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Claire Dyer (MA Victorian Literature & Culture 2008)

Biography

I have had a multitude of jobs, working for a blue chip company, a sole trader and a charity. I am now a full-time novelist and poet.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

Because I love the fact that I have a university in my home town and I was lucky that they were offering an MA in a subject I wished to study.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

I love the trees and open spaces on campus and the hum of learning that the university transmits.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Make the Library the centre of your orbit. It is a marvellous place.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I have published a collection of poetry with Two Rivers Press and, after being signed by a literary agent, I have published two novels and am working on a third.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Read masses of books in your chosen genre and never forget that you're not only writing for yourself but for your reader.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

Studying the masters of Victorian literature showed me that excellence is possible and helped inspire me to try to aspire to a thimbleful of excellence myself!

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Remember that industry leaders are just people who were once in the same position as you are now.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

My favourite memory is of spending time in the Library and of being part of a continuum of learning.

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