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UCP Creative Writing Degree Students Publish The Other Side – An Anthology of Their Writing

University Centre Peterborough celebrates the first graduates of the BA Hons English Literature with Creative Writing with an anthology of the student’s work, designed and typeset by the students and to be published next week by the award winning East Anglian publishing house, Gatehouse Press.

The Other Side features short stories and poems written by the students over the last three years, including the newly appointed Peterborough Poet Laureate, Kat Beeton, and Kayleigh Cutforth who started her own literary journal Mono while in her second year of study. The stories cover a range of genres, from Fantasy to Young Adult Fiction to Literary Fiction.

Andrew McDonnell, course leader for the degree stated, ‘I am so amazed by what these undergraduates have made. They spent half of their degree online due to Covid, and came back to in class teaching last year and this book is a testament to their talent, resolve and belief in what they are doing. What they have achieved is incredible and demonstrates that Peterborough, like Norwich and Cambridge, is a city of literature. I’m sure these students would make John Clare proud.’

The book came out of a third-year module called Publishing in Practice where students learn about publishing and project manage the editorial process as a team. The wider degree marries academic study with practical modules to ensure students graduate with skills that are in demand.

A launch for the anthology will take place on Wednesday 15th June at UCP from 6pm and is free entry. The Other Side will be available from Gatehouse Press after the launch and is priced at £9.99.

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