Visiting Writer!

Just a quick note to let you know Alison MacLeod is visiting us this Thursday (the 1st of December) at the Rose Theatre! It’s one of the compulsory readings us Creative Writing students have to attend, but it’s by no means exclusive to us!

If you like literature, these readings give you the chance to hear the authors perform their own work, and there’s usually a questions and answers session at the end, which are not only interesting but useful, sometimes, for developing your craft.

Here’s a link to the Rose Theatre page for more info on Alison: While you’re there you can check out what else is coming up at our on-campus entertainment factory. Tickets are £4, by the way, and it begins at 1930hrs, so don’t be late!

Calling All Media/Writing/Performing Arts Students!

Don’t forget tomorrow’s talk by Carolyn Reynolds, CEO of Lime Pictures! She is renowned for developing talent on and off the screen (writers, directors and performers), so there will be something for students from a wide variety of courses to take away from the talk.

Having been the Executive Producer of Corrie, a big player in the rise of Mersey TV and now CEO of Lime Pictures, the company responsible for ITV 2’s ‘The Only Way Is Essex’, there really is no-one better to hear from!

Find out more about Carolyn here:

The talk is taking place tomorrow (24th November) in H 2, 1400-1515hrs. Hope to see you there!

Guess What?

I’ve met another celebrity!

Last Friday, us lucky third-year creative writers were treated to a visit by Nicholas Royle. He’s a Manchester-born writer who has, pretty impressively, written five novels, a short-story collection and has edited twelve anthologies.

We are looking at The Best British Short Stories 2011 in our fiction module at the minute, of which he is editor, but he came in to give us a talk about the importance of correct grammar in writing, and also reinforce the writer’s mantra ‘show, don’t tell!’

All of our tutors in Creative Writing are published authors, but it’s still sometimes nice to get a different voice, and some input from someone from a different course.

Can’t wait for the next visit!

Sporty Sunday

Hey guys, hope you had a good Guy Fawkes’ Night!

Today I’ve been playing badminton in the Old Gym. It takes place between 4 and 6 on Sundays, and between 8 and 10 on Mondays. Can’t say I played well today, but had fun and worked up a good sweat!

I enjoy it so much because they cater for all skill levels. There are teams for the men and women, but I just go along to the ‘social’ group who are basically just playing for fun.

I’m living proof that it’s not the winning that counts, it’s the taking part 😛