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Professor Sarah Hutton has been invited to be a member of the moderating panels for two AHRC funding schemes: the Research Grants scheme and the multi-dsiciplinary Science in Culture scheme. AHRC moderating panels play a key role in deciding the outcome of applications for research funding by making funding recommendations on the basis of the peer review reports on funding applications

Employability Event

Seventy-six undergraduate students attended the employability event on February 24th. Designed as a round-table discussion, the 2-hour seminar focused on possible careers in publishing and welcomed five speakers from across the UK: a commissioning editor, a literary agent, a marketing specialist, a commercial writer and a publishing intern. All the speakers were eloquent and encouraging, allowing students to better understand the structure of the profession and the opportunities available.

Aberystwyth academics awarded M. Wynn Thomas Prize

Two members of the English and Creative Writing Department at Aberystwyth University were presented with literary prizes at the launch event of the International Journal of Welsh Writing in English on Wednesday 16 October.        Professor Sarah Prescott and Dr Mary Chadwick are both winners of the M. Wynn Thomas Prize for 2013 and were presented as part of a special celebration event, held at the Callaghan Lecture Theatre at Swansea University.

The M. Wynn Thomas Prize is offered to celebrate outstanding scholarly work in the field of Welsh writing in English. There are two prize categories: the ‘Open’ category and the ‘New Scholars’ category.   Professor Prescott, Director of the Institute of Literature, Languages & Creative Arts (ILLCA) at Aberystwyth was successful in the ‘open’ category and her one-time PhD student, Dr Chadwick, in the ‘New Scholars’ category.

Sarah Prescott spoke of her pleasure at receiving one of the awards; “Professor M. Wynn Thomas’ own work has been ground-breaking in pushing back the period boundaries of Welsh Writing in English.     “As such, I am honoured to receive this prize as part of my own contribution to the on-going reconceptualization of this literary field to include women writers from the seventeenth century such as Katherine Philips. I am also delighted that Mary Chadwick, whose doctoral thesis I supervised, is succeeding so well in this increasingly vibrant and growing area.”

Professor Prescott’s essay on Katherine Philips and Archipelagic Coterie Space is based on research funded by The British Academy for the 'Women Writers and Wales, 1600-1800' study, and is to be published in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature in 2014.

Major publishing success for our postgraduate Creative Writing students

Congratulations to Kate Hamer, an MA Creative Writing student in the Department of English and Creative Writing, who has just secured a two-book deal with publisher Faber. Her debut novel, The Girl in the Red Coat, will be published in 2015. Faber have called Kate a 'distinctive new voice in British fiction'. Read the full story here:  http://www.thebookseller.com/news/faber-buys-hamer-debut.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Kate's success follows hot on the heels of Eliza Granville, one of current Creative Writing PhD students, whose novel Gretel and the Dark will be published by Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin, in February 2014. Read more about the novel here:

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/hamish-hamilton-signs-gretel-and-dark.html