Creative Writing at the University of Leicester
Welcome to Creative Writing at Leicester
In close association with The Centre for New Writing, Creative Writing in the School of English offers a broad range of exciting and challenging options in a dynamic environment of practising writers (see some of our recent publications, by staff and students).
The School of English hosts an Annual Creative Writing Lecture, in its first year delivered by Booker Prize-winning author, Ben Okri OBE, whom we are extremely proud to have as a Visiting Professor here in the School of English. Last year the lecture was delivered by the Mexican author, Laura Esquivel. The School also hosts a number of distinguished Honorary Visiting Creative Writing Fellows, including the pioneering Jamaican dub poet, Jean 'Binta' Breeze, Forward prize nominated poet John Siddique, the poet SuAndi OBE, the poet Sean Body, and the celebrated stage and screen writer Jex Simons.
Throughout the academic year, The Centre for New Writing organizes lectures, masterclasses and workshops by staff and visiting authors. The School of English offers prizes in fiction and poetry, and the School is engaged in a number of dynamic, ongoing creative research projects (an example being Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing).
The University hosts a number of major literary and creative events, including the Literary Leicester Festival and - as you will see in our Related Links section on this page - we are connected to all kinds of creative groups, activities, research organizations and collectives in Leicester, the UK and the rest of the world.
The School of English is affiliated with the The Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research at the University of Lancaster (CTWR). The CTWR is a key research partner for projects such as Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing and the Trans - Scriptions series in which creative writing practitioners and academics explore issues of writing, culture and location.