Goldsmiths Writers' Centre Events Archive

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30 September 2020
The New Statesman / Goldsmiths Prize Lecture: Bernardine Evaristo

7 October 2020
Independent publishing today: Unbound and Galley Beggar Press

14 October 2020
Poetry with Mimi Khalvati, Ali Lewis and Ella Duffy

21 October 2020
exploring writing and publication from the novelist’s and editor’s perspective

28 October 2020
Experiments in Love.
New books by Luiza Sauma and Sophie Ward tell stories of love and loss across the universe. They discuss their philosophy and process

4 November 2020
Alan Davies on memoir, trauma, adolescence and adulthood

11 November 2020
Cross-cultural poetics, modernity and myth

18 November 2020
An evening with Adam Mars-Jones

25 November 2020
Brave New Words: Wasafiri after 35 Years

2 December 2020
Why women read fiction

9 December 2020
An evening with Inua Ellams, Maia Elsner & Phoebe Stuckes with Poetry London

15 January 2020

Goldsmiths Shorts with Momtaza Mehri, Will Jamieson and Bron Burgess

The Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2019: Lucy Ellman

7-8.30 pm LG01

22 January 2020

Science Fiction and Fantasy with Edward Cox and Emma Newman 

Pat Kavanagh Award prize readings and award presentation

6.30-8.30 pm RHB 137a

29 January 2020

Poetry, with Mimi Khalvati, Peter Daniels and Cathy Galvin

5 February 2020

First novels: Marina Kemp, Livia Franchini and Karen Raney;

12 February 2020

Elizabeth Day and Josh Cohen on work, leisure and failure

Eley Williams reading from her novel, PSH LG01, 7pm

18 March 2020

Michal Shavit and Ana Fletcher: how publishing works, plus Evie Wyld on her new novel

25 March 2020

Wasafiri after 35 years, with Susheila Nasta, Anthony Joseph and Winnie Li

Goldfish Anthology launch night
7pm -10pm PSH LG01
booking required


16 January 2019 
Pat Kavanagh Awards - Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, 6pm

23 January 2019 
Zaffar Kunial and Kathryn Maris read their poems

30 January 2019
Steve McGann on linking family history to science - and the joys of an archive

6 February 2019
Rebecca Stott and George Szirtes on life writing

13 February 2019
Claire Adam and Lavinia Greenlaw talk about their new novels

27 February 2019
Tom Sykes and Maureen Freely on travel writing

6 March 2019
Historical novelist Emma Darwin and biographer Robert Fraser on their new experiments in non-fiction

13 March 2019
Eva Salzman and Sophie Collins read their poetry (RHB 304)

20 March 2019
From Idea to Publication, with Tracey Mathias, Molly Ker Hawn and Linas Alsenas: the author, agent and editor of the young adult political thriller Night of the Party discuss how they worked together to bring this Brexit-inspired story to readers (RHB 304)

27 March 2019
Writing for social or political change, with Nicci Gerrard and Jason Cowley, from 5pm RHB137
An evening with Hisham Matar in conversation with Blake Morrison from 6.30pm, Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre.

16 October 2019
Norma Clarke and Alice Jolly: memoir versus fiction

23 October 2019
The new life writing: Jenn Ashworth and Katherine Angel

30 October 2019
Short fiction, with Joe Dunthorne, Xanthi Barker and Max Sydney-Smith 

4 November 2019
Reading week

13 November 2019
Michael Rosen: the roots of writing

20 November 2019
Poetry and autobiography: Jane Clarke and Anne-Marie Fyfe

27 November 2019
Gollancz authors Emma Newman and Edward Cox discuss sci-fi and fantasy. 

5 December 2019 (Thursday)
Indigenous Australian writer Tony Birch talks to Deirdre Osborne

11 December 2019
Poetry London: a reading with Ella Frears, Stephen Sexton and Theresa Lola


  • 15 May 2017 Charlotte Salomon Study Day, in collaboration with Visual Cultures and the Women's Art Library.
  • 18 May 2017 The Life Writing Prize launched by Spread the Word, in collaboration with Goldsmiths. 
  • 24 May 2017 Poetry reading with the ever-entertaining and thought-provoking Patience Agbabi.
  • All events are in RHB137, except for the Goldsmiths Prize-related events at 7pm , which will take place in the New Academic Building (Professor Stuart Hall Building).
  • 11 January 2017, 6pm - Pat Kavanagh Prize readings and award presentation
  • 18 January 2017, 5pm - Jenny Lewis and Mark Edmondson on poetry and film
  • 25 January 2017, 5pm - Ros Barber and Suzy Joinson discuss their recent novels 6.30pm - Goldsmiths Prize-winner Mike McCormack on his novel Solar Bones
  • 1 February 2017, 5pm - a panel discussion on the issues and opportunities in the children/teen book industry, with novelist Sara Grant, literary agents Polly Nolan and Felicity Drew, and fiction publisher Sam Smith from Scholastic.
  • 8 February 2017, 5pm - Michael Rosen on his new book about Emile Zola
  • 15 February 2017 Reading Week
  • 22 February 2017, 5pm - reading from and launch part for Mariana Swann's book on Bolivia  7pm - Rachel Cusk
  • 1 March 2017, 5pm - Goldsmiths MA CW graduate Luiza Sauma on her new novel
  • 8 March 2017, 5pm - Ross Raisin on his new novel
  • 15 March 2017, 5pm - Where do creative writing students go when they've finished their MAs? A discussion with the newly founded Ink Academy7pm - George Saunders
  • 22 March 2017, 5pm - An hour of poetry, with Nick Makoha and Black Metic


  • 14 January, 6pm: Pat Kavanagh Prize readings and presentation
  • 21 January, 5pm: Marion Coutts on her memoir The Iceberg
  • 28 January, 6pm: Ali Smith on her fiction
  • 4 February, 5pm: Poet and crime writer John Harvey reflects on his career
  • 25 February, 6pm: Adam Thirlwell on fiction
  • 4 March, 6pm: PhD creative writing students Jennifer Nadel and Kate Norbury on their newly published books, RHB 137
  • 9 March, 6pm: Goldfish website launch and readings, Foyles, Charing Cross Road
  • 11 March, 6pm: Will Self talks about his work
  • 19 March, 5pm: Lit Live!, Peckham Pelica poetry reading
  • 25 March, 5pm: Publishing, self-publishing, e-publishing and crowd-funding: a panel discussion, RHB 137
  • 7-8 May, Gabriel Josipovici: (conference)
  • 20 May, (conference)


  • 23 January: James Kelman. Podcast excerpts: Short stories (MP3 download), Mo Said She Was Quirky, In Conversation
  • 20 February: Geoff Dyer
  • 13 March: Ali Smith
  • 12 June: Podcast excerpt 
  • 6 November: Shortlist Readings
  • 25 November: Laurence Sterne Tercentenary 1713-2013