Degree gave me confidence to become a published author says graduate Michelle

Love, interracial relationships and childhood trauma are all confronted head on in the debut novel by English Literature and Philosophy graduate Michelle Diana Lowe.

Posted: 30 October 2015

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University of Roehampton graduate, Michelle Diana Lowe and her debut novel, UnShatter Me.
In August 2015, Michelle from Stratford, East London released her debut young adult novel UnShatter Me after being the first, and only, UK author to be signed by American publishers, UrbanEdge Publishing.

She says her Roehampton degree provided the building blocks and enthusiasm needed to shape her future as a published author: “The support, encouragement and skills I gained helped me have the confidence I needed to go after what I really wanted.”

Discovering her passion for writing at a young age, Michelle has used her own childhood experiences of family difficulties and bullying to tackle important social issues head-on in her new novel.

UnShatter Me, a story about childhood trauma and interracial relationship between two university first year students, was launched at Hackney Central Library on Thursday 22nd October 2015.

Michelle said: “My favourite module in English Literature at Roehampton was on Multicultural Britain. This inspired me to write fiction books for older teens which have diverse casts and explore race, culture and identity in literature. In Philosophy, I really enjoyed understanding the metaphysical self. This also helped me to create believable and deep fiction characters that can be understood and related to.

Professor Laura Peters, Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing said: “Michelle is a great example of what a degree from Roehampton can do for students, which is giving them a first-class education designed to help them reach their full potential and get the career they want after graduating. Everyone here is very proud of what Michelle has achieved after graduating. I am looking forward to watching her continue to progress and reading her next book.”

Michelle is now working on her next novel, yet to be titled, about a foster child who is trying to heal from a painful past.

Students can study English Literature and Philosophy as single or joint honours.

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