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A community of talented Hall writers came together at Teddy Hall on February 9th 2013. The event marked a significant moment in Professor Lucy Newlyn's ongoing efforts to encourage young people to consider becoming professional writers.
"The arts are under-funded; the humanities are beleaguered, and the value of an English degree is coming constantly under question from the powers-that-be," said Lucy, one of the Hall's Fellows in English. "But we can still celebrate writing for its own sake – and that is what we will do on 9th February."
Aularians who studied English met for an exciting line up of events, which featured talks by Samira Ahmed, Emma Brockes, Dan Abnett, Johanna Koljonen and Stewart Lee (pictured left). There was a round-table discussion of Creative Writing in Education, buffet lunch, a poetry reading, and a new piece of writing by undergraduate Tom Bailey. Finally the assembled company of writers raised a glass to our online Hall Writers’ Forum, launched at the end of the day.