Autumn/Winter 2018

24 September | What We Write & Introducing the Poet Laureate of the Potteries 08 October | Tessa Hadley 22 October | Guinevere Glasfurd 05 November | WWI Poetry Event • In Association with Keele Communities Together 12 November | Helen Parr 19 November | Roz Goddard & Deborah Alma 03 December | The Female of…

Christmas Open Mic | 10 December

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 latest student writings. If you yourself would like to read something, please let your creative writing tutor know as soon…

The Female of the Species | 03 December

… is more deadly than the male. When the nights are long and dark, as they are now, who knows what lurks just out of sight, what has already found a way inside your walls, what has, perhaps, been there, beside you, all along?  Join us for an evening of readings celebrating the female of the…

Deborah Alma & Roz Goddard | 19 November

Join us for an evening of poetry with Deborah Alma and Roz Goddard. The event will take place in the Senior Common Room of Keele Hall. Gather from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Entry is free, as are the drinks and snacks provided. And there’s a raffle! You are most warmly invited. All welcome.

Deborah Alma | 19 November

Deborah Alma is a UK poet, with an MA in Creative Writing, teaches Creative Writing at Keele University and works as a writer in the community, especially in schools and with people with dementia and in hospice care. You might also have encountered her in her role as Emergency Poet, prescribing poetry from her vintage ambulance….

Roz Goddard | 19 November

Roz Goddard is a former poet laureate of Birmingham and has published five collections of poetry, the most recent, Spill, was published by Flarestack Poets in 2018. The Sopranos Sonnets and Other Poems pub: Nine Arches Press featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. She won the New Welsh Review’s inaugural micro fiction comp in…

Q&A | Deborah Alma

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. Can I use one of those rolling around on the floor laughing emoticons? I am not great with routines. I started writing on Sunday mornings when my children started to lie in, as they moved into their teenage years. It was literally…

Q&A | Roz Goddard

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. I write in enthusiastic and concentrated bursts. For example, I wrote a sequence of poems over the summer which took me completely by surprise. I’m now editing them and thinking about how I can develop the theme. I’m also part of a…

Helen Parr | 12 November

Helen Parr studied contemporary British history and now teaches international relations in SPIRE, Keele University. She has previously written on Britain’s policy towards the European Community/European Union and has recently published Our Boys: The Story of a Paratrooper (Allen Lane 2018). For us, she will be reading from Our Boys. Find out more about Helen…

Our Boys | Helen Parr

About the Book: Our Boys brings to life the human experiences of the paratroopers who fought in the Falklands War, and examines the long aftermath of that conflict. It is a first in many ways – a history of the Parachute Regiment, a group with an elite and aggressive reputation; a study of close-quarters combat…

Q&A | Helen Parr

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. I wish I did but I usually have too many other things to do to have a set routine. I use the time I have, and I try to make the most of it by deciding in advance what I’m going to…

WWI Poetry | 05 November

Poems of Conflict & Remembrance You are most warmly invited: Join us for an evening of poetry readings in remembrance of WWI. The event will take place in the Senior Common Room at Keele Hall. Gather from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Entry is free, as are refreshments, and – as always – there is…

Guinevere Glasfurd | 22 October

Originally from the north of England, Guinevere Glasfurd now lives and works in Cambridgeshire. She has a background in historical research and has worked for BBC History Online. Her short fiction has been published by Mslexia and the Scotsman and she has won awards from Arts Council England and the British Council for her work….