Poetry in Leeds: Harrison, Stand & Strix

There’s lots of great poetry coming out of Leeds this week! My special issue of Stand (Tony Harrison Birthday Issue) arrived in the post today and it looks great! It includes articles by Simon Armitage, Jeffrey Wainwright, John Whale and Cécile Marshall, who has translated many of Harrison’s works into French. It also includes my article, “Tony … More Poetry in Leeds: Harrison, Stand & Strix

Call for Papers: African Literature

The African Studies Association UK Conference will  take place at the University of Birmingham in September 2018. The Call for Papers for the conference is now open (deadline for submissions, 16 February 2018). I am co-organising a conference stream on African Literature with Jarad Zimbler, University of Birmingham: African Literature: Communities, Collaborations, Crafts and Crossings … More Call for Papers: African Literature

Verse Matters – what’s next…

Thanks to Seven Hills Film for the lovely highlights video from our Verse Matters ( South Yorkshire Poetry Festival) event in May at the Moor Theatre Delicatessen!  The night included performances from Salena Godden,  Kate Fox, Hive Young Writers (14-25s) Kevin Titterton, Angelina Abel with the CORS/PO performance, Mina Salama (Arts on the Run). You can also see clips of the wonderful Jepps Books (Sheffield’s … More Verse Matters – what’s next…

Letters letters letters!

My new book, Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980-2010 is now available for pre-order  from Palgrave Macmillan. The book examines the return of the literary letter at the end of the long twentieth century. It asks how authors returned to epistolary conventions to create dialogue across national, linguistic and cultural borders and repositions a range of contemporary … More Letters letters letters!