Category: City Alumni Stories

Non-fiction creative writing, or the art of “keeping it real”.

Paula Read

In April 2023, Paula Read (MA in Creative Writing (Non-fiction), 2018) published her second work of non-fiction, “If Only It Hadn’t Rained”. The book recounts the travails of Roland Chopard, a Frenchman deported by the occupying Germans to work as a forced labourer in 1944. Paula tells a twin tale of how the memoirs were…Continue Reading Non-fiction creative writing, or the art of “keeping it real”.

Sapna Bhatia (MA International Journalism, 2005) – the storyteller with a difference

Kaner Retreat

When an experienced radio and TV journalist with 20 years in the industry has the brainwave of setting up a responsible botanical retreat in her native India employing the underprivileged, a new story has to be told.  Sapna Bhatia recounts tough beginnings and how she is helping others overcome theirs. You were challenged from day…Continue Reading Sapna Bhatia (MA International Journalism, 2005) – the storyteller with a difference

Israel Campos (BA Journalism, 2022) – a field reporter made at City

Israel Campos

Israel Campos got the bug for writing, storytelling, and the media at the tender age of 12 while still in his native Angola. He has recently been appointed for two years to a think-tank run by the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the “Grupo de Reflexão O Futuro Já Começou”. He recounts his…Continue Reading Israel Campos (BA Journalism, 2022) – a field reporter made at City

In conversation with Tech & Social Entrepreneur Mike Hudson

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After feeling determined to help make a difference during the global COVID-19 pandemic, tech entrepreneur Mike Hudson (BSc Systems and Management, 1987) is now using his wealth of experience in AI and marketplaces to create, develop and support non-profit, social good ventures. From enhancing COVID-19 testing during lockdown to advising the CEO of a global…Continue Reading In conversation with Tech & Social Entrepreneur Mike Hudson

Mitul Vadgama – The Data Leader who keeps learning and adapting

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Following a BSc in Business Computing Systems in 2009, Mitul Vadgama went out on a mission – to apply his considerable interest in and knowledge of technology to the benefit of businesses and organisations by helping them solve problems with the aid of data and innovation. In a career that has, so far, spanned consulting…Continue Reading Mitul Vadgama – The Data Leader who keeps learning and adapting

City Law School alumna publishes two new books

Author, data protection officer and member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Judith Ratcliffe (PG Dip Professional Legal Skills, 2010), has had a very busy year showcasing her excellent range in writing by publishing her third children’s book, as well as a practical guide to help prevent personal data breaches and protect people…Continue Reading City Law School alumna publishes two new books

Novels, novels and more novels – an interview with a trio of MA Creative Writing alumnae

After studying and graduating together, a trio of MA Creative Writing (Novels) alumnae from the Class of 2010 have all published their new novels this summer. To mark the occasion, they held a joint reading in central London, giving their audience an opportunity to hear snippets of each of their thrilling books. We caught up…Continue Reading Novels, novels and more novels – an interview with a trio of MA Creative Writing alumnae

Yehya Al-Khairi – CitySpark winner who wants to revolutionise travel tech

Yehya at CitySpark

Post Covid restrictions, Yehya Al-Khairi (BEng Computer Systems Engineering, 2018) spent three months travelling, and it gave him the idea for a new app. Velz, now in its Beta stage, was recently announced a winner at the 2023 CitySpark entrepreneurship competition, and as founder, Yehya has big plans to disrupt the current world of travel…Continue Reading Yehya Al-Khairi – CitySpark winner who wants to revolutionise travel tech

Launch Lab Podcast – Starting Up and Standing Out!

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Muklesur Bharuya (Bar Vocational Studies, 2021) joined the City Launch Lab to follow his passion for technology and entrepreneurship. In collaboration with the Launch Lab, he is about to release a new podcast series, Launch Lab Podcast, to help others find their footing as entrepreneurs and consider a career as problem solvers.  “Since childhood, I…Continue Reading Launch Lab Podcast – Starting Up and Standing Out!

“The Climb” – Alice Hafer finds her footing in HBO Max’s new TV competition for rock climbers

Alice Hafer is climbing a rock face.

What TV competition show would you take part in? For Alice Hafer (MA Creative Writing (Playwriting & Screenwriting), 2016), HBO Max’s show “The Climb”, produced by Jason Momoa, was a perfect fit. An experienced rock climber with a passion for screenwriting, Alice wanted to see how far she could get competing against nine other climbers from around the…Continue Reading “The Climb” – Alice Hafer finds her footing in HBO Max’s new TV competition for rock climbers