David Broome, BA (Hons)English Literature with American Studies, 2002
What are you doing now?
After graduation, I worked for the Press Association in Yorkshire for three years. When I got engaged, I moved back to Derby and after working for a PR company in Nottingham, I was employed as a sports journalist at the Burton Mail. While there, I covered Derby County and latterly Burton Albion, before moving to the Staffordshire Newsletter as sports editor.
What were the main reasons you took that course?
I was vaguely interested in journalism at that point, but I didn’t want to tie myself to a journalism degree, so I chose English instead, a topic I have always had an interest in. I did the CAMS scheme in my first year, adding American Studies and Experience of Writing to English Literature, before specialising in my second and third years.
Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby?
It had the option of a creative writing course (my ultimate ambition is to be an author) to combine with another degree.
What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?
I had my first published work while at University – some football reports and a short story in the student magazine (which was called Dusted and Eclipse while I was there).
What are your future plans?
Ultimately, I would like to be a published author. I have had several short stories published, and am working on a novel.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?
It is a great university and a great place to live. I moved to Derby in 1999 and I am still here!
Who are you still in touch with from University of Derby?
My wife! We met in Halls (we were in rooms next door to each other) and have been together pretty much since then. My best friend is also a university friend, he still lives in the area as well. And I play football with another former housemate. I would say I am in touch with half a dozen people from university.
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