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Helen Allison is a student in Literature and Creative Writing at University of Gloucestershire.

Judith Allnatt is a fiction writer and lecturer. Her novels have variously been shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature and the East Midlands Book Award and featured as a Radio 5 Live Book of the Month. Short stories have featured in the Bridport Prize Anthology and on Radio 4.

Amina Alyal is an Associate Principal Lecturer at Leeds Trinity University. The Ordinariness of Parrots is her first collection. Other works include publications in Dream CatcherEnvoi, Iota, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual and Heavenly Bodies (Beautiful Dragons Press, 2014); Close as Second Skins (Indigo Dreams Press, 2015) and a CD On an Eastern Breeze (Catchment Recordings, 2014).

Daniel Anthony writes and broadcasts on the subject of intellectual property for the EU, the UK Government and the BBC. He writes plays, books and short stories and teaches creative writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University and presented a workshop on boys’ reading, ‘Bad Boys’, at NAWE Durham in 2015.

Joanne Ashcroft’s first pamphlet was published by Knives Forks and Spoons. She won the Poetry Wales Purple Moose in 2013 and her pamphlet Maps and Love Songs for Mina Loy is published by Seren. Joanne is currently a postgraduate research student at Edge Hill University where she also teaches poetry. 

Jean Atkin is an award-winning poet, children’s novelist and experienced educator, based in Shropshire.  She offers bespoke workshops, mentors emerging poets and has been a poet in residence in libraries, schools, gardens, museums, festivals, farms - even on a beach and is a tutor and guest reader for Arvon

Jennie Bailey is an educator and writer who currently lives on the liminal border between Lancashire and Cheshire. Jennie’s place writing workshops are underpinned by her ongoing PhD research on reading, mapping, and writing the literary geographies of Rochdale. You can find out more from her website:

Sarah Barnsley is a poet and senior lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London.    Publications include a pamphlet, The Fire Station (Telltale Press, 2015), and a selection of literary criticism on American modernist poetry.   She is currently editing Mary Barnard’s Complete Poems and writing a literary biography of May Swenson.

Kathleen Bell is a principal lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University. Her writing practice includes poetry and fiction. She was one of the editors of Over Land, Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge and many of her poems, including the sequence Off Lampedusa concern exile and refugees. 

Susmita Bhattacharya is an associate lecturer at Winchester University and leads the SO:Write Young Writers project in Southampton. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind(Parthian), was published in March 2015. Her short stories have been widely published and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She lives in Winchester. @Susmitatweets

Helena Blakemore is the Programme Leader for BA Creative & Professional Writing at the University of East London. She is module leader for ‘Critical Approaches to Creative Writing’, sits on NAWE’s Higher Education Committee and was a co-author of the Creative Writing Benchmark, published by the QAA in 2016.

Katherine Blessan is a short story writer, novelist and screenwriter. She’s the author of Lydia’s Song: the story of a Child Lost and a Woman Found (Instant Apostle, 2014). She contributed to the Patrician Press anthology Refugees and Peacekeepers (2017), tutors in English and creative writing and is an English literature examiner. 

Robyn Bolam was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and Lector following a career in higher education and ran the Ferry Tales project on the Isle of Wight and in mainland ports, 2016-17. Her publications include her fourth poetry collection, Hyem (Bloodaxe, 2017) and works in Metamorphic and various other anthologies

Naomi Booth was born and raised in West Yorkshire and is now based in York, where she lectures in Creative Writing and Literature at York St John University.

Gwyneth Box, a native English speaker,  learned Spanish as an adult living in Spain. She specialises in translating lifestyle journalism and marketing materials, and is also joint-owner of Tantamount, a creative agency and independent publishing house. Her own poetry and non-fiction has been published both traditionally and independently.

Lorena Briedis is the EACWP Community Manager as well as a writer and Creative Writing teacher at Escuela de Escritores (Madrid, Spain).  

Matt Bryden is a Poetry and Creative Writing teacher with a Masters in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College. He has worked for the Poetry Society, the Arvon Foundation, runs the Somerset Young Poets competition, has a collection and a pamphlet published by Templar,and was shortlisted for the Keats-Shelley Prize in 2017.

