Autumn | Winter 2021

27 September | Anthology Launch 2020|2021 11 October | Helen Mort 25 October | Jenna Clake 08 November | Okechukwu Nzelu 22 November | Caleb Parkin 06 December | Christmas Open Mic Please note that all readings take place on a Monday and start at 7.30pm. Please arrive slightly before that time, from 7.15pm onwards. For now,…

Jenna Clake | 25 October

Jenna Clake’s debut collection of poetry, Fortune Cookie, won the Melita Hume Prize, received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2018, and was shortlisted for a Somerset Maugham Award in the same year. Her second full collection, Museum of Ice Cream, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2021. Find out more…

Q&A | Jenna Clake

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. Annoyingly, my default setting is ‘I don’t want to write’, so I really have to trick myself into writing sometimes. I work best in short, sharp bursts, and prefer to write in the morning (so that the rest of the day is…

Helen Mort | 11 October

Helen Mort is a poet and novelist. She is a five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award, received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors in 2007, and won the Manchester Poetry Prize Young Writer Prize in 2008. Helen’s first novel Black Car Burning was published by Random House in April 2019…

The Anthology Launch | Some Pics

Thank you for celebrating with us! 🙂 If you have launch pics of your own, we’d love to see them! Tweet them at us: @keelereadings

Anthology Launch | 27 September

Please join us for the launch of The Things We Write, the new Keele creative writing anthology, and celebrate with us this collection of prose and poetry by Keele students. There’ll be readings from the anthology, a lovely stack of the anthologies for you to buy and take home and, of course, free drinks and…

Life/Writing Showcase | 26 April

With strong themes of mental and physical health arising from the current pandemic, 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 seven short readings. Here’s hoping that you can join us on the evening of…

Edward Hogan | 22 March

Edward Hogan’s novel, The Electric, was published by John Murray, in August 2020. His previous novels include Blackmoor, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize, and The Hunger Trace. He lives in Brighton, and works as a lecturer for the Open University. Ed is currently working on short stories, and has just won the Galley Beggar…

The Electric | Edward Hogan

Brighton, 1950s. When Daisy gets married, she knows nothing of a police wife’s struggles – the way secrecy and suspicion seep into the home. But over the years, she finds ways to resist. She builds a fierce bond with her children, Linda and Michael, and escapes to the twilit world of the cinema. By 1998…

Q&A | Edward Hogan

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview.  I used to. My routine was to rise early and write for a couple of hours. Then I’d have breakfast, take the kids to school, and start my job (I work for the Open University). But I’m answering these questions during the second…

Verve Poetry Press Showcase | 08 March

We are incredibly pleased to finally be able to welcome three poets from the Verve Poetry Press – the first Keele Hall Reading that fell victim to the pandemic in 2020. So please join us now – almost exactly one year later – for an evening of poetry with Verve Press, featuring former Keelite Scarlett…

Scarlett Ward Bennett | 08 March

Scarlett Ward Bennett is a Black Country Poet and workshop facilitator. She is Writing Assistant with Writing West Midlands and her debut collection Ache was published by Verve poetry press in 2019. In the same year she came runner up in the Wolverhampton Literature prize as judged by Roy McFarlane and the Verve community competition…