The literary journal MISO is
edited by Caroline Jones. She founded the journal after graduating from her MA in
Creative Writing, University of Chester in 2012. MISO was established in July
2013 as a platform to encourage creative writing students and graduates. The
original journal was printed twice a year. MISO is now a carefully
curatedblog. You can contact MISO firstname.lastname@example.org via twitterwith any
Recent work includes
contributions by Rachel Allen, Libby Meredith, Dan Ryder, Sam Buchan-Watts and
Martha Sprackland. Just posted on MISO is a flash essay, ‘Another
Country’, by Creative Writing lecturer,
Dr Ian Seed.
The Cheshire Prize for Poetry 2016 Awards evening was hosted by the Chair of the Panel
of Judges, Dr Ian Seed, on Tuesday 22 November.
Talks were given by
poet and radio broadcaster, Ian McMillan, and by the High Sherriff of Chester,
Mrs Kathy Cowell OBE.
The first prize of £2,000 was presented to Cheryl Pearson,
from Levenshulme, Manchester, for her poem The
Three runners-up were also announced and
each received £250. They were: Helen Kay, from Nantwich, for her poem Dad: Latin at the Village School, 1969; Joy
Winkler from Macclesfield, who wrote Shakkei
- Borrowed Scenery and John Paul Davies, from County Meath in Ireland, for
his poem The Darkroom.
As well as cash prizes, the winning entries and a selection
of other submissions will be included in an anthology produced by the
University of Chester Press next spring.
The first open-mic night for the year 2016-17 was held on Wednesday,
November 16.Students and tutors read
out their poems, scripts, stories, flashes, and monologues, and there was even
a bi-lingual reading of some Italian poetry.
Some fun writing and performance competitions were held, with a number
of prizes being awarded. The winner of the top prize – a £30 book token – was
student Bjorn Ephgrave.
A healthy amount of red wine was drunk and a good time was had by all!
organisers of the evening were the three student editors of Pandora’s Box: Cal Buckley, Jonathan Hay
and Liz Milne.
On October 26th,
Creative Writing students on the course Poetry: Other Voices, Other Forms were
treated to a seminar and workshop on narrative poetry with Carole Coates.
Carole has published four full-length collections of poetry, the latest of
which is a novel in verse, Jacob
(Shoestring Press, 2016), described by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘an extraordinarily
riveting narrative poem on the pain of childhood and its long reach, written
with forensic care and heart-stopping empathy.’
Carole read from two
of her collections, took questions from the students, and set a number of
writing exercises. Key points included: ‘Don’t write what you know. Write want
you want to find out about’; ‘with poetry you can tell a story by flashes of
lightening – you don’t have to spell everything out as you would with a novel’;
‘if you are writing a narrative poem, get inside the head of your character’;
‘don’t be afraid to fictionalise to make your poem more interesting’; and
‘spend lots of time drafting’.
The launch of Patches of Light: Short Stories from the
Cheshire Prize for Literature was held at the University of Chester’s
Queen’s Park campus on July 6. Authors were presented with a copy of the
anthology by the High Sheriff of Chester, Kathy Cowell OBE DL. Selections from
the stories were read out to an audience.
editor, Dr Ian Seed, said that the stories of this collection ‘seek
to reflect and explore the hopes, dreams, joys, fears and frailties that are
common to us all, but which are revealed differently in each life. They may
offer us only glimpses, but each glimpse will leave us changed in some way.
Like shifting patches of light on water, they invite us to stop and look, to
linger for a brief space of time, to take away something we felt we always
knew, but didn’t know that we knew before.’
Ian Seed will be taking part in a poetry reading with Helen Mitsios,
Christopher Reid and Kit Wright on 2nd July, at The Room in Tottenham Hale, London. More information about the
event can be found here: http://the-room.org.uk/performances/poetry/