Research Review 2010-11

This year the CW Programme had hosted many visiting speakers including: Padmini Murray (Stirling University); Luke Brown (Tindal Street Press); Karolina Sutton (Curtis Brown); Denise Mina (Author, for the PEN Naomi Mitchison Lecture); Bob McDevitt (formerly of Hachette, now of Jenny Brown Associates); James Bridle (Bookake); Neil Astley (Bloodaxe). Our staff participate in many networks and associations, including but not limited to: Zoe Strachan is a Patron of Imprint: East Ayrshire’s Book Festival; Non-executive Director, Glasgow Women’s Library, is on the Executive Committee for Scottish PEN, and is Editing New Writing Scotland for 2012 publication (beginning of a three year term). Her invitations and residencies include: Bookworm International Literary Festival, Beijing; Edinburgh International Book Festival; International Festival of Authors, Toronto; British Council ‘UK Writers in Universities’ writer in residence, University of Iowa; International Writing Program, University of Iowa. Elizabeth Reeder collaborated with artist Amanda Thomson on ‘I Plant A Lighthouse Here’ for the International Woolf Conference June 2011 (part of an ongoing collaboration); her invitations include Aye Write, National Library of Scotland, and Glasgow Mental Health Arts and Film Festival; she participated in Values of Environmental Writing research network. She has also developed a collaborative student mentoring scheme with Prof Li Feng and the CW programme at Sun Yat Sen University, China, with the potential for staff exchanges.  Kei Miller was a judge for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize 2012 and was invited to the many international festivals including, the Sydney Writers Festival, Australia; British Council, Singapore; Queens University; Moscow State University, Russia; he gave a keynote at the University of Reading’s Shadows & Shorelines Conference 2011. Michael Schmidt has continued allegiances with many UK and international organizations including; Carcanet Press and PN Review; St John’s College, where he was Cambridge Fellow Commoner autumn 2011; National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian: ‘Portraits of Poets’ series with David Ward. He also gave keynote speeches at: Symbiosis Conference (Glasgow) 2011; Ford Madox Ford Conference (Glasgow) 2011. Notable publications include Kei Miller: The Last Warner Woman, The Polish Translation, and US Publication with Coffehouse Press; Michael Schmidt, New Poetries V, Five American Poets, New and Collected PoemsZoe Strachan: Ever Fallen In Love.