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UoG Creative Writers’ Successful Autumn

1 Nov
Flash fiction literature Crawl

Bewigged students read flash fictions at Libertine’s Barbers Shop

It’s been a busy Autumn for the Creative Writing staff and students at UoG – go team! The new academic year started with the Cheltenham Literature Festival and for the second year in a row, students did an amazing job performing flash fictions as part of the LitCrawl. The quirky show involved visitors hearing private readings of micro-fiction from bewigged performers in a barbers shop. Different!

And our course’s involvement with the Festival was cemented by drama lecturer Miranda Walker who, as this year’s Writer in Residence, starred in a range of events, including a Writing Funny workshop at Parabola Arts Centre, the Young Writers Showcase, and the Famous Five Story Trail. She also wrote the brilliant Wishing Fish Clock picture book, which sold out at its launch! (It’s on general sale, available in Regent’s Arcade and Waterstone’s, from November 11th).

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Cover for Miranda’s Wishing Fish Clock picture book

Speaking of dramatists, huge congratulations are also due to one of our alumni, Chloe Biggs, who recently won the BBC Essex Playwright of the Year Competition. Her winning play was broadcast on the radio – go Chloe!

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Cover for Angela’s poetry collection, The Hill

The poets have been busy too. Lecturer Angela France won an Arts Council Grant to tour the UK with her new collection, The Hill, which was published by Nine Arches Press in July. The book has already garnered critical acclaim, with Sheenagh Pugh writing “Everyone knows somewhere like the Hill, though few could memorialise it with such verbal energy. Exuberant, controlled, angry, elegiac, this is a poetry of landscape, politics, witness.”

Congratulations are also due to recent graduate Charlotte Appleby and current student George Helder who both had poems published in Ink, Sweat and Tears this August. And huge congratulations to two of our new first year poets: Caroline Juskus and Callie Walsh have both published poems on I Am Not A Silent Poet. I’m sure there will be many more successes to come from this bright year group!

Speaking of bright, well done to 2nd-year student Carol Hilton who has won an Ede and Ravenscroft Scholarship in a university-wide competition recognizing outstanding academic achievement. And there is exciting news from one of our MA students, Carina Mitchell, who is launching her Vineleaves Publishing business with a short story competition – more to come on that soon!

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Carol Hilton and other scholarship recipients with staff at Park Campus

Last but not least, the prose writers have been busy too. Lania Knight is celebrating the UK release of her brilliant first novel, Three Cubic Feet. You can get it here! Senja Andrejevic-Bullock, a drama lecturer wearing her prose hat, has published her short story ‘The Party’ at Storgy Magazine.

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Cover for 2nd Edition of Three Cubic Feet

And it’s only fitting that we should end by celebrating the achievements of our newest member of staff, Bea Hitchman. Bea has recently been one of the judges, along with Philip Hensher no less, for the Bath Spa Flash Fiction competition ‘A Place in Words’, which challenged entrants to write a novel in 25 words. The competition attracted more than 1500 entrants from all over the world, and the prize was awarded by Jeremy Irons at a special ceremony at the London Library. Bea has also written a chapter for a forthcoming book on Sylvia Plath, ‘Plath in Context’, to be published by Cambridge Uni Press in 2018, discussing lesbian contexts for The Bell Jar (there are, she informs us, a surprising number). Congratulations to everyone!

Remember that it makes us incredibly happy to hear good news, so if you have a success to share please drop a line to mjohnstone@ you know the rest.

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UoG Student Dramatic Writing Showcase at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

3 May

It’s certainly a busy time of year for Creative Writing students here at UoG; this week, not only are lecturers and students contributing to various events at the poetry festival (check out our blog post below), but our second year dramatic writing students are having their plays showcased at the renowned Everyman Theatre.  The pieces have been developed under the tutelage of lecturer Miranda Walker, in collaboration with industry professionals at the Everyman, as part of our 2nd year module, HM5103: Advanced Drama.  The cold readings will be performed by professional actors, and are open to tutors, fellow students and the public – though places are going fast, so you’ll need to book a seat soon!  The performances are on Thursday May 4th from 2.30-4.30 p.m., and Friday May 5th from 3-5 p.m. in the Everyman’s Studio space.  Anybody interested in grabbing a seat, please email Miranda asap at mwalker7@glos.ac.uk.

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UoG Student and Staff Achievements

9 Mar

Creative Writing students and staff here at UoG have been busy this semester, and it’s high time we caught up with some of their recent achievements.  First up,  MA student Rachel Clements has had a new story, ‘Nostalgia Café’,  accepted over at Popshot magazine.  The story, developed as part of her MA coursework, will appear in April.  Secondly, undergraduate student Amy Wright has landed a position writing freelance articles for SelectSpecs’ online magazine.  You can check out her recent articles on what eyewear to wear on a Valentine’s Day date, or Meryl Streep’s impeccable style and specs.

Our teaching team has had recent successes, too.  Dramatic Writing lecturer and author Senja Andrejevic has had a new short story, ‘Theotokos’, published over at The Scrutiny Journal. The magic realist piece is based on a Serbian legend and can be read here.  Our Undergraduate Course  Leader Tyler Keevil has also had a new story published, over at Somesuch Stories, which can be read here (though be warned: this one’s not for the squeamish!); in addition, Tyler recently won the Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ prize, in the non-fiction category.  His winning piece, ‘Swarf’, is about a workplace accident at a factory in Mid Wales, and will appear in their spring issue.

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Last but certainly not least, Dramatic Writing lecturer Miranda Walker has been commissioned by CBBC to write on Series 4 of TV sketch show Diddy TV, starring Ted Robbins with Dick and Dom.  In the show, Dick and Dom are the producers and presenters of their own appallingly bad TV channel, bankrolled by Larry Weinsteinberger (Ted Robbins).  Each Diddy TV episode also features a guest star, such as Reece Shearsmith (Psychoville, Inside No 9, League of Gentlemen).

Miranda is having a great time writing TV show parodies!  Series 4 will be transmitted in 2018, but Series 3 goes out this month.  You can check out the trailer here:

Miranda Walker’s New Version of the Secret Garden Is Officially Launched

15 Nov

UoG Creative Writing lecturer Miranda Walker recently launched her latest work: a new graphic-text version of The Secret Garden, created in collaboration with artist Zosia Dzierzawska.  Miranda’s colleagues, students, and many members of the public attended the launch at Waterstones in Cheltenham, where they were treated to a performed reading by actors from The Everyman and a Q&A session with Miranda.  The book is perfect for young readers and can be picked up at your local Waterstones or online, at the place we don’t name.  Here’s the official press release, which sums it up perfectly…

The Secret Garden as you have never seen it before…

When Mary goes to live with her uncle, she discovers a secret, locked garden.  Will she ever find the way in – and what other secrets does Misselthwaite Manor hold?

This stunning new graphic text adaptation, written by Miranda Walker, illustrated by Zosia Dzierzawska and published by Oxford University Press, is an exciting fresh take on the much-loved children’s classic.  

It is part of a unique new series of Project X graphic texts, which hold great appeal for today’s young readers.  Alongside, graphic texts are an effective way for children to achieve higher-level reading comprehension including inference, challenging vocabulary, critical thinking and visual literacy.