The Centre for Contemporary Literature is glad to announce that a new MA student-led reading group called Nocturnes is to start this January. It will be held on four dates (listed below) during Spring term 2019.

Nocturnes will be hosted by Orla Cubitt, a second-year, part-time student on the MA Contemporary Literature and Culture, and Azad Ashim who is a first year, part-time student on the MA Creative and Critical Writing.

The theme broadly connecting the selected texts is Contemporary Traumas, and covers issues including isolation, war, race and loss.

This group is open to MA students across the Arts and Humanities programmes so will benefit from a broad range of student voices beyond our individual seminar groups. We think this will be a really good opportunity to meet students from other courses and to share ideas and learning.

Please find the dates and texts listed below. All are to be held on Mondays at 7pm-8pm and with only two meetings either side of reading week, has been mindful of existing course loads.


Mon 21st Jan: Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Mon 4th Feb: The Corpse Exhibition by Hassan Blassim

Mon 25th Feb: Exit West by Moshin Hamid

Mon 11th March: A Little Dust on the Eyes by Minoli Salgado


Week One on Monday 21st Jan will be held in Room 218, 43 Gordon Square. Locations for the following dates are TBC.

For a PDF of Week Two's short story 'The Corpse Exhibition', please contact the organizers at:


We hope to see you there!

Best wishes,

Orla and Azad.


Image by Rory MacLeod, used under a CC BY 2.0 licence.

Author: CCL

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