Creative Writing Fellow shortlisted for Costa Award Friday, 17 January 2014 Kate Clanchy, Senior Research Fellow in Creative writing at Brookes, was shortlisted for the prestigious Costa First Novel Award for Meeting the English. Kate is an award-winning poet and prose writer, and a tutor on the Oxford Brookes Creative Writing MA. Her book was shortlisted for the Costas alongside three other works. The First Novel category was eventually won by The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. Critics loved Meeting the English, with the Guardian hailing it, 'a richly conceived, original and very entertaining novel,” while the Telegraph praised the book for containing 'lacerating social observation mixed with Shakespearean comedy.' Kate is no stranger to prizes, having won the Forward Poetry Prize and Somerset Maugham Award for her book of poems Slattern, the BBC National Short Story Award for The Not-Dead and The Saved alongside numerous other accolades. Simon Kovesi, Head of the Department of English and Modern Languages, said of Kate’s success, 'the Costa Book Awards is one of the most prestigious literary competitions in the UK which recognises the most outstanding writing. To even get shortlisted is a brilliant marker of the quality of the writing. 'Kate’s work is loved by critics and readers alike and she is a key member of the creative writing staff here, among a range of brilliant writers who now teach on our MA.'