Fiction Reading by Liza Klaussmann and the purpureus Writers

You are warmly invited to an evening of fiction with author of Tigers in Red Weather – and RHUL alumna – Liza Klaussmann and a showcase of readings by purpureus writers’ prose group of PhD students at Royal Holloway, University of London.

The event will take place at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London, on 11th November at 7:30pm. Entrance is free but please RSVP to purpureusprose@gmail.com
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Liza Klaussmann was born in New York but now lives in London. She worked as a journalist  for the New York Times for over a decade. She completed with distinction an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Motion. Tigers in Red Weather is her first novel, published by Picador in 2012.

Demonstrating a diverse range of interests from historical fiction to sci-fi, the purpureus Writers are a prose group of PhD students in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Apart from workshops dedicated to discussing fiction, the group organizes events featuring visiting authors, previous ones including Ali Smith and Anthony Horowitz. The group’s members are: Aamir Mehar, Eley Williams, Emma Venables, Ishita Mandrekar, Preti Taneja and Susan Gray.

We hope to see you there!

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Fiction reading by Benjamin Markovits & the purpureus Writers

You are warmly invited to attend an afternoon of fiction, featuring a reading by author Benjamin Markovits, as well as a showcase of works by the purpureus Writers, prose group of PhD students at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Time: Friday the 7th of June,17:00 to 18:00

Place: The Dining Room, 2 Gower Street, LondonWC1E 6DP

Entry is free. There will be refreshments, good company and, above all, storytelling. We will be very happy to see you.

Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics. Since then he has taught high school English, edited a left-wing cultural magazine and published essays, stories, poetry and reviews on subjects ranging from the Romantics to American sports in The Guardian, The London Review of Books and The New York Times, among other publications. His books include Playing Days, The Syme Papers and Either Side of Winter. ImpostureA Quiet Adjustment and Childish Loves make up a trilogy of novels about Lord Byron. Markovits has lived in London since 2000 and is married with a daughter and a son. He teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was awarded a fellowship to the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies in 2009, and won a Pushcart Prize for his short story ‘Another, Sad, Bizarre Chapter in Human History’. Recently, his talent earned him a position in Granta’s list of Britain’s 20 best young novelists of the decade.

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Demonstrating a diverse range of interests from historical fiction to sci-fi, the purpureus Writers are a new prose group of PhD students in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Apart from workshops dedicated to discussing fiction, the group organizes events featuring visiting authors, previous ones including Ali Smith and Anthony Horowitz. The group’s members are: Aamir Mehar, Dimitris Melicertes, Eley Williams, Emma Venables, Ishita Mandrekar, Preti Taneja and Susan Gray.

(For any information regarding the event, please contact: purpureusprose@gmail.com)

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Anthony Horowitz in conversation with the purpureus Writers

Bestselling novelist, screenwriter and children’s author Anthony Horowitz visits Royal Holloway to talk about fiction and his writing career with the purpureus Writers, PhD students in Creative Writing. We will be very happy if you join us, as well as the discussion!

AnthonyHorowitz_0310_mt_tif_Time: Wednesday the 29th of May, 6.30pm

Place: the Dining Room, first floor at 2 Gower Street, London WC1E 6DP (corner of Gower St and Montague Pl).

Entry is of course free, however if you would like to reserve a seat please write to purpureusprose@gmail.com.

About Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK – and is unique for working across so many media. Anthony is a born polymath; juggling writing books, TV series, films, plays and journalism.

Anthony has written over 35 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which he adapted into a movie that was released worldwide in 2006. The Alex Rider series is estimated to have sold 13 million copies worldwide. Anthony is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. The House of Silk was published in November 2011 and was internationally lauded as the top title of the autumn. Anthony’s latest novel, Oblivion, was published in October 2012.

Anthony is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series, producing the first seven episodes (and the title) of Midsomer Murders. He is the writer and creator of award winning drama series Foyle’s War, which was the Winner of the Lew Grade Audience award for BAFTA. DCS Foyle was voted the nation’s favourite detective in 2011. Anthony has also written other original complex dramas for ITV, particularly thrillers. Collision, a major five part “state of the nation” piece was transmitted on ITV1 in November 2009 to seven million viewers a night. Legal thriller Injustice – created and written by Anthony for ITV1 – transmitted in June 2011, to widespread acclaim. Anthony has just completed writing a new series of Foyle’s War in which Foyle enters the world of Intelligence and the Cold War – the series was filmed in September 2012 and broadcasted in Spring 2013.