Hannah Bullimore is a Masters student and blogger, and currently writing her first novel. She was published in NAWE's anthology Myths of the Near Future, Money and Prima. She is an editor at Alliterati Magazine. Research interests include interdisciplinary and historical fiction. Her blog can be found at

Conrad Burdekin is a writer, poet and storyteller based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Conrad has worked in Primary Schools inspiring children to write; published four of his own books of poetry for children, and has completed a local council commission, a picture book promoting Pugney’s, a local lake and watersports area. 

Sue Burge is a poet, mentor and freelance creative writing and film studies lecturer.  Her poetry has been published in a wide range of journals and anthologies.  Sue was longlisted in the 2016 National Poetry Competition and is currently working on her first full collection and two themed pamphlets.

Lucy Burnett writes both poetry and hybrid literary forms which interrogate the boundaries of form, genre and discipline. She is particularly interested in writing with an innovative, playful aesthetic which pushes at boundaries and expectations. Lucy is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett University.

Gale Burns is a writer and qualified Humanistic Psychology Practitioner and is writer in residence at both Sydenham Arts Festival and Kingston University, where he teaches BA, MA, and MFA students. He convenes the Shuffle poetry series and is published in several languages.    

Anne Caldwell is an associate lecturer for the Open University and a PhD student at the University of Bolton in Creative Writing. Her latest poetry collection is Painting the Spiral Staircase (Cinnamon 2016).

Kimberly Campanello’s poetry books include Imagines (New Dublin Press), Strange Country (The Dreadful Press), Consent (Doire Press) and Hymn to Kali (Eyewear Publishing). MOTHERBABYHOME is forthcoming from zimZalla Avant Objects. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University. 

Siobhán Campbell, poet, originally from Ireland, has lectured at Kingston University and is the author of works including The Permanent Wave (1996), The Cold that Burns (2000), That Water Speaks in Tongues (2008), Darwin Among the Machines (2009), and Cross-Talk (2009), which explores Ireland in the aftermath of its turbulent peace process. 

Liz Cashdan is a tutor and assessor at the Open College of the Arts; tutors for the WEA and does workshops in schools; reviews for The North and is on NAWE’s Editorial Committee and the HE Committee. Her most recent publication is Things of Substance: New and Selected Poetry (Five Leaves, 2013).

Jessica Clapham’s professional work includes: lecturing (English Language and Literature) and directing the Secondary PGCE English Course at Bangor University; the Wales Jamaica Project 2006; training as a Poetry Therapy Practitioner; teaching in Sudan, China and Lesotho; developing teaching materials for charities in Pakistan and receiving various Bangor University Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Pat Cochrane was founding CEO of Cape UK and is now an independent consultant, specialising in professional development in relation to pedagogy for creativity and reflective practice. She has worked as a lecturer, English teacher, community worker, principal, government advisor, fellow of the RSA, Member of the Multi Academy Brigshaw Learning Trust in Leeds.

Rachel Connor is a novelist, short story-ist and dramatist, who writes for radio, stage and site-specific performance.  She has an interest in creative/critical intersections and between the disciplines of science, technology and creative writing. Rachel is Course Director for the English with Creative Writing programme at Leeds Beckett University. 

Billy Cowan is an award-winning playwright and creative writing lecturer at Edge Hill University. His latest play, Care Takers, won a Stage Edinburgh Award at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as being on The Stage’s Critics’ Choice of best plays at the fringe.

Teresa Cremin is Professor of Education (Literacy) at The Open University. Her research focuses mainly on teachers’ identities as readers and writers and the influence of these on their classroom practice. An ex-teacher and teacher-educator in ITE, Teresa now mainly undertakes research and consultancy work focused around teachers’ and children’s creative engagement as literate individuals.

Abi Curtis, Professor of Creative Writing at York St. John University is an award-winning poet. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors (2004), won the Crashaw Poetry Prize (2008) for her first published poetry collection Unexpected Weather and received a Somerset Maugham Award (2013) her second poetry collection The Glass Delusion.

Claudia Davidson, a doctoral researcher at the University of Surrey, is exploring the creative process of creative writing, from three disciplinary perspectives: philosophy, psychology and neuroscience.  Her research aims to propose a model of the creative writing process that could significantly inform both creative writing practice and its pedagogy.

