The Psyche Supermarket book launch!

Brunel’s second short story anthology by Creative Writing students.

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BOOK LAUNCH 11th March 2015, 7pm, Antonin Artaud building.

Book launch will be part of Arts @ Artaud.

EVERYBODY WELCOME

Advanced Bookings: brunelanthology@gmail.com

BOOKS will be ON SALE at £5 each.

Load your shopping trolley with a supermarket full of characters: some deranged and others (almost) normal. These innovative, risk-taking writers have created a supermarket full of stories that explore the world we live in and pick apart the human psyche. Explore death, madness, nightmares and dysfunctional behaviour through stories that are not afraid to show a dark reflection of our world. Discover the inner workings of a nineteenth century ‘freak show’, hear about the horror of supermarkets when you are anorexic, learn the best ways to kill off your pesky husband and meet the man who transports semen for a living!

See you at the checkout!

 Writers

Munifah Alwi, Lauren Anderson, Marie-Teresa Hanna, Fatin Haris, Jonathan Harris, Grace Hill, Thu-Ha Hong, Marsha Hutchinson, Shrai Jamwal, Oliver Jarvis, Verity Jones, Hadiyah Khan, Esther Lewis, Natasha Madahar, Mafaal Faal-Mason, Kate McKim, Aidan Milan, Lena Mistry, Kelly Pells, Mehdi Punjwani, Tyrone Rajapaksa, James Schubert, Halimat Shode, Cara Sullivan, Katijah Wellings Thomas, Ziyue Wen, Thomas Willett, Erica Wilson, Chris Winn.

Interviews from The Psyche Supermarket: Kelly Pells

Kelly Pells is an English with Creative Writing student here at Brunel University.

What writer(s) influenced you most and why?

I’m influenced by historical writers like Karen Maitland and Philippa Gregory. They manage to capture a sense of history in their stories, transporting you to a different time and place, whilst also creating characters that you can relate to.

What’s your favourite genre and why?

My favourite genre is historical fiction because it’s a chance for escapism. For a little while you can lose yourself in a story that takes you away from all the stresses of everyday life.

Can you give us a brief insight into your writing process?

Usually I’ll spend some time brainstorming ideas because I like to know what the ending will be before I start writing. If it’s a short story, I’ll get the first draft done fairly quickly just so that I have a foundation to work with, before I go back and make it into something worth reading.

What are your interests when you’re not writing?

I’m part of the dance club at Brunel and it’s proved a great distraction from the stresses of university work. When I’m not working on coursework or reading something for lectures, I’m usually dancing in the Isambard studio.

You can read Kelly’s short story, alongside many others, in the ‘The Psyche Supermarket’ released on the 11th of March.

You can also find her on Twitter at @PellsKelly

Interviews from The Psyche Supermarket: Katijah Wellings Thomas

Katijah Wellings Thomas is a Game Design and Creative Writing student here at Brunel University.

What writer(s) influenced you most and why?

The writers that most influenced me were William Nicholson, Malorie Blackman and Mark Robson because their stories were contextual. The different worlds they wrote about came to life and were completely believable.

Can you give us a brief insight into your writing process?

My writing processes have changed substantially during my time at university and I’m still approaching creative writing from different angles all the time. Usually, my most inspiring ideas come to me at times I’m not looking for them. I try to develop my stories slowly and consistently over periods of time so the overall feel doesn’t alter too much.

What are your interests when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing I’m playing the piano or trampolining. I’m a part-time coach at a trampolining club and really enjoy teaching others. I find it fulfilling to keep busy with different sports; this year I’ve taken up pole dancing, swimming and yoga.

What do you want to do after university?

I want to do a post graduate course in writing the novel before I leave university and then get some good experience within game or other creative industries, hopefully publishing some good pieces of work I’m truly proud of. In the long term I hope to do a PhD and become a lecturer in one of those fields.

You can read Katijah’s short story, alongside many others, in The Psyche Supermarket released on the 11th of March.

You can also find her portfolio at https://katijah.carbonmade.com/

Interviews from The Psyche Supermarket: Thomas Willett

Thomas Willett is an English Literature with Creative Writing student here at Brunel University.

