Welcome to the brightONLINE student literary creative journal.

BrightONLINE is a journal for undergraduate and postgraduate student writing, edited and driven by literature undergraduate students at the University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities. This is an online academic and creative literary journal, and issues will include outstanding articles and contributions from students within our university.

Our student editorial team shall select and publish the works that are felt to be of literary worth; with the aim of both inspiring fellow students and providing a platform for those who wish to take the first steps into professional or academic writing. We aim to develop an online archive of student writing of the highest calibre.

To approach the brightONLINE team with proposals or questions about this project or forthcoming issues please use the about/contact us and the submission details pages below.

Editors' choice

A selection of articles from our latest issue.

Cinema: A reflective journal

In this reflective journal, Still comments on his artistic development and the changing nature of cinema during his time at a community placement.

Still explores notions of the cinematic as a poetic medium, and also as a means of community engagement. Looking back, he charts the ongoing process, immersing himself with local writers and documenting his experiences in a series of experimental poems.

Jason Still

Jeepers Creepers: Childhood and Psychological Terrors in Horror Fiction

A critical piece analysing the exploitation of the societal construct of childhood, in relation to psychological horror texts.

Addresses the importance of the horror genre in literature, focusing on the use of childhood in particular, focussing on three novels by William Golding, Ray Bradbury’s and Stephen King. Psychological theories from Julian Hanich and Sigmund Freud aid the study’s approach.

Honesty Hight-Warburton

Trauma and the female body: An exploration of representations of women in contemporary women’s writing

A critical piece analysing socio-political, sexual and feminist themes, touching on the effects of patriarchy on both the author and the protagonist.

This dissertation investigates how the concept of stigmatising the female body is challenged in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, and its demeaning effect on women. It also investigates the psychological empowerment that the narrative brings to the female protagonists depicted.

Rebecca Claire March

Beachy Head

A creative piece consisting of a compilation of poems capturing the essence of what it is like to live in the seaside town that is Brighton.

Ironside’s creative flow is captivated through her pieces Beachy Head, School Reunion, Sea View, Collective Nouns and others. We are given an insight into Ironside’s perspective of the world; in the form of day-to-day life, as well as through her interpretation of the natural beauty encompassed by the sea.

Karen Ironside