Creative writing fellows talk 'voice' at Oxford Literary Festival

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Fellows from Oxford Brookes' MA Creative Writing course, including Philip Pullman, will be hosting an event at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival.

Fellows from the MA Creative Writing course will be hosting an event as part of the 2011 Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival.

Philip Pullman (pictured), who has just been nominated for a Booker Prize, Patience Agbabi and Kate Clanchy will present a session on 'voice' on Saturday April 2 at 10am at Christ Church: Master's Garden Marquee.

Pullman is the celebrated author of His Dark Materials. Agbabi was named by the Poetry Society as one of their 'Next Generation' poets while Clanchy won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2009. The session will be chaired by acclaimed novelist and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes, James Hawes.

Hawes commented: "The Creative Writing MA has only been running for three years but our alumni are already getting published and winning prizes. Our distinguished Creative Writing Fellows are vital to this success. Their different voices create a uniquely varied and exciting learning experience for our students and we are extremely lucky to have them!"

The festival is running between Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 10 and offers a wide range of talks, discussions, readings and more. The festival attracts writers, biographers, artists and historians from around the world to speak.

Oxford is home to some of the world's greatest literary collections and writers. There are more published authors per square mile in Oxford than any other city in the world. Previous year's festivals have included sessions from former Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair, political affairs supremo David Dimbleby and Universities Minister David Willets.