I finally graduated from my MA in Creative Writing (2019) at he University of East Anglia (UEA). This graduation was delayed by a couple of years because of the pandemic and it meant a huge amount to be able to put on my robes and hat and celebrate with my family. For me, the ceremony was about the achievement of completing the MA but also persevering through tough times – academically and with the pandemic!
It’s a durability that’ll be needed in the coming years too, I think: the ceremony took place on that 40 degree day – thank goodness in the morning when it was still a little cool – but a sign that there are uncertain days ahead. This was a lovely reminder that even within strange times, we can still celebrate and find joy. Thanks to the Department of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing for being – and continuing to be – a fab academic home!