Novelist Sophie Cooke will be reading from her own work at the next Strathclyde University Visiting Author event. To be held on Wednesday 2 March at 5.15pm in the Ramshorn Theatre on 98 Ingram Street, the FREE meeting is open to the public. Sophie is author of critically acclaimed novels The Glass House which was short listed for the Saltire First Book Award, and Under The Mountain.
She will discuss her writing in the context of social and political reality versus fiction and the idea of ‘The Impossible in Art.’ Playwright Rupert Thomson, former editor of The Skinny magazine, will join her. He recently published a manifesto for ‘The Theatre of the Impossible.’
The University’s current Keith Wright Literary Fellow, Doug Johnstone, will introduce a showcase event at AYE WRITE festival on Saturday 5 March at 10.30am in the Burns Room of the Mitchell Library.
Three undergraduates from the popular Journalism and Creative Writing degree course, winners in the university’s long-running and prestigious Keith Wright Memorial Prize for creative writing, will read and discuss their work alongside members of the University’s creative writing staff. Free tickets can be obtained from the Mitchell Library in person (Monday to Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm) or from a member of the creative writing teaching staff at the University of Strathclyde.
Writer Dilys Rose will read from her own poetry ‘Bodywork’ and discussing it at a free event in Ramshorn Theatre in 98 Ingram Street, on Thursday 3 February at 5.15pm
Brought up in Glasgow, Dilys has made a great name for herself since emigrating to Edinburgh. She has published ten books of fiction and her poetry including Red Tides, War Dolls, The Pest Maiden, Lure and Bodywork.
Her most recent award was a Leverhulme Fellowship to research and write a novel based on notions of blasphemy.
Dilys has collaborated with visual artists and composers, most recently with Rory Boyle on the opera Kaspar Hauser, which won the stage category in the 2010 British Composer Awards. She has been teaching on the Masters in Creative Writing course at Edinburgh University since 2002.
At the Ramshorn event, Dilys will be reading from and discussing her poetry collection Bodywork, as well as reading some short fiction linked by similar themes to her poetry work.