A University of Chichester lecturer has won a national award for an anthology of stories which capture the comedies, tragedies, pleasures, pains and horrors of alcohol.
High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories is a collection of contemporary shorts edited by Karen Stevens, a senior lecturer in creative writing, and Jonathan Taylor.
The book, which won best anthology 2019 at the Saboteur Awards, includes works by award-winning and new writers, some of whom are graduates of the university’s MA in creative writing.
Speaking of the award, which consisted of a trophy and bottle of gin, Karen said: “High Spirits is an intoxicating cocktail of stories that finds truth at the bottom of a bottle. Jonathan and I are delighted to have won this award and it was a pleasure to work with such talented writers.”
Alison MacLeod, novelist and visiting professor at the university, said: “This is a marvellous collection that springs from life as it’s lived – on the pulse, in the street, and in our dreams – its stories are, by turns, poignant, tough, funny, lyrical.
“Above all, they capture the emboldening and destructive force of alcohol as its characters search, stumble, love, stagger and rise above.”
The MA in creative writing at the university has been the inspiration for a number of successful writers and boasts visiting professorships from internationally-acclaimed authors Kate Mosse and Alison MacLeod.
For more about the MA in creative writing visit: chi.ac.uk/ma-creative-writing