Creative Writing, Drama, English, Language, Literature

By Mesha Pope

3rd year student

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The School of English recently held a careers day which hosted fourteen guest speakers, each with a different angle on life after university. The speakers had mostly taken different paths, and had individual journeys to gain experience, knowledge and a true feeling of what they really wanted to do as a career. There was a combination of creatives, professionals, ex-students along with a couple of curve-balls!

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Creative Writing, Drama, English, Language, Literature

Wordsmith

Siobhan Coleman

Recent Graduate, School of English, 2017

The School of English newspaper is a student run project that gives all our students the opportunity to get involved with both editing and writing. Having the choice to do both allows the students to develop their skills in areas that they may want to pursue as a career. Wordsmith is printed as a physical copy, meaning the School has an easily accessible way to get information regarding events and activities that take place throughout the School and the University. Our hard working students get a sense of pride in having their work displayed.

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Creative Writing

Leila Howl

MA Creative Writing 2016-18

Leila Howl

On Friday 16 February I attended the Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham for the first time, courtesy of Birmingham City University (BCU) who had sponsored the event and offered free tickets to students. Staged amongst the hardcovers on the second floor of Waterstones Birmingham, it featured the poets Mir Mahfuz Ali, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Sasha Dugdale.

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Creative Writing, Drama, English, Language, Literature

by Mesha Pope

3rd year BA (Hons) English student

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“I hide them in bowls under the bed. Packets of Marks and Spencer’s crisps, Kettle Chips… Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar, they’re the best ones.”

Uplifted. Nostalgic. Heartbroken.

Just three of the varied emotions I felt whilst watching the wonderful Maria Ferguson. Fat Girls Don’t Dance was both hilarious and heart-warming in equal measure. She describes herself as being a ‘chubby kid’ and so her work exposes her continued struggle with food and how this affected her as an up and coming performer.

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Creative Writing, Drama, English, Language, Literature, Welcome

Hello and welcome to the School of English blog! My name is Dr Robert Lawson and I’m the Course Director for the School of English at Birmingham City University. I’m responsible for the undergraduate programme of studies in English, which includes not just looking after students’ academic progression, but also their pastoral and professional development.

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Creative Writing

The Day Hospital cover imageThe Institute of Creative and Critical Writing is delighted to present a podcast from Sally Read’s powerful and moving collection of poems for voices, The Day Hospital (Bloodaxe Books, 2012).
Sally is a Fellow of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing. The Day Hospital is Sally’s third collection with Bloodaxe Books. Read more about Sally here: http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/category/sally-read
Please follow this link to download and listen to the podcast.

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Creative Writing

Dan

Gregory Leadbetter, Reader in Literature and Creative Writing, takes a moment to talk to MA Creative Writing Student, Dan Witherall about the recent shortlisting of his short story submitted for the Bridport Short Story Prize 2017 – and how his studies at BCU have helped to develop his writing practise.

 

 

1: You made the shortlist for the Bridport Short Story Prize 2017 – a huge achievement that you must be incredibly proud of! 
Why thank you. And this is solely down to my MA Fiction module, really. I worked closely with my then-tutor / now-mentor and friend Rhoda Greaves on each of my pieces. Rhoda really gave me the confidence to start sending my work to the more prestigious competitions out there. Honestly this is Rhoda’s achievement every bit as much as it is mine. Without her notes and guidance, I wouldn’t be within a hundred miles of where I’m at now, creatively speaking. Continue Reading