Creative Writing

The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is home to many internationally acclaimed writers and film-makers, including:

  • poets Tara Bergin, W.N. Herbert, Sean O'Brien and Jake Polley
  • prose and fiction writers William Fiennes, Lars Iyer and Jackie Kay
  • the film maker Tina Gharavi
  • the playwright Margaret Wilkinson

Our degrees

We offer a combined BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, with a strong creative writing component in all three years.

We also offer:

  • a taught Creative Writing MA (full or part time)
  • a Poetry MA (full time)
  • research supervision (PhD)
  • a post graduate certificate
  • a portfolio of short courses open to our students and the public

Collaborations and events

Our teaching and research is closely linked to the programme of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA). This helps make sure that our students are always in regular contact with leading creative practitioners. It increases their awareness 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. In the past these have included:

  • Paul Muldoon
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Carolyn Forché
  • Nuruddin Farah
  • 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 Bloodaxe Poetry Archives, poetry and audio files from many of our events, and the collection of multi award-winning poet, Barry MacSweeney.

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