Collection of Essays on David Mitchell – Call for Abstracts Courtney Hopf (NYU) and Wendy Knepper (Brunel University) contact email: ch126@nyu.edu and wendy.knepper@brunel.ac.uk Building on from our successful Symposium on David Mitchell held at NYU London on 9 May, we are moving forward with a proposal for a collection with a major publisher and are seeking abstracts for selection. Mitchell’s oeuvre is often celebrated for its distinctive vision of cosmopolitanism, remediation of genre(s), and relationship to postmodern, posthuman, and postcolonial discourses. This collection of essays aims to expand our understanding of Mitchell’s work by considering all aspects of his literary and cultural output, including novels,Read More →

WOMEN WRITING ACROSS CULTURES: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE An international symposium at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford Friday 26 September to Sunday 28 September 2014 This symposium aims to foster dialogue among researchers and practitioners dealing with women’s writing in a variety of fields: transnational writing and writing across cultures; writing across academic disciplines, across the humanities and social sciences, across the arts and sciences; encounters between the critical and the creative, the academic and the popular, art and life, history and life-writing, orality and literacy, collective and individual authorship, analysant and analyst; crossing temporal boundaries: women’s writing of the past impacting on the present,Read More →

Indo-British Anthology of New Fiction: Call for Submissions Radical fiction or ‘New Fiction’ (NF) is a challenger that is here to break tradition. The passé is no longer acceptable in the Anthology, a book of new writing in English that aims to promote new modes of thinking, seeing and expression. NF is all about innovation in writing, fiction written in a new way, challenging our preconceptions. It is ‘dangerous’ stuff composed by mobile, imaginative minds across a fast-shrinking globe. We are looking for short stories in all their manifestations, preferably composed in English, from Indian or British writers. The editors want bold, angry pieces ofRead More →

The Scottish writer John Burnside has won the 2014 Edge Hill Prize for a published short story collection from the UK or Ireland for his collection, Something Like Happy.  The other four finalists were Bernie McGill,  Jaki McCarrick, David Rose and Rachel Trezise who won the Readers’ Choice prize, judged by creative writing students at Edge Hill.  The judging panel for the main prize was headed up by last year’s winner, Kevin Barry. Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2014 winner announcedRead More →