Published: 19 March 2014

Miriam Allott Visiting Writers Series begins


The Miriam Allott Visiting Writers Series begins on March 19 with a Journalism Showcase Event featuring writers from some of the UK’s most successful national publications.

The Observer’s Alice Fisher, alongside the Independent’s James Kidd and Hannah Duguid, will deliver insights into life working inside the fourth estate, describe the massive transformation the industry is undergoing as digital platforms explode and provide tips on how to get your foot in the door, as well as answering questions from the audience.

Two weeks later, on April 2, emerging international poets; Trinidadian, Vahni Capildeo; Kate Kilalea, from South Africa and French Indian, Karthika Nair will read their work and demonstrate the continuing strength of English language poetry among global writers in the 21st Century.

Following a pause for Easter, the programme will begin again on April 29, when multi award-winning poets and translators, Sujata Bhatt (India) and Michael Augustin (Germany) will read from their own work, at the same time as discussing the art of literary translation.

Those attending will have the opportunity to have their own questions answered during the live Q&A that follows.

The series wraps up on May 14 with International Slavery Museum and Centre for the Study of International Slavery collaboration. At a time yet to be confirmed, acclaimed writer, Carly Philips will read and discuss his latest work.

Organiser, Dr Sandeep Parmar, from the University of Liverpool’s Department of English said: “The Miriam Allott Visiting Writers Series presents international and local literary voices in the dynamic setting of the University’s School of the Arts.

“From hard-hitting journalists to highly-acclaimed novelists and poets, this series aims to engage with Liverpool’s vast cultural and literary heritage as an international city of grand dimensions. Literary pasts and futures will dramatically align—from Trinidad, to Paris, to India, to the mysterious world of London journalism and the postcolonial legacies of slavery.”

With the exception of the International Slavery Museum collaboration on May 14, each event takes place in the University’s School of the Arts Library, 19 Abercomby Square, from 5-6pm. A wine and cheese reception follows.

Admission is free, but booking is highly recommended. To secure your place visit or email

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