Friday 6 October 2023

Welcome and New Academic Year News 2023


Welcome to all our new BA, MA and PhD Creative Writing students, and welcome back to all our current students. We thought it might be a good time to share some news from Creative Writing students and staff. 

General News

Firstly, congratulations to all MA Creative Writing students who completed their course in mid-September - it's a huge achievement.

Our blog, Everybody's Reviewing, has now had 300,000 readers. Thanks to all - our editors, reviewers, readers and authors - involved. Creative Writing at Leicester has had over 180,000 readers. 

The results to this year's Joe Orton Creative Writing Competition are now out. This year's joint winners were Hazel Morpurgo and Amelie Houseago, and the runner-up was Chloe Howe. You can read more here.

New Walk Editions, which is co-edited by Associate Professor Nick Everett, will be publishing two new pamphlets in early November, Derron Sandy’s The Chaos and Blake Morrison’s Never the Right Time.

Student News

Congratulations to Joe Bedford, PhD Creative Writing student, whose story "Image of a Rabbit in Dirt" has won third prize in the Aurora Writing Prize 2023. Joe was also longlisted for the Hastings Book Festival Short Story Competition 2023. And Joe was one of this year's judges for the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize

Congratulations to MA Creative Writing student Laura Besley, whose story "After and after and after before" was longlisted for the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2023

Congratulations to MA Creative Writing graduate Constantine, whose new novel J√∂tunheim has just been published. You can read more here. You can read a review of the novel by Katherine Hetzel on Everybody's Reviewing here

Congratulations to Laurie Cusack, PhD Creative Writing graduate, whose book of stories, The Mad Road, will be published this Autumn by Roman Books. He is holding a joint book launch, with Jonathan Taylor and Charlie Hill, at the Emerald Centre in Leicester on the evening of Tuesday 21 November 2023. All are welcome - further details to follow! Laurie has also written a review of Kyiv Trance by Gus Gresham for Everybody's Reviewing here

MA Creative Writing graduate Tracey Foster has written reviews of The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan here, and the Punk: Rage and Revolution exhibition at Leicester Museums and Art Galleries here

Congratulations to PhD Creative Writing student Kathy Hoyle and MA Creative Writing graduate Sam Dawson, BOTH of whom were longlisted for the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize. You can see the list here. Kathy's story has now been shortlisted for the prize. Her story "An Orange Fruit Will Ripen in Its Own Good Time" has also been published on WestWord here.  

Amirah Mohiddin, PhD student in Creative Writing, has had her story, "Honour," published by The Bookends Review here

Congratulations to English with Creative Writing student Georgia Sanderson, who has won the inaugural Belvoir Poetry Prize, awarded to the year's best undergraduate portfolio of poetry. Georgia received the award from the Duchess of Rutland and poet Tim Grayson, who established the award, at a special presentation at Belvoir Castle last month.  

Congratulations to MA Creative Writing graduate Lisa Williams, who is now Assistant Editor of Friday Flash Fiction. Lisa has also written a review of Flatlands by Sue Hubbard for Everybody's Reviewing here. Lisa now has a regular slot on Leicester Community Radio on Thursdays, reading her 100-word stories. Lisa has written a review of Jonathan Taylor's Scablands and Other Stories for Everybody's Reviewing here

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