Writers’ works

Stevie Davies

A Man Can Be Forged​

Stevie is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at Swansea University; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Welsh Academy. Stevie and Nigel Jenkins founded Creative Writing at Swansea University.

Gaynor Funnel

Thoughts On Writing

Writing. Why this compelling urge to write, why the need to share stories, experiences, feelings? And why the presumption that someone might want to read what you’ve written? I came late to writing creatively. Years of writing about patients whilst working in the NHS doesn’t count, although many stories were shared, some stranger and more unbelievable than fiction. So why, in my mid-fifties, did I feel the urge to write?

Alan Bilton

At Dawn, Two Nightingales

Alan Bilton is the author of three novels, his latest The End of the Yellow House (Watermark Press 2020), The Known and Unknown Sea (Cillian Press 2014), variously compared to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the 1902 movie, A Trip to the Moon, and Dante’s Inferno, and The Sleepwalkers’ Ball (Alcemi, 2009) which one critic described as “Franz Kafka meets Mary Poppins”.

Liz Suggs

Exploring Swansea

Swansea, Wales, has a different meaning to a lot of people. For some, it’s about home, work, or the wide-reaching beaches in the Gower, the surf and swimming on hot summer days. For others, it’s about the copper once heavily manufactured in the city, having coined the name ‘Copperopolis’ in the 19th century. For others, it’s the poet Dylan Thomas, who was born and raised here. But for me, Swansea meant a journey.

Nicko Vaughan


ANDREW, a young boy in his late teens, jeans, band t-shirt and a scruffy hair cut walks down a residential street.A message alert sounds on his phone. He takes the phone out of his pocket and reads the text message “I’m so bored of revising. Quick chat later?” Andrew smiles, puts his phone back in his pocket and continues to walk down the street.

Elaine Canning

Day 0: Mahogany Overcoat

Elaine Canning is a writer, editor and public engagement specialist who was born and grew up in Belfast.She is currently Head of Special Projects at Swansea University, which include the Rhys Davies National Short Story Competition, and the international Dylan Thomas Prize.

Anne Lauppe-Dunbar

Caswell Bay

Dark against flint rock, two starfish cling, splayed – pimpled, bleaching against the swell of sub aqueous egg white and salt. Blind to the ‘forget me not’ sky and the pull of white birds stream-lining the surf.

Susanne Roesner

Publishing Journeys

One of the questions for Creative Writing students is how best to publish their work. Novels, short fiction, and poetry collections are written to be read and enjoyed by as many people as possible, so how best to go about it?