Published: 17 June 2016

Creative Writing PhD wins research council essay competition


Creative writing PhD student, Pauline Rowe, has been selected as the overall winner in the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) 10th anniversary essay competition.

The competition was part of a series of activities run by the AHRC to coincide with its 10th anniversary, and was designed to showcase the achievements of the arts and humanities research community.

Pauline, from the department of English, will receive a £500 prize for her essay, which was entitled The Book As We Have Known It. Her award-winning essay was a response to one in a series of ten debates hosted by AHRC called The Way We Live Now which examined key aspects of our human world and how it is changing. The series included themes such as ‘Social Cohesion’, ‘Faith and Education’ and ‘Beyond the Digital’. Pauline’s essay responded to the theme of ‘Books and the Human’. It is a personal response to the place of the book in her own life and experience and it can be read on the AHRC website.

Commenting on her achievement, Pauline said: “I am delighted to have received this prize, particularly as a postgraduate researcher in Creative Writing as the essay competition encouraged me to write in a direct and accessible way.”

Pauline’s PhD research, currently under the working title of The Experience and Expression of Mental Illness through Poetry with particular reference to the poetry of Frank Bidart will produce an original poetry collection as well as a study on Bidart.

Pauline’s primary PhD supervisor, Professor Deryn Rees-Jones, added: “For Pauline to win this prestigious award says so much about her capacities and strengths as a writer. I’m delighted for her, and feel very privileged to be working with such a strong and growing community of creative writers in the University.”

Pauline is also a published poet, and further information about her work can be found on her blog.

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