NAWE Management Committee
The following members put themselves forward for election to the NAWE Management Committee, 2015-2018. Voting has now closed and the new Committee will be announced at the NAWE Annual General Meeting within the conference in Durham (Sunday 15 November, 12.15pm).
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’d like to put myself forward for HE representative on the management committee. I have spent two terms as HE representative on the NAWE management committee, and wish to continue in this role. I have been course coordinator for CW at the University of Bedfordshire for twelve years, and have previous experience teaching in a variety of educational contexts. I have recently been involved on the HE stakeholder group which attempted to revise the CW A Level in accordance with new Ofqual guidelines. Though this attempt failed, the attempt to save the A Level continues (other Arts A levels may face a similar fate), and I would like to continue to represent the HE interest in this campaign. I have a particular interest in the diverse contexts in which CW is taught in HE. In my own university it is seen very much as a part of the creative and media industries, and this extension of Creative Writing beyond the context of the English Department is, I feel, important in allowing a wide range of participation and outcomes, resisting any drift towards homogenisation and the kind of imposed standards currently being tightened at secondary school level.
I would like to continue as a NAWE committee member. I write fiction and poetry and I have worked as a Creative Writing Lecturer for over a decade in a variety of Russell Group and post 92 universities. I have also taught writing in community settings and I have experience of delivering creative writing workshops in science and healthcare environments. I am Deputy Chair of the Board of Literature Wales and I have previously worked with AQA and WJEC as an English Literature and Creative Writing consultant. Having served one term on the committee I have a sense of the day-to-day complexities as well as the long term strategic issues that NAWE face. I would like to continue helping NAWE deliver a much needed and well-respected range of services for members. I also intend to help develop new links with external partners in order to grow NAWE membership.
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.
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.