NAWE Committee Profiles
Liz Cashdan - Chair, and representing Primary Education
As a poet involved in education, I see NAWE as central to learning through the arts. Working in schools, the community and in HE has enormous spin-off on my own writing. I was a teacher and am now a writer going into both primary and secondary schools. I also teach adult classes in the WEA, where one of my courses is Writing for Children; and undergraduates at Sheffield Institute for Lifelong Learning and for the Open College of the Arts, where I am also an assessor. Formerly, I was a tutor in creative writing working with B.Ed students at Bretton Hall College.
Keith Jebb - Vice Chair, and representing Higher Education
I have been course leader in Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire for eight years, teaching at BA and Research MA/PhD level. I am a practising poet, reviewer, editor and readings organizer. I have been Higher Education Representative in NAWE for the past three years, and this has been invaluable experience, which I feel has equipped for helping us in a challenging future, after the loss of ACE funding, and with the new A-Level in creative writing on the horizon. I have also enjoyed working with a dedicated and committed team.
Jane Bluett - representing Secondary Education
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.
Amy Spencer - representing Further Education
I am a writer, creative writing tutor and have taught in a further education for the past five years. I am passionate about informal creative learning and the opportunities that lifelong learning can offer adult learners. I teach predominately in community settings and work with a wide range of writers. I hold a PGCE in post-compulsory education as well as a PhD, which focused on digital literature. I have been a board member of Poetry Can, promoting poetry across the south-west, for the past four years. I am enthusiastic and experienced and would love the opportunity to get more involved in NAWE’s valuable work. Other areas of expertise: Digital literature. Writing in the community. Working with socially excluded writers.
Kate North - representing Adult & Continuing Education
I am a writer of fiction and poetry. I have worked as a Creative Writing lecturer for over ten years in a variety of Russell Group and post 92 UK universities (University of Gloucestershire, The University of York, York St. John and Cardiff University). I am currently Programme Leader of English Literature and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Experience has made me aware of the diverse challenges and opportunities facing our discipline in Higher Education. I teach Widening Access summer schools and have taught in several lifelong learning departments. I also have experience of working as a writer in community settings for organizations such as Age Concern, HMP Askham Grange and York & Selby NHS. I am a consultant for the WJEC on their A Level English and would look to work with them rolling out the CW A level.