Luke Fielding, Sheryl Browne, Me looking deranged and Zoe Paige Southall


On Thursday I was very happy to graduate from BCU with MA Writing (Distinction). The picture shows the four of us who undertook the MA part-time in 2012, here at the end of our journey together. Although I’ve met many other lovely and talented people on the course over the last two years I’ve got to know these three guys the most and will carry fond memories of our adventures on the sixth floor of the Baker Building.  A few adventures I have blocked out pending therapy.  So please meet the happy band:

Luke Fielding is an artist, designer, (book covers something of a specialty) and writer and his website is here.  Allen Road, The Fade and new collaboration Wake wouldn’t exist without him – he’s briliant at generating beautiful weird ideas,  He also edited the entire manuscript of my novel The Challah Tin so deserves some kind of medal for that.

Sheryl Browne is an author with many titles under her belt in a variety of genres, including lots of romantic fiction and some thrillers (her thriller Edge of Sanity scared the crap out of me) so find out more about all her books and buy lots of them here.  Sheryl is the most genuinely lovely person ever and certainly one of the most hard-working.   Each time I see her she seems to have just completed another novel, or closed another book deal.  Inspirational!  Even her rescue doggies are inspirational!

Zoe/Paige Southall is often found writing incisive and thought-provoking columns at EQView on topics such as mental health, sexual politics, and Game of Thrones which is apparently quite a popular telly programme.  She also parody tweets to a huge following here.   Zoe is one of the most well-read people I’ve ever met.  She’s also a very generous soul and bought me a Wonder Woman mug amongst other goodies and she shares my love of cherry wine.

The MA Writing at BCU is a great course; I believe it differs from other Creative Writing degrees in its focus on really putting your writing to work; whether via traditional publishing routes or e-publishing. You can investigate various formats like screenplay or writing for the stage and are given a good grounding in the current market demands and requirements.  And, most importantly the fry-ups in the Baker Cafe are amazing and only about 2 quid.  


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