Patrick Doherty is a mature candidate for PhD by practice-based research in creative writing (autobiography) at The University of Central Lancashire. He is a retired head-teacher, having taught in schools in England for more than thirty years.

Maura Dooley’s most recent collection of poetry is The Silvering. She has edited anthologies The Honey Gatherers: Love Poems and How Novelists Work; been short-listed for the TS Eliot Award, received a Cholmondeley award, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

Helen Dring teaches creative writing in Liverpool. She has a MA in Novel Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and is working on a young adult novel.

Lily Dunn is a published author and teacher, working on her doctorate at Birkbeck, a hybrid memoir exploring questions around loneliness and alcoholism. Her work has been published in Granta.  She teaches creative writing and offers mentoring through London Lit Lab

Magnus Eriksson is senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Linnæus University, Sweden. He specializes in critical and essayistic writing. He has published essays including Swedish, British, and postcolonial literature; jazz, country music, football, and the interpretative problems concerning music and politics. In 2016 he published Porträtt, a book of essays about writers and musicians. 

Bernardine Evaristo
is the author of seven books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora – past, present, real, imagined. Her latest book is Mr Loverman, about a septuagenarian Antiguan-Londoner who is closet homosexual (Penguin 2013). Other works include Lara, Blonde Roots and The Emperor’s Babe. Her writing also spans the genres of short stories, essays, poetry, literary criticism, stage and BBC radio writing.

Two of her novels have been adapted into BBC Radio 4 dramas. She has edited several publications including the 2012 centenary winter issue of Poetry Review, the poetry journal of the Poetry Society of Great Britain. She has held several international fellowships and undertaken over 150 international tours as a writer. She was the Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, USA, in 2015 and she is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London.

She has chaired and judged many literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Goldsmiths Prize for innovative fiction, the T.S.Eliot Award for Poetry, the Orange Award for New Writers and the National Poetry Competition. She founded the Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2012, which has brought African poetry to the fore. All the winning and most of the shortlisted poets have now had chapbooks published with the African Poetry Book Fund in the USA. She also founded the The Complete Works poets' mentoring scheme. Since its inception, most of the poets who have been on the scheme have achieved publication success including Mona Arshi, Malika Booker, Sarah Howe, Nick Makoha, Warsan Shire and Karen McCarthy Woolf. Earlier initiatives include co-founding Spread the Word writer development agency in 1995 and co-founding Theatre of Black Women in the 1980s.

Bernardine has won many awards for her writing and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004, joined its Council in 2016 and became a Vice Chair in 2017. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006, and Fellow of the English Association in 2017. She was appointed an MBE in the Queens' Birthday Honours List in 2009.

Shanta Everington is a creative writer working across a range of forms. Her latest publication is a young adult dystopian novel, XY (Red Telephone Books). Her work has been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize, the Cinnamon Press Debut Novel Prize, and won the Red Telephone Books YA Novel Competition. She is currently working on a PhD in Creative Writing. 

Chiki Fabregat coordinates the Children’s Literature Department at Escuela de Escritores de Madrid (member of EACWP). She writes for children and teenagers and teaches courses of reading and writing awakening.

Glenn Fosbraey is Programme Leader of BA Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. Recent publications include a chapter in the book Visions from the Tower of Song (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016), and Creative and Critical Approaches to Song Lyrics(Palgrave MacMillan, due 2017). He has a love affair with Horror Fiction. 

Helen Foster is a writer of fiction and works in heritage learning and engagement for Historic Environment Scotland. Currently an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde, the critical element of her research explores the relationship between extant oral history and fiction. 

Catharine Frances is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Central Lancashire. She teaches undergraduate and post-graduate creative writing in the genres of autobiography and playwriting. Her research areas include representations of trauma in autofiction and memoir and her current creative practice is in experimental autobiographical form.

Jonathan Gibbs is Programme Director for Creative and Professional Writing at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. His debut novel, Randall, or The Painted Grape, was published by Galley Beggar Press in 2014 and his stories have appeared in Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015.

