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University Centre Peterborough Graduate Kayleigh Cutforth Secures National Distribution Deal for their Creative Writing Magazine

Kayleigh Cutforth, from Stamford, graduated from a degree in Creative Writing at University Centre Peterborough in 2022, and has secured a national distribution deal for her journal Mono with News Trade Marketing. Soon Mono will be available in WH Smiths, Foyles and independent bookstores around the UK.

Mono was launched in 2021 when Kayleigh was in her second year of study and she quickly developed Mono into a popular journal for new writing. Kayleigh also launched a poetry prize which was judged by the TS Eliot prize winner, Joelle Taylor. As the journal grew, Kayleigh was joined by fellow graduates Tina Parsons and Abigail Hopper as part of the editorial board.

Mono is affiliated with UCP and offers students the opportunity to gain editorial and design skills inhouse. Course leader, Andrew McDonnell said, ‘I am so proud of what Kayleigh has achieved. Publishing, especially literary publishing, is a tough market, so to achieve so much in such short time is exceptional and shows that Peterborough is an important city in East Anglia for the cultural industries.’

Mono is edited by an intergenerational team, and provides space for all ages to express their creativity. Mono is an unapologetically eclectic mix of great writing.


Liz Knight, Director of UCP said, ‘this is amazing news and shows how our students have the entrepreneurial vision and drive to succeed. It shows how Higher Education can change lives for the better.’

Rachel Nicholls, CEO of the Inspire Education Group which UCP is part of said, ‘We know our students are capable of brilliant successes, and their civic pride is evident in their drive to give back to Peterborough and the wider region. I look forward to seeing Mono on the shelves of bookshops across the county and beyond.’

UCP, offers a range of degrees in Humanities and Social Sciences in both Peterborough and Stamford, and there is a now a £7.5k Malcolm Bradbury Bursary open to applicants living in a PE postcode who wish to study towards a degree in creative writing.

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