Tag Archives: Alumni

Submission opportunity: Flash Fiction Magazine

14 Oct

Flash Fiction MagazineIt’s always great to hear what our alumni are up to, and former student Keely O’Shaughnessy has been in touch to share with current students a submission opportunity from the magazine she’s now working for. Flash Fiction Magazine is accepting submissions of 300-1000 word stories in any genre. There’s no payment for stories published on the website; however, they pay $40 per story accepted for their anthologies.¬†You can submit here.

It’s free to submit, they respond in 1-4 weeks, and the best story of the month wins $100. You can check out their website, follow them on Twitter @flashficmag, and find them on Facebook.

Good luck!



Former student Mantie Lister elected Bard of Exeter

15 Mar

Congratulations to Mantie Lister, a graduate of our BA in Creative Writing and English Literature, and our MA in Creative and Critical Writing. Mantie, who is head of English at St Peter’s School, has this week been elected the 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 ever Exeter Bard.

Graduates’ Publishing Successes

4 Sep

Me after you coverTime to catch up on some good news from the summer ūüôā

In February, we reported that¬†Lucie Brownlee, a graduate of the University of Gloucestershire Creative and Critical Writing MA, had sold her memoir,¬†Me After You,¬†to Virgin Books. ¬†Well, it was launched over the summer and it’s every bit as funny, tragic, and beautiful as her prize winning blog,¬†Wife After Death.¬†For those who don’t know,¬†Me After You¬†recounts Lucie’s life after the loss of her beloved husband, Mark, who died, aged just 37, as they were making love. The BBC’s Andrew Marr has described the book as ‘raw, riveting and beautifully written‚Ķmuch recommended’,¬†and it’s already among Waterstone’s hundred best selling non-fiction titles. You can get a copy online here or from any good bookshop (probably from some pretty bad bookshops too). It’s great!

Congratulations are also due to poet Adam Magee, who has recently graduated from our Creative Writing BA. ¬†Adam has had success with his poetry over the summer. First, he¬†had two poems published in Domestic Cherry anthology – his poems are brilliantly titled¬†‘Dear Diary I Hate Him More Than Sh*t-suit Stigmata’ and ‘Dream I am the Rake’. And yesterday his poem, ‘How to Bake Sooterkins’ was published by¬†Ink, Sweat & Tears.¬†You can read it online here.

And the fiction writers aren’t to be left out. Another graduate from our BA, Matthew Paul, has had success with two stories over the summer. Matthew, who’s now studying on our Creative and Critical Writing MA, has had a story accepted for the forthcoming¬†Pea River Journal,¬†and his flash fiction piece ‘Scratch the Skin Clean’ is available to read online from¬†Luna Luna.

Congratulations to all three authors! Remember, we always want to hear what our alumni are up to, so drop us a line at hi@newwriting.org

Graduate Lucie Brownlee signs global book deal with Virgin Books

26 Feb

Congratulations to University of Gloucestershire graduate Lucie Brownlee who has recently signed a major book deal to publish her memoir,¬†Me After You.¬†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 and won Best Personal Blog in the Blog North Awards. Now it’s the inspiration for Lucie’s memoir, Me After You.

Lucie BrownleeMe After You¬†charts Lucie’s first two years of widowhood. Kate Moore, Editorial Director of Virgin Books, said she was ‘blown away’ by the book proposal, while Lucie’s literary agent, Jemima Hunt (also a graduate of the University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing MA), told The Bookseller¬†she was ‘struck by the raw honesty, humour and perfect sense of timing.’

Lucie¬†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.¬†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.

Me After You will be published in July 2014.

UoG Creative Writing: Another student publishing success

13 Dec
Hugh Thomas

Hugh Thomas

Congratulations to Hugh Thomas who this year graduated from the Creative Writing BA at the University of Gloucestershire; on Wednesday, Hugh’s article on¬†Gustaf H√•kansson ‚Äď ‘the ‘steel grandpa’ who won a 1,000-mile bicycle race’ – was published by¬†The Guardian.¬†As one commenter wrote online, ‘what a delightful article, never heard of the chap or his achievement, imeasurably improved my day :)’

¬†If you’d like to read more of Hugh’s work, check out Lebensraum – a short story now available for free on Kindle. It’s a disturbing, darkly comic satire that just might make you want to kill your parents. If you enjoy it, be sure to leave a review.

Hugh’s work is also set to feature in Fire – the new University of Gloucestershire anthology of Creative Writing, which will be launched early in 2014.

Alumi News – keeping up with our poets

24 Sep

We’re always keen to hear what our graduates are up to – we miss you! – so if you studied creative writing at the University of Gloucestershire and have writing news to share in our alumni updates (or if you just want to say hi) drop us an email at alumni@newwriting.org. Meanwhile, here’s news of what some former students are up to on the poetry front:

liberatedwordslogoMA students were treated at induction to a brilliant poetry film, There is Nothing in the Garden, made by Helen Dewberry and UoG MA graduate Chaucer Cameron. The good news is that there’s more of their work showing soon at the Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival, on National Poetry Day – Thursday, 3rd October. The bad news is that the festival’s in Bristol, at the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts. But if you live in Bristol, or fancy visiting for the day, Chaucer and Helen will be screening three films as part of the festival: The Shipwright‚Äôs Love Song, Take Me to the City, and Sloat Thrit.

lesley-ingramOn the subject of poetry, thanks and congratulations to the latest additions to our alumni hall of fame: Lesley Ingram and Anna Saunders. Lesley is a graduate from the University of Gloucestershire MA in Creative and Critical Writing. 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.

anna-saundersMeanwhile, Anna Saunders, also an MA graduate, has written two collections of poetry and launched a poetry festival. Her first collection, Communion, published by Wild Conversations Press was praised for its ‚Äėlush imagery and music‚Äô by Nigel McLoughlin and as ‚Äėmoving poems of flesh and spirit, from ears‚Ķfinely tuned‚Äô, by Alison Brackenbury. Anna‚Äôs second collection, Struck, will be available from Pindrop Press in March 2014. Struck has been described as ‚Äėa bold and beautiful collection‚Äô by Flarestack author David Clarke and as full of ‚Äėdazzling and intoxicating images‚Äô by award winning poet James Knox Whittet. Anna is also the founder and executive director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival, which was described as a ‚Äėtriumph‚Äô when it was launched, and which continues to go from strength to strength.