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My advice to prospective students would be to choose to study a subject that you love and ideally have a talent for. Everything else will follow on.

“I’ve worked full-time since leaving school, combining work with caring responsibilities, and my decision to study full-time at this point in my life is part of a wider ambition to achieve a better life balance. I realised that if I was to complete three years of study it had to be a subject that I could immerse myself in.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I really enjoy the sense of being within a community of writers, and the fact that it’s a diverse group of people on the course and anything goes…well, almost anything!

I’ve always enjoyed writing, I think I express myself best through the written word; the freedom to play with words and meaning. I recall being in primary school and writing – or rather typing on an old bakelite typewriter that we had at home – a play for the class assembly. I became really cross with my classmates during rehearsals because they clearly weren’t taking my play as seriously as I was!

Since starting the course I mainly read contemporary authors. I’m not interested in whether a writer is a good person, or whether I share their values or politics, what matters to me is whether I’m either entertained or affected in some way by what they write, so I’m not sure about literary heroes, but I have a few favourite authors – Beryl Bainbridge , Michael Bradbury, and I think Hilary Mantel really deserves the acclaim she’s received. I admire Martin Amis’ writing, he’s very clever, and I find the British writer and critic AA Gill entertaining.

I’d like to have something that I’ve written published, I wouldn’t be doing the course if I didn’t, but I’d also love to be able to go on to further study and research.

My ultimate career goal hasn’t changed since I was seventeen – I’d like to write for the arts pages of The Guardian!

My advice to prospective students would be to choose to study a subject that you love and ideally have a talent for. Everything else will follow on.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BA (Hons) Creative Writing.