What writer(s) influenced you most and why?

After attending a recent reading event, Thomas Glave has been a big inspiration. I admire his ability to articulate controversial and painful topics of sexuality and repression in a way that strikes the reader to their core. His writing is not only hard-hitting, but also beautifully infused with imagery, which produces an original and striking voice; this is what I want to achieve.

What are you currently reading (or what was the last thing you read)?

Due to studying English Literature I read a lot of different works over the course of a term. Academically, I am currently reading Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and have just read Affinity by Sarah Waters. The last book I read in my own time was American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

Can you give us a brief insight into your writing process?

Honestly, a lot of procrastination. Until I have a strong concept I will often do other work or activities; I find that inspiration often hits when I am not concentrating on what to write. When I have overcome my writers block I will often write brief notes on the plot and create a few character biographies; these often change dramatically from my first ideas as I get down to writing.

What are your interests when you’re not writing?

Music is my main interest: I have played the flute for about nine years now and have played in a variety of orchestras and wind bands. Currently, I am a member of the Brunel Film Orchestra and Choir and part of its committee.

You can read Thomas’ short story, alongside many others, in The Psyche Supermarket released on the 11th of March.

You can also find him on Twitter at @JustAScribbler

Interviews for The Psyche Supermarket: Shrai Jamwal

Shrai Jamwal is currently in his third year at Brunel University doing Games Design and Creative Writing.

What writer(s) influenced you most and why?

I have always admired the work of Gabriel García Marquez, Aldous Huxley, Isabelle Allende and Harper Lee. These writers always play with characters and ideas in a distinct way, whether it be with a Latin American flair or through introspective perceptions of reality. I have always found those aspects interesting and enjoyable to read.

What’s your favourite genre and why?

That’s a hard one. It would have to be historical fiction, magic realism or bildungsroman. These genres tend to involve a sense of wonder, displacement and imagination that allow the narrative to be expressed in creative and whimsical ways.

Can you give us a brief insight into your writing process?

I usually start of by thinking of a scenario, whether it be an observation a character will make, a point of distinct change or the climax, which forms the base of my story. I try to build the characters with certain traits that make them individualistic and then try to assemble the story with them. Sometimes it doesn’t work, but mostly it helps start the physical process of writing.

What do you want to do after university?

I am really interested in a career in the media industry, whether it be in games, publishing or video entertainment. I would love to work with like-minded individuals in a creative environment.

You can read Shrai’s short story, alongside many others, in The Psyche Supermarket released on the 11th of March.

You can also find him on Twitter at @shrai_j

Get ready for Brunel’s second short story anthology: ‘The Psyche Supermarket’

Last year Dr. Bernadine Evaristo and a team of Creative Writing students brought us ‘The Voices Inside Our Heads’, Brunel’s first anthology of student-written short stories and thanks to its success, they’ve decided to do it again this year!

‘The Psyche Supermarket’ will introduce readers to yet another wave of young and creative student writers. There’s no boundary on what they can write which, mixed with their variety of backgrounds and personalities, will make for an eclectic collection of stories that range from the colourful to the downright bizarre. Love, comedy, fear and intrigue; these are just a few of the things you can expect to find down the aisle of ‘The Psyche Supermarket’!

The anthology will also be edited by a student team consisting of BA students Marie-Teresa Hanna, Kate McKim, Kelly Pells, Chris Winn and MA students Emma Jeremy and Romany Stott (who were also editors on the first anthology).

The launch of the anthology will be on the 11th of March at 7pm in the Antonin Artaud building as part of the monthly Arts @ Artaud event. As well as selection of readings from students in the anthology there will also other performances, not to mention the possibility of free wine. At some point in the night the anthology will go on sale at £5 but you’ll have to be quick because there’s a limited supply!

Something like this is a great opportunity for an aspiring writer and it deserves all the support it can get so please, if you get the chance to, drop by for a drink and watch some amazing new talent being showcased, maybe even grab a copy of the anthology.

For more updates on the anthology then check out the official Twitter account @CWBrunel or look no further than this blog where we’ll be hosting daily interviews with the writers featured in ‘The Pysche Supermarket’ starting the 16th of February!

Hope to see you there.

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