March 25 cancelled – but Virtual Soirée is on its way

To everyone planning to come to our March 25 book launch and writing soirée – sadly that event is now cancelled. Like others, we are following best advice on social distancing to avoid any contribution to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However we do have plans for an alternative virtual event, which we will announce shortly, along with full results from the Writing Competition. Please keep an eye open for updates.

Meanwhile, we hope you are all taking care of yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you in person at a future date.

March 25: book launch and soirée

Fincham Press and the Creative Writing programme at Roehampton are combining forces for a joint book launch and writing competition soirée on the evening of Wednesday, March 25.

The soiree will be held in the Digby Stuart Chapel on the main campus on March 25, with doors opening at 6:30pm. The evening features readings, a keynote speaker, and a spread of food and drink.

The first half of the evening will focus on our sixth creative writing anthology, The Box, which includes work from last year’s competition – you can buy a copy on the night (for cash) or at any time from the university e-store.

The second half gives a stage to writers from this year’s competition, which has just opened. Authors who have been shortlisted have the chance to read their work to an audience of peers, agents, editors and published writers.

The deadline for submissions to the competition is 11pm on Monday, February 24. Submissions must come with a completed entry form which can be found at the top of the Moodle page for the BA Creative Writing or downloaded here. The guidelines are here. Enquiries can be sent to roehamptonwrites2020@gmail.com.

 

Book Launch: The Professor in Children’s Literature

We’re happy to announce the launch of Melissa Terras’ open-access volume The Professor in Children’s Literature: An Anthology on 4 December at the University of Roehampton, London SW15!

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Professor Branestawm: male, mad and muddle-headed

The Professor in Children’s Literature gathers and reprints a selection of twenty-six illustrated stories for children originally published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, offering a brief introduction to each of them. The volume complements the author’s book-length study Picture-Book Professors: Academia and Children’s Literature; both works are open access, available as free downloads. Get your copy of The Professor in Children’s Literature in EPUB or PDF format!

The book launch will take place in the Portrait Room at Grove House, starting at 5.30pm.

Schedule

  • 5.30pm: Reception with drinks and nibbles
  • 6.00pm: Very brief introductions by Dr Susan Greenberg (Fincham Press) and Dr Alison Waller (National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature), then talk by Prof Melissa Terras
  • 6.30pm: Questions and closing statements
  • Until 7.30pm: final mingling

Bonus Links

Double Book Launch: Rook and Dragon

On WEDNESDAY, 28 NOVEMBER, we are holding a double event to launch two books: our new journalism anthology, The Rook: Citizens of Nowhere, and our new creative writing anthology, In Which Dragons Are Real But.

This free event will take place in the Portrait Room, Grove House, University of Roehampton, starting at 7pm. It will involve a drinks reception, author readings from both anthologies, and, of course, an opportunity to buy the books. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

To help with planning, please do visit this Eventbrite page to indicate your attendance.

Also, for your downloading pleasure, there is an A4-size event poster [PDF] available.

Out now – In Which Dragons Are Real But

We are happy to announce that Fincham Press’ fifth anthology of student work In Which Dragons Are Real But is now available to buy from the University of Roehampton e-store.

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This anniversary collection marks a five-year milestone with two innovations – the use of colour illustrations and the inclusion of work by alumni as well as current students from the University of Roehampton’s Creative Writing programme. The anthology, edited by Leone Ross (Come Let Us Sing Anyway), features short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, screenplays, and poetry. Our authors explore dark themes, tender moments and satire with joy and even triumph, as they fight off the dragons that lurk in our world.

The dragons are real, but…

Don’t forget to follow Fincham Press on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates of the dragons’ journey and more.

Summer Surprise #2: The Rook revealed

It has been a busy summer for Fincham Press.  Following our creative writing anthology cover reveal, we are delighted to share our second summer surprise. Here we reveal details of The Rook: Citizens of Nowhere.

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Front cover of The Rook: artwork and design by Rudolf Ammann

The anthology is a collection of gripping journalism from current and former students of the University of Roehampton. The pieces gathered here tell true tales from every corner of the globe, from Havana to Russia. Within its pages, readers will discover the unique experiences of young citizens and what it means to be a citizen of Nowhere. Check out the contents below.

The collection is edited by John Doyle and Juan Pérez González and will be available to purchase soon. Follow Fincham Press on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out more.

Contents

Foreword

1

Introduction

3

Citizens of Nowhere

Juan Pérez González · The European

7

Aleksandra Antonova · A July Morning in Bulgaria

13

Isabelle Kern · My Russian Friends

21

Isobel Rafferty · Lost on a Stranded Land

27

Vilde Haugen · Dreamland Beach

33

Ellis King · Mallorca, Martina and Me

39

Josh Downes · Bulls and Blood

45

Stephanie Badaru, Federica Infantino and Isobel Rafferty

Going Country, Going Undetected

51

Barbora Palovcikova · The Sounds of Camden Market

59

Conor Young · North of the Heart of Babylon

65

John Doyle · Citizens of the Sea: A Reawakening

75

Notes on Contributors

87

Summer Surprise #1: Cover reveal for our fifth creative writing anthology

Following an especially busy period for Fincham Press, we are excited to share the first of two surprises this summer. Here we reveal details of our fifth anthology of creative writing: In Which Dragons Are Real But.

