Getting you published
Our graduates’ recent achievements mean that agents and publishers really listen when they hear you’re with us. Among many other stand-out successes, Linni Ingemundsen secured a two-book UK deal with Usborne’s young adult list in 2017; in 2016 Kit de Waal (pictured with Philip Pullman at our 2013 showcase) published My Name is Leon, which was immediately taken up for adaptation by BBC radio, TV and film; and in 2015 Catherine Chanter’s The Well appeared to international acclaim and was chosen by the Richard & Judy/WH Smith Book Club.
The best three students of the year are guaranteed to be read by major London agency Bell Lomax Moreton, with the prospect of full representation for the winner, while top London publisher Philip Gwyn Jones, who has commissioned some of the biggest names in fiction, will personally look at every major project which gains a Distinction. People like this are the gatekeepers of literary success; our aim is to get them to open those gates for you.
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Our Creative Writing Fellows lead on average a major workshop session every other week of each semester as well as other shorter sessions.
Philip Gwyn Jones – was the first UK publisher to have offered contracts to Naomi Klein, Patrick Ness, Arundhati Roy, Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith and David Foster Wallace, among many others.
Philip Pullman – author of internationally best-selling trilogy His Dark Materials.Vist website
Sarah Dunant – bestselling author of Sacred Hearts.Vist website
Kate Clanchy – winner of BBC National Short Story 2009.Vist website
Patience Agbabi – star performance poet and author of Bloodshot Monochrome.Vist website
Nick Cohen – star Observer journalist and bestselling author.Vist website
John L. Williams – responsible for commissioning three titles short-listed for the Orange Prize and one for the Booker Prize.Vist website
Steven Hall – was included as one of Granta Magazine’s ‘Best Young British Novelists’ in 2013.Vist website
Dr James Hawes
Reader in Creative Writing
Dr James Hawes is the author of six novels with Jonathan Cape including a Sunday Times bestseller and two novels adapted to the screen starring Joseph Fiennes and Michael Sheen respectively. He is currently working closely with the king of UK adaptation, Andrew Davies, on a screen version of Speak for England.Read full profile »