RESEARCH: Professor Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction
Alison MacLeod, whose novel Unexploded is among the thirteen books nominated for the world's leading fiction prize, is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing courses, and supervises Ph.D work in prose fiction. According to TheIndependent, '‘Unexploded is like a piece of finely wrought ironwork, uncommonly delicate but at the same time astonishingly strong and tensile; it’s a novel of staggering elegance and beauty.’ Professor MacLeod describes her long-listing as a 'huge honour', an experience she will share with her students.
The English and Creative Writing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Chichester are among the most established in the UK. Students join a community of dedicated writers and scholars, and work with practising poets, novelists, short story writers, and dramatists to hone their writing skills and prepare for their professional career. Many authors have published their work, having originally started manuscripts in the MA in Creative Writing seminars or on the Ph.D in Creative Writing. Successful student and graduate writers include K.J. Orr, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Zoe Gilbert, Graham Minett, Isabel Ashdown, Bryan Wigmore, Maggie Sawkins, Juliet West, Amber Dodd, Charlie McQuaker, Bethan Roberts, Jane Rusbridge, Penelope Bush, Gabrielle Kimm and many more.
Head of the English and Creative Writing Department, Professor Simon Barker, comments “We are understandably incredibly proud of Alison and are delighted that she has received recognition for the high-calibre of her work. It’s also great news for our students: Alison’s insight into her experience will be invaluable for writers starting out on their careers.”