Francis Gilbert is Head of the MA in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has taught creative writing, published novels, memoir, social polemics and educational guides; worked in English State schools, has appeared on radio and TV and was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing and Education by Goldsmiths in 2015.

Merryn Glover’s short stories and plays have been widely anthologised and broadcast. Her novel A House Called Askival, set in a north Indian hill-station, explores themes of religious conflict on political and personal levels. She teaches drama, dance and literature and loves being surrounded by books and young people. 

Sarah Gonnet has just finished two commissions for full-length plays and recently won a development grant from DaDaFest. She trained with Graeae Theatre on their Write to Play scheme and is mentored by Writing Squad. Her short play Word Salad was one of three in the award winning show The Rooms. 

Rich Goodson has taught ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to refugees in Nottingham for the last twenty years. He received his doctorate in Writing from Nottingham Trent University and is Writer-In-Residence for Writing East Midlands' 'Write Here: Sanctuary' scheme. Mr Universe (Eyewear, 2017) is his debut pamphlet.

Paul Graves, lecturer at the University of Helsinki, teaches Creative Writing and Academic Writing for English learners. He holds an MFA from Columbia University, and his translations of Russian and Finnish poetry, which include Apollo in the Snow: Selected Poems of Aleksandr Kushner, have appeared in many publications.

Kirsty Gunn writes novels, short stories and essays and is published in the UK by Faber and in a number of territories abroad. A recent essay, Going Bush was published by the International Cahiers series. 

Vanessa Harbour is Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester and Head of Academic & Business Relations/Editor at the Golden Egg Academy. She is a writer of Middle Grade novels and Young Adult Fiction.

Oz Hardwick, poet and professor of Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University, has authored six collections of poetry, including The Ringmaster's Apprentice (Valley Press, 2014), and The House of Ghosts and Mirrors (Valley Press, due September 2017); co-edited with Miles Salter The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry (August 2017), and is also a photographer and musician.

Nicky Harlow is a published novelist who is studying for her Creative Writing PhD. She is writing a crime novel with a difference and researching the idea of the MacGuffin in crime fiction. She teaches several Creative Writing modules for the Open University.  Her most recent novel is Amelia and the Virgin.

Sylvia Hehir is a DFA Creative Writing student at University of Glasgow. She received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust; her YA novel Sea Change was shortlisted for Caledonia Novel Award 2017 and she was shortlisted for mentoring by PRH following WriteNow Live. Her radio play One Last Push was broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland.

Judith Heneghan SFHEA is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester, programme leader for the MA Writing for Children and Director of the Winchester Writers’ Festival. She writes fiction and nonfiction for children and is currently completing a novel set in Kiev for her DCA. 

Tania Hershman’s third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, (Unthank Books) and her debut poetry collection, Terms and Conditions (Nine Arches Press) were published in 2017. She was an RLF Writing Fellow, Bristol University 2013-2016; co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers & Artists Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014), and currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing

Jackee Holder is author of Writing With Fabulous Trees and three other non-fiction titles: 49 Ways To Write Yourself WellBe Your Own Best Life Coach and Soul Purpose.  She hosts an online journal writing programme; works as a corporate leadership coach and trainer; leads writing retreats and workshops and is training as a Journal Therapy facilitator. 

Andrea Holland is a poet and lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Publications include Broadcasting(Gatehouse Press, 2013) and Borrowed (Smith/Doorstop, 2007) as well as poems in MslexiaRialtoThe North, and other journals. She also writes on artists and cross-arts practice.

Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Born in Hong Kong to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. She is the founding editor of Prac Crit, an online journal of poetry and criticism. She has held fellowships at the University of Cambridge, at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute and at University College London.

William Humphreys earned a BA Hons in English and Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University and is currently working towards an MA in the same subject. He also directs and hosts a (theoretically) monthly podcast in which local writers are invited to perform and discuss their work.

Nasser Hussain is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett University.  His interests revolve around contemporary poetry and poetics, embodiment and performance, and a number of writing projects that seek to find and recuperate 'lost' fragments of language, including SKYWRITEINGS - a work that composes poetry from IATA airport codes.

