And One Comes Rolling Into View – Newcastle offer me a PhD place…

Newcastle University have joined UEA, Exeter, Queens and Bangor in offering me a PhD place this year. There was no mention of funding, however. I’ve written to them to ask what the news is on the funding front. As none of the other unis have offered me anything in that vein, there is no reason to think that Newcastle will. The problem is not my proposal which is clearly solid as I’ve got 100% acceptance – the problem is that I didn’t gain a first in my MA. I was just shy of one but it is not a first. As a politician friend of mine once said, eight votes will always beat seven no matter what way you count them – and a first will always beat a 2:1 no matter what shade of 2:1 it is…

So, as a displacement activity I sent off two radio plays to the Sussex Playwrights’ competition. I’m pretty sick of the prison, however, I wish something else, equally lucrative (or more so, preferably) would rock on up…



About suehealy

Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre and associate lecturer in playwriting at the universities of Lincoln and Portsmouth, Irish playwright Sue Healy has a PhD in modern theatre history. Her most recent stage play Imaginationship (2018) recently enjoyed a sell-out, extended run at the Finborough Theatre and is headed to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in August. Cow (2017) was staged at the Etcetera Theatre and Brazen (2016) ran at the King’s Head, funded by Arts Council England. Her work has been performed at the Criterion, Hackney Attic, Claremorris Festival (New Writing Award winner), Brighton Festival (the Sussex Playwrights’ Award Winner) and Sterts Theatre and has been developed by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and support by the Peggy Ramsay Award. Her nine radio-plays have broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has won prizes for her prose including the Molly Keane and HISSAC Awards and the Escalator Prize. A UEA Creative Writing MA alumna, Sue spent eleven years in Budapest editing Hungary A.M. Sue also tutors Creative Writing at CityLit. View all posts by suehealy

2 responses to “And One Comes Rolling Into View – Newcastle offer me a PhD place…

  • Fiona

    That’s pretty exciting! Congrats! Which is favourite??

    • suehealy

      Hey Fiona, i owe you a proper email… was planning on sending you this weekend. Re PhDs, well my favourite would be the one that offers me funding – however, as none have I’m not taking any of them up on their offer of a self funded PhD. To me that rather smacks of you paying someone for the privilege of working for them… I’l just have to get a best seller, and have all those teaching posts come to me instead.

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