Alumni

Since so many of our current and ex-students are making headway (and headlines) in the publishing industry, we thought it only fitting that we at U of G start celebrating their achievements.  Thus, we’ve created a separate alumni page, reserved for those graduates of our BA, MA, or PhD programmes who have gone on to bigger and better things. This is our hall of fame, our wall of honour.  We expect many more of our current students to join them in the future.  Who knows?  The next one just might be you…

phil-bownePhilip Bowne recently graduated with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire. In the UK, his short fiction has been published by The Lampeter Review, Sein und Werden,and Birkbeck University’sWriters’ Hub, and his short story ‘Cows Can’t Jump’ was selected as one of ten winners of the Stroud Short Stories competition. In the US, his short story ‘Forget-Me-Not’ won the Bartleby Snopes short fiction competition, and his work has appeared in other publications such as WORK, Gravel, BlazeVOX, The Atticus Review, and the Maple Tree Literary Supplement, in Canada. He has worked as a travel writer on a month long InterRail blog for Endsleigh which detailed his experiences travelling around Europe.The Guardian published his account of his trip in November 2014. Phil is in the process of writing his first novel and works as social media manager on the OnlineWritingTips website.

Chaucer-J-Cameron-300x270Chaucer Cameron is a poet based in Cheltenham who holds an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Gloucestershire. Her work has been published in The Stare’s Nest, The Interpreter’s House, Quest Gallery Catalogue, Haigaonline, amaryllis poetry online, and she has had poetry and monologues dramatized at The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham.  Her poetry films have been screened at festivals in Cheltenham, Bristol, and Swindon, and at the Arnolfini as part of Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival. She is a founder member of PF, a poetry group based in Gloucestershire.

Lucie Brownlee

 Lucie Brownlee holds an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Gloucestershire, and while studying at UoG her story ‘T-Shirt Weather’ was shortlisted for The Guardian Short Story Prize. In 2012 she tragically lost her husband and courageously began recording her experiences in her award-winning blog, Wife After Death. Often heart-breaking, Wife After Death also sparkles with humour and intelligence. After winning Best Personal Blog in the Blog North Award, Lucie signed a major book deal with Virgin Books to publish her memoir, Me After You. She currently runs creative writing classes for young authors and is in the early stages of a PhD. She has published many articles, including for The Independent, and is represented by literary agent Jemima Hunt – a fellow graduate of the University of Gloucestershire’s Creative and Critical Writing MA.

Dr Angela France is the author of three poetry collections, and her many achievements include winning the Lightship International Poetry Prize. Her poetry collections are Lessons in Mallemaroking (Nine Arches Press), Occupation (Ragged Raven Press), and her new collection, Hide, which Dave Morley described as “a book of wisdom, dignity and first witness” that “offers poems of scrutiny and strength of character.” Angela also runs a monthly live poetry event in Cheltenham, ‘Buzzwords’, and has had poems published in a number of poetry journals and anthologies. She holds an MA in Creative and Critical Writing and in 2015 she completed a PhD. Today, she combines teaching poetry and pedagogy at the University of Gloucestershire with working for a local youth charity.

Lesley IngramLesley Ingram was born in Yorkshire, England and rediscovered her love of writing poetry when she abandoned her career in IT to move to France to teach EFL in 2000. She now lives in Ledbury. She has recently completed a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire where she will begin a PhD in Autumn 2013. She has been published in various places including Mslexia, The Flea, Dead Ink, iota, Under the Radar, Writers Abroad and Angle and her first collection will be published by Cinnamon Press in 2015. She won the 2013 Ludlow Fringe Poetry competition.

DDJohnston1compressedDD Johnston wrote his first novel, Peace, Love, and Petrol Bombs, while studying for an MA at the University of Gloucestershire, and his second novel, The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub, while studying for a PhD. Peace, Love, and Petrol Bombs was a Sunday Herald book of the year in 2011, while The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub was a 2013 book of the year in The Morning Star, who described it as ‘a determinedly extraordinary novel.’ He is also the author of a Bridport Prize shortlisted story, ‘The Invitation’. Today he is part of the teaching staff at The University of Gloucestershire, where he was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2013. His third novel, The Secret Baby Room, was published by Barbican Press in 2015. He was recently described by The Morning Star as “the best left-wing fiction author around.”

