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Creative Writing championing talent diversity

You’ll study creative writing in an environment where you’re encouraged to express your individuality and where what makes us different brings us together as a community.

Our multi-cultural academic faculty represent ideas and cultures from across the globe. Their diverse experiences have impacted their writing and will influence yours. Creative Writing staff reflect our student body so working alongside professionals that look, sound and share experiences which are similar to yours will make it easier for you’re to express yourself.

We’ll help build you into independent writers who are comfortable expressing your individuality within our inclusive community. Our Creative Writing department works on a culture of respect and expression where you’re encouraged to write for fun and rewarded for exploring your imagination.

As well as the chance to interact with people and ideas from all around the world everyday on your course, we also run an annual summer school as part of our wider college. These trips are a great way to gain a cultural insight into the lives and traditions of people thousands of miles away. We’ve visited China, and India in recent years and have big plans for the future, could you be joining us next?

The Brunel International African Poetry Prize

The Brunel International African Poetry Prize is a major annual poetry prize of £3000, aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. Professor Bernardine Evaristo launched the award in 2012 to revitalise African poetry, which at that time was almost invisible on the literary landscape. The prize planned to draw attention to this poetry and to encourage a new generation of poets who might one day become an international presence.

Find out more, view previous winners and read past work here.

Hillingdon Literary Festival

Our annual literary festival held on campus brings together so many fantastic writers, poets, novelists and more to celebrate some of the creative work and local talent over a weekend of fun. Each year household names like Benjamin Zephaniah and Will Self give talks and workshops to groups of all ages and backgrounds.

In 2018 the theme of 'Outer Limits: Hidden Lives' challenged the many misconceptions of the outer boroughs of London, and offers a spotlight on the brilliant talent and the multiple vibrant voices that make up the creative community of the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Liberated Libraries

Brunel University and the Union of Brunel Students have undertaken and funded a #LiberatedLibrary campaign to diversify our library and offer new books by authors from the global south, people of colour, female, LGBT+, and disabled authors. To see a full list of the books ordered please click here.

The campaign also resulted in a number of events and activities focused on highlighting and promoting the work of minorities in the literary world. From our ‘Dear White People’ event to discuss race and ethnicity in health, social care and higher education to the ‘Book Launch and Poetry Slam’ celebrating the outstanding work of our students.

We’ve have many high profile names involved in the series from Daljit Nagra to John Agards.

See how you could take your learning international