The Creative Writing Interviews form a series of interviews with contributors to our Creative Writing Studies list. Find out about their work and approach towards writing.
Frances Haynes writes: Steve May has won awards for drama, fiction and poetry, with more than 50 credits for the BBC. He heads the Creative Writing Programme at Bath Spa University and is chair of the UK National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) Higher Education Committee. He is also a contributor to our forthcoming publication, Teaching Creative Writing.
Steve, what do you write?
I write books and plays for adults, children and the BBC.
What achievement are you most proud of as a writer?
Fair Hearing, a specially commissioned Radio 3 play about my father and the composer Sir Michael Tippett in the 30s and 40s. It combined words and live music, which I wrote and conducted.
What involvement do you have / have you had with creative writing as a university/college subject/discipline?
I started off about 20 years ago doing one-off writing workshops in universities; now I’m Head of Department for Creative Writing and Publishing at Bath Spa University, and responsible for PhD, MA and undergraduate programmes.
What is your ambition as a writer?
To write something that I feel satisfied with.