Date of release: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Jenni FaganA Creative Writing graduate, Jenni Fagan, has been named by the literary magazine Granta as one of the “Best of Young British Novelists’ of this decade.

Jenni is a writer and artist who graduated with First Class Honours from Greenwich in 2010. Her first novel, The Panopticon (Heinemann 2012), was published to critical acclaim, being described by The Scotsman as “assured and intriguing ... lithely and poetically written, politically and morally brave and simply unforgettable”.

Jenni also published two works of poetry while studying at the university. Her sculpture, The Scolds Bridle, was exhibited in the university’s Stephen Lawrence Gallery shortly before she graduated.

Cherry Smyth, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, says: “We knew immediately that Jenni would be a star: she was, and is, immensely talented, ambitious and determined to succeed. A complete delight to work with, she played a full part in lessons and her written work was imaginative, funny and technically proficient. Since graduating, Jenni has stayed in touch and come back to help the next generation of students; she’s a total inspiration for them. Everyone at the university is really, really proud of Jenni.”

The newly-published Granta list of promising young writers also includes Zadie Smith and Man Booker nominee Sarah Hall. In past decades, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Pat Barker and Rose Tremain have all been identified as rising stars by Granta.

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