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Rosie’s story inspired by Bowie leads to BBC bow

Worcester Editorial 4th Nov, 2022   0

A DAVID Bowie-inspired short story written by a creative writing student at the University of Worcester has been broadcast to thousands of BBC listeners.

Rosie Bramwell’s story was one of six selected to be read out as part of BBC Radio 4’s New Frequencies competition, aiming to showcase the work of young writers.

It was the first time 19-year-old Rosie, from Hereford, had entered a competition.

“I’ve never had the confidence to enter my work before,” she said. “But I wrote this story as part of one of my university assignments and was encouraged to enter it.




“I could not believe it when I got an email to say it had been selected. I didn’t believe it at first and had to check several times.

“Hearing it on the radio was just fantastic and has given me a great confidence boost. Now I’ve got a list of lots of other competitions to enter.”


Rosie’s winning story was inspired by David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ and is a moving tale of a young boy’s self-acceptance following the death of his mother.

Rosie, who is in the second year of her Creative Writing and English Language degree at the University of Worcester, said: “We were learning about ekphrasis in one of our seminars, which is where you have a piece of literature that gives a vivid description of a work of art or song. I was listening to Starman by David Bowie and the story just came to me, so I started writing.”

You can listen to Rosie’s short story being read on the BBC on the BBC Sounds website at www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001bl3v

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