I come from a small town in South Wales, around thirty minutes away from Swansea, the town where I completed my undergraduate degree. Whilst there I studied English lit and French with a year abroad in Brittany. During my final year in Swansea I found my need to write was not content with academic essays, and I began to write articles for the University paper, with more personal creative pieces following soon after.
Why I chose Leeds?
The course at here at Leeds offered me the chance to indulge in the kind of writing that I had carried on after graduation, combined with the chance to explore other areas of writing, such as for theatre or television. I knew I wanted feedback and support not just from teachers and distinguished writers, but from a group of peers who were as invested in their own writing as I was in mine.
My passion for story telling was confined to prose before starting the course, and whilst my favorite part of the course has been developing short fiction, I have very much become interested in the visual nature of story telling through images as well as language. This is a direct result of the teaching on the course, which draws openly and un-apologetically from all areas of art. Perfect for anyone looking to challenge the comfort zone of their creativity.
Areas of research
At the moment I am in the early stages of researching the relationship between war and ghost stories. Many of our best ghost stories come from times of conflict, and I became interested in wondering why this might be the case. The memory of what man revealed himself to be capable of during war in the 20th century is a disturbing thing. Attaching supernatural explanations to horrific wartime events, allows us to avert our eyes away from the terrible things we are capable of doing as a race. However, ghost stories also have the ability to keep these periods alive, by framing them as part of an eternal enigma. With the recent remembrance services across the country, this seemed like a good time to explore the way we chose to keep certain conflicts alive, and bury other in history, only for them to haunt us later on.