On Friday 17th May, postgraduate students in Creative Writing were joined by literary agents, published alumni and professional actors for a day of celebration and inspiration.
Thanks to agents Lucy Morris (Curtis Brown Book Group), Hannah Griffiths (All3Media) and Tristan Kendrick (Rogers, Coleridge and White) for beginning the day with helpful insights, tips and conversation, chaired by Professor Owen Sheers.
We were then joined by four highly successful Creative Writing alumni who have all enjoyed recent publication of their work. Many thanks to Rhys Owain Williams, Rebecca John, Jane Fraser and Wendy Holborow for reading and speaking to our current crop of Creative Writing postgraduates.
Dr Francesca Rhydderch, Director of the MA in Creative Writing, said: 'The publishing industry is extremely competitive and challenging, and by offering our students an opportunity to meet with agents face to face we are confident that once they graduate they will feel equipped to pursue the business side of writing with professionalism and flair.
‘Our Writers' and Agents' Day also gave current students the chance to hear about the field from the point of view of alumni who are now award-winning, published writers.'
‘Overall, this was a day of celebration as well as education, and the Creative Writing teaching team would like to thank the Cultural Institute for making it happen, Professor Owen Sheers for hosting the event so brilliantly, the agents and writers for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and visit us, and last but not least, our current students who have engaged so fully this year with all that our MA in Creative Writing has to offer.'
Swansea's MA in Creative Writing is renowned for the broad opportunities it offers its students, from fiction in all its forms, through creative non-fiction and into the various genres of writing for performance -- stage, screen and radio. Every year, Swansea's MA students have the opportunity to see their own work being performed by professional actors in our Rough Diamonds event. This year Rough Diamonds was combined with Writers’ and Agents’ Day and the evening event in the Taliesin Theatre was a stunning success.
Swansea's Director of Creative Writing, Professor D.J. Britton commented: ‘To see impressive excerpts of plays from thirteen new writers was like a feast of all that's good in new performance writing. The sharp commentary they provided on contemporary life was both compelling and entertaining -- a fantastic end to a fantastic day.’
Special thanks to Dr Francesca Rhydderch and Professor D.J. Britton from the 2018-19 cohort of MA Creative Writing students.