English & Writing Team Launch First Book

Tuesday 12 September 2017
Wyl Menmuir launches In Dark Places at the South West Outdoor Festival.
Image: James Dobson.

The School of Writing & Journalism has just launched its first book at the South West Outdoor Festival in collaboration with the National Trust and our current Writer in Residence, Man Booker longlisted novelist Wyl Menmuir.

In Dark Places is the first in a series of pocket-size books inspired by the history and environment of National Trust places; written by Wyl, illustrated by MA Illustration student Emma Butcher, and produced by a team of English & Writing students.

It was launched at sunset, by firelight, in a field above Cheddar Gorge at the National Trust's South West Outdoor Festival on Saturday evening.

Niamh Downing, Head of English & Writing, said: "The publishing team worked with Katie Bond, Head of Publishing at National Trust, to bring this book to market. It's provided an exceptional opportunity for students to gain experience of all aspects of the publishing process, and to showcase their talent as creative producers.

"Many congratulations to the student publishing team led by Samantha Pentin, Benjamin G Wilson and Kate Williams. This team comprised Adriana Ciontea, Joanna Varandas, Alyanna Graham, Janina Zender, Anthony Sprouse, Holly Farr and Day Lilico. Thanks are owed to Wyl Menmuir, Katie Bond and the National Trust, Patrick Kinsella and the South West Outdoor Festival, and to John Bond at Whitefox. Thanks also to Falmouth's Anna Kiernan and Luke Thompson for directing the project, Emma Butcher for her illustrations, and to Steve Braund."

In Dark Places is a darkly atmospheric story about a young couple on their honeymoon set to explore Cheddar Gorge, only to find themselves increasingly distanced from one another as the presence of the claustrophobic caves closes in around them.

Copies can be purchased from the National Trust website and in selected Trust shops.