NAWE Management Committee
Management Committee Bios
Jonathan Davidson (chair)
My expertise is ‘Creative Writing with Young People’, ‘Creative Writing in a Community Setting’ and ‘Arts Administration’. I have worked for over twenty-five years in arts management and literature development, including working as a literature officer for local authorities and organising book festivals. I am joint-founder and Associate Director of the Birmingham Literature Festival and Director of Midland Creative Projects Limited, for whom I recently produced the theatre production Being Human – Poetry in Performance and The Hundred Years’ War. I am on the Board of Trustees of the Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Chair of their Arts Policy Committee. I am on the Board of Artspace Coventry, a visual arts organization. I am a poet, playwright and radio dramatist.
I have served on the NAWE Management Committee for 5 years and am committed to the continued success of the organization. As well as teaching A Level English and serving on the NATE post 16 Committee, I have been closely involved in the development of the new A Level in Creative Writing and have recently completed my PhD in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. I have taught Creative Writing to A Level students in Nottingham for many years and am actively involved in the Nottingham writing community as a poet.
Rhoda Greaves is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University, where she is currently studying for a Creative Writing PhD. She is also an Associate Editor of Short Fiction magazine, and her short stories have been commended or shortlisted in several prizes including the Bridport Short Story Prize, Manchester Fiction Prize, Bristol Short Story Prize, Frome Short Story Competition and the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. Her stories have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies including Litro, Short Fiction, The View from Here, Cake, Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, Long Story Short, and the National Flash Fiction Day anthology A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed.
Since 2013 Michael Loveday has been a freelance tutor for adults at various educational charities, including working as a scribe for people with disabilities, documenting life stories with the over-50s, getting unpaid carers to write fiction and poetry, and teaching creative writing by conference call with the housebound. From 2004-2012 he was editor-publisher of 14 magazine, a journal for modern sonnets, which ran for fourteen issues. Before his damascene conversion to creative writing, he worked for several years in marketing and management consultancy for various international clients, researching why people prefer certain brands of shampoo, drink fizzy drinks, prescribe blood pressure tablets, rely on travellers cheques, and drive Korean cars. He has studied Creative Writing at Newcastle and Kingston Universities and writes both fiction and poetry, with a pamphlet from HappenStance Press ('He Said / She Said', 2011) and a particular interest in the short-short story and prose poem.
Ian McEwen is an experienced company director and charity trustee. After dallying with a D.Phil. in the philosophy of mathematics, he worked in investment banking and as co-founder of a biotech company. Since 2003, Ian has been a trustee of the Harpur Trust, a large local charity with a strong leaning to education. He currently chairs the Harpur Trust Grants Committee which makes approximately £1m per annum in community grants within the Borough of Bedford. Ian has taught poetry in local adult education settings, philosophy courses for the Oxford Department of Continuing Education, and is deeply involved in school governance. He visits schools whenever he can to talk about poetry, and organizes many local poetry activities. Ian was treasurer of Magma Poetry 2011-2016 and is also a poet whose first collection, Intermittent beings, was published by Cinnamon in 2013.
NB: The elected committee may co-opt further members to fill any role which is vacant, provided co-options shall come to an end at the next AGM, when elections will again apply to any vacant positions.
Those elected shall serve for three years. After this period, Committee members shall stand down, but are eligible for re-election. An elected member may be asked to stand down if s/he misses 3 meetings within a year without input to the proceedings or special leave of absence.
We should like to thank the outgoing Committee for all their work over the past three years.