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University of Alberta Press Author Invited on Writing Retreat Led by UK Poet Laureate

Michelle Smith, whose book dear Hermes… was launched by UAP this spring, was recently invited to participate in a week-long writing retreat led by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Poetry Wales editor Robert Minhinnick. She and thirteen other poets from across Britain and Ireland were selected to participate in the retreat after Duffy and Minhinnick had reviewed over sixty portfolios of writing.

“I nearly fell off of my chair when I received the message telling me to I had been chosen,” Smith remarked. “It was an amazing honour.”

The retreat itself, held at Moniack Mhor, Scotlandwas intense, with creative workshops designed to generate new poems being run in the mornings and rigorous editing of existing poems being held in the afternoons. In the evenings, there were readings by Minhinnick, Duffy (with music provided by John Sampson), and the students themselves. Smith began work on an exciting new collection, and was inspired by meeting the other poets on the course.

“Writers necessarily work in in isolation a lot of the time, so having a sense of community is very, very important. It was an intense, exhilarating, and sometimes terrifying week… exactly what a writer needs.”

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Narratives of Citizenship has been nominated for the Book category in the 50 Books 50 Covers Competition, celebrating book design. The Design Observer is sponsoring the show. Its editors will comprise a jury to review the nominations and to select the 50 best books and 50 best covers published during 2011. While there are quite a few books and covers that the selectors have to review, designer Alan Brownoff is really pleased to have one of his designs nominated. And if the book makes it into the final show, it would be exceptional.

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