Book cover: artwork and design by Rudolf Ammann
Front cover of our fifth creative writing anthology: artwork and design by Rudolf Ammann

This fifth anniversary publication marks the occasion with two firsts in Fincham’s history. This collection is the first to include work by University of Roehampton alumni alongside that by current Creative Writing students. It is also the first time we have published original illustrations in full colour. Different forms are showcased in 47 pieces; often dark in theme, but also funny and thought-provoking.

Check out a sneak peek of the cover (above) and the table of contents (below)! The collection is edited by award-winning author Leone Ross. An official launch will take place at the University of Roehampton in late 2018 – follow Fincham Press on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for further details.

Contents

Foreword

1

Introduction

3

Short Stories

Sarah Tucker · Exit Stage Right

7

Charlotte Byrne · Georgy Girl

15

Steph Elliot Vickers · White Walls

21

Nanou Blair-Gould · Innocuous Disposition

29

Katharine Cheetham · Bruises

33

Andrew D’Arcy Collins

So I Finally Rescued My Piano

39

Ellenor Pickles · Daisy Girl

45

Molly Glinski · Transcript: Interview Room 2

49

Jacob Bathgate · Fossils

55

Melissa Healey-Mullee · 99 In The Rain

59

Stiina Honkavaara · A Taste of God

65

Veslemøy Stavdahl · White Bird

73

Hanna Andersson · Compost

79

Yen-Yen Lu · Friends

85

Serena Michel

Ojos Que No Ven, Corazón No Siente

93

Glenn Shadbolt · The Happening Now

101

Frederik Helgesen ·Thank You, Mr Lighthouse

111

Flash Fiction

Arun Jeetoo · The Exhibition of Margo

117

Thomas Cole · Fake Updates

119

Mehmet Suleyman · And Now You Know Her

121

Charlie-Anne Butterworth

Nuclear

123

Palace of the Babies

124

Liz McAnder · Fatigue

126

Jess Styles · Freaks Anonymous

129

Georgina Charles

Yujin

132

Yujin’s Mother

134

Poetry

Sean Wai Keung

the spring bamboo

139

the new golden phoenix

140

Bronia Waldron · For Simon & Garfunkel

141

Natalie Howard · Make Me a Sandwich

143

Emma Strand · Bye-Bye Bluebird

145

Jacqueline Robinson · Cake Making

147

Kristina Kjønigsen · Hush, Little Baby

155

Anne Malewski

january

157

1920s charleston

158

Tess O’Hara · To Slinky Duvet Days

159

Milanta Petkauskaite · Collage One

161

Haley Jenkins ·Greyscale

162

Megan Lewis · Some of Myself

163

Screenplays

Rosie King · A Picture of You

169

Jack Purkis · Audition #34

179

Nadia Elaissaoui · Eager for Eden

193

Creative Nonfiction

Cameron Turner · Those Aren’t Fireworks

205

Matthew Delicate · Etcetera

206

Max Blindell · Rules

209

Oana Liana Martisca · The City Between the Rivers

210

Lisa Gaultier · In Which Dragons Are Real But

219

 

Notes on Contributors

221

Fincham Press titles now available at The Hive!

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Fincham Press at The Hive: poster by Rudolf Ammann

We are pleased to officially announce that you can now buy Fincham Press titles at The Hive Café! The Hive Café is run by RSU and is situated in the heart of Digby Stuart College at the University of Roehampton.

The café serves fair trade coffee and food, as well as food grown on-campus through the Growhampton scheme. Fincham Press contributor and Hive employee Brad Cohen said that ‘the Hive Café is excited to support the local authors of Roehampton through stocking the Fincham Press anthologies. If you, like us, prefer your coffee with a side of literature, then come and pick up a copy.’

In short, The Hive is an ideal place to check out the entire Fincham Press catalogue!

 

The Rook: new journal for nonfiction stories

The Rook: masthead

The Rook anthology is a new collection of experimental and literary journalism that showcases innovative forms of non-fiction storytelling.

Why The Rook? Roehampton derives from the Old English, “the homestead of the rook”. Communal by nature, the Corvus frugilegus roosts in great numbers across our campus.

Propitiously, a gathering of rooks can be called a parliament, a clamour, or a storytelling. Rooks form a circle, in the middle of which a solitary bird caws, as if telling a story.

Our first anthology explores the theme “Citizens of Nowhere”. We are interested in submissions that explore Citizenship, National Identities, Place and Space, in response to the wider questions raised by Brexit, but we also want to extend the parameters of the debate. Possible submissions could include reportage from Brexitland, features on global citizenship or polemics on space and place. We are open to all subjects and submissions that respond to the theme.

We are calling for contributions from all of our university communities. Staff, students and alumni are encouraged to submit unpublished journalism of between 500 and 5000 words by September 1 2017 May 21, 2018.

We are open to submissions that explore the boundaries of journalism and encourage experimentation with form. We only ask for accuracy, veracity, and most of all, originality.

The Rook aims to build a community of lively writers from our corner of London.

Please respond to our call! Send an email to:

John Doyle – j.a.doyle (at) sussex.ac.uk
Juan Perez-Gonzalez – j.perez-gonzalez (at) roehampton.ac.uk