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Julie Cohen (MPhil English Literature (Children's) 1996)

Biography

After completing my MPhil, I spent ten years as a secondary school teacher. I left teaching to write full-time. Currently I write commercial fiction novels and teach creative writing courses.

Why did you choose to do a MPhil at the University of Reading?

Reading was the best place for me to do research in children's literature with a strong postgraduate programme.

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

I loved the children's literature collection in the library and found the University supportive and exciting. Reading is convenient and I still live here as I like the community.

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

Don't be tempted by cheap beer in the student union before 5pm.

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

My fourteenth novel under my own name, 'Dear Thing', has recently been published by Transworld (Random House).

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

Write every day, and read everything you can. Don't be daunted by rejection.

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

My research in texts' creation of ideal readers has influenced my writing of popular texts.

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

I used to love walking around the lake, thinking and looking at the birds. I still do this on a regular basis and have set one of my books there.

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