Major book deal for Bath Spa University prize-winner

Feb 17 2012 10:57 AM

A major US publishing deal has just been announced for Bath Spa University Creative Writing graduate Brian Kimberling.

Last year Brian Kimberling was the winner of a new literary prize, the Janklow & Nesbit Bath Spa Prize. The prize was awarded by the renowned literary agents to the best piece of work produced by a student on the Bath Spa University Creative Writing MA.

Part of Brian's award was the offer of representation by Janklow & Nesbit – and the six-figure two-book deal with Pantheon is the result. Brian said that he was "hugely indebted to Bath Spa".

Brian’s novel 'Snapper' will be published by Pantheon in 2013. It tells the tale of a disastrous love affair between a man, a place, and its people, narrated by a bird researcher in the backwaters of Indiana.

Professor Tim Middleton at Bath Spa University commented: "Brian has done exceptionally well to secure this major deal. The MA Creative Writing attracts excellent students from around the world, so winning the Janklow & Nesbit prize is a significant achievement. I hope we’ll see Brian in the best-seller lists both in the UK and in his native America."

Will Francis from Janklow & Nesbit described Bath Spa University’s creative writing programme as a "dominant force" and "one of the strongest" in the UK in terms of students going to become published authors. Recent successes have included Lucy Christopher, Samantha Harvey, Nikita Lalwani, Evie Wyld and Emily Mackie.