New anthology showcases diverse talent of Bath Spa Creative Writing undergraduates

May 29 2012 11:46 AM

For the first time, Bath Spa University Creating Writing undergraduates have published an anthology featuring the work of 58 third-year authors.

'Headspace' is an exciting collection of short stories, flash fiction, script, poetry, novel extracts and journalism.

The project, which includes a professionally printed and bound edition and a content-rich website, has been co-ordinated by Creative Writing undergraduates, Edwin Collings-Wells and Creative Writing/Publishing student Harriet Steeds as their final year Creative Enterprise Project.

The front cover of the print edition was designed by Creative Writing/Publishing student Nina Camacho. All students who contributed work to the anthology will receive a copy at their graduation ceremony in July.

The anthology website is where you can view photographs and background information on each of the 58 contributors.

Former Bath Spa University student and celebrated author, Nikita Lalwani has written the foreword to the anthology. Nikita was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. She was also long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.

Commenting on Headspace, Nikita Lalwani said: "It is an immersive experience, and the stories are testament to the breadth of style and content that can emerge from a course like this."

Co-editor Edwin Collings-Wells said: "We’re really excited about the first ever anthology of undergraduates' Creative Writing. MA students have been producing them for years, so it's about time we joined the club.

"Perhaps the most exciting thing about Headspace is the anthology's online legacy project, which will invite future Creative Writing and Publishing students to contribute digital media content to the website as part of their various creative projects, such as audio poetry readings, short films and visual art that relates to the existing written work. So watch this space for enhanced content in 2013."

Dr Paul Meyer, Subject Leader of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, added: "This is indeed a very special anthology – a keepsake for all graduating students of the writing programme. The website too is not just aspiring to industry benchmarks, but setting them - tangible evidence of our students’ creativity and enterprise."

Follow the project @BSUAnthology