Friday, 6 January 2017

Literary Journal Edited by Former Creative Writing Student Caroline Jones

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 curated blog. You can contact MISO via or via twitter with any queries.
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.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Cheshire Prize for Poetry 2016 Awards Evening

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 Cartographer’s Daughter. 

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.

Friday, 18 November 2016

First Open-Mic Night of 2016-17

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! 

The organisers of the evening were the three student editors of Pandora’s Box: Cal Buckley, Jonathan Hay and Liz Milne.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A Seminar with Poet Carole Coates

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 visit was organised by Dr Ian Seed.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Launch of Patches of Light: Short Stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2015

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.

The 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.’

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

London Reading by Lecturer Dr Ian Seed

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: