Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Creative Writing alumni returns to Oxford for Waterstones book signing

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


Catherine Chanter, MA Creative Writing graduate, will be signing copies of her new novel, The Well. The event is being held at Waterstones bookshop on Broad Street, Oxford, on Thursday 16th April at 7.30pm.

The Well is a dark and devastating tale of obsession, motherhood and the complexity of female relationships, wrapped inside a gripping whodunit. The Well is Catherine Chanter’s debut novel and its publication comes on the back of her success last year in winning the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. The novel has proven to be real publishing sensation and has sold all over the world. Remarking on her journey from creative writing student to published author, Catherine commented:

Initially the poacher turned gamekeeper analogy sprang to mind, thinking about how I seemed to have rather miraculously made the move from student on the MA Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes to the writer actually giving the talk at Waterstones.  But in fact all the students on that course were writers and all writers are - or should be - students.  In many ways, I'd go back and do my Masters all over again because it was such a rich experience and because there is so much left to learn.
Dr James Hawes, Reader in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes, added: "For us at Brookes, the greatest pleasure, and the most powerful confirmation of what we are doing on the Creative Writing MA, is to see a former student breaking through internationally with an out-and-out literary novel. It's why we do it."