Mr Sam Llewellyn
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 76843
Location: Room 0.31B, Bute Building
Thursday and Friday only
Sam Llewellyn's tenure as Royal Literary Fellow ended in May 2012. Sam can be contacted at www.samllewellyn.com
Sam Llewellyn is a novelist, columnist, historian and editor. He will be conducting tutorials in Room 0.31B, Bute Building on Thursdays and Fridays, along the following lines:
Typically, his approach will involve looking at examples of a student’s work, pointing out areas susceptible to improvement and analysing them cooperatively with the student.
The Royal Literary Fund Fellowships were established to improve the standard of English in universities. Fellows work one-to-one with staff and students.
Using the service
Students are requested to submit pieces of work before the tutorial. At the tutorial, Sam and his visitor will scrutinise structure, progression of argument, research, style, tone and register as well as grammar, syntax and punctuation.
Between them they will find ways to improve these where possible, polish them where necessary, and praise them where desirable. The object is to make it easy for the writer to communicate with his or her readers in a lucid style in which complexity is never swamped by complication.
Tutorials will last up to forty-five minutes, and should be booked in advance using the form outside the door of Room 0.31B. Students are welcome to return for as many sessions as both parties consider useful.
What the Royal Literary Fellow does not offer
This is not a proofreading service or a rewrite office. Nor is it an ESL service – though students for whom English is a second language may find it useful in addressing style, register, structure, organization and the management of research. If in doubt, make an appointment, and we will see if we can help.
The terms of the Fellowship specifically bar Fellows from offering analysis of creative writing. Our remit is to assist with academic writing only.
Areas of Research
Principal historian of Tresco, Isles of Scilly.
Select recent publications
The Shadow in the Sands. Headline, London, 1998
The Sea Garden. Headline, London, 1999
Little Darlings. Puffin, London, 2004
Emperor Smith, the man who built Scilly. Dovecote Press, Wimborne, 2005
The Return of Death Eric. Puffin, London, 2005
The Haunting of Death Eric. Puffin, London, 2006
The Shoals, short story, in Sea Stories. NMM, London, 2006
The Well Between the Worlds, volume 1 of Monsters of Lyonesse. Scholastic, London, 2009
Darksolstice, volume 2 of Monsters of Lyonesse. Scholastic, London, 2010
The Minimum Boat. Adlard Coles Nautical, London, 2010
Classic Boat, Practical Boat Owner, Hortus
Sam Llewellyn started his career as an editor at Pan and Picador, then moved as Senior Editor to McClelland and Stewart, Toronto. He has written numerous novels for adults and children. His seagoing crime novels are long-established favourites among the world’s seafarers.
His childrens’ books - dark, subversive fantasies set among vanished landscapes - have been shortlisted for numerous prizes. His Little Darlings (2003) is a counterblast to the tweeness of J.M.Barrie’s Peter Pan; and his current fantasy series Monsters of Lyonesse uses its antediluvian setting to satirise the abuses of final-stage capitalism.
He has long been in the vanguard of popular environmental journalism, and worked as a feature writer and columnist on Country Living magazine before it turned its attention from serious rural issues to cottage wallpapers.
His current columns in the yachting press advocate a no-nonsense style of seafaring that is the polar opposite of that practised by Russian oligarchs. He applies the same common-sense approach to the English language.