June 23, 2020

National Writing Day - students

To celebrate National Writing day our Creative Writing students tell us which books have inspired them the most. Meet some of our Cardiff Met Creative Writing students and hear what they have to say…

Dee Dickens – English & Creative Writing student

Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi resonated with me so much that my dissertation was heavily influenced by it.

“My favourite book is Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi. We studied it in first year on our poetry module then again in Year Three for our Auto/biographical module. It is about a man’s journey from boyhood, discovering what it means to grow up black in England.”

“The book resonated with me so much that my dissertation was heavily influenced by it and I wrote seven thousand words of poetry based around the ideas of slavery, contemporary black identity and inherited trauma.”

James Roberts – Drama & Creative Writing student

Mr Gum by Andy Stanton inspired me to read and write and created my love for literature.

“The book that inspires me most is the children’s book by Andy Stanton titled You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum.”

“Why does this book inspire me? Well, when I was younger, I struggled to find any fictional books I was truly interested in reading, I usually stuck to the nonfiction titles because they contained more pictures! I came across this book by chance out shopping once with my mum, I remember returning home and becoming obsessed with the story and the world of Mr Gum. Thus, creating my love for literature and wanting to write myself as I grew older and progressed through school. But the way you can tell of a good book is not just how it affects you but others, to this day I am still recommending Mr Gum to children I encounter with the same problem I had. I love how it not only inspired me to read and write more but continues to have the same effect on others.”

Alana Elmes – English & Creative Writing student

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino has been a great source of inspiration to me.

“I love creating places and Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino has been a great source of inspiration.”

“Calvino’s vivid descriptions of unique and fantastical cities are beautifully crafted and offer intelligent insight into humanity. Invisible Cities has taught me the limitlessness of world-building and the importance of its character.”  

Meriem Jouti – Creative Writing & Media student

The raw emotions in The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas make me pick it up to read it again and again and again.

“I read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas during my Urban and contemporary class and just fell in love with it. One of my favourite quotes from the book, and there are many, is “I can’t change where I come from or what I’ve been through, so why should I be ashamed of what makes me, me?”

“The book tackles so many social issues and police brutality, the raw emotions in it make me pick it up to read it again and again and again. Starr manages to make me laugh and cry and rage and weep, then she brings me back to my teenage years, and at every read I’m on a roller-coaster of emotion.”