Writers in Conversation

Carole Burns interviews Helen McDonald

Writers in Conversation is a reading series, created in association with Nuffield Southampton Theatres, which features some of today’s best fiction writers, poets, non-fiction writers and playwrights. Each semester, we invite writers read from their work and talk about their writing – how characters take shape, where ideas come from. Led by our own creative writing lecturers, the event takes place in Nuffield Kitchen, helping to create an evening that is relaxed, engaging, intelligent and informal. Each semester, we also feature a writer from our Creative Writing team, allowing students as well as members of the Southampton community to hear our lecturers talk about their own work. Video-recordings of previous sessions are available here. Read more on the Writers in Conversation blog

30 April 2018: Writers in Conversation – Whit Stillman
Renowned American film director, producer and screenwriter Whit Stillman joins University of Southampton Creative Writing Fellow Evan Placey as part of the Writers in Conversation series.

Whit’s film work includes Metropolitan (1990), Academy-Award nominated for Best Original Screenplay, and The Last Days of Disco (1998). His most recent film, Love and Friendship (2016), is based on Jane Austen’s novel Lady Susan, and stars Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, and Stephen Fry. He approaches a literary source with ‘an appreciation for its freewheeling sense of fun’ (The New York Times), and the evening’s conversation is likely to cover adaptation, scriptwriting, and filmmaking. Evan Placey is a Canadian-British playwright and Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton, where he teaches Scriptwriting. Recent works include Jekyll & Hyde for the West End, produced by the National Youth Theatre.

19 February 2018: Writers in Conversation – Paul McVeigh

Paul McVeigh, whose debut novel, The Good Son won The McCrea Literary Award and The Polari First Book Prize, will be our first guest in this season’s Writers in Conversation.

McVeigh began as a playwright with shows performed at the Edinburgh Festival and on London’s West End. His short stories have been read on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5 and published in anthologies and journals. ‘Hollow’ was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2017. He is associate director of Word Factory ‘the UK’s national organisation for excellence in the short story’ The Guardian, and he is co-founder of the London Short Story Festival. He will be interviewed by Carole Burns, head of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton.

5 March 2018: Writers in Conversation – Four Creative Writing PhD Students

This special Writers in Conversation highlights our own PhD students who are working on PhD dissertation that combine creative writing with an intense analysis of literature. Alice Stinetorf, Jenn Shaller, Kostas Kalstas and Al Hammond have all already been published, or are working in the literary field. Hailing Greece, the United States and Britain, these four writers also write very different work – please join us for this special evening, led by Carole Burns, head of creative writing at the University of Southampton.


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