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Good beginnings: the best of Saki

I have just re-read ‘The Lumber Room’, a short story by the former Burma police officer H H Munro, who wrote under the name of Saki. More than 30 years after having the story read aloud to me when I was 15 years old, its language and tone are still vividly familiar, even though until […]

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An interview with cartoonist Jacky Fleming

Jacky Fleming’s illustrations and cartoons have regularly featured in The Guardian, Big Issue, New Statesman & Society and Independent on Sunday amongst many other publications, books of her cartoons published by Penguin and her work exhibited far and wide. She kindly agreed to an email interview for the We are OCA blog. Did you always […]

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"…a small, calm voice of reason in a nonsensical world."

In this interview, OCA Creative Writing Course Leader Jane Rogers talks about her new novel. Set in the very near future, a highly credible future, The Testament of Jessie Lamb is an intensely moving read. The process of doing the interview has given me a greater appreciation of the skill needed but, with judicious editing […]

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Writing a five fingered exercise

When I was a small child, just starting school, my favorite moment in each day was the one, after we’d finished our tea, when my father went into the front room. He’d say to me, ‘don’t pull the curtains and don’t switch on the light.’ Then he’d sit at his piano in the last of the […]

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Got a tip? Excerpt from Tipped In

Tipped In is a novel in progress by Martha Lea, creative writing student with OCA. Martha’s work has been highlighted to us at HQ recently and we are pleased to give you a taste of her writing here. It comes from Chapter Two, set in Edinburgh. ‘What’s this – what the?’ you said, pointing at […]

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Narrative and dialogue

Paul, our webmaster, is off at Focus on Imaging so we can’t touch the main OCA website. Having announced the Creative Writing Degree at the end of last week, it wasn’t long before someone noticed that we need a third level one course in Creative Writing to complete the degree programme. This course, to be […]

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Two more degrees…

Aspiring writers and textiles enthusiasts take note! The OCA has just had two new degrees validated — a BA(Hons) Creative Writing degree and a BA(Hons) Textiles degree. The BA(Hons) Creative Writing degree offers a wide range of specialist modules, including narrative and dialogue, writing for children, life writing and writing poetry. It’s the only open […]

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Desert Fish

Back in 2003, Australian Cherise Saywell studied two OCA creative writing courses, an experience she describes as ‘enormously beneficial to my development as a writer’. Success soon followed with Cherise winning the prestigious VS Pritchett Prize for her short story “Beef Queen”. Cherise is based in Edinburgh, and continued to develop her writing, with the […]

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I'm a fan

You might be a football supporter, love Elvis’s music, read comics, enjoy charity shop purchases or simply be an ardent fan of a local band. Whatever your interests, someone, somewhere will have made a fanzine about it. You may have not come across many fanzines as they tend not to make it onto the bookshelves […]

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