Aston welcomes Royal Literary Fund Fellow

Jane Draycott

Aston’s new Royal Literary Fund Fellow joined the School of Life & Health Sciences last Monday. Poet Jane Draycott will be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays to offer one-to-one writing help and advice to students with the aim of fostering good writing practice across all Schools.

Jane Draycott’s latest collection Over was shortlisted for the 2009 T S Eliot Prize. Nominated three times for the Forward Prize for Poetry, her first two full collectionsPrince Rupert's Drop and The Night Tree were both Poetry Society Recommendations. Her audio work with Elizabeth James has won several awards including BBC Radio 3 Poem-for-Radio and a London Sound Art Award. Jane also teaches on postgraduate writing programmes at Oxford University and the University of Lancaster. 

The Royal Literary Fund’s Fellowship scheme for writers was launched in autumn 1999, with the intention of placing professional writers in higher education institutions to offer writing support to all students. All Fellows are established professional writers of literary merit, representing a wide range of genres, including biography, translation and scientific writing. To date some 225 writers have held posts at 100 different institutions.

Ideally, when students meet Jane, they will focus on an early draft of their writing, a section of that draft, or notes on a title, and, during the course of the consultation, will seek advice on particular aspects of style or technique (not content, as Fellows are neither subject specialists nor substitute tutors).

If you have a student who you feel might benefit from Jane’s help, please get in touch. Jane can be contacted on ext 4195 or at j.draycott@aston.ac.uk. Students can book an appointment with Jane via the Wass system.  

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