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Success for Creative Writing students

Awards and novels published for five Creative Writing students


Swansea PhD student ROSHI SAUL, writing as ROSHI FERNANDO, has reached the SHORTLIST of the prestigious £30,000 SUNDAY TIMES SHORT STORY AWARD. She is in distinguished international company: Yiyun Li, Hilary Mantel, Gerard Woodward, Antony Doerr, Will Cohu. The judges are Melvyn Bragg, AS Byatt, Matthew Evans, Andrew Holgate, Will Self and Daisy Waugh.

The notice in the Sunday Times selects Roshi and Swansea for special mention as follows: 'Perhaps the least known is 44-year-old Fernando, who is in the final year of a PhD at Swansea University. Her novel, HOMESICK, won the 2009 Impress prize for new writers. Although born and bred in London, her family comes from Sri Lanka. Her short story entry, ‘The Fluorescent Jacket’, is about somebody who is "invisible" in London - an immigrant lost in the capital. "The main theme is about the sense of not really belonging anywhere," she said.'

The final result is announced at a dinner on 8 April, at the Oxford Literary Festival.  They will be running a series of readings where all the shortlisted stories will be read out by famous actors - Juliet Stevenson and David Morrissey have been mentioned.


Swansea undergraduate, REBECCA JOHN, has been named the winner of THE JONES PRIZE, judged by Rachel Trezise and Kate North, for her short story collection, CLOWN’S SHOES, which will be published later this year. Rebecca will be studying with us on the MA programme next year.  


Novelist and scientist JENNIFER CRYER, who achieved her PhD in Creative Writing at Swansea last year, has had her first novel, BREATH ON GLASS, placed by agent Caroline Dawnay of United Agents with major publisher Little, Brown. Jennifer worked with mentor Professor Stevie Davies on the manuscript of the novel.


Novelist LISA GLASS, who graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 2004, has been taken on by top London agency, A. M. Heath, which also represents Stevie Davies, Fflur Dafydd and Roshi Fernando. Lisa, whose first novel, PRINCE RUPERT’S TEARDROP, was published by Two Ravens in 2007, has written her new novel, GOD HATES THIS TOWN, for young adults. Her agent is Ben Illis who is helping to develop the Young Adult list with Sarah Molloy. Lisa wrote the novel with Arts Council funding.


MA student JAYNE WALTER (pictured above) holds the SNOWDON AWARD, which sponsors her study on the MA programme in Creative Writing at Swansea. Below is her account of her attendance at an afternoon reception at the House of Commons.

On Tuesday 8th March 2011 I was given the opportunity to meet Lord Snowdon and members of The Snowdon Award board, (sponsors of my part-time M.A in Creative Writing), at an afternoon reception at the House of Commons in London.  I’d never been to the House of Commons before, and to finally get an opportunity to meet the people who had made my postgraduate study possible was a hugely exciting prospect.

            After several rounds of tight security, my husband and I passed through historic corridors containing statues and portraits of previous prime ministers, gilt-edged mosaic ceilings and works of art.  We were then directed to the members’ dining room, where we had tea with other students, their guests and members of the board.  I was amazed and inspired by stories that I heard from severely disabled students who wouldn’t have got to study at university at all without the help of The Snowdon Award.  We were also taken into the debating chamber, which was an unexpected treat.

            One by one, each of the students were invited to sit with Lord Snowdon; himself a wheelchair user.  I was incredibly nervous when my turn came around, but I needn’t have been.  He was lovely, and genuinely interested in what I have been doing at University.  I presented him with a copy of some of my work which he took away to read later.  I was so grateful to get the opportunity to thank Lord Snowdon in person, and to explain just what the award has meant to me.   It was a truly unforgettable day.

            The Snowdon Award has given me back the future that I thought had been stolen by disability, and I intend to repay the board’s faith in me by becoming a successful, published writer.

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