Press Releases 2014-2015

Critical Acclimation for UWTSD Graduate

14.08.2015

A  University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduate has been critically acclaimed for her debut poetry collection.

Rosalind Hudis studied on the MA Creative and Script Writing at UWTSD Lampeter. Her writing has been highly commended in the prestigious Forward Prize for Poetry 2015, one of the biggest national competitions for poetry in the UK.

Poetry from Rosalind’s debut collection ‘Tilt’ was highly commended out of the 270 submitted, placing her collection in the top twenty first collections published in Britain in 2015.

The Forward Poetry Prizes are run by the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity committed to widening poetry’s audience, honouring achievement and supporting talent. They are the most prestigious poetry award in the UK, and each year, amongst other awards, they short-list 20 poems and twenty collections for the best single poem prize and best debut collection respectively. The judges this year were A L Kennedy (Chair), Colette Bryce, Carrie Etter, Emma Harding & Warsan Shire. 

Rosalind said: “My collection, ‘Tilt’, was placed in the top twenty, and one of the poems, 'Salvage', was highly commended, which means it was a step away from being among the final ten poems for the Single Poem Prize. Receiving this recognition from the Forward Prize is certainly a boost and it's given me extra charge for concentrating on my next collection. Many of the poems in ‘Tilt’ developed out of work begun at UWTSD Lampeter, I owe much to the good advice of my tutors.”

Rosalind is a former holder of a 2013 New Writers Bursary from Literature Wales Academy and is currently working on her second collection.

She continued: “I began a part-time MA in Creative and Script Writing at UWTSD Lampeter in 2009 under Dic Edwards, and with the benefit of mentoring from Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch. During the course, and since completing, I have had poems and stories published extensively in a range of literary journals, been awarded the Wilfred Owen Bursary (2011), and won a variety of awards, including a commendation in the National Poetry Competition and a New Writers Bursary from Literature Wales Academy.”

Rosalind has an extensive list of achievements, last year she was runner up in UWTSD’s Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award, in 2013 Rack Press published her poetry pamphlet Terra Ignota and in 2014 Cinnamon Press published Rosalind’s first ever full collection, ‘Tilt’. Rosalind also sits on the editorial board of UWTDS’s online international literary journal The Lampeter Review.

When asked about inspiration she said:

“I'm a magpie when it comes to inspiration. Anything can catch my imagination, from snippets of conversation, to life-experiences, to scientific ideas; I think many poets are like that. It's an art of making connections. Anything can be seen in a fresh and unfamiliar way. Relationship to place is also very important to me, I write often from my experience of living in rural Wales, and relationship to both personal and collective history - how the two intersect.

“I loved my time at UWTSD Lampeter. Being part of a small, supportive writing community, learning from and working with tutors who were established writers, gave me the confidence to put my own work out there - with results I hadn't expected! It changed my life dramatically. Even if this hadn't been the case, I'd still have valued the course for the way it opened up my appreciation of what's involved in the craft of writing, and for the emphasis placed on developing creativity. And of course the Lampeter campus is a beautiful, tranquil, place to study!”

When asked if she had any advice for aspiring writers Rosalind said:

“Write every day, even if it’s just for ten minutes. Keep notebooks. Don't aim everything at quick publication. Work takes time to develop, and the important thing is to engage whole-heartedly with the writing itself. Learn to take criticism and rejections and use it to improve your own practice. Show your work to people you trust, but also trust to be honest, and who know what they're talking about - you don't need lots of opinions. Read, read, and read, both from the cannon and from your contemporise. Keep a sense of humour and walk lots! Walking lets the mind do important free-ranging work and, for poets especially, instils rhythm through your body. And it keeps you fit after all those hours bent over a hot keyboard!”

The MA in Creative and Script Writing programme offers participants an opportunity to work with internationally recognised writers with expertise in a number of genres, and a range of academic staff and visiting staff.

The overall aim of the programme is to equip students with the ability to hone their writing skills and to develop areas of creativity at an advanced level, while the practical benefits offered by the schemes will enable students to pursue careers as professional writers, editors and publishers as well as those roles which command an excellent command of language.

A focus on the ability to communicate clearly through precise language prepares students for a range of careers, from writing-based advertising or journalism, to related professions such as publishing, publicity or arts administration. Students will also be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired on the courses to teach others these skills, whether it be in schools, colleges or in the community.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014