In September 2019 the first cohort of BA (Hons) Creative Writing students entered Leeds Arts University to begin their writing lives with us. It was wonderful to set out with them on day one of this new course in a brand-new purpose-built writing room. I have nothing but admiration for their leap of faith in joining us, writers in a specialist arts university: ground breakers.
They have been wonderful students and are all talented writers. Their work in this anthology, Endings Beginnings tells part of that story. However, I wish you had been able to share, as I have, along with our great team, the joy, the frustration, the humour, the realisations and lightning bolts, and the sheer, rigorous hard work that has gone into shaping these people. All of them have stepped well beyond their comfort zones and have been challenged to reflect and analyse, to explore context, audience and environment and to consider the sheer confusion of being human.
This anthology, from graduating BA (Hons) Creative Writing students at Leeds Arts University, represents the end of three years of exploration across poetry, prose, scriptwriting and hybrid forms as well as fruitful collaboration with finer artists, musicians, photographers, illustrators, fashion branders, animators and comic artists. Extracts explore environment, history, contemporary life, and self. This rich collection of beginnings only alludes to their many possible ends.
I so look forward to watching, reading and hearing them in the future. This is the end of their undergraduate degree course but marks the next stage of their writing lives. One of our graduating students, Hannah Prince, is now employed as a copy writer for Etsy, two more are applying for postgraduate study, others are considering pathways including editorial careers and teaching English as Foreign Language.
Ed, Beth, Hannah, Jasmine, Jesse, Joe and Lizzie - thanks for being here. Endings are born out of beginnings, beginnings out of endings.
Dr Karen Tobias-Green- course leader.