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Arts and Literature

John Hegley, Poet

BSc Social Sciences (1976)

John began his comedy career in 1980 and has gone on to appear on television and featured on radio. He has also written numerous books.


Jon McGregor, Novelist and short story writer

BA Media Technology and Production

Jon's first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, was listed for the Booker Prize as its youngest contender. His second novel, So Many Ways to Begin, was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2006. In 2012, his third novel, Even the Dogs, was awarded the International Dublin Literary Award.


Pratibha Parmar, Filmmaker and producer

BA Interdisciplinary Human Studies (1977)

Pratibha has produced and directed many award-winning films both in the UK and overseas. She is known internationally for her political and documentary film work as well as her activism within the global feminism and lesbian rights movements. She has collaborated with many well-known artists and activists, and public figures across the world.


Charles Stross, Writer and novelist

MSc Computing (1990)

Charles is a full-time science fiction writer and the author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005, 2010, and 2014 Hugo awards for best novella. He has won numerous other awards and been translated into at least 12 other languages.