Sharon Duggal

Sharon Duggal’s second novel Should We Fall Behind (2020) was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s 2021 Encore Award and selected for Between the Covers, BBC TV’s flagship book show. Her debut, The Handsworth Times was The Morning Star’s ‘Fiction Book of the Year’ 2016 and Brighton City Reads 2017. Sharon has an MPhil in Creative Writing and is an RLF Fellow at Brighton University.

Describe your approach to teaching
My teaching style is relaxed and informal. I integrate creative exercises, readings, small group work and discussion alongside more formal teaching. I aim to be inclusive and diverse in my approaches and materials.

What inspires your own work?
I find that the most extraordinary stories are often those of seemingly ordinary people, like those I grew up around in inner city Birmingham. Putting these stories in the world is what inspires me.

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