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Keep updated with alumni news and discover an extensive list of published graduates of City's Novel Studio short course.

Alumni news

Remy Salters

nullRemy Salters (2005/6) has published his debut novel Buttefly Ranch, with Matador Press.

Developed while on The Novel Studio, the novel is set in a remote jungle lodge in Southern Belize, where a local policeman investigates the mysterious disappearance of a world-famous reclusive author.

‘A story of obsessive love, self-destruction and unexpected redemption'.

Hannah Begbie

nullHannah Begbie (2015/16) has sold her debut novel, Mother, to HarperFiction. Hannah studied Art History at Cambridge University and went on to become a talent agent, representing BAFTA and Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning writers and comedians.

In 2015 she joined the board of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, to raise awareness and advocate for the CF community. She also enrolled in The Novel Studio course at City, winning that year’s new writing prize, and developing what was to become her debut novel.

Her editor at HarperFiction says:

“Hannah’s writing grabbed me by the throat from the very first page and in her brutal examination of the roles that women play, her novel is at the same time both raw with emotion and deeply thought-provoking. I’m so thrilled to bring such a talented voice to HarperFiction.”

Harriet Tyce

Wildfire have pre-empted the debut thriller, Blood Orange, from Harriet Tyce. Set to be a ‘major debut launch’, Wildfire have described the novel as ‘a stunning piece of psychological suspense...’ with a ‘spectacularly dark and satisfying ending.’

Harriet was a criminal barrister for ten years before starting her writing career.

A graduate of The Novel Studio in 2010, she is now part way through the MA in Creative Writing Crime Fiction at UEA, where she received a distinction in her first year. Blood Orange will be published in the UK in January 2019.

Greg Keen

nullGreg Keen (2014/15) has signed a two book deal with Amazon Publishing’s Crime Imprint, Thomas & Mercer.

His first book, Soho Dead, developed while on the City course, is described as a “fast-paced, darkly funny crime novel” in which the hero, PI Kenny Gabriel, finds that “the further he investigates the unnatural death of an old friend's daughter, the more he confronts his own past.”

This publication follows hot on the heels of Greg’s CWA Debut Dagger award last year which helped secure his agent, Veronique Baxter at David Higham.

Nicole Dutu

Nicole Dutu (2009/10) has published her debut novel, How I Defeated Dracula (Libris Editorial, 2017).

After a successful Romanian tour, Nicole is now visiting the UK to promote the English translation of the book.

Other published Novel Studio alumni

Anna Mazzola

nullAnna Mazzola's (2014/15) debut historical novel, The Unseeing, was published by Tinder Press in July 2016.

“Intricately plotted and extremely convincing,” The Sunday Times.

Rachel Mann

nullRachel Mann (2008/9) has published her debut novel, developed while on the Novel Studio, On Blackberry Hill.

Described by novelist Clare Jacob as a “very well written and sensitive novel which brings the adolescent life of a young Jewish girl in New York and in summer camp to poignant life.”

Rachel’s play, Class Mother, has also been nominated for best play at the Venus/ Adonis Theater Festival NYC 2016.

Neil Griffiths

nullNeil Griffiths (2006/7) published his first novel, Isabella’s Heiress, in February 2015.

Newly dead and struggling to cope with her new state, Emma Elliott is thrust into a dark and desperate vision of London where warring angels fight over the fate of mankind.

Mike Clarke

nullMike Clarke (2009/10) published an ebook in 2015 of four short stories read at Liars’ League, called:

Do you dare me to cross the line?

Kit Habianic

nullKit Habianic's (2014) debut novel Until Our Blood is Dry was published spring 2014 with Parthian Books.

The story of a South Wales mining community ripped apart by the miners' strike of 1984-1985, an earlier draft of her novel was shortlisted for the Daily Mail/Transworld debut novel prize.

Kit is the first Novel Studio student to publish her novel while on the course!

Ruth Rudherham

nullRuth Rudherham's (2011) debut novel Enemy of the Earth was published by Pig Hog Press in Autumn 2014.

Pig Hog Press promise 'an enthralling thriller and family drama from a brilliant young writer.'

Alexandra Cameron

nullAlexandra Cameron's (2006/7) debut novel Rachael's Gift was published by ANZ Picador in September 2014.

Her agent describes it as 'a detective story of the heart, about a mother's uncompromising love for her daughter and how far she will go to protect her.'

We look forward to a UK publication date soon.

Rachel Zadok

Rachel Zadok's second Sister Sister was published by Kwela Books in 2013.

Her first novel, Gem Squash Tokoloshe (Pan Macmillan, 2005), was shortlisted for The Whitbread First Novel Award (2005) and The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (2005).

Lawrence Patchett

nullLawrence Patchett's (2005/6) I Got his Blood on Me, was published by Victoria University Press, 2012.

A bloodied figure travels through time, a stepfather kicks a ball and curses a snack machine, a cranky ghost brakes a Kapiti train.

From a reimagined history to a future where holograms walk the streets, these stories traverse time and genre to explore the frontiers that face the adventurous now and in the past.

Jennifer Grey

nullJennifer Gray's (2009/10) Atticus Claw Breaks the Law, was the winner of the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award Younger Readers category for Atticus Claw Breaks the Law, (Faber, 2012), and has also written:

Atticus Claw Settles a Score, Atticus Claw Lends a Paw, (Faber 2013), Atticus Claw Goes Ashore, Atticus Claw Learns to Draw (Faber, 2014), The Fabulous Chicken Sisters, Guinea Pigs Online Series (written with former City tutor Amanda Swift) (Quercus, 2012-14).

Campaspe Lloyd-Jacob

nullCampaspe Lloyd-Jacob, pen name Clare Jacob (2008/9) had her novel Ophelia in Pieces, published by Short Books in 2011 (paperback 2012).

On the eve of her 39th birthday, top barrister Ophelia Dormandy decides she is going to make amends. Tonight, after months of late nights at her desk, she’s going to return home early, cook a special supper maybe even wear that red dress Patrick once said he liked. What happens when a high-flying barrister faces the trial of her life outside the courtroom.

Kirstan Hawkins

nullKirstan Hawkins' (2006/7), debut novel, Dona Nicanora's Hat-Shop was published by Random House in 2010.

Intriguing and intoxicating, with a host of unforgettable characters in a magical setting, Doña Nicanora's Hat-Shop is a remarkable novel that dares to us to follow our dreams.

Penny Rudge

nullPenny Rudge's (2005/6) Foolish Lessons in Life and Love was published by Little Brown in 2010 and the Film & TV rights have been optioned to producer Diana Napper.

Penny is currently working on her second novel, Ellie, about a girl with Usher’s Syndrome, a genetic disorder from which she herself suffers.

Shahrukh Husain

nullShahrukh Husain (2004/5) has published her novel, A Restless Wind, with Picador India.

Shah is a prolific writer for adults and children, fiction and non-fiction, stage and screen.