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Creative Writing Student Successes

Students on Northumbria's postgraduate creative writing courses have achieved notable success. 

Emily Owens, a recent Northumbria student, gained a New Fiction Bursary from New Writing North at the 2013 Northern Writers Awards. Amy Ekins, a MRes graduate, won a New Poets Bursary from the Northern Writers’ Awards to develop her first collection of work.

Notable recent and forthcoming works by current and recent PhD students include Guy Mankowski’s Letters To Yelena (Legend Press), which was launched in collaboration with a choreographer and composer in 2012, and followed up by the publication of his third novel, How I Left The National Grid, in 2015. Tim Turnbull’s collection of ghost storieshas appeared with Red Squirrel Press, and Sarah Stovell’s novel The Night Flower was published by Tindal Street Press in 2013.

MA graduates have achieved notable publication success. Dan Smith has published four novels, most recently My Friend the Enemy. John Schoneboom’s debut novel Fontoon was published by Dedalus in 2014. Michelle Fox has set up her own film company ‘Duffel Films’ and is now developing other people’s film scripts as well as writing her own.

Helen Laws is now a highly successful TV scriptwriter who originated ‘32 Brinkburn Street’ for BBC TV and has written for ‘Casualty’, ‘Eastenders’, ‘Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps’, ‘Shameless’ and ‘Doctors’. She said ‘the MA taught her the importance of story and gave her the confidence to keep trying’.

Celia Bryce is an acclaimed novelist whose latest book Anthem for Jackson is published by Bloomsbury. Chrissie Glazebrook, another acclaimed novelist who wrote The Madolescents and Blue Spark Sisters, sadly died in 2007.

Valerie Laws, poet and novelist, is best known for painting numbers on sheep and creating ‘Quantum Sheep’. Her latest collection of petry All that Lives is published by the highly successful Red Squirrel Press, founded by another MA graduate Sheila Wakefield.

Marion Husband graduated with a distinction in 2003 and completed her first novel The Boy I Love while on the course. It went on to the top the Independent Publisher chart on Amazon. Since then she has written five more novels.

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