Making a difference in life has always motivated Jenny Bloomfield.
After completing a PhD in mathematics in 2011, she has undertaken a range of charity work throughout the last six years, focusing on policy, public affairs and government relations across various areas including mental health and education.
Her current role – a policy officer at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
(SCVO) – sees her advocating on behalf of the voluntary and third sector to politicians, government and other decision-makers, alongside helping the sector understand new legislation.
Now, she has started to look at the possibility of making a difference via an alternative medium – through creative writing.
Jenny is currently half way through her MA in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier. The course is offered both at full-time and part-time options, and it was the latter that appealed to her given her work commitments. Despite always having an urge to write, it was not until she stumbled across the programme’s dedicated blog that she realised it was perhaps the correct time – and the right course – for her.
She said: “I was web searching creative writing courses in Scotland and I came across the Edinburgh Napier course. In particular, I read a blog on the type of course the tutors here run. I particularly liked that I could combine my interest in ‘making a difference’ with my writing – almost undertaking campaign work through it. It sounds silly now, but such an idea had never occurred to me before.
“Since starting the course, I’ve become really interested in graphic fiction – thanks to David Bishop who is one of the tutors on the course – so at the moment I’m working on a graphic novel. It is about a lesbian who faces difficulties with her family and neighbourhood when she comes out – before the happy ending. It is at a super-early-stage and might never see the light of day, but we will see.
“I’d always imagined that I’d do something like this once I’d finished university; once I had a house; once the (not-yet existent) kids were at school, etc. It took me a while to finally realise that there is no perfect time to do it – you just have to go for it.”