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 |…

Open Mic Night | 13 May

Come join us for this last Keele Hall Reading of the term and celebrate the creative writing that goes on here at Keele. If you’re a Keele CW student, we want to know what you’ve been writing this term, this year, these years …!!  So if you’re up for reading, let us (or, even better:…

Elizabeth Lowry | 29 April

Elizabeth Lowry was born in Washington DC, USA and educated in South Africa and England. She is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Her first  novel, The Bellini Madonna, was published in 2008 in the UK, USA and Italy and…

Dark Water | Elizabeth Lowry

From the Book Sleeve:   Boston, 1833 Aboard the USS Orbis as it embarks from Boston and surges south to round Cape Horn, Hiram Carver takes up his first position as ship’s doctor. Callow and anxious among the seasoned sailors, he struggles in this brutal floating world until he meets William Borden. Borden. The Hero of…

Q&A | Elizabeth Lowry

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. At the moment I’m lucky enough to be able to write full time. I get about six hours in the day, between dropping my children off at school and picking them up again. I have a tiny study with a desk, but…

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…

Q&A | Roy McFarlane

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. I’m an early starter with incense cone burning in the corner and jazz playing quietly in the background. There’s something about the freshness of a new morning, everything opens up like a flower unravelling or stretching, shaking off the morning dew. I’ll…

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…