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Writer 2022: The University’s annual creative writing competition

Listen to the winners reading their works

This year’s winners read and discuss their works with co-organisers Lisa Dick and Nicola Cummins, with judge’s comments from Craig Cliff.

Complete show

Student poetry

Lennox Tait

Student fiction

Jessica Bent

Staff poetry

Abby Smith

Staff fiction

Gini Jory

Alumni poetry

Giles Graham

Alumni fiction

Rebecca Styles

Response from the judge

Our judge, Craig Cliff says:

“Reading the entries this year, I have been transported to distant planets, asked to ponder the plight of refugees, native birds and captive octopuses, and been granted windows into depression and anxiety, romance and joy.

“It was a privilege to get a taste of what concerns and delights staff, students and alumni in 2022. Many staff entries related to experience of leaving ones homeland for another country, possibly exacerbated by the pandemic, while many students were understandably concerned by environmental degradation.

“Some of the winning entries stood out because they were so polished. Others might still have a few rough edges, but their raw energy and inventiveness was irresistible. But all entrants should feel proud for taking the time to think creatively and make something in the midst of their busy lives.”

The winning entries

Here are their winning pieces for your enjoyment: