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“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip Pullman
This week we’re welcoming lots of new faces to the Fourth Floor here at Teesside. It’s Welcome Week for our undergraduates – BA English and BA English and Creative Writing – and we have an exciting year in store.
We’re at the hub of some wonderful creative and literary events, beginning with T-Junction – Teesside International Poetry Festival – running from 16 – 20 October 2014. Booker Prize winner John Berger will be joined by an amazing line-up of international poets and artists throughout the festival. More information here.
Former American Poet Laureate Billy Collins is announced as the judge of The Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition 2014/5.
The prize, which has launched many celebrated poets’ careers over recent years , is now open for entries. More details here.
It’s incredibly exciting to see this beautifully curated exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ work, here at MIMA in Middlesbrough. Bourgeois’ work offers inspiration and provocation for any creative writer. And as Bourgeois wrote so much about her own creative process and the way that she drew on emotions and life experience in her work, there is so much here for a writer to mine. Entry to the exhibition is completely free.
“An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.”
― Louise Bourgeois, Destruction of the Father / Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923–1997
Chris Thurgar-Dawson, Acting Head of English at Teesside, talks about our MA Creative Writing here.
Big congratulations to former Teesside English student, Michael Edwards, who has won a prestigious Northern Writers’ Award for his fiction. Brilliant news!
The English Research Group at Teesside has been awarded a funded PhD Studentship to commence in October 2014. We are looking for candidates with an interest in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture; applications in the areas of Gender and Sexuality Studies and/ or the Medical Humanities may be especially welcome. The deadline is 11th July 2014.