Please note that this is now an online event. Details below. Fearless, reverent and incredibly touching, These Are the Hands celebrates the NHS and the strength and compassion of the people who keep its heart beating. With contributions from leading UK poets, this beautiful anthology illuminates and supports the vital work of the ones who care for…

The Things We Write | 31 January

The Keele Hall Readings are back, and you are most warmly invited. Join us for this first event of the semester to get an early glimpse into the work of Keele’s very own writers. This promises to be an exciting kick-off to the new season, and we look forward to seeing you there! Please note…

Christmas Open Mic | 6 December

Please note that this event is taking place in another room of Keele Hall than normal, the Raven Mason Suite!! It is that time again, of mince pies, mulled wine and an open mic for Keele’s very own creative writing talent. Join us for this last Keele Hall Reading of the term to sample our…

Caleb Parkin | 22 November

Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet 2020 – 22, won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2016, the Winchester Poetry Prize 2017 and other shortlists. His poems feature in The Rialto, The Poetry Review, Under the Radar, Poetry Wales, Magma, Butcher’s Dog and elsewhere. Commissions include Poetry Society, Lyra Festival, Green Party, National Literacy Trust, Royal British Legion,…

Q&A | Caleb Parkin

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. Nope! As a freelancer, I make time to write when I can – but find that a quick, fifteen-minute session of writing can reconnect me to the process. Or when I know I’ve got a commission to write. I like that motivation…

Okechukwu Nzelu | 08 November

Okechukwu Nzelu is a Manchester-based writer. In 2015, he was the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award from New Writing North. In 2020, his debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney (Dialogue Books/ Little, Brown), won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the…

Q&A | Okechukwu Nzelu

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. I really don’t have a routine as such, except for the fact that I try to write every day when I’m working on a novel. I also tend to write more in the evenings: I think this is partly out of habit,…