Sophie-Louise Hyde is a poet and has recently completed her PhD at Loughborough University. Her thesis examined digital and verbatim techniques in poetry to create a ground-breaking body of work that demonstrated how poetic methods could be applied to social research. Her interests include contemporary and experimental poetics and community belonging and identity. 

Nazmia Jamal is Education Manager at The Poetry Society where the Education team look after the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, SLAMbassadors UK and a range of other programmes and resources for young poets. Nazmia taught at William Morris Sixth Form in west London between 2004-2016.

Nabila Jameel currently lives in Birmingham where she is a private tutor for English. An academic at heart, Nabila is also a Visiting Tutor at local Universities where she runs workshops in Urdu and Persian poetry for Creative Writing undergraduates. 

Gill James is a writer of fiction, of all lengths, for adults and young adults. She is a part-time lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Salford. Her sabbatical in 2011 allowed her to examine some extraordinary primary resources that have led to the Schellberg Cycle. 

Tim Kelly, Course Director, MA in Professional Creative Writing and Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Coventry University, writes poetry, fiction and drama and recently published The Girlfriend, The Dollar, The Duchess and I don’t believe in vampires. He has won numerous awards, produced a documentary film and is writing a black comedy novel.

Judy Kendall is Reader in English and Creative Writing at Salford University. She works with visual text as informed by the haiku aesthetic (and lived for seven years in Japan). Widely published in haiku, poetry and visual text, Judy is writing her third monograph on creative visual composition: Where Language Thickens.

Seraphima Kennedy is a writer, researcher, journalist and Creative Writing tutor. From 2011 – 2014, she was an Associate Tutor at Goldsmiths on the BA in English and the MA in Creative and Life Writing while working towards a PhD in Life Writing. She is an Associate Member of the Higher Education Authority, and European representative for IABA SNS. Seraphima is a member of Malika’s Kitchen, a poetry collective based in London, and a Jerwood/Arvon mentee in poetry 2017/18. She is Programme Director at NAWE. 

Lewis King is a copywriter by day, and at night he takes on the guise of comedian and compere. He is resident compere of WordSpace and has recently taken up that same role for Bettakultcha, a Ted-talk like event with a cult following. He studied BA English and Media and an MA in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University. 

Deak Kirkham is to language as Boromir of Gondor is to patriotism. Fanatically dedicated to the ideology and praxis of linguatising, he squeezes a smorgasbord of word-like-elements-in-combination-related activities into the all too few years that Fate has determined should constitute the lives of the Semantic Mammal.

Lania Knight is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at University of Gloucestershire. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Post RoadShooterShort Fiction and elsewhere. Her second book is due out in 2018. Read more about her at 

Barbara Large MBE was Founder-Director of the Winchester Writers' Conference for 33 years and Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing at the University of Winchester, where she is now an Honorary Fellow. She is Chair of the Hampshire Writers' Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of The Society of Authors and Creative Words Matter and Patron of EasyRead.

Tom Lee’s debut collection of short stories, Greenfly, was published by Harvill Secker in 2009 and his novel The Alarming Palsy of James Orr, is forthcoming from Granta in November this year.  In 2016 Tom completed his PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College where he also teaches.

Winnie M Li is a writer, film maker, arts festival producer, and creative consultant. She earned her MA in English from the National University of Ireland, Cork.  Winnie’s first novel, Dark Chapter, was published in 2017. It was commended in the CWA Debut Dagger awards and shortlisted for the 2016 SI Leeds Literary Prize and The Guardian's 2017 Not the Booker Prize. 

Danielle Lloyd is a committed educationalist with twenty years teaching experience and her own training organization, Vine Education and Training. She is a creative business woman and believes in providing a fun yet quality learning experience.

Gail Low writes about book history and publication and has established the module Creative Essaying as part of the undergraduate writing programme at Dundee where she is also general editor of Dundee University Review of the Arts. 

Ethan Lowe is a student on Leeds Trinity’s MA in Creative Writing. He is part of a team running Wordspace radio, creating podcasts showcasing students' talent and promoting local authors. 

Michael Loveday writes fiction and poetry, and is a freelance tutor for adults. His projects have included running creative writing workshops for the housebound via telephone conference call, teaching general creativity to the over-50s, and documenting life stories for people with physical disabilities.

