Scottish Writers Creative Conversation Showcase
Writing the Personal and the Political: Dina Nayeri, Stuart Cosgrove, Nadine Aisha Jassat and Donald S Murray, chaired by Louise Welsh
About this Event
The first in a three night series of Creative Conversation events showcasing the best in new Scottish writing co-hosted by Publishing Scotland and University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme.
Writing the Personal and the Political
Dina Nayeri (The Ungrateful Refugee)
Dina Nayeri was born in Iran during the revolution and arrived in America when she was ten years old. She is the winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and the UNESCO City of Literature Paul Engle Prize. The author of two novels – Refuge and A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea – and contributor to The Displaced, her work has been published in over twenty countries. Her stories and essays have been published in The O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Granta and many other publications. She lives in Paris.
Stuart Cosgrove (Cassius X)
Stuart Cosgrove, originally from Perth, was media editor with the NME and a feature writer for a range of newspapers and magazines. In 2005 he was named Broadcaster of the Year in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards and in 2012 he won numerous awards including a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award for Channel 4’s coverage of the London Paralympics 2012. The second book in his soul trilogy, Memphis 68, won the Penderyn Music Prize in 2018.
Donald S Murray (As the Women Lay Dreaming)
From Ness, Isle of Lewis, Donald S Murray was a secondary teacher for many years. Since leaving the profession, he has published many books – fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Several have been chosen to be among the Guardian Nature Books of the Year. His latest books are The Dark Stuff – Stories from The Peatlands (Bloomsbury) and As the Women Lay Dreaming (Saraband) inspired by the effects of the Iolaire disaster of 1st January 1919 on his home community. This last novel was the subject of a documentary on BBC Alba and featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Open Book’, presented by Mariella Frostrup. It was widely reviewed. Together with winning the Paul Torday Memorial Prize, it was shortlisted for the Authors Club First Books Award, the Herald Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Culture. and was Highly Commended in the Sir Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. A Gaelic speaker, he appears regularly on BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal. His next novel ‘In a Veil of Mist’ will be published by Saraband next spring.
Nadine Aisha Jassat (Let Me Tell You This)
Nadine Aisha Jassat is a poet, writer, and creative practitioner, whose work explores storytelling and social justice. She is the author of Let Me Tell You This (404 Ink, 2019), and has performed her work across the UK and internationally. Her poetry and prose feature in It’s Not About the Burqa (Picador), Nasty Women (404 Ink), Islands Are But MountainsFilm and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018. In 2019, she was named by Makar Jackie Kay as one of 10 compelling BAME writers working in the UK, as part of Kay’s International Literature Showcase selection. Kay writes: ‘Hers is a powerful, unforgettable new voice.’(Platypus Press) and more. Her work has drawn acclaim: she was named one of 30 Inspiring Women Under 30 in Scotland, received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award, won the British Council’s UK Open Call for the Discover project, and was shortlisted for the Outspoken London Prize for Poetry in Film and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018. In 2019, she was named by Makar Jackie Kay as one of 10 compelling BAME writers working in the UK, as part of Kay’s International Literature Showcase selection. Kay writes: ‘Hers is a powerful, unforgettable new voice
chaired by Louise Welsh. (Professor of Creative Writing, University of Glasgow)
‘Our partnership with Glasgow University’s Creative Conversations have been invaluable in introducing a range of writing and publishing through expertly chaired events in the grand setting of the University Chapel. Moving the events online will lend our publishers and writers a new audience and we look forward to the opportunity to present our fresh new voices to them.’
– Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland
You can find titles by all featured authors for a 20% discount at John Smiths Book Shop
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