As part of Notes in Letters, postgraduate creative writing students from Goldsmiths and Holloway Universities worked with the RPS to explore using music as a source of inspiration for their writing. Each student was given an extract from a mystery piece of music lasting ten minutes and was asked to listen to it once a week for a month. From this listening experience they were then asked to write a short piece of creative writing - prose or a poem - encapsulating the thoughts that came from the task.
Below, you can read pieces written by Goldsmiths students in 2012 alongside listening to an extract of the music which they were given. Can you see/hear parallels between the music and the writing?
Adrian Carter is a Yorkshireman living in exile in Somerset. He has just completed the first year of study for a part-time MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is currently working on a novel about the futility of trying to escape from yourself, and a biography of his father-in-law based on a collection of love letters written between 1940 and 1945.
Phillip Cogger studied English and American Literature at the University of Kent, worked in music journalism, and is a writer and musician. He is currently a full-time student on the MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, and is working on short stories and a novel.
For Richard, writing – his own and others’ – makes sense of the world. He is working on a novel, “The Chatter of Magpies” and a memoir which is fast becoming one, “You Don’t Have To Do What He Says, You Know”. He lives in SE14 and loves his family, music and cricket.
Nicki is a London-based writer born in 1977. She studied English at Girton College Cambridge, where she won the Barbra Wrigley Prize for Poetry. Published poetry has included the May Anthologies, edited by Andrew Motion, and the Oxford Magazine. Her play ‘Spin’ was performed by Write by Numbers at the Ovid Reworked festival and ‘A Technicolor Death’ won the Goldsmiths playwriting competition 2012. Readings have included the Girton Poetry Festival, Speakeasy and the Poetry Cafe. Website: http://www.nickiheinen.com
Juliette Myers currently lives in the Cotswolds and is working on a novel set on the West African coast. She is represented by Prentice Beaumont Literary Agency.
Paul is on the MA Creative and Life Writing course at Goldsmiths University. As well as writing short stories, Paul is currently working on a novel, ‘Qaboun’, based on his time in Damascus. When not writing fiction, Paul works as an Arabic-English translator of TV documentaries, newspaper articles and short stories.
Kate Regester lives in Brighton and writes long and short fiction. She is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. Kate enjoys taking inspiration from different art forms and before starting the course, wrote a novel in verse in collaboration with an illustrator. She is currently writing a novel.
Julia Rotte is a fiction writer from Vienna, Austria who moved to London in 2010 to study Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. With an MA in English Literature and Linguistics, she has creatively made a living as a tourguide, a ski rep and a musical theatre actress. Julia is currently writing a collection of interconnected short stories, of which “Symphony” is the first.