Julie MacLusky’s background encompasses work as a journalist with the BBC, non-fiction, screenwriting and short fiction. She taught writing at the University of Southern California and now runs the Creative Writing degree at Worcester University.  She is currently collaborating with the National Trust on books designed to engage future generations. 

Andrew Melrose is Professor of Writing at the University of Winchester. He has over 150 writing credits including film, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, songs and academic books and articles.

Joan Michelson teaches creative writing within Medical Humanities at Kings College, University of London and runs poetry projects in the community. Her works include a prize-winning poetry collection, Landing Stage, (refugee and immigrant stories), (SPM publications UK, 2017) and a poetry chapbook, Bloomvale Home, (a Care Home community) (Original Plus Book UK, 2016).

Paul Mills has written five collections of poems published by Carcanet Press and Smith Doorstop, and two plays performed at The National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse. His publications also include Writing in Action and The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook, and recently the pamphlet Out of Deep Time,  Wayleave Press. 

Liz Mistry is the author of three police procedurals crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in.  Liz completed an MA in Creative writing in 2017 and is about to start her PhD in October 2017.   She teaches creative writing and is currently working on Murder in the Library, a touring festival which will take place throughout Yorkshire in 2018.

Alyson Morris is Course Director of the BA in English and Creative Writing at Coventry University. She writes poetry, flash fiction and short stories and is Editor of Coventry Words magazine. She specialises in creative nonfiction and is currently writing a book based upon her father’s post-war experiences in Germany.

Alison Mott, primary teacher since 1992 and with many non-fiction commissions to her name, has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Loughborough University and is accredited as a coach through NAWE/the Arvon Foundation. She leads writing groups for children and adults and writes childrens’ stories, historical fiction and memoir.

Robin Mukherjee has written extensively for television, radio drama and film. His most recent feature film, Lore, was internationally acclaimed, winning numerous awards worldwide. His original television serial, Combat Kids, was nominated for a BAFTA. He is the author of The Art of Screenplays: A Writer’s Guide (Creative Essentials, 2013).

Derek Neale is a novelist, short story and scriptwriter; a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Open University where he chairs the new writing MA and lead Educator on the Start Writing Fiction MOOC. His publications include The Book of Guardians(Salt 2012), Life Writing (Taylor Francis 2016), Writing Fiction(Routledge 2016), A Creative Writing Handbook (A&C Black/Bloomsbury 2009).  

Sophie Nicholls is a novelist and poet. She teaches and researches creative writing at Teesside University where she is Programme Leader for the MA Creative Writing (Distance Learning) and has a particular research interest in the connections between writing, creativity and wellbeing. 

Ashleigh Nugent (Ash) notes that Rap allowed him to leave behind a criminal lifestyle. He now has a 1st class degree in English Literature as well as teaching qualifications. He is a published writer and his memoir, Locks, about his time in a Jamaican prison, won the 2013 Commonword Memoir Competition. Now, he does this...

Nessa O’Mahony, a Dublin-born poet, has published four books of poetry – Bar Talk (1999), Trapping a Ghost (2005), In Sight of Home (2009) and Her Father’s Daughter, (Salmon, due September 2014). O’Mahony won the National Women’s Poetry Competition in 1997 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Prize and Hennessy Literature Awards.

Jocelyn Page’s You’ve Got to Wait Till the Man You Trust Says Go, won the inaugural Goldsmiths’ Writers’ Centre Poetry Pamphlet prize. She published smithereens (talllighthouse press) in 2010. She has a PhD in Creative Writing; teaches English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London; is a writer-in-residence and facilitates writing projects.

Vasilis Papageorgiou is Professor of Creative Writing and Reader in Comparative Literature at Linnaeus University, Sweden. He has written and translated many books, published in Greece and Sweden. For more information and a full publication list, please visit his university staff website at

Mónica Parle is Executive Director of the charity, First Story. She has a BA in Latin American Studies and History from University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Houston. She has worked in publishing and has spent the whole of her professional life working in the not-for-profit sector.

Megan Paul is studying for the MA in Creative and Critical Writing at University of Gloucestershire.  

