Naomi Poltier

Naomi Poltier

BA English 2015

Tell us about the award you have received today. What does this award mean to you?

This award comes as an honour. Creative Writing has been with me since I learnt how to speak and write in English and I couldn’t be happier to be recognized for it. I had known for a long time that I wanted to study Creative Writing at university and I have never enjoyed education so much as when I am at a Creative Writing seminar or doing Creative Writing coursework. Thank you to Andy Brown, Jane Feaver, and Sam North who all pushed my understanding of writing in various ways and made the subject such a fun and experimental one to study. The award will serve as a great memory of the progress I achieved at Exeter University. 

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The two highlights are the Creative Writing modules and the Windriders sports club. They go hand in hand as Windriders gave me freedom and I met down-to-earth and absolutely crazy friends. This in turn pushed my creative writing. Writing is about life, and the great atmosphere at University affected my writing in various ways. For example, I fell in love with a boy on a rooftop and consequently was given the tools to write a poem during class named “Praise to kissing a boy on a rooftop.” I then went on to do an entire portfolio of short stories and poems to do with rooftops and the universal feelings we get on top of rooftops. There were also absurd memories with Windriders and these influenced my short film scripts in which everything became possible. I never wrote about true events, but the feeling present in real life was reciprocated into new fictional scenarios. The seminars likewise pushed us to write in honest and new perspectives, each year involved discoveries. This is definitely something that will stay with me. Windriders and writing classes were a strong link which made for a great experience.  

What will you miss the most about University?

I will miss the people most. Windriders gave me a multitude of absolutely unforgettable moments. Memories by beaches, at night, during the day, on campus, off campus… We spent many weekends at Westward Ho in chalets and these are unforgettable. There is no party like a Westward Ho party. The amount of people I came to know in general is also most likely more than I will ever regularly interact with and it made me happy for 3 years.  

What advice would you give to current and future students?

The old cliché: do what you love and do what is fun. 1 year at university quickly turns into 3 years. The quick realisation that “real life” does not start after high school, or after university, but rather started when you gained consciousness at 5 years old quickly hits. Do it all now: the beaches, friends by bonfires, the sport injuries, the jumps off cliffs, the romances, live in the moment. And find people who you can enjoy your time with. There’s over 14,000 students at Exeter University to pick from! 

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am going to study for a Masters at Oxford University in Creative Writing. It will be a unique experience and I can’t wait. 

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

Getting paid to write film scripts that I love. I also hope to still be writing poetry, novels, songs on the guitar and to be doing wakeboarding, snowboarding and kitesurfing in remote corners of the world for fun.