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A series of profiles of our alumni including photos and their work.

Emily Jeremiah

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Prize-winning translator of Finnish poetry and fiction.

Emily Jeremiah is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Gender Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the author of three monographs. She is also a prize-winning translator of Finnish poetry and fiction.

Her translations include Eeva-Liisa Manner, Bright, Dusky, Bright (Waterloo Press, 2009), Asko Sahlberg, The Brothers (trans. with Fleur Jeremiah, Peirene Press, 2012), Kristina Carlson, Mr Darwin's Gardener (trans. with Fleur Jeremiah, Peirene Press, 2013), and Sirkka Turkka, A Sure Star in a Moonless Night (Waterloo Press, 2013). Her co-translation with Fleur Jeremiah of White Hunger, by Aki Ollikainen, was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016.

She is a long-standing judge of the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for German translation.

Claire Adam

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"What I liked about the Goldsmiths MA was the space, and freedom, and the respect with which the tutors treated our work. It was a good year, a year of figuring my writing out. I started work on Golden Child while I was at Goldsmiths, and it's just been awarded the 2019 Desmond Elliott Prize for best debut novel."

"The MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths was a huge turning point for me. I'd been writing on my own for ages, and I'd managed to produce two novels, but I knew they weren't very good and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. I'd been reluctant to enrol in a Creative Writing course, because I worried that a teacher would walk into the classroom and start instructing us on "rules" of creative writing, but luckily the Goldsmiths MA isn't like that!

There are all the usual components of a Creative Writing MA, I suppose – workshops, reading, essays, one-to-one sessions with tutors, guest lectures, opportunities to meet published authors, literary agents, etc – but what I liked about the Goldsmiths MA was the space, and freedom, and the respect with which the tutors treated our work. It was a good year, a year of figuring my writing out. I started work on Golden Child while I was at Goldsmiths, and it's just been awarded the 2019 Desmond Elliott Prize for best debut novel."