Sarah Penny, born and raised in South Africa, lectures in Creative Writing at Brunel University; is a novelist, an activist for social change, and has worked supporting communities to transition from the practice of Female Genital Mutilation and is now focused on working with educating South African learners about xenophobia.  She has published three books with Penguin South Africa.  

Pauline Plummer is an Irish/Welsh mix from Liverpool but has lived in North East UK since the 80s. She has several collections of poetry, most recently, Bint (Red Squirrel Press 2011), a novella in verse From Here to Timbuktu (Smokestack 2012).  Her collection of short stories 'Dancing With a Stranger' was published in 2015 (Red Squirrel Press). 

Charmaine Pollard is a Certified Poetry Therapist, Counsellor and Life Coach. She has facilitated several poetry therapy groups and workshops in, Schools, Colleges and in the community. Her groups and workshops are based on reading and writing poetry to promote health and wellbeing with a particular focus on confidence and resilience.

Ian Pople teaches creative writing for non-native speakers of English, and English for Academic Purposes for postgraduates at the University of Manchester. He is a Senior Fellow of the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and his poetry has been published in many countries by Arc Publications.

Leila Rasheed is the author of several novels for children (Usborne, Hot Key). She has designed and delivered creative writing courses, presentations and workshops for (among others) The University of Warwick, Writing West Midlands and Newman University. She is the director of Megaphone writer development scheme.

Joanne Reardon is an Honorary Associate in English at the Open University and an Associate Lecturer there.  With short stories and poetry published in several magazines and anthologies as well as drama produced on BBC Radio 4, she was a runner up in the Cinnamon Press short story prize 2014.

Lindsay Reid recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Her thesis title was ‘Poetry as Therapy and Poetry beyond Therapy’. Her interest in therapeutic writing resulted from her desire to combine her skills as a qualified social worker with her love of creative writing.

Cynthia Rogerson writes mainstream literary fiction, set in Scotland and California. She has authored five novels, (one under the pen name Addison Jones); published a collection of short stories; appeared in anthologies; broadcast on BBC radio, and translated into five languages. She won the V.S.Pritchett Prize in 2008, and was short-listed for Best Scottish Novel 2011. 

Hannah Sackett is a PhD student at the Institute for Education at Bath Spa University. She is researching children making comics in KS2, and has a particular interest in materials, process and improvisation. Hannah has worked as a school librarian, and is currently involved in Comic Swap and the Comics Club blog 

Clare Scott is Chair of Lapidus, the international words for wellbeing association, the Lead for Ethics and Professional Standards for iaPOETRY, and is working on her PhD in Creative Writing, applying the principles of psychogeography in the rural landscape of West Wales, exploring our individual relationship with the natural environment.

Omar Shahryar is a composer and artistic director of Opera Schmopera, specialising in the creation of bespoke opera and music theatre for particular audiences. His current research into opera for young people is funded by the AHRC at the University of York.

Judi Sissons is a writer, workshop leader and coach. She has an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing and Personal Development and is a member of Lapidus. Judi is founder of The Writing Space and is currently working with Opera Schmopera developing opera with young people. 

Anne-Marie Smith is a lecturer in Education at Bangor University and a trainee Poetry/Bibliotherapy practitioner with iaPOETRY. She is interested in the application of Writing for Wellbeing (W4W) in HE for personal and professional development. She runs a monthly women’s writing group and has recently established a W4W group for staff at Bangor University. 

Cal Smyth has lived in Serbia, Japan, Mexico and Italy. He’s had three novels published, has an MA in Screenwriting and teaches Creative Writing. In 2015, he was awarded a Literature Wales Writers’ Bursary to research his new Balkan Noir thriller, which will be published by Fahrenheit Press.

Rebecca Snape is a second year PhD student in the School of Education at Birmingham City University. Her PhD looks at how GCSE English teachers conceptualise creative writing in the context of GCSE English Language. She also teaches creative writing to PGCE Primary and BA Primary Education students.

Bambo Soyinka is the chair of TRACE and the Creative Director of Paper Nations. Bambo joined Bath Spa in 2013 to head the Creative Writing Department and now runs an international portfolio of Artist Development programmes.. An award-winning writer and director, Bambo has more than twenty years’ experience in multi-platform storytelling and production. 

