Our Royal Literary Fellow
The University of Suffolk will be hosting a Royal Literary Fund Fellow this year. Julianne Pachico is a professional writer who is on-hand to help students develop their writing on a one-to-one basis.
Royal Literary Fellows are professional writers whose role is to support and enable the development of student writing skills and academic literacy. The principal aim of the Fellows’ work is to foster good writing practise across all disciplines. For more information see the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Scheme
Julianne will be on campus and online throughout the semester, offering support and advice for your writing.
For further information see The importance of good writing
Felixstowe Book Festival
The English Department will be running the Emerging Writers Short Story Competition in partnership with FBF, judged by Dr Jamie Bernthal-Hooker, University of Suffolk Visiting Creative Writing Fellow, and Mbozi Haimbe, Commonwealth Short Story Prize winning writer and novelist.
The English Department has launched a new short story competition for sixth form pupils in Suffolk/Norfolk with FBF. The entries will be judged by members of the English team, who will also run a series of online creative writing workshops for sixth formers to attend in preparation for the competition (March/April).
Staff and students on the BA (Hons) English and the MA Creative and Critical Writing will take part in the FBF in June 2022, with winning college pupils attending a prize-giving ceremony with Professor Blake Morrison. The faculty staff will be delivering workshops and undergraduate and postgraduate students will also be volunteering to support this event.
Student New Angle Prize
There has been a long and important history of literature and poetry set in East Anglia. The SNAP competition is an annual event and offers all students of the University of Suffolk the chance to enter by submitting 500 words of original writing as prose or poetry. Like the New Angle Prize, all entries must either be set in or clearly influenced by our East Anglian region. The SNAP competition gives us a chance to hear new voices in the region and encourages our students to add to the literary representations of the region which continue to make East Anglia such an important place for art and literature and poetry. Find out more information here: Student New Angle Prize.
Read blog post: Winner and runner up of Student New Angle Prize competition
You can see all the entries at the Life at Suffolk blog page.
Each year our students professionally publish a stunning Anthology through the University of Suffolk Talking Shop Press Publications.
Our 2021 anthology Suffolk Folk, is available to buy in all national bookstores and via our online shop.
Open from 15 October 2021 – 9 January 2022
This new exhibition includes selection of new creative writing pieces from students at the University of Suffolk, inspired by the Suffolk Archives and by 22 Britannia Road, an award winning historical fiction novel by University of Suffolk Creative Writing and English lecturer Dr Amanda Hodgkinson.
Step back in time and find out what house and home means to Suffolk people throughout history. From country houses to high rise flats, from lighthouses to family homes, explore what makes a house a home. unique items from the archives will take you on a journey through Suffolk to discover how we create our sense of place.
Talking Shop Centre for Creative & Critical Writing is an online community to develop cultural innovation and creativity and showcase our student's writing talents.
Through the year we invite a vibrant mix of guest speaker events, including award winning novelists, poets, publishers, editors, literary agents and writing professionals to give readings, talks and creative workshops.
The Talking Shop is also our own centre for students to share their creative work, publishing opportunities and successes, podcasts, blogs and other innovative writing projects.
Our students have read their writing on BBC radio, Community radio and contributed work to events and exhibitions, including the new House and Home exhibition at The Hold, Suffolk Archives.
Student feedback for the Talking Shop
"A fantastic talk. I am desperate to attend more events like this."
"The author talk this evening gave me the confidence to see that I should write for my own pleasure first and dare to believe that I can contribute something positive to literature."
"I am proud to be part of a school that celebrates creative talent."