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'I'd do it all again in a heartbeat'

Hear James read his poem Nothing is Useless, which describes his time at Sheffield Hallam.

‘During the MA is when I started to get my work published in magazines, and that step would've taken me a lot longer if I hadn't continued studying. I also started to think about how to earn money as a poet whilst I studied my masters, so it helped equip me with the skills needed to confidently take my knowledge into the job market.

‘When I was on the MA I was only in one day a week, and the rest of the time was mine to do whatever I wanted. That freedom was amazing and I got a lot written whilst on the course. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat.

‘I received an Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant which paid for my tuition fees and living costs. In truth, without it, I might not have ended up doing an MA.

‘I went in thinking you get out what you put in, so just make sure you work hard. Do what you love, and do it for as long as possible.’

James Giddings studied MA Creative Writing full-time and is now a Graduate Intern Outreach and Widening Participation. He has won the Templar Poetry's Book and Pamphlet Award and has a book 'Everything is Scripted' due for release soon.

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