Julian Stannard is a poet and Reader in English and Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. He is the Programme Leader for the MA in Creative and Critical Writing, and reviews for TLS, Spectator and Poetry Review. Julian is presently writing a study of American and British Poetry for Peter Lang.

Helen Stockton is a freelance writer and creative writing teacher with two books, TeachingCreative Writing, and The Last Rolo, written from her dog’s perspective!  She writes magazine columns, short stories and poetry and teaches mainly freelance. She is also a writing for well-being practitioner. 

Hannah Stone is an alumna of the first cohort of Leeds Trinity MA in Creative Writing. She has two solo collections, Lodestone (Stairwell Books, 2016) and Missing Miles (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2017). She won the Yorkshire Poetry Prize in 2015 and the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize in 2016. She convenes the poets and composers forum for the annual international Leeds Lieder festival and is a co-editor of the Yorkshire based poetry e-zine Algebra of Owls. 

Becky Swain is Head of Learning and Participation at Arvon, leading a programme of residential weeks with schools and arts and community groups, and Arvon City, three day non-residential courses in cities across England. She is an experienced youth worker, English and Drama teacher, coach and arts learning facilitator. 

Lucy Sweetman FRSA, FHEA is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and a freelance writer.  She has research interests in inclusive teaching and learning pedagogies in higher education and, in the creative writing field, writing in response to national and global political events. 

Paul Taylor-McCartney, Head of Secondary Teacher Education, University of Warwick, is doing a PhD in Creative Writing at Leicester University and has had short stories published in Aesthetica Magazine, as well as an academic article published in The Birmingham Journal of Language and Literature. He has presented at national conferences and is part of a panel for Inside Government.

Sharlene Teo is a Singaporean writer and freelance creative writing tutor based in London. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her debut novel, Ponti, won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award and is forthcoming from Picador and Simon & Schuster in 2018.

Pam Thompson is a poet and creative writing tutor/mentor and one of the organisers of Word! a spoken-word night at The Y Theatre in Leicester. Pam’s PhD in creative writing explored the science of holography for developing a new collection. Her publications include Show Date and Time (2006) SmithIDoorstop and The Japan Quiz (2008) Redbeck Press. 

Louise Tondeur is a writer and educator who published two novels with Headline Review before writing a PhD and becoming a mum. In 2012, Louise published a book for on time management with a local press in Brighton called Small Steps Guide to Goal Setting and Time Management.

Mariah Whelan is a PhD researcher at the Centre for New Writing, Manchester University. She writes poetry and researches traumatic memory in Irish fiction. Her writing appears in The Irish Literary ReviewCadaverine and ASH. Her novel-in-sonnets titled City of Rivers won the AM Heath Prize and individual poems were shortlisted for the Bridport. 

Patrick Wildgust is the curator of Shandy Hall, home of the Laurence Sterne Trust.

Paul Williams is Program Coordinator of Creative Writing and Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. He has published fiction, young adult novels, a memoir, educational readers, short stories and articles. His latest books are Playing With Words (Palgrave 2016), and Fail Brilliantly (Familius 2017).

Heidi Williamson is a poetry surgeon for The Poetry Society and mentors poets at Writers’ Centre Norwich and by Skype. The Print Museum (Bloodaxe) won the East Anglian Book Award for Poetry 2016. Electric Shadow (Bloodaxe, 2011) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize.


Sarah Howe

Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Born in Hong Kong to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. She is the founding editor of Prac Crit, an online journal of poetry and criticism. She has held fellowships at the University of Cambridge, at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute and at University College London.



Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo is the author of seven books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora – past, present, real, imagined. Her latest book is Mr Loverman, about a septuagenarian Antiguan-Londoner who is closet homosexual (Penguin 2013). Other works include LaraBlonde Roots and The Emperor’s Babe. Her writing also spans the genres of short stories, essays, poetry, literary criticism, stage and BBC radio writing. 

Two of her novels have been adapted into BBC Radio 4 dramas. She has edited several publications including the 2012 centenary winter issue of Poetry Review, the poetry journal of the Poetry Society of Great Britain. She has held several international fellowships and undertaken over 150 international tours as a writer. She was the Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, USA, in 2015 and she is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London.