His stage thriller, Mindgame, premiered off Broadway in 2011. Anthony is currently working with Stephen Spielberg and Peter Jackson writing the sequel to the Tintin film and is also working on a screenplay for Warner Brothers.

Anthony regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines on subjects ranging from politics to education. He has been a patron to East Anglia Children’s Hospices and the anti-bullying charity, Kidscape, since 2008.

http://www.anthonyhorowitz.com

About the purpureus Writers

Demonstrating a diverse range of interests from historical fiction to sci-fi, the purpureus Writers are a new prose group of PhD students in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Apart from workshops dedicated to discussing fiction, the group organizes events featuring visiting authors. Its current members are: Susan Gray, Ishita Mandrekar, Aamir Mehar, Dimitris Melicertes, Preti Taneja, Emma Venables and Eley Williams.

The group’s name came up during a debate on the definition of ‘purpureus’, which in Latin apart from the colour purple signifies the brilliant, shining and beautiful. Yet its use by Roman poet Horace led the term to acquire the negative connotation of ‘purple patches’ in prose. The apparent obscurity of the word seemed fitting for the group since its journey and one of its main purposes is to explore fiction and attempt to discover which parts of it are brilliant and which are, well, purple.

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R:Fest13

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For the past six years, the Runnymede International Literary Festival has hosted lectures, readings and workshops in Egham and London. The 2013 Festival culminated in a two-day event at the Centre for Creative Collaboration and featured work from writers Doug Cowie, Joe Treasure and William Searle, alongside poetry from Robert Hampson, SJ Fowler, Prue Chamberlain, Sophie RobinsonRedell Olsen and Nat Raha and others.

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With Eley, Emma, Dimitris, Preti and Susan reading, purpureus was pleased to end the London leg of the Festival’s 2013 incarnation and brought an array of prose, novel-extracts and dramatic monologues to the stage. This was a welcome opportunity to trial new pieces and sound-out old favourites on an audience; many thanks to all attendees, and to the R:Fest organisers for another great event.

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Workshop #3

Our third workshop took place on the 19rd March, where we had the opportunity to critique and offer feedback for an extract of Emma‘s novel and a short monologue and one act play by Susan. Two of these pieces were due to be exhibited at the Runnymede International Festival R:Fest 2013, so discussion centred not only upon the pieces’ emergent themes and treatment of technology, characterisation, ‘fictional archives’ and how best to convey concepts of the past and speculative futures in ‘truthful’ non-explotative ways, but also particularly on the issues of vocalization and performance.

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Suggested further reading:

  • Binet, Laurent: HHhH (Grasset & Fasquelle, 2012)
  • Banks, Iain M.: the Culture Series (1987 – present)
  • Winterson, Jeanette: The Stone Gods (Hamish Hamilton, 2007)

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Fiction Readings by the purpureus Writers at R:Fest 2013

Fiction Readings by the purpureus Writers at R:Fest 2013

The purpureus Writers invite you to attend an evening of fiction readings
during this year’s Runnymede International Literary Festival
on Saturday the 23rd of March7.30pm at the Centre for Creative Collaboration,
16 Acton Street, near King’s Cross.

Directions be found at: http://www.creativecollaboration.org.uk/where.php
Entrance is free. We will be delighted to see you there!

 

Demonstrating a diverse range of interests from historical fiction to sci-fi, the purpureus Writers are a new prose group of PhD students in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Apart from workshops dedicated to discussing fiction, the group organizes events featuring visiting writers, the last of which was a reading with Ali Smith in January 2013, while two forthcoming events include authors Benjamin Markovits and Anthony Horowitz.

Runnymede International Literary Festival

http://www.rhul.ac.uk/english/rfest/home.aspx 

Centre for Creative Collaboration

http://www.creativecollaboration.org.uk

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Workshop #2

On the 27th of February, we met to discuss an extract from Aamir‘s novel and a short story by Dimitris. Loss, longing and the frequencies of interaction seemed to be nexus points between the two creative submissions; a section from Stephen King’s On Writing was also supplied as a critical adjunct and point of discussion.

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Suggested further reading:

  • Brande, Dorothea: Becoming a Writer (Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1934)
  • Jung, C. G: The Red Book: Liber Novus (Philemon Series and W.W. Norton & Co., 2009)
  • King, Stephen: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Hodder Paperbacks, 2012)

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