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Aberystwyth University Creative Writing student publishes first novel

20 Oct 2022 3 minute read
Author Kathy Briggs with her debut novel

An author who was inspired to write after taking Lifelong Learning courses at Aberystwyth University has published her first novel.

Kathy Biggs discovered her literary talent when she enrolled on Creative Writing modules at The Wyeside in Builth Wells after being made redundant.

Her novel ‘The Luck’ is an epic generational saga set in America’s Midwest.  Beginning in 1930 when a couple give all they have to make a living from their Midwest farm ‘The Luck’, the story follows the trials and tribulations of the family over three generations.

Biggs said: “I started writing at the beginning of 2017 after being made redundant. Although I loved the job I’d been in (advocacy for older people) it involved dealing with lots of information – reports, forms, legal documents. I knew that whatever I did next, I wanted it to be something that allowed me to get stuff out of my head rather than put more in.

“Joining a community of writers helped give me the confidence and commitment to become a published author. What I loved about Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing classes was the insights of its tutors and the diversity of its challenges. Through the modules I took, I learned about writing novels, short stories, poetry, freelance features and scriptwriting, which pushed me to improve my own abilities.”

“Becoming a writer didn’t feel like a decision as much as a process, but one thing is certain – the Lifelong Learning classes were central to that process.

“They unlocked something in me that I didn’t know was there, and I am massively grateful to Aberystwyth University and everyone involved for setting me on a whole new career path.”


Aberystwyth University Creative Writing tutor Lara Clough, who tutored Kathy, said: “I am delighted to hear that Kathy is getting her novel published with Honno.

“As a student of mine, it was evident right from the beginning that she was a skilled, talented and ambitious writer. Here she deftly draws you into the lives and dilemmas of her characters, in an eventful family saga set across the generations in the rural American Midwest.”

‘The Luck’ was published by Honno Press on 6 October 2022.  The official book launch takes place at 7pm on Friday 21 October 2022 at Victoria Hall, Llanwrtyd Wells.

The Lifelong Learning Department at Aberystwyth University offers a wide range of courses in Creative Writing. From beginners’ courses on the techniques, skills and craft of writing to modules on writing a novel, fantasy and science fiction and getting published.

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 year ago

Ms Bigs may I wish you every success in your new career…

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