Laura Bell

English Literature - BA (Hons)

I am an aspiring writer graduating from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020. Having always loved books I decided to study English Literature, but in the first year discovered an equal love for creative writing. Because of this, I took many writing subjects which were offered within the literature course, gaining some of my strongest grades in subjects such as poetry, plays and short fiction writing, and developing my writing style during my time at university.

Much of my fiction is based on my wealth of life experience. As a mature student, I had a career as a stage actress before enrolling in a university and also spent a year volunteering for the witness service at Cambridge crown court where I learned about the justice system and assisted the prosecution witnesses on many cases. Because of this, much of my work contains themes of injustice, law and crime.

Another theme I focus on in fiction is family. I became a stepmother shortly before commencing my degree and a mother during my final year. I hope to complete a novel addressing themes of family law and substance abuse, and to achieve status as a published author.