Winter | Spring 2020

27 January | Helen Ivory 10 February | Valentine’s Open Mic Night & Blind Date with a Book 24 February | Jane Rogers 09 March | Oz Hardwick 23 March | Verve Press Showcase 27 April | Open Mic   Venue and Time for All Readings: Senior Common Room | Keele Hall | 7.30pm

Helen Ivory | 27 January

Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. Her fifth Bloodaxe collection The Anatomical Venus was winner of the East Anglian Writers Book by the Cover Award (East Anglian Book Awards 2019) and shortlisted for the poetry category of the East Anglian Book Awards 2019.  She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and has 20 years teaching experience at all…

The Anatomical Venus | Helen Ivory

About the Book: An Anatomical Venus – which gives this book its title – was an eighteenth-century anatomical wax sculpture of an idealised woman, a heady mix of eroticism, death and biological verisimilitude. Venus could be opened up and pulled apart by all the men who studied her. She would give up her secrets the…

Q&A | Helen Ivory

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. Not at the moment, but I do go through phases when I am working on a book, especially ones which needs lots of research like many of the poems for The Anatomical Venus, and also the Tarot project.  For these poems, I…

Christmas Open Mic | 16 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…

Nikolai Duffy | 09 December

Nikolai Duffy is a poet and publisher. He is the author of The Little Shed of Various Lamps (Very Small Kitchen), Up the Creek (Knives Forks and Spoons), Relative Strangeness: Reading Rosmarie Waldrop (Shearsman), Notes for a Performance, with the visual artist Louise Adkins (Wild Pansy Press) and, as editor, Gap Gardening: The Selected Poems of Rosmarie Waldrop…

Up the Creek | Nikolai Duffy

About the Book: Up The Creek is a book about what happens when all the paddles have been sold to offshore investment funds. There are stories and poems about politics, puns, administration, bureaucracy, debt, advertising, self-diagnosis, self-medication, education, celebrity, managerialism, business, capitalism, militancy, migration, ornamentation, insurance scams, scams in general, success, great wealth, inequality, occupational…

Q&A | Nikolai Duffy

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. As much as I would like to, I don’t have a specific writing routine. Much of my writing takes place in what feels to me like brief snatches of stolen time. Most of what I write starts out in life as a…

Jacqueline Saphra | 25 November

Jacqueline Saphra’s The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye 2011) was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller was published by Hercules Editions in 2017. In the same year All My Mad Mothers (Nine Arches Press) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize. Her most recent play, The…

Dad, Remember You Are Dead | Jacqueline Saphra

About the Book: Dad, Remember You Are Dead, acts as a sister volume to Jacqueline Saphra’s previous collection – the T. S. Eliot Prize shortlisted All My Mad Mothers (2017) – and takes on the canon in an examination of fatherhood and daughterhood within a wider context.

Q&A | Jacqueline Saphra

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview.   I sometimes have a routine and sometimes don’t! It’s been increasingly difficult to maintain anything regular as I’ve become busier with teaching and readings.  But I do try to sit down at my writing desk most days and I’m lucky to…

Sam Guglani | 11 November

Sam Guglani is a Consultant Oncologist in Cheltenham, specialising in the management of lung and brain tumours. He chairs the law and ethics group of the Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust. He has Masters degrees in Ethics (Keele, 2009) and Creative Writing (Oxford, 2014). And he is the director of Medicine Unboxed, which he founded in 2009, and…