|The journal cover page done by illustrator Ollie Hayes.|
Check out his webcomic here - http://badpudding.com
And his illustrations here - http://www.hayesillustration.co.uk
On Wednesday 18th of October, past and present University of Sheffield English Literature MA and PhD students, along with MFA students from the Ohio State University Creative Writing program, will join together to launch the online journal, Cicatrice. Made up of prose, poetry and creative non-fiction, Cicatrice imagines the inhospitable landscapes which are traversed across cultures and eras. We would like to invite you to the launch event taking place in Jessop West, Room G03, from 18:00 onwards on the 18th of October, where there will be readings, wine, snacks, and a particularly special, possibly cat related, quiz with prizes.
Cicatrice takes its name from the Latin meaning scar; it is a haunting reminder of past wounds that will never heal. The journal’s theme is inspired by the scars, both physical and mental, a world can create. These creative pieces delve into the harsh environments the personae become trapped in, sometimes unwittingly, or construct for others. They are the extremes of their worlds in which nothing, and no one, can grow, and eventually become scars on the landscape. Cicatrice brings together these cruel environments in a clash of cities, countries and centuries.
Over the past year, our MA class at the University of Sheffield has looked at the theory and practice of writing prose and poetry, as well as the creation of elements such as form and convention, and structure and perspective. Within our second semester, the focus was placed on world building which allowed us to grow and develop an idea through workshops in order to create a fully realised world, characters, and narrative. Cicatrice is the culmination of this work, alongside PhD students and MFA students from Ohio State University, giving us the chance to show off our freshly honed talents within a journal of our own.
We would like to welcome you to our launch event on the 18th of October in Jessop West, Room G.03 from 18:00 onwards.