Posted on 07/03/2014
Declan Ryan, a Royal Holloway PhD candidate and MA Creative Writing graduate, is one of four poets chosen from over 850 submissions as a recipient of the Faber & Faber New Poet's Scheme 2013-14. His first pamphlet will be published in October 2014 and he will be on tour with the other Faber New Poets giving performances and readings across the country.
Two other Royal Holloway student were also featured on the Highly Commended list: Rob Selby who is a Research student under the supervision of Andrew Motion and Malene Engelund who graduated from the MA Creative Writing.
Declan had this to say about the news:
“I was thrilled when I got the phone call - pretty much all the poets I'm writing about in my thesis are on the backlist at Faber and so it's fantasy stuff really, to think there'll be a tiny corner of that list with my name on it (without getting all Rupert Brooke about it). It was especially pleasing to see my close friends and fellow RHUL alumni/students Rob Selby and Malene Engelund on the list, they've both had an enormous, shaping influence on my work, just as my tutors Jo and Andrew have since I did the MA here back in 2008/09. It's hard to know about the impact really, but it's certainly a welcome confidence boost, and the scheme has mentorship built into it so hopefully will give me additional support in working towards a full collection.”
More details about the scheme are available on the Faber & Faber website here