Launch of new student anthology from the specialist MA in Writing for Young People

May 2 2012 11:39 AM

A new anthology of writing for children and young people will launch on 15 May at Foyles on Charing Cross Road in London.

'Writes of Passage' is a varied collection of work by recent graduates from Bath Spa’s specialist and highly successful MA in Writing for Young People, bringing together 15 talented writers to watch in the coming years.

From dark, troubling stories for teenagers to funny stories for younger readers, the writing featured in this anthology is as diverse as the class of 2010-11 themselves.

There are exciting adventure stories and stories that will transport readers back in time to the Victorian age or forward into the future, or across the globe to war-torn Africa. You will find a ghost story, and stories about love, courage, friendship and facing difficult truths.

Julia Green is the Course Director of the MA Writing for Young People. Her novels for teenagers include Blue Moon, Baby Blue, Hunter’s Heart (Puffin), Breathing Underwater, Drawing with Light and Bringing the Summer (Bloomsbury).

Julia said: "The publication of a new student anthology from the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa is always an occasion to celebrate. It marks a pivotal stage for each writer: a rite of passage.

"We have been running the course for seven years now, and we are proud of the success of our students. At last count, at least 18 of our graduates had secured a publication deal and many more have found literary agents to represent them.

"We select our students carefully from the many applications we receive, and we nurture them well. However, there are things that can’t be taught: the passion and imagination, creativity, energy and innate talent that each student must bring with them. I believe you will find evidence of all these things in the extracts contained within Writes of Passage."

Published work from Bath Spa graduates range from picture books for very young children (Karen Hughes’ Baby Badger’s Wonderful Night) to challenging fiction for young adults (C.J. Skuse and Jim Carrington). All the age-ranges in between are covered: Elen Caldecott’s funny, touching stories about contemporary families for 8-12 year olds; Gill Lewis’s prize-winning novel about an osprey (Skyhawk); Sally Nicholls’ award-winning Ways to Live Forever (recently made into a film); and Marie-Louise Jensen’s historical novels for teenagers.

Recent additions to the list include Maudie Smith’s quirky and touching stories about Opal Moonbaby for 7-9 year olds, Che Golden’s The Feral Child, and Sarah Hammond’s original and sensitive novel for teenagers, The Night Sky in my Head.

Attendance at the launch party is by invitation only. If you would like to be added to the guest list or an electronic copy of the anthology, please email info.writesofpassage@gmail.com

For more information and to read extracts from the anthology visit http://writesofpassageanthology.wordpress.com/