Third Year Writing Collaboration with National Trust
Industry connections and real-world experience are an important part of the courses at Falmouth. Not least at the School of Writing and Journalism, where, for the third year running students have been working on a publishing project with the National Trust.
The collaboration sees students working on every aspect of the publishing process, from commissioning, to editorial, illustration, production and marketing.
Previous works have been a short story by Man Booker long-listed author, Wyl Menmuir, and a collection of poetry by award winning poet, Holly Corfield Carr.
This year, the book will be a short story written by Xan Brooks, an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster.
Seren Livie, one of the students working with the National Trust explained why she wanted to be involved in the project saying, "I chose [to work on this] because I knew that it would be a challenging project that would stretch my creativity and help me learn new skills in the world of publishing."
Seren said: "I like that I will be able to gain practical experience working in the publishing world, and learn things I wouldn't have had the opportunity to, like how book printing works. I'm excited to work with Xan and to be part of the process to help create the book."
Katie Bond, National Trust publisher, who founded the project three years ago, said at the time: "I believe this collaboration is the first of its kind in the industry, but I hope it will inspire many more. It opens up publishing to a wider student demographic than the restrictions of work experience in London publishing houses."
The students working on the current project with Xan Brooks are looking forward to next term, when they will get to read his first draft and help to select an illustrator for the book.