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.
Meeting the English, with the
hailing it, 'a richly conceived, original and very entertaining novel,” while the
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.'