“Modern Writers are the moons of literature; they shine with reflected light, with light borrowed from ancients.” – Samuel Johnson
With the new BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree comes a new generation of writers. Collected in this exhibition are works that explore the theme of ‘light’ in all its myriad definitions and forms. Light can scare the shadows away or throw into relief that which we would like to remain in the dark. Light can be a beacon or a deterrent. Light can draw us in, make us feel safe, or it can expose us, leaving us out in the open.
A celebration of light and words, this exhibition shines a torch on exciting new pieces of prose and poetry, generated and developed by the first year BA (Hons) Creative Writing students through workshops and studio practice.
MEET THE CURATORS: DR. JAMES COLE AND TIM O’REILLY BENNETT
Dr. James Cole
Dr. James Cole is the course leader for AUB’s new BA (Hons) Creative Writing course. James attended the University of Southampton where he undertook a BA (Hons) in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. He consolidated his studies with a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing, also at Southampton, where he has since taught on various modules, including the Lifelong Learning programme. For the past six years, James has led workshops and held community-based residencies within the local area, hoping to foster a love for reading and writing. His novel, Reading Through Binoculars, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize 2016 and he is developing a Young Adult novel with Curtis Brown literary agency in London.
Tim O’Reilly Bennett
Tim O’Reilly Bennett’s is the University Librarian at AUB. His key role includes the implementation of Library policy and the establishment of archives, ensuring policies are aligned to the University’s strategic aims. In partnership with stakeholders, he helps to lead and innovate in key areas such as Library strategic development, the creation and maintenance of digital and physical learning resources, information literacy and the delivery of an excellent and responsive service. Prior to working at AUB, Tim worked at various specialist art institutions such as Edinburgh College of Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and Camberwell College of Arts.