Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brookes alumnus to set 'Monsters' loose on public

Tuesday, 02 September 2014


Liam Brown, a former MA Creative Writing student and recipient of the de Rohan Scholarship, is set to publish his debut novel, Real Monsters, in March next year by Legend Press.

Since graduating in 2010, Liam has already enjoyed literary success through the publication of numerous short stories in magazines and journals; and in 2013 his novel Fade to White was shortlisted for the prestigious Luke Bitmead Bursary. With a second novel already underway, Liam hopes the publication of Real Monsters will prove a stepping stone to a lasting writing career, the foundations of which, he says, were laid at Oxford Brookes:

The MA programme really encouraged me to go outside of my comfort zone and gave me the time and space to try and create something completely new, something that, without the generosity of the de Rohan Scholarship, I would never have had the opportunity to do. For that, I will always be thankful.

Billed as a gritty and uncompromising debut, Real Monsters tells the story of two young lovers separated by a violent conflict overseas. Legend Press describes it as ‘a surreal and ferociously recognisable allegory for our war-torn times.’ Due for release March 2015, the novel is likely to cause a stir in literary circles, both for its topical subject matter and its idiosyncratic prose style, which was largely written on a traditional typewriter to create a free-flowing stream of consciousness effect reminiscent of the ‘Beat’ writers of the 1950s, albeit with a distinctly 21st century twist.