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Alison Powell

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Course studied: MA Creative Writing
Graduating year: 2015
Job: Freelance Writer

Alison received the runner up prize for the Bridford First Novel Award 'When The Mountain Swallowed in the Morning', which she developed during her MA Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. On the course, she was introduced to several agents and has now accepted an offer of representation from Rogers, Coleridge and White. She has also had a short story published in Mxlexia magazine and recently won the Bath Short Story Award.

Alison's Bath Spa story

Since I left Bath Spa I have continued to work on my novel When the Mountain Swallowed the Morning. Thanks to the MA anthology, a collection of writing from graduates of the course, I was introduced to several agents and have accepted an offer of representation from the firm Rogers, Coleridge and White. My book won runner-up prize in the 2015 Bridport First Novel award, was long-listed for the Mslexia New Novel competition and short-listed for the Janklow & Nesbit Bath Spa award. Since completing the MA I have had a short story published in Mxlexia magazine and recently won the local prize for the Bath Short Story Award.
The MA helped me to develop discipline with my writing and gave me the confidence to put my work out there. 

"The best thing about studying at Bath Spa University is the support available."

''My advice for current students is ...''

My advice for current students is to make the most of all the university has to offer. The staff are there to support you and genuinely want the best for you. It might be obvious or clichéd, but you really do get out what you put in from your time at university.

''The best thing about the course I studied was ...''

The best thing about studying at Bath Spa University is the support available. The tutors, lecturers, library staff, grounds staff…everyone in fact that I came into contact with on campus was helpful and positive.

''I recommend Bath Spa because ...''

I recommend Bath Spa University because of its excellent staff and well-stocked libraries. Plus, if you do the MA in Creative Writing, you get to study in the ridiculously beautiful surroundings of Corsham Court.

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