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Published: 02 December 2015

Author Monica Ali appointed distinguished writer-in-residence

Award-winning author Monica Ali has been appointed as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence by the School of English and Languages.

Monica will support the School’s mission to help students gain hands-on practical skills, while also developing a deeper and more extensive critical understanding of the cultural, literary and historical contexts of the work they are producing.

She will be running a series of masterclasses and provide one-on-one writing surgery sessions, sharing with students her novel-writing expertise and insight.

Monica said: “I’m looking forward to working with students to dig deep into the mysteries of the process. As a writer, you just write (and constantly revise). So much comes from the subconscious level. As a teacher, you have the opportunity to stand back and think about how you do the things that you do. I hope I’ll be able to offer some insights, and I know that the students will offer me their insights too - it will be a two-way street.”

Professor Diane Watt, Head of the School, said: “Monica is a highly regarded and respected writer and I am so looking forward to working with her to inspire the next generation of writers.”

Monica novels include Brick Lane (which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize), In the Kitchen and Untold Story and her work has been translated into 26 languages. She has been a guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and is an occasional literary reviewer for the New York Times. She has been a judge for, amongst others, the BBC Short Story Award and the Winton Prize for science books.

Discover more about Monica and her role in conversation with Dr Paul Vlitos, Lecturer in English Literature & Creative Writing.

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