Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Inspiring local writers: popular workshops at Headington Library

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Creative writing workshops at Bury Knowle Library (pictured), led by Brookes students, are proving very popular. Students on the Creative Writing MA course are running three workshops open to the public this autumn as part of a new collaboration with the Bury Knowle Library in central Headington. The first event held in October was fully booked.

The sessions are part of the library’s bid to increase its usage. Bury Knowle was one of twenty Oxfordshire libraries whose County Council funding was to have been axed. It was kept open following protests in 2011 from local residents, authors and schools.

Talking after the first event a librarian at Bury Knowle commented: ‘The library is aiming to become a cultural hub in the community by providing a space where people can exchange information. We contacted Brookes’ Creative Writing team and were impressed by their generosity and enthusiasm in setting up the workshops with their students. Response from our readers has been very positive.’

Brookes' Creative Writing MA course is delivered by distinguished writers James Hawes and Tobias Hill. Students have the opportunity to work with established novelists and poets, industry professionals and literary studies specialists. The course is supported by a unique group of Creative Writing Fellows and guest speakers including well known writers Philip Pullman, Sarah Dunant, Kate Clanchy, and James Meek.

The project is part of the Department of English and Modern Languages' ongoing and varied involvement with the broader Oxford community.