Winter | Spring 2021

01 February | The Things We Write 08 February | Kim Moore 15 February | Valentine’s Open Mic Night 22 February | Sally J. Morgan 08 March | Verve Poetry Press Showcase 22 March | Ed Hogan 26 April | Life/Writing Showcase TBA | Keele Creative Writing Anthology Launch Venue and Time for All Readings: Due…

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…

Sharena Lee Satti | 08 March

Sharena Lee Satti is a poet and independent artist from Bradford whose inspiring words have been inscribed on park benches in Bradford to uplift local residents on their lockdown walks. Nominated for the British Indian Awards in 2020 and as one of the ’21 of 2021′ creatives most likely to impact Bradford’s cultural scene, Sharena…

Leah Atherton | 08 March

Leah Atherton is a linguist, poet and runner based in Birmingham, UK. She had poems about her adventures featured by iRunFar and Porridge magazines and Brum Radio Poets. Elsewhere, her work has appeared in Birmingham Art Gallery and on BBC Radio WM, and was included as part of the Beatfreeks Collective anniversary anthology, Wild Dreams…

Sally J. Morgan | 22 February

Sally J. Morgan was born in the Welsh mining town of Abertyleri, and grew up nomadically across Wales and England. She lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand, with her wife, the novelist Jess Richards. Her novel, Toto Among the Murderers, was recently longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Award 2021. Find out more…

Toto Among the Murderers | Sally J. Morgan

It is 1973 and Jude – known to her friends as Toto – has just graduated from art school and moves into a house in a run-down part of Leeds. Jude is a chaotic wild child who flirts with the wrong kind of people, drinks too much and gets stoned too often. Never happy to…

Q&A | Sally J. Morgan

Do You Have A Writing Routine? If So, Please Give A Quick Overview.  I don’t have a routine so much as a set of habits and inclinations, and these differ according to what part of the process I’m in. When I’m generating the story I work differently to when I’m editing. In the drafting stage…

♥ Valentine’s Open Mic | 15 February

The Valentine’s Open Mic Night returns! Join us for an evening of readings by Keele’s very own creative writing talent. The theme will be love – in all its facets and permutations. Sadly, the current circumstances make our usual Blind Date with a Book rather difficult. But why not recommend a book that’s stolen your…