BCU Alumni Bookshelf

Books stacked on top of another in a library

Looking for your next great read? All of the books listed below have been written or illustrated by Birmingham City University, University of Central England, or Birmingham Polytechnic Alumni.

If you are a graduate of BCU and would like your book to be included, please email alumni@bcu.ac.uk with details of your book.

Waiting at Bloomsbury Park

by Casey Bailey, MA Teaching and Learning (2017)

'Waiting at Bloomsbury Park’ is about what it meant for him to grow up in Nechells, Birmingham.

published 2017

Adjusted

by Casey Bailey, MA Teaching and Learning (2017)

The theme of this poetry collection is about adjusting and adapting, telling the story of Casey’s journey in life so far.

published 2018

Please Do Not Touch

by Casey Bailey, MA Teaching and Learning (2017)

This poetry collection explores the irony of museums using the words ‘please do not touch’ around items that have been stolen from another land, that should have never been touched in the first place.

published 2021

Lies Our Mothers Told Us: The Indian Woman’s Burden

by Nilanjana Bhowmick, MA International Broadcast Journalism (2000)

Nilanjana’s debut explores India’s middle-class, taking a closer look at the gender inequality taking place using anecdotal evidence from real Indian women.

published 2022

How Not To Be A Superwoman

by Nilanjana Bhowmick, MA International Broadcast Journalism (2000)

This book explores the pressure felt by women to excel in every aspect of their lives, and the tolls this takes on them.

published 2024

How To Make It As A Student Nurse

by Claire Blake, BSc (Hons) Nursing (2020)

As a nurse and advocate, Claire Blake teamed up with her BCU lecturer Anne Marie Dodson to create a survival guide for student nurses.

published 2023

Birmingham’s Railways: A Decade of Change

by Kris Davies, BSc (Hons) Applied Software Engineering (1995)

Kris has compiled a photographic survey of the last decade of Birmingham’s railways, showcasing the immense changes the region has seen in the last ten years.

published 2024

Miley's Mind

by Katie Goodacre, BA (Hons) Education Studies (2021)

Miley's Mind introduces the concept of mental health in a child-friendly way. It highlights how abuse, bullying and grief impacts emotional well-being, and encourages children to talk about their feelings.

published 2020

Autism Is A Superpower

by Steff Hanson, BA (Hons) Media and Communication (2017)

Steff’s comic follows eight-year-old twins Hallie and James, who both have autism and show how Autism can affect people differently. They meet a chef with Autism who teaches them how their Autism can be their superpower.

published 2023

The Calls

by Olivia Hodgson, MA Creative Writing (2020)

Olivia’s first collection of poetry, The Calls, includes over 20 poems she wrote whilst completing her Master’s degree at BCU.

published 2022

Nicky & Candy’s Street

by Charlotte Jenkins (Illustrator), BA (Hons) Illustration (2021)

Written by Ben Andrews, the Better Places series raises awareness of the issues currently affecting disabled people and introduces these concepts to children at an early age.

published 2023

Mortal Veins

by Rhianna Levi, MEd Education (2022)

The wonders of existence are explored in Rhianna’s debut poetry collection.

published 2023

Life’s Wonders: An anthology

by Rhianna Levi, MEd Education (2022)

Collated in aid of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity, this poetry collection includes contributions from entrants to Rhianna’s Worcestershire Poet Laureate project.

published 2023

Growing bones and freckles

by Rhianna Levi, MEd Education (2022)

In this poetry collection, Rhianna explores the themes of positive body image, appreciating the body for what it does for us.

published 2023

Ghosts Hold Umbrellas in Rainfall

by Rhianna Levi, MEd Education (2022)

As the Worcestershire Poet Laureate for 2022-23, this is Rhianna’s collection of poetry exploring the connection between the land of the living and the parallel realm of spirits and hauntings.

published 2024

The Lion of St Andrews

by Katherine O’Shea, BA (Hons) Visual Communication (2010)

Illustrated by Katherine, the book follows James who is shocked to find a Lion in the walls of St Andrews.

published 2012

Sailing Bear of the East Neuk

by Katherine O’Shea, BA (Hons) Visual Communication (2010)

Illustrated by Katherine, the book is set in the East Neuk of Fife and followers Brodie Bear’s attempts to become a sailing bear.

published 2014

Molly’s First Festival

by Katherine O’Shea, BA (Hons) Visual Communication (2010)

This crowdfunded novel marks Katherine’s debut as writer, inspired by her daughter’s first music festival.

published 2023

The Book Wanderer

by Nato Pachuashvili, BA (Hons) English Literature (2008)

Written under the pseudonym Nata Leah, the book was was greatly inspired by the lectures and experiences Nato had at BCU.

published 2024

Pedagogy: Using Television Shows, Games, and Other Media in the Classroom

by Jess Wythe, Doctorate in Education (2021)

Chapter 3, Gamification in Education, is written by Jess.

published 2024