Sarah Billington

MA Creative Writing

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Writing, especially poetry, has always been something that I’ve enjoyed doing, so to be able to gain a qualification in something that I really love is a fantastic opportunity.

“I chose Edge Hill University as I felt they were very dedicated to helping people who had been out of education for a long time. To be able to gain a qualification in something that I really love is a fantastic opportunity.

Writing, especially poetry, has always been something that I’ve enjoyed doing, and to be awarded the Rhiannon Evans Poetry Scholarship by the University is a massive honour.

When I was fourteen my teacher asked the class to write a poem about the Gulf War, which was happening at the time. So that night I went home and wrote three poems, all of which my teacher loved and had framed in the school hall.  I knew then that poetry would always be a part of my life.

My ultimate career goal would involve poetry in some form. I’m interested in World War Two and the Holocaust. My poem, ‘Technical Bulletin 112 – First They Came for the Jews’, was published recently, and as part of my MA I’d like to write more poems about the American GIs in Buchenwald Labour Camp.

I’ve loved discovering new authors and poets and seeing just how much these writers have influenced me.  All of my tutors have been inspiring, and introduced me to the work of writer Samuel Beckett and poet Paul Celan, both of which have played a huge part in everything that I write.

It’s hard to pick just one memorable student experience, but I’ll always remember reading Beckett’s Waiting for Godot for the first time – it really blew me away.

My advice to prospective students would be to absorb and enjoy everything that you’re being taught as you’re only here for a short time but you learn things that will stay with you throughout your life.

The secret to a happy student life is to appreciate everybody for who they are, and to do the work that is being asked of you at the time, as it really does show in your marks.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for MA Creative Writing.