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Undergraduate Creative Writing

The School is home to internationally acclaimed poets, novelists, and playwrights.

Through the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, we provide a portfolio of short courses open to our students and the public.

Collaborations and events

Our teaching and research is closely linked to the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA) programme. This gives our students the opportunity to meet internationally known writers, and to dialogue with them. We increase your awareness of creative, social, and cultural issues that both influence contemporary writers and are in turn 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:

  • Mohsin Hamid
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Carolyn Forché
  • Nuruddin Farah
  • Andrea Levy

We have frequent public readings by staff, visiting artists, and postgraduates. We jointly sponsor, with Bloodaxe Books, the Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures.


We have excellent resources on our creative writing course. These include the Bloodaxe Poetry Archives and the collection of multi-award-winning poet Barry MacSweeney. We also retain poetry and audio files from many of our events.