Ledbury crime writer Sarah Hilary will be on a college scholarship

An award-winning crime perpetrator will mentor students at the University of Worcester from September.

Ledbury-based Sarah Hilary, who won Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year 2015 award for her debut novel Someone Else’s Skin, is on a scholarship at the university.

A former bookseller, Sarah won the Fish Criminally Short Histories award in 2008, the Cheshire Prize for Literature in 2012 and had Someone Else’s Skin shortlisted for the Richard & Judy Book Club in 2014.

His second book, No Other Darkness, was shortlisted for a Barry Award.

She will join the University of Worcester as part of the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship scheme, which aims to place professional writers at higher education institutions to provide writing support for all students.

“The role exists to support university students who may struggle with the demands of essay writing, analytical thinking, etc.,” Sarah said.

“It is a purely voluntary service with students referred by tutors or at their request. They come and spend time talking with one of the RLF Fellows, learning practical skills, building their confidence, and making progress toward their writing goals.

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Students are discouraged from asking fellows to edit or proofread work before it is submitted. Rather, the idea is to get feedback on a first draft or seek advice on particular aspects of style or technique.

“I wish there had been an RLF scholar at the college I graduated from many years ago now,” Sarah said. “University can be a daunting step at any age.

“Each university, such as Worcester, has a support system in place to help students cope with these new demands and challenges. RLF Fellows are part of this support system, providing fresh insight and understanding whenever needed.

“It’s my first scholarship and I’ve been told that Worcester is a wonderful university to work with. I’m happy to start.

Sarah’s latest book, Fragile, is now available.

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