Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hay festival: Kureishi slams creative writing courses
Charlotte Higgins, arts correspondent, writing in The Guardian, Monday May 26, 2008

The celebrated novelist, screenwriter and playwright Hanif Kureishi has launched a withering attack on university creative writing courses, calling them "the new mental hospitals".
Kureishi, himself a research associate on the creative writing course at Kingston University in London said, "One of the things you notice is that when you switch on the television and a student has gone mad with a machine gun on a campus in America, it's always a writing student.

For the whole story go to The Guardian online.

1 comment:

Rachael King said...

It's funny they used the word "slammed" in the title. It seems like he was more poking fun at creative writing courses, and perhaps pointing out a few gentle truths. He's a teacher himself so he's hardly slamming then is he?