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Video interviews

Take a look at our series of video interviews with Exeter alumni from various subjects, including author Helen Russell and journalist Lindsay Hilsum.

Creative writing alumni authors


Exeter alumni go on to have a rich and creative variety of careers, some with very high public profiles.

Not only are Exeter’s Creative Writing academics actively publishing their creative writing to public acclaim, but many our alumni have gone on to be brilliant and prize-winning writers.

Ruth Gilligan - won the prestigious Ondaatje Prize

Former Exeter Creative Writing PhD student Ruth Gilligan has won the prestigious Ondaatje Prize for her novel Butchers which she wrote for her thesis.

Cherie Jones - shortlisted for The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020

Cherie Jones, an Exeter Creative Writing student, was shortlisted for The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 for her novel, How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House.

Alumni author news

Below are links to some news articles about Exeter alumni authors and their publications: