Posted February 20th 2020

Celebrating the Avril Bruten Award for Creative Writing

The College will be celebrating the Avril Bruten Award for Creative Writing, at an event hosted by award-winning writer Kirsty Gunn, this year’s competition judge.

All shortlisted entries will be read, Kirsty Gunn will offer a reading from her own work, and then this year’s winner will be announced. The event will take place at 5:45pm on Friday 6 March in the MGA Lecture Room and all are welcome to attend.

The award is intended to foster and reward creative writing by students of St Hugh’s College. The competition is open to all current undergraduate and postgraduate students, with a prize of £250.

Categories of writing that are included in the scope of the Award include poetry; short prose fiction; drama; memoir and life writing; and travel writing.

Avril Bruten was a Fellow in English at St Hugh’s for 35 years. A fine poet as well as a scholar of medieval and renaissance literature, she retired in 1999 and when she died she left a legacy to the College to establish a creative writing award.

We are delighted that Kirsty Gunn will also be offering a creative writing workshop in College.