Friday, September 27, 2013

Carys Bray and Joanne Ashcroft book news

Carys Bray is one of the PhD students I share with Ailsa Cox and she has been writing her novel Here We Are Together with us for a while. We had no doubt that this was a brilliant piece of writing, at once lively, moving and satisfying as literary artefact. A good read too.

So it is great to be able to go public on the news that it has been taken up by Hutchinson and you can read about the book deal here. And look into the future here.

 Well done Carys!

It is also pleasing to announce that another PhD student JoanneAshcroft’s book Maps and Love Songs for Mina Loy won the Purple Moose Prize 2102 and that the book of these astonishing poems is finally available after some delay. She will be reading at the Blue Bus in London soon.
Well done Joanne!

Carys and Joanne both studied the MA at Edge Hill University with me. In fact they were the first cohort of the full time MA. This kind of news is what keeps one going. Thanks for the whiskey, Carys, and Joanne thanks for the Purple Moose (what else?) beer!