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York St John hosts vibrant York Literature Festival line-up

Published: 14 March 2019

York Literature Festival

As a proud sponsor of York Literature Festival, York St John is delighted to be hosting the festival launch with Man Booker Prize shortlisted writer Daisy Johnson on Thursday 14 March. Daisy is the youngest writer ever to be shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. She will discuss her debut novel Everything Under, which turns classical myth on its head and takes readers to a modern-day England unfamiliar to most.

The Festival also includes events hosted by award-winning writers and academics at York St John University. Professor Abi Curtis will chair a sell-out panel event where the audience will have the opportunity to ask five top UK editors and agents those all-important questions about how to get published. Abi Curtis is a Professor of Creative Writing at York St John University and has won an Eric Gregory Award and Somerset Maugham Award for her poetry collections, The Glass Delusion and Unexpected Weather. 

Dr Naomi Booth, award-winning fiction writer and Subject Director for Creative Writing at York St John, will explore the maternal experience through readings and discussion with vibrant new writers who re-present their experience with insight, honesty and artistry.

Commenting on the Festival Naomi said: “We’re delighted to be working with the York Literature Festival again this year to provide an exciting and diverse programme of events. The Festival has everything from cutting-edge poetry to politics and historical fiction – and a whole day devoted to speculative fiction on our York St John campus.”

Experience the darkly magical poetry of York St John lecturer Dr Rebecca Tamás at the launch of her highly anticipated debut collection WITCH. Rebecca’s collection of poetry explores the hidden histories of woman; her triumphs, fears, oppressions and strength, through the symbolic lens of the witch archetype and launches on the pagan festival of the Spring Equinox.

The Festival will also see York St John Creative Writing students showcase their work to a public audience for the first time. Full details of all events in the York Literature Festival line-up can be found at

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