Published: 19 June 2023

Surrey Creative Writing alumna launches short story collection

Many congratulations to recent English Literature with Creative Writing graduate Rhiannon Hutchings, who this weekend will be launching her first collection of short stories! To Taste – published as R.C. Hutchings – is comprised of nine short stories which range in setting from a German bakery to a Tokyo ramen stall, but which are united by their interest in the topic of food and eating.  

Rhiannon, who graduated from Surrey in 2018, reports that: "This collection was inspired by a couple of short stories I wrote for my undergraduate dissertation during my final year at Surrey. I've found a special interest in writing about food after years of enjoying it, trying new things whilst travelling, toying with being a vegetarian and seeing the unique relationships that people I know have with what they eat. All of the stories link to food in some way, as you might expect, but as Pat Caplan says, 'food is never "just food" and its significance can never be purely nutritional.' I hope the collection gives you something to chew on..." 

Paul Vlitos, Subject Leader for English Literature, Film and Creative Writing (and author of the scholarly monograph Eating and Identity in Postcolonial Fiction) writes that ‘This is a confident and highly accomplished collection of short stories, compelling and memorable, an absolute pleasure to devour and to ruminate over.’  

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