In 2020/21, the University of East Anglia is marking 50 years of its pioneering Creative Writing MA. An ambitious international programme of events, projects and initiatives will celebrate the programme’s extraordinary heritage, explore key trends shaping literature today, uncover the next generation of global voices, and push the boundaries between contemporary writing and creative technology.
Founded by Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson in 1970, the Creative Writing MA was the first of its kind in the UK and remains one of the world’s most prestigious programmes, creating a literary ecology that has enabled some of the most lauded and innovative writers of the last fifty years.
Ian McEwan was the first student to undertake the course and the programme now boasts more published and prize-winning authors than any other institution in the UK. Its roll call of eminent alumni includes Nobel Prize Winner for Literature Sir Kazuo Ishiguro OBE, Anne Enright, Naomi Alderman, Tash Aw, Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Emma Healey, Louise Doughty, Neel Mukherjee, John Boyne and Tracy Chevalier.
Situated in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, its illustrious roster of faculty and visiting professors includes Margaret Atwood, Rose Tremain, Angela Carter, Lorna Sage, Andrew Motion, Amit Chaudhuri, Ian Rankin, Ali Smith, Preti Taneja and Caryl Philips.