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Tonbridge student's first novel published
We are are delighted to announce that one of our Tonbridge Comparative Literature students, Lesley Gray, has had her first novel published. 'The King's Jockey' is about the 1913 Epsom Derby suffragette tragedy, and is published by Solis Press. Further information is available from www.thekingsjockey.com The book itself is available now from www.amazon.co.uk
Recently, Lesley has been busily promoting her novel, beginning with a Radio Kent interview, then a public speaking event at Tunbridge Wells Public Library,and the official book launch in London.
We congratulate Lesley on this achievement and wish her all the very best with her creative writing in the future, and especially with this her first novel as its publication is timed with the centenary of the tragic event itself.
Congratulations! Tonbridge tutor awarded research grant
Dr Paul March-Russell, a popular tutor of Comparative Literature at the Tonbridge Centre and Director of Part-time studies in the University's School of European Culture and Languages based on our Canterbury Campus, has been awarded a research grant (£250) from the British SF Foundation. The award is for carrying out primary research at the University of Liverpool for the book he is writing for Palgrave Macmillan on Modernism and Science Fiction.
New! Language courses at the Tonbridge Centre
From autumn 2013 we will be offering short courses in foreign languages at the Tonbridge Centre. Initially starting with French, Mandarin and Arabic we are also considering offering a course in Japanese and Vietnamese. The courses will include key cultural aspects of the relevant country.
If this interests you, please register your interest by contacting us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01732 352316.
Our graduates celebrate Firsts
Congratulations to eleven Tonbridge Centre students who are graduating this summer with Firsts.
Patricia Briggs BA (Hons) English and Amercian Literature
Antonia Edgerton BA (Hons) History & Philosophy of Art
Wendy Edwards BA (Hons) English and American Literature with Creative Writing
Carla Harvey BA (Hons) Comparative Literature
Jill Hawkins BA (Hons) History & Philosophy of Art
Maureen McLeod BA (Hons) History
Celia Miller BA (Hons) History
Katie Minoprio BA (Hons) History & Philosophy of Art
Jane Richardson BA (Hons) History
Drummond Watson BA (Hons) History & Philosophy of Art
Carol Wright BA (Hons) Comparative Literature
Special congratulations to Carol Wright for being awarded the Marion Pankhurst Memorial Prize for the best part-time dissertation.
Rupert Smith, who graduated in 2010 with a First in English Literature with Creative Writing, was also the recipient of the 2010 Bloomsbury Writing Prize, sponsored by Bloomsbury Publishing. The prize consists of a cash award and the opportunity to work at Bloomsbury in London for a short time. When told of his award, Mr Smith replied: 'What can I say?! I'm stunned. What an accolade, an honour - it's brilliant! I gratefully accept. I collapse.'
Why not join us at one of our informal drop-in sessions or information events? You would have the opportunity to learn more about the subjects and types of courses that we offer as well as visiting the centre and meeting our staff.
Contact us to find out the date of the next event.
Tonbridge Arts Festival 2010 The University of Kent Tonbridge Centre was thrilled to offer three enjoyable and successful events in the first Tonbridge Arts Festival from 15 - 24 October 2010. Further details from www.tonbridgeartsfestival.co.uk . Karon Kullman from the University Centre Tonbridge said:
It was great to be involved with organising events for the first Festival, which was an overall success throughout the three aspects of Literary, Performing and Visual Arts. Our three events were very well supported and much enjoyed. The Festival itself was a wonderful opportunity to bring together the whole community and it is hoped to continue with another Festival in 2012, with an Olympic theme.
The three events were:
Creative Writers from the University of Kent
Novelist Scarlett Thomas and poet Simon Smith read from their latest works and talked about what it means to practise and teach creative writing at the University of Kent. Scarlett Thomas is the successful author of eight novels, has been longlisted for the Orange Prize and shortlisted for the South African Boeke Prize. She was included in the Telegraph's recent list of the UK's 20 best writers under 40.
Simon Smith has had several poetry collections published, including Mercury which was longlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2006. His reviews and essays have appeared in poetry Review, PN Review and Stand.
Hopping Down in Kent and the Hartlake Bridge Tragedy
An exploration of Kent's hop-picking heritage through songs, music, slides and readings. Presented by Dr Geoff Doel and Dr Mick Lynn.
The River as Symbol: The Virgin and the Gypsy by D.H.Lawrence
The River as Symbol: The Virgin and the Gypsy by D.H.Lawrence was the Festival Big Read, inspired by the Festival theme 'The River'.
Denyse Straker's talk about this novella led to some lively discussion about this controversial work. The river in the novella was discussed as a potent symbol of sexuality, natural energy and paganism, as well as Lawrence's philosophy, his ability to shock and his relevance today.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this valuable feedback opportunity