Award-winning author and alumna Dorothy Koomson received an Honorary Fellowship at Leeds Trinity University on Tuesday 17 July 2018 during a summer graduation ceremony.
Dorothy studied Psychology and Public Media at Leeds Trinity University from 1990-1993, before taking on the role as Vice-President of the Students' Union – but she harboured a love for writing and storytelling. Dorothy went on to study a Master's in Journalism at Goldsmiths University in London and after graduating, got her big break writing and editing for women's magazines and national newspapers.
Dorothy's debut novel, The Cupid Effect, was published in 2003, followed by, The Chocolate Run, in 2004. Her third book, My Best Friend's Girl sold almost 90,000 copies in the first few weeks and was selected for the Richard and Judy Summer Reads of 2006. It went on to sell over 500,000 copies receiving a Gold Bestseller Award. Her fourth novel, Marshmallows for Breakfast, has sold in excess of 250,000 copies and received a Silver Bestseller Award.
Since then, she's written 10 more novels. Two of Dorothy's books – The Ice Cream Girls and The Rose Petal Beach – were shortlisted for the popular fiction category of the British Book Awards in 2010 and 2013 respectively, and a TV adaptation based on The Ice Cream Girls was shown on ITV1 in 2013 to almost five million viewers. She was described by The Independent as one of 'Britain's biggest selling black authors of adult fiction'.
We interviewed Dorothy after she received her Honorary Fellowship
How does it feel to be an Honorary Fellow?
I am so delighted to have been given this Honorary Fellowship. I was surprised that I had been nominated for such an accolade and for it to have come from Leeds Trinity, a place that will always have a special place in my heart, makes it all the more special.
What does Leeds Trinity mean to you?
Since my four years living and working in Leeds, I have often thought of it as my second home – that is why my first three books were set here. Almost all of my subsequent books either have a scene set in Leeds or a mention of the city.
Thank you to everyone involved in bestowing this award on me, I am incredibly touched and humbled.