The relationship between Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and the Festival spans the last 21 years. Our first graduating students were invited to launch their work there — giving occasion to the first public readings by authors and graduates Tessa Hadley, Patricia Wastvedt and Mo Hayder. Today, our students work for the Festival in a variety of capacities from interns to social media campaigners. Some of our graduates, now internationally renowned authors, feature in the festival as guest speakers.
In 2016, Bath Festivals and Bath Spa University formed the Creative Writing Education Hub. The Hub is a coalition of writers, researchers, educators and art providers working together to improve creative writing provision for young people in the UK.