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 By Dan Witherall
MA Creative Writing student, School of English

New York is, in my opinion, one of the greatest cities in the world.

It’s beautiful, vibrant, cultural, welcoming (for the most part), as well as being a fantastic place to eat and an amazing place to get hammered. But, it is also utterly exhausting.
Our apartment is in Flatbush, Brooklyn, so we are at least spared the bedlam of staying in Manhattan. I know New York very well, which is lucky because had this been my first visit, I’d have missed a lot. During our seven nights in New York, we only venture outside of Union Square twice.
I carved out some time to visit two must-see places: Bryant Park (my favourite place, ever) and the MoMA. During a stroll through Midtown, a pair of French tourists ask directions, and I’m so tired that all I can muster is a “three blocks down” in a terrible French accent.
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English

By Dan Witherall
MA Creative Writing student, School of English

So, festival submissions have been made. We eagerly await, and…

We get into Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival. We are ecstatic. I’m not going but Colin is. He will do a Q&A after the showing, and we will have our North American premiere. Lovely.
Then, some bloke who runs a distribution company in the States contacts us. He wants to offer us a deal. We employ the expertise of Pip Piper as our consultant and we learn a bonkers amount about the industry simply from observing his negotiations. We cannot thank Pip enough.
Pip Piper is a human male that I have met due to my time in BCU*. And my time at BCU is a very recent edition to this tale. The tuition that we’ve garnered from Pip’s experience as a producer are of immeasurable importance and quality. The journey that Lost Creek has taken us on has merged with my enrolment at BCU at the perfect time. Like a river, in fact. A creek is a river, see. See? See!? Continue Reading
English

By Dan Witherall
MA Creative Writing student, School of English
Lost Creek 2
Hi, I’m Dan and I’m a filmmaker. Well, technically I’m a filmmaker, but really more of a screenwriter. I’ll explain:
Me and my BFF (Colin Adams-Toomey – you’ll be reading his name a lot) decided to make a film. We decided this separately, about twenty-six years ago. Me in my South Welsh village of Cilfynydd, and Colin in his Delaware household over in the USA. We were eight years old, and Jurassic Park had just blown our minds, via our eye holes. Ten years later, Colin and his family decided to leave the States after Bush got his second term in office, and thank goodness he did. Because it was that decision that led Colin to enrol in Aberystwyth University back in 2003. There, he met me. Continue Reading
English

Hi! I’m Isaac and I’m a third year student studying English Language with English Literature here at the School of English. My journey to university began when I signed up for an A Level evening course studying English Language and Literature. Whilst there, my lecturer suggested I should take my studies to university… and here I am in the final few weeks of my degree!
What really make BCU stand out from the crowd was the possibility for students to take a major in Language and a minor in Literature. There was also a huge variety of Language modules to choose from unlike other universities I had visited. In first year, every student took the same modules to make sure that everyone was at the same standard before choosing modules in second and third year (this will change a bit when the new curriculum comes in, but the basic idea for semester 1 will be the same!).
There have been three strands to my studies throughout my second and third years. The first was the building blocks of Linguistics: Studying Language, Describing Language, Grammar and Vocabulary, Language & Social Identity, Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Language and Cognition. These modules helped me to build the foundation of my linguistic knowledge and helped me get to grips with the fundamentals of language.

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