Issue date: 25 March 2003

ISSUE DATE: 25/03/03

Staff and students from the St Matthias Campus at the University of the West of England will launch an anthology of creative writing at a special event on Thursday 27 March at 1pm in the St Matthias Union bar.

Co-ordinated by Visiting Writer, Alyson Hallett, the anthology is the first collection of creative writing to be published by students and staff on the St Matthias Campus.

Alyson said, “I decided to make the first anthology of creative writing to offer a platform to the wealth of writers that I knew existed on the St Matthias Campus. Without a place to put their work much of it goes unseen and as the Visiting writer here I felt that it was a crucial part of my job to bring creative writing to the foreground and to celebrate the work of new poets and prose writers.

“We have had a poem donated to the anthology by James Harpur, a poet who is published by Anvil Press. He ran a workshop here for us last year and generously allowed us to include a poem from his latest collection, ‘Oracle Bones’.”

The flood of submissions that arrived shortly after the plans for the anthology were announced overwhelmed Alyson. “Submissions came by post, by e-mail, hand-written, typed from students studying on BA and MA courses, students living abroad, academic and library staff and the response clearly reflects the wealth of people connected to the Campus who are pursuing their own writing.”

The anthology will be on sale at Blackwells and Waterstones on Park Street, Bristol after the launch.


Editor’s notes

One of the poems included in the anthology

Where I dream

I chanced upon a magical place
Under a tree beside a stream
Where worry and strife faded away
And reality became a dream.

A restful place where sunbeams fell
On the lucky fellow who lay
His tired soul upon the soil
For one perfect transient day.

Marc Anthony Deakin

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