With end of year assessments completed, our campus community can start mapping out its plans for an exciting summer. Fresh from Falmouth is back to provide a few pointers, as well as round up all the latest news from our wonderful creatives.


Latest news from our creative community


Graduate pens best-selling novel

Professional Writing MA alumna Judy Leigh has published over ten books since graduating from Falmouth in 2015. The best-selling author’s latest offering, The Witch’s Tree, is proving to be her most popular yet.

The novel brings together the lives of present-day artist Selena and seventeenth century farm worker Grace. Separated by three hundred years, the two women are drawn together by a home bathed in blood and magic. 

Purchase a copy of Judy’s book here.


Hew Locke made a Royal Academician

Guyanese-British sculptor and Falmouth graduate Hew Locke has received one of the highest honours in British art, having been elected as a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts. In his new position, Hew will help The Academy to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

For anyone looking to see Hew’s work this summer, he is currently exhibiting at The Tate, with his installation receiving rave reviews.

Go to the exhibition, and find out more about the Academy’s Royal Academicians.


Falmouth-formed band to headline local festival

Music graduates Louisa Hygate, Sophie Rooke, Declan Williams, Harry Collis and Pacho Song met at Falmouth, and went on to form the five-piece band Horses on the Beach. The group are headlining Kindred Spirits festival in Launceston next month, and crowds can expect a diverse, upbeat show that’s guaranteed to get them dancing.

To sample their music, check out the music video Get Funky. Falmouth residents will definitely recognise where the shoot took place!


Lecturer to discuss innovations in motorsport

Dr Kit Chapman, course leader for Journalism MA (online), will be discussing the revelatory impact of technology in motorsport at the York Festival of Ideas. It follows the recent publication of his latest book Racing Green, which tells the story of how motorsport science has become smarter and more environmentally friendly, and how these developments on the track are changing the world.

Explore the full Festival programme, and buy a copy of Kit’s book.


Students bring the PAR-Teee to life

This summer, Technical Theatre Arts BA(Hons) and Theatre Performance BA(Hons) students will be helping to organise one of Cornwall’s most exciting performance arts events.

Hosted in Par (where else), PAR-Teee 2022 will be supported by Prodigal Theatre, who helped contribute to a mesmerising event last year.

Get a flavour for PAR-Teee and keep an eye on their social media for further details.


Falmouth made film proves a hit in Miami

Film & TV MA graduate Susan Lay worked as a producer on new short KESTAV. The Cornwall-made sci-fi film has now received an Audience Award at the Miami International Film Festival.

Written and directed by lecturer Christopher Morris, the film tells the tale of an unusual object found on a Cornish beach and the past that it brings with it.

KESTAV has also been nominated for Best Short Film at the Celtic Media Festival 2022. Check out Chris’ social channels to find out more about this exciting new short.


Student to design new range for Skinner's Brewery

Illustration BA(Hons) student Abby Mundell has formed a very exciting partnership so early on in her career, having secured a role with iconic Cornish brewery Skinner’s.

Abby will be leading the brand direction for a new range of Skinner’s beers, which will be released later this year. She spoke glowingly of her course after landing her job with the prestigious brewers.

“I couldn’t have found a better grounding for a career as a freelance illustrator anywhere in the world”, Abby told Skinner’s. “The teaching is inspiring, the facilities are great, there’s a really positive culture around the department and the course has an outstanding international reputation. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have all that on my doorstep!”

Abby’s designs are inspired by the Cornish lifestyle – check them out here.

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