City Lit's writing students frequently go on to further study or publication. Below, you can read a selection of our students' many and varied accomplishments.
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- Sunnymead Court by Gemma Lawrence will open at the Arcola Theatre in July, directed by James Hillier, as part of Arcola's Today I'm Wiser festival of outdoor art and performance. Sunnymead Court has been nominated for four Offie Awards and named as a 2020 hit show of the year by The Stage. Gemma studied playwriting at City Lit.
- Michelle Magorian's beloved classic Goodnight Mister Tom celebrates its 40th anniversary this month with a brand-new edition from Penguin Books. “[My City Lit class offered] invaluable advice which at that time I would not have received anywhere else … Thanks to City Lit, I found an agent, the book has been published in many languages and was adapted for television.”
- Angela Vincent used the skills covered in her journalism course with Susan Grossman to successfully write and submit a pitch for the Metro. Her article "Covid-19 gave me the courage to quit my job as a palliative care nurse" was published on 3 May.
- Susan Wilson had two poems - "A Weight Off Her Mind" and "Holidays in Ireland" - published on Lucy Writers' Platform. Susan studies poetry writing at City Lit with Ella Frears.
- Marie-Clare Amuah's debut novel Diary of a Magpie has been acquired by Oneworld. "Set against the backdrop of both Ghana and London, and with a voice that sings off the page, this is a wonderfully immersive novel for readers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Helen Oyeyemi." Marie-Clare studied creative writing with Natasha Bell.
- Jo Willett's biography The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu is out now from Pen & Sword. "Brilliantly written biography of a fearless woman who changed the course of history" - Anne Sebba. Jo studied non-fiction with Robert Fraser.
- PR Walker won 2nd place in the 2021 Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition for his poem "The Grammar of the World is losing its Syntax", and was commended and long-listed in the 2021 Cheltenham Poetry Festival Transformations competition. PR Walker studied writing poetry with Helen Cox.
- Angela Zaher published her first article, "How Lockdown Changed My Relationship with Cooking", for Marmalade + Kindness. "Doing the City Lit course on Ways into Creative Writing not only helped me get through lockdown but it also gave me the confidence boost to take a new direction my life ... I am thrilled to have been published for the first time and I have more articles coming into print shortly." Angela studied creative writing with Grant Corr.