The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is home to a number of internationally acclaimed writers including poets Sean O'Brien, Cynthia Fuller, and Bill Herbert; the novelists Jackie Kay and Laura Fish; the film maker Tina Gharavi, and the playwright Margaret Wilkinson. We offer research supervision (PhD) a taught MA (full or part time), a post graduate certificate, and a portfolio of short courses open not only to our students but also the general public. In 2011-12 these will include Writing for Children; Documentary Film; Memoir Writing; Writing and Health; Writing for Radio.
Our teaching and research is closely linked to the programme of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA), which helps ensure that our students are always in regular contact with leading creative practitioners and aware of the creative, social and cultural issues that both influence them and are influenced and shaped by them. Students are also invited to attend seminars and workshops with visiting writers from our events programme (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/); in the past these have included Paul Muldoon, Marilynne Robinson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Nuruddin Farah and Andrea Levy.
Frequent public readings by staff, visiting artists, and postgraduates are held in the School - we jointly sponsor, with Bloodaxe Books, The Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures.
We have excellent resources for creative writing, including the collection of multi award winning poet, Barry MacSweeney and poetry and audio files.