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Bestselling MA Creative Writing Alumna publishes latest historical novel

Friday, 20 April 2018

Annie Murray

Oxford Brookes’ MA Creative Writing alumna Annie Murray is a prolific and accomplished writer, who has produced several bestselling books.

Her latest, “Sisters of Gold”, published by Pan Macmillan on 5 April 2018, is her 22nd novel and is a top ten paperback bestseller. 

The story is set in Birmingham's jewellery quarter in 1904. The novel follows the fortunes of sisters Margaret and Annie, who escape to Birmingham after upsetting events drive them from their narrow religious village home.

Annie Murray was already a published writer when she embarked on the MA in Creative Writing at Brookes. She chose the course because she wanted to focus on her personal development and to work with other writers. 

Reflecting on the course content she said: “There were some excellent visiting authors, I was able to read widely and learn from that breadth of work. I experienced the excitement of working with creative people, exploring techniques and developing together. I especially enjoyed the final project workshops.”

From those workshops, she produced the novel, “A New Map of Love” which follows the life of a quintessential Englishman in a 1960’s village and was published under the name Abi Oliver. She continues to write historical novels as Annie Murray, and has successfully completed work on her 23rd book.

Annie has continued to form links with other writers beyond the course. She is a founder member of the Oxford Narrative Group - a Brookes MA Creative Writing continuation workshop. Annie is also a member of the London-based Leather Lane Writers. The aim of both groups is to act as a place of mutual support and feedback for new writing. They were set up with fellow alumnus Kit de Waal, who is also an acclaimed writer.

For more information about the Oxford Narrative Group, contact Annie Murray: arjmurray@btinternet.com or Helen Newdick: helennewdick@yahoo.co.uk

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