Creative UWIC Students Take Note from Award Winning Author
A group of budding writers and literary wizards at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) got to discuss story-lines and scripts with a past Dylan Thomas Award winner this week.
The second year English and Popular Culture students took part in a seven site video conferencing session with Welsh author Rachel Trezise. Rachel’s short story collection, Fresh Apples won the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize (2006), resulting in a high profile for the South Wales novelist ever since.
The session, An Audience with Rachel Trezise was organized by the Welsh Video Network (WVN) in conjunction with the Welsh Higher Education Libraries’ Forum (WHELF) which linked up with young writers and students from across Wales.
The students discussed creative writing, narrative structure and the process of writing with the author, who is currently taking a break before the publication of her next novel.
The students were treated to insights into her latest work and enjoyed the author’s reading of her short story, Chickens, before disclosing to the keen questioning that she preferred the size and potential of a short story over the longer and more complicated novel length.
Lecturer Dr Katherine Cox who accompanied UWIC’s students to the video link said: “We’re delighted to have taken part in this initiative. Rachel’s tragic yet humorous commentary on contemporary Welsh life has really touched the students who are working on their own creative writing portfolios.”
She continued, “We hope that this is the first of many such networking events and it provides the opportunity to meet not only a famous author and have a face-to-face discussion but to interact with other students from across a wider college community.”
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