Resident novelist arrives at Aston

11 October 2007 – for immediate release

For the 2007/2008 academic year, Aston University has been fortunate enough to be allocated its first ever Royal Literary Fund Fellow. David Armstrong is available to give advice to students on how to improve their essay and writing skills, which could help them achieve higher grades.

The Royal Literary Fund Fellowship scheme, which was established in 1999, has been very successful in placing professional writers in higher education institutions throughout the UK in order to provide support to students in improving their writing skills.

A self-confessed ‘late starter’, David read English at Cardiff University as a mature student in the 1970s, and then taught in a Shropshire further education college for 15 years.

He has written poetry and short stories since leaving school, but it was the late 1980s before he began his first novel. Night’s Black Agents was published by HarperCollins in 1993, and was short-listed for the Best First Crime Novel award.

He has had four other novels published, as well as the non-fiction title, How Not to Write a Novel, (a best-selling guide to the highs and lows of being a writer). David has also written features for The Times, Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph.

His latest book, A Kind of Acquaintance, is published by Severn House on 1st of November.

Although available to all students (on an appointment system), David is based in the Psychology department of the University’s School of Life & Health Sciences. When asked what he was most looking forward to about his new role at Aston, David said: ‘I have always enjoyed working with students and, in particular, sharing my enthusiasm for good writing. When I was a mature student myself, I think I would have found some essay-writing guidance helpful.

‘When it comes to my own work, I have always found that I have to do many edits and revisions, be it a novel, a short-story or a newspaper article, and I believe a similar approach might be useful for essay writing.’

The scheme is part of the Royal Literary Fund, which was originally set up in1790. For more information on the Fellowship Scheme and the Royal Literary Fund itself, please visit http://www.rlf.org.uk/


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