Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA Creative Writing graduate LP Fergusson’s debut novel to be published

Friday, 19 October 2018

LP Fergusson (MA Creative Writing)

LP Fergusson, who gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Oxford Brookes University in 2016, has signed a two-book deal with Canelo Publishing.

Her debut novel A Dangerous Act of Kindness caught the attention of literary agent Giles Milburn when it was highly commended by the panel of the Caledonian Novel Awards this year. It is due for publication in March 2019.

A Dangerous Act of Kindness begins in 1940 when a young widow finds an injured German pilot on her remote farm in Oxfordshire and makes the fateful decision to help him. It is primarily a story of love and romance but also tells “a parallel story of the horrors of war, the humanity of enemy soldiers and the psychology of collaboration.” (LP Fergusson, 2018). 

Fergusson, who has previously won the Blackwell’s Prize for MA Creative Writing, been shortlisted for the Orwell Society Dystopian Short Story Competition and was published by Oxfordshire Libraries in their eBook Short Story Competition, had this to say on her experience at Oxford Brookes University and the evolving process that has led to her publishing success:

Stories of meteoric writing success hit the headlines simply because they're rare. For most of us, it's a long, hard slog of submissions, rejections and redrafts. Before I did my MA in Creative Writing, I gave up several times, overwhelmed with the struggle. Oxford Brookes changed all that. The tutors treated me like a writer and gave me the confidence to keep going. This, coupled with the continuing support of the writing buddies I made on the course, gave me the momentum to reach my goal and become a published writer.

LP Fergusson is currently busy writing her second novel, which is set to be published by Canelo in 2020. For more information on Fergusson’s publication success please visit: www.canelo.co/company/blog/brand-new-canelo/.

For more information on the Oxford Brookes Department of English and Modern Languages and the full range of courses they offer please visit: www.brookes.ac.uk/english-languages/.