I'm a published writer who has worked with young people for over seven years, empowering them to find their own voices, and fulfill their creative potential.
I have used art as a way of inspiring students for many years, and in 2011, I worked with families in Cardiff National Gallery, to produce communal poems in relation to paintings in their current exhibition.
I changed my name by deed poll from Elizabeth to Bethany in November 2012.
• Short Stories: Absent, BBC Writers’ Showcase (2006)
two tanka poems, Blithe Spirit, Journal of the British Haiku Society (August 2014)
Displacement, Free Your Mind anthology (August 2014)
The Hay Wain, English Chicago Review (May 2014)
Barred, Bare Fiction (April 2014)
Lost, Cinnamon Press (April 2014)
Communion, Offa’s Press (Jan 2014)
Reflