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Creative Writing grad wins Bridport Prize award – Bath Spa University

MA Creative Writing grad wins a Bridport Prize award

Thursday, 4 November, 2021

MA Creative Writing graduate Fiona Williams has won the Peggy Chapman Andrews First novel award for the Bridport Prize.

The Bridport Prize helps raise funds for The Bridport Arts Centre charity. It launched almost 50 years ago with the aim of funding the newly opened arts centre. The writing competition today has a prize fund of more than £20,000 and reaches over 100 countries from Australia to Yemen.

Fiona is a freelance science writer working for the pharmaceutical and health industries. She is also a copyeditor for the journal Transnational Literature produced by TRACE.

Fiona began writing her first novel, The House of Broken Bricks, while completing an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and the manuscript was shortlisted for the University’s Janklow and Nesbit Prize in 2020.

She is currently researching her second novel and hopes to embark on a PhD in Creative Writing next year.

There is a short film featuring the winning writers in all categories (Fiona's book is featured at 19.38 mins).

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