Critically Acclaimed Local Writer Holds Master Class For Students

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Critically Acclaimed Local Writer Holds Master Class For Students

Date posted: 25 November 2008

 Celebrated author and University of Derby graduate Edward Hogan nurtured a whole new generation of talent when he visited the institution yesterday.

Edward Hogan (28) from Little Eaton, Derby had his first critically acclaimed novel Blackmoor, short-listed for the 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize for young writers.

He shared the secrets of his success as part of a master class with current students on the Ba Hons Creative and Professional Writing and English degree – the same course Edward had studied.

After graduating from the University of Derby in 2001 with a First, Edward was signed to Simon & Schuster who published his first novel Blackmoor. The Independent’s Peter Carty has said Hogan is ‘a writer to watch'.

Keen to find out more about the places he grew up Edward set the novel in a small mining community in the Midlands. He wanted to discover more about the effect the closures of the mines had on the people employed in the industry. In the story the reader comes to understand and know the characters through the passage of time.

The Dylan Thomas Prize awards £60,000 to recognize the best young writer in the English-speaking world and ensures that the inspirational nature of Dylan's writing will live on. The 2008 award was won by Nam Le, author of The Boat.

Edward said: “It’s great to be back where I did so much of my early writing and to see the lecturers and writers who taught me. I’ve enjoyed meeting current students who are today’s up and coming writers, they’re in safe hands.

“My lecturer on the Creative Writing course, Moy McCrory, was a very influential figure in my studies. I really enjoyed my time at the University of Derby.”

Dr Moy McCrory, Senior Lecture for Creative Writing said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome Ed back as a visiting writer. When he was a student we tried to expose our groups to writers and now he’s back to inspire our current students.”

Second year Creative and Media Writing student Damien Barker (23) added: “Ed’s talk gave me some good tips on techniques which will help me get in the right frame of mind to write, I’ll definitely be trying them out.”


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