Independence Day

Nicola has been published by the BIG publishing houses several times. She won the Betty Trask Award for a first novel with her Nottingham based gritty and eloquent The Killing Jar. She’s now going down the independent publishing route with what it bound to be a well written, edgy and intelligent trilogy of tales. Available on kindle from 17 July.

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Back in May, I wrote a little here about my first foray into Independent Publishing, or what would have been called self-publishing until recent years. I’ve set up my own imprint, which I’ve called  Blue Morpho Press (in honour of the wonderful butterfly MORPH who is a featurTroll-Finale of The Killing Jar, my first novel) but I am the only employee/director/general dogsbody of this new, exciting and vibrant publishing house.

Over the course of the last year, I’ve been more and more convinced by indie/self publishing as a viable route for my writing. I’ve attended workshops, spoken to writers working in all sorts of ways, heard convincing arguments on both sides of this ‘fence’. The more I hear, the more convinced I am that for the books I want to write, at least some kind of hybrid model is likely to work best for me.

This July, my first…

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How to kick a student when she/he is down

In the last post (how ironic) about the course, I said I’d write were an understandable reason given for the closure of the University of Nottingham’s BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing course, but the real news is that it hasn’t been and the students have been treated abysmally. Do read this eloquent piece by current student Kim Jamison about the meeting they attended. Jubilee Campus - Nottingham UniversitySo soon after the horrors of France, the students were ticked off for discussing the closure on Facebook. This was used as a reason for not saying more to them at the meeting. (Expletives deleted!) An aptly named commenter, Michael, in the student magazine Impact, described the course as Mickey Mouse. He appears not to know that external examiners ensure the academic standard desired by the University across the board is reached. At one time the examiner thought marks being awarded to CPW students were too high. On further investigation the examiner decided this was not the case, rather that the work was of an exceptionally high calibre. One alumna of CPW, who graduated from Nottingham some years ago with a BSc in Psychology, told me she found parity in the academic levels of both courses. I am angry about the injustice of it all, and profoundly sad; sad for the current students and staff, sad for the former course leader*, who seems to be being scapegoated, sad because this was a great course that enriched the lives of so many people and contributed hugely to the literary life of Nottingham, sad that the university I felt proud to be part of has let these students down so badly. *If you haven’t read Nicola Monaghan’s award winning novel The Killing Jar, do. She also writes as Niki Valentine, such is her skill and flexibility!