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Cinnamon sticks with Chichester’s creative writers

E-J Hughes with Gwyneth Lewis credit Graham Shackleton

TWO creative writers from Chichester have been awarded book contracts following the launch of a joint-venture between the University and Cinnamon Press, a leading independent publisher of contemporary poetry and fiction.

Work by PhD student Emma Jane Hughes and her MA colleague Donna Kirstein was selected after a special event at the University in which undergraduate and postgraduate students were encouraged to pitch their work to editors from the press.

Representatives of the press were so impressed that they offered Emma, pictured above with former inaugural national poet of Wales Gwyneth Lewis, a contract to publish her first collection of poetry in Spring 2017.

Meanwhile, Donna was asked to develop a poetry pamphlet with Cinnamon’s new Liquorice Fish Books imprint, with a view to developing future work.

The visit of the Cinnamon Press editors was crowned by a well-attended event in which Chichester graduate Maggie Sawkins and Senior Lecturer Dr Hugh Dunkerley read from their latest books, both published by Cinnamon.

The event was organised by Karen Stevens, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English & Creative Writing.

Karen said she was delighted by the success of the event, and thrilled for the successful writers.

She added: “The opportunity for students to present themselves and their work to professionals in the publishing business is hugely beneficial to their professional development and employment prospects.

“We would also like to announce that the Press will be returning bi-annually to listen to pitches from other students who wish to publish their creative writing.”

Cinnamon describes itself as an ‘independent, innovative, and international’ publisher.

Its prolific and distinctive profile has been built on books like Hugh Dunkerley’s ‘Hare’, the acclaimed new book by Maggie Sawkins, ‘Zones of Avoidance’, which is adapted from the live performance that won Maggie the prestigious Ted Hughes Award.

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