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Creative Writing success

Below is a sample of some of the achievements of our Kingston Creative Writing graduates.

BAFTA winner Sarah Woolner



Sarah Woolner won a BAFTA. The screenwriter was part of a team that carried off the British short animation award for the film Sleeping with the Fishes, which she made with producer James Walker and director Yousif Al-Khalifa.

The romantic comedy, set to music composed by fellow Kingston graduate Matt Kelly, tells the story of a woman who lives a lonely life as a fishmonger, more at ease with her fish than her customers, until the day a delivery man who looks like a rainbow trout turns up.




Adam Selves

Adam Selves, the television and film producer whose production partner is Benedict Cumberbatch, studied Creative Writing as part of English Literature before it was a half field...

James Mullinger



...as did the writer/comedian/television actor James Mullinger.





Stefan Mohamed

Recent Creative Writing BA student Stefan Mohamedís novel Bitter Sixteen was published by Salt in March. He started the novel during his Narrative Techniques Special Study in his final year.

Bitter Sixteen also won the Dylan Thomas Prize. Professor Peter Stead, chairman of the Dylan Thomas Prize, describes the story:

"Into what seems to be a very real and familiar world Stefan Mohamed introduces a 16 year old superhero and his even more remarkable dog. All kinds of crazy amorous and criminal adventures ensure but our authorís vivid imagination, story-telling power, humour and mastery of punchy dialogue ensure that we eagerly hang on throughout this refreshingly original novel."

Stefanís novella Stuff is also published as an ebook.


Sumia Sukkar

Kingston creative writing graduate Sumia Sukkarís novel, The Boy from Aleppo Who Painted the War, has been broadcast as a drama on BBC Radio 4 and made Pick of the Week in The Sunday Times and The Daily Mail, as well as featuring on Radio 4ís own Pick of the Week. Sumir was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4ís Front Row.

The Bookbagís Liz Green said of the novel:

"However deep-rooted your compassion fatigue, this book will jolt you out of your cosy existence, demanding to be read ... The words are easy, the prose flows beautifully and the plot moves forward effortlessly, but the story is grim, and could never be otherwise ... This is one of those books that, like The Help by Katherine Stockett and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, should become compulsory reading in schools for its simple truths.

"Should you read it? Yes, yes, yes."


Blood Relatives by Stevan Alcock

Creative Writing MFA alumnus Stevan Alcock's novel Blood Relatives is out with Fourth Estate.

The Guardian praised the debut novel:

"Refreshing, even radical...Blood Relatives could never be accused of being dull...the novelís most eye-catching aspect is its language. Alcock captures not only the voice of his intelligent, happy-go-lucky protagonist, but also the heft and current of his local tongue."


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NameJob title
Adam BaronAssociate Professor
Dr Alison BaverstockAssociate Professor
Prof Norma ClarkeProfessor
Dr Nicholas FoxtonLecturer
Dr Meg JensenAssociate Professor
Dr Jane JordanSenior Lecturer
Dr Karen LipsedgeAssociate Professor
Dr James MillerSenior Lecturer
Winsome PinnockSenior Lecturer
Dr David RogersDirector Of Kingston Writing School
Dr Wendy VaizeySenior Lecturer

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