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Lord of the website

The official website of Cornish born Nobel Prize winning novelist Sir William Golding is providing an opportunity for postgraduate students to contribute their literary work to the website.

The offer from William Golding Ltd, a private company run by the Golding family, will enable English MA and PhD students from University of Exeter's Tremough Campus, Penryn to develop their professional writing skills and gain experience of publishing by submitting literary papers that analyse Golding's work. In turn this will assist the Institute in further promoting Golding's broad range of lesser known novels to a wider public.

English PhD student Jane Costin said of her involvement: "I read Lord of the Flies many years ago during my A levels and I remember enjoying it but it wasn't until ProfessorNickGroom's recent lecture about Golding's other books that my interest was re-awakened."

As part of the literary programme at the University there is a focus on the links between literature, place and identity in MA English. A visit from Golding's daughter, Judy Carver, to the Tremough Campus started the relationship between the university and the Golding family which has added to the students' appreciation of the British novelist. Judy shared the ideas that her father expressed in his work and his relationship to Cornwall. The MA programme is unique in its emphasis on the relationship between literature and place, and the connection with Golding allows our students to focus on literature of the Southwest.

MA student Andrew McInnes recognises the opportunities this will provide: "I think it is both a great honour as we can celebrate a local author with local links and who has an international reputation. I will be able to develop my professional writing skills, gain experience of publishing and exercise my own critical faculties researching a world renowned author and gain public recognition for my work."

This collaboration with William Golding Ltd enhances research carried out on both campuses in the Centre for Southwest Writing (Exeter) and the soon to be established Centre for Literatures of Identity and Place (Penryn).

The £100 million Tremough Campus is a Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative ­of which the University of Exeter and University College Falmouth are two of the founding partners. It is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council. Set in 70 acres of countryside, but close to the waterside towns of Penryn and Falmouth, the campus offers a lively student community. The University of Exeter now offers degrees in Biology, Modern Celtic and Cornish Studies, English, Geology, Geography, History, Law, Mining Engineering, Politics and Renewable Energy on its Tremough Campus, which has expanded rapidly as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.

For further information please contact Sarah Hoyle, Press Officer, University of Exeter, on 01392 262062/07989 446920 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University of Exeter is a partner of the CUC.


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