Edinburgh International Book Festival

Photographed by David P Scott.

Edge Hill Creative Writing students gained invaluable publishing industry experience when they worked on two high-profile University events at Edinburgh International Book Festival last month.

As part of Edge Hill’s ever-growing literary profile, the University’s annual Short Story Prize (now in its eleventh year) held its award ceremony at the festival, which also saw the University’s literary imprint, EHU Press, launch its second acclaimed volume Atlantic Drift.

Students worked in a variety of roles over the two events. Short Story Prize interns were responsible for publisher and author liaison and event assistance, and some acted as judges for the Readers’ Choice prize. Students on the MA Creative Writing course also submitted their work to be considered for a special MA Prize, which was awarded to Leigh Goodall on the night, at a ceremony in the Festival’s famous Spiegeltent.

Students working on the launch of Atlantic Drift, which publishes 24 poets from the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada in partnership with Arc Publications, were involved with scheduling and design (working on the content of the book, setting deadlines for publishers and selecting artwork for the cover), organising and promoting its launch event and generating promotional content for web and social media.

Short Story Prize intern Harriet Hirshman said:

“The opportunities that I’ve been given are great – I am a part of Edinburgh International Book Festival! It’s massive and it’s just a great feeling.

Leigh Goodall, MA prize winner said:

“I’m so shocked and thrilled to have won the MA prize at the Edinburgh Book Festival. It was such a wonderful event and I’m so glad to have been a part of it, especially in the year where the Edge Hill Prize was an all female short list. Being a professional writer is my dream and I’m so glad to have my work recognised by people that I look up to in the industry. It has been so reassuring to know I’m moving in the right direction.”

Rob Carlisle, BA (Hons) Creative Writing student and Readers’ Choice judge said:

It’s been an amazing experience, I’ve never been involved in anything like this before and it’s really opened my mind to the possibilities available in the publishing industry, the market that’s out there.”

Set in a specially created tented village in the heart of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh International Book Festival welcomes around 1000 authors in over 800 events each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, comic creators, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides. It runs concurrently with the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, the biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet.

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