14 June 2011
The Launch of Expat Magazine
On Monday 13 June, St Peter’s College launched its new literary magazine, Expat. Expat is something of an Oxford first: it is a collaboration between the Visiting Students and members of the Senior Common Room. The publication and its launch kicked off a series of celebrations that mark the 50th anniversary of St Peter’s progression, in 1961, from ‘Hall’ to full College status.
Co-edited by lecturer in English, Dr Tessa Roynon, and Harvard Visiting Student Erik Fredner (who also designed the magazine), Expat includes contributions from undergraduates at Barnard College, Columbia University and Georgetown, all of whom have spent this last year studying at St Peter’s. Submissions from the SCR are as varied as they are noteworthy: they include travel writing; historical memoir; poetry in both English and German; and a translation of a Russian song into French. Novelist Joanna Kavenna, the college’s writer in residence, has published her ‘Prologues to Unfinished Novels’ for the first time here; Professor Henry Mayr-Harting describes his mother’s experience on ‘The Last Train from Prague, 1939’; Dr Hanneke Grootenboer illuminates a hidden Ashmolean treasure in ‘Whispering Hazelnuts’; Dr Francis Warner recalls his childhood memories of the Blitz; Dr Claire Williams has translated an excerpt from Hélia Correia’s 2010 novel, Falling Ill (Adoecer); and the Master, Mark Damazer, writes on the subject of ‘American Space’. Di Speirs, who is the short fiction and drama editor for Radio 4, has written the Foreword.
The launch party took place in the sunlit garden of Canal House. After speeches from the Master and the editors, fifteen contributors to Expat read from their work to a gathering of alumni, honorary fellows, current students and academics, and to members of Oxford’s creative writing community at large. Please contact the development office at St Peter’s if you would like a copy of the magazine: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Media Coverage links below:
The Oxford Times review