Mantie Lister

Mantie Lister is a graduate of our BA in Creative Writing and English Literature, and our MA in Creative and Critical Writing. Mantie, whose poems have also appeared in a number of print journals, excels as a performance poet, and in 2015 she was elected Bard of Exeter. According to ancient tradition, the town of Exeter is allowed to elect a Bard to serve for a term of one year and one day, and at 27 Mantie is believed to be the youngest Exeter Bard ever elected. Mantie teaches at St Peter’s School in Lympstone, where she is head of English.

Dr Kayleigh Moore is a proud MA graduate of U of G’s Creative Writing programme, and her studies culminated in a doctoral thesis investigating her creative process behind writing violence.  She has had several short stories published, as well as two novellas.  Her latest, ‘Dolls’ (2012), was written during her BA and is set in the world of fetish, bondage, S&M and consensual torture.  ‘Monster Porn’ (2011), Kayleigh’s MA dissertation, is set in a particularly dark underbelly of the American pornography industry.  In addition to her writing successes, Kayleigh has taught prose and poetry to university students and secondary school pupils.  She is a member of NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) and continues to present papers on transgressive theory and the bodily grotesque at conferences throughout the UK. Today she is part of the teaching staff at the University of Gloucestershire.

Anna SaundersAnna Saunders recently completed a Masters in Creative and Critical Writing at The University of Gloucestershire. Since beginning the course she has written two collections of poetry and launched a poetry festival. Her first collection, Communion, published by Wild Conversations Press was praised for its ‘lush imagery and music’ by Nigel McLoughlin and as ‘moving poems of flesh and spirit, from ears…finely tuned’, by Alison Brackenbury. Anna’s second collection, Struck, will be available from Pindrop Press in March 2014. Struck has been described as ‘a bold and beautiful collection’ by Flarestack author David Clarke and as full of ‘dazzling and intoxicating images’ by award winning poet James Knox Whittet. Anna is also the founder and executive director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival. The festival was described as a ‘triumph’ when it was launched and as ‘a remarkable festival – an exemplum for all poetry and literary festivals’ by author Jonathan Taylor. Anna also runs regular poetry night ‘Well Versed’ and works as a creative writing mentor.

daniel-slumanDaniel Sluman studied his undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Writing qualifications at the University of Gloucestershire. He is the author of two poetry collections, Absence Has a Weight of Its Own and The Terrible, and has previously held editorial roles at Dead Ink, Iota, and the award-winning disability anthology FTW: Poets against Atos.  He has received wide critical acclaim for his work and was named one of the Top 5 British Poets to Watch in 2015 by the Huffington Post.

 

Lucy Tyler HeadshotLucy Tyler holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire and an M.Phil in playwriting from Birmingham University. Her plays, which have been performed in London, Berlin, and New York, include The Operators, which in summer 2011 ran in Washington to critical acclaim, and The Measurements of a Murderer, which has recently been anthologised in Scenes for a Diverse World (ICWP Press). Lucy’s recent creative and critical projects have explored psychogeography and the social construction of space. In 2012 she was commissioned by Paine’s Plough to write and perform a play about Cheltenham as part of a ‘theatrical tapestry’ of the UK. She also founded Eleven Places Theatre Company, whose experimental play The Recipe for Belonging was performed in January 2013. Most recently, she and Eleven Places collaborated with Dreamshed Theatre Company to produce Places I Remember – a trilogy of plays about space that ran at The Everyman Theatre in June 2014. Her critical work includes studies of Virginia Woolf and outdoor theatre, work on Debbie tucker green, and studies of institutional dramaturgy. Lucy is currently Lecturer in Performance Practices and Industries at the University of Reading.

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