Category Archives: Creative Writing

Two New MAs in Town: Creative Writing at Cambridge, Self-publishing at University of Central Lancashire

I note with interest the arrival of two new MAs in town. The first of these is Cambridge University’s first Master of Studies in Creative Writing, led by the biographer Dr. Sarah Burton. This part time programme began in October of … Read More »

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Tangles with the Self: What It Takes To Be a Writer (Part 2)

At his book launch in 2008, Will Self responded to a question about managing his time as both writer and media personality. Although his answer was brief, he talked about the writer’s need to adopt a ‘corporate culture of one’. … Read More »

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Tangles with the Self: What It Takes To Be a Writer

In 2008, I attended a talk by Will Self at the Edinburgh Festival, a launch event at which, as John Nicholson describes, he ‘ambles onto the stage, loping like a giant stick insect; all hooded eyes and gangling limbs.’ After … Read More »

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Gunpowder, Reason and Plot: Malcolm Bradbury and the Creative Writing Revolution

At the end of the 1960s, at about the same time many English departments were announcing The Death of the Author, Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson, both authors and both very much alive, huddled together at the back of an … Read More »

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Exploding Grandmothers and Other First Impressions

Today, in the supermarket, I hit a small girl square in the face. I didn’t, of course, but few would read this and fail to read on. It had, I surmise, a disorientating effect. It jolted you a little; it … Read More »

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A Fine Frenzy Rolling: Two Parts to the Creative Process

The playwright David Edgar has done much to pioneer the teaching of playwriting in this country, an influence that began even before he established the now famous masters degree in playwriting at Birmingham University. Edgar lays bare some of the … Read More »

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Ding Dong The Booker Prize is Dead

It is with great sadness that I must mark the passing of a cherished friend: yes, the Booker Prize as we knew it has ceased to be. Once the reserve of novelists from Britain and the Commonwealth, the prize has … Read More »

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