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Course studied: MA Creative Writing
Graduating year: 2020
Alex’s 2008 collection of short stories My Goat Ate Its Own Legs earned a five-star review in the Independent on Sunday, is published in America by Harper Perennial and was shortlisted for two national awards in France. His poem ‘To Palestine’ won the Interpal poetry competition. He’s written fiction for Royal College of Art exhibitions. He is married and has four children.
Write about what you know, they say. Alex has seen a ghost, been badly injured cycling in the Brecon Beacons, tried using monoliths to communicate with our planet, witnessed an alien landing, drunk from mountain streams, made jam, slaughtered animals and hallucinated on a hillside. All these things happen to his protagonist.
You won’t want to publish this book. The central character is a deluded, unlikeable liar who hides his past and true thoughts. Five of the supporting cast are sentient mountains. It is quasi-philosophical. It does not follow recommended writing practices. The author has ADHD and it reads that way. You won’t publish this book.