TODAY (November 5 2008), one of the world’s leading young writers visited the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) to discuss his work and the art of creative writing with students, ahead of the Dylan Thomas Prize award ceremony next week.
Edward Hogan, an acclaimed fiction novelist, is one of six writers nominated for the £60,000 Dylan Thomas Prize, an international literary award, open only to those under the age of 30. His visit to Cardiff is part of a week long education programme organized by the Prize and its official sponsor, the University of Wales, where the shortlisted writers will visit various universities, schools and colleges throughout Wales.
At UWIC, Edward led a student seminar with aspiring writers from across the Humanities degrees, in particular the BA HONS English and Creative Writing programme. He later participated in a lively roundtable discussion and question and answer session with one of UWIC’s resident novelists, Dr Spencer Jordan (Journeys in the Dead Season).
Edward also presented the prizes for UWIC’s inaugural creative writing competition, commending the students on the quality and diversity of the work submitted.
Dr Katharine Cox, from the Humanities department at UWIC, said: “It has been fantastic to welcome Edward, who is undoubtedly one of the world’s up-and-coming literary talents to UWIC and I hope he has enjoyed interacting with our students as much as they have with him. It’s very inspiring for these young people, some of whom are heading towards a career in writing themselves, to see someone who is not much older than they are making real waves in the literary world.
“At UWIC, we have a wide range of degrees in Humanities which include Joint Honours English with either Creative Writing, Drama, Popular Culture, Educational Studies or History. Other subjects include Sociology, Criminology,
History and Politics. We’re delighted that Edward is keen to work with us in
future and participate in our Masters programme, which we’re currently validating. On behalf of myself, the staff and the students here at UWIC, we wish Edward the best of luck at the awards ceremony next week.”
If you’re interested in studying a Humanities degree at UWIC, you can contact Dr Katharine Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more information or attend a UWIC Open Day.
Edward was born in Derby, in 1980. He was working in Nottingham's Council House when he wrote his first novel. After leaving school he enrolled on the University of East Anglia's MA in Creative Writing course, winning the David Higham Award and after graduating he was signed up with publisher Simon & Schuster. Since the launch of Blackmoor Edward's been named as 'a writer to watch' by Peter Carty in The Independent whilst authors Miriam Toews and Hilary Mantel are also fans.
Marc Clement, Vice Chancellor, University of Wales, said: “The Dylan Thomas Prize is rapidly establishing itself as one of Wales’s great cultural assets. The Prize’s global reach and aspirations, its focus on youth and its emphasis on nurturing excellence are all fully consistent with the goals of the University of Wales and we are proud to be its Official Sponsor.
“The Education Programme that we have organised in collaboration with the Prize is a further reason why we have been so keen to take on the role of Sponsor. This Programme will help transform young people’s lives not only by stimulating their appreciation of literature but also by inspiring them to develop their own skills and talent as creative writers - and who knows, a future winner of the Prize might well emerge from the Programme, inspired by the authors short-listed for this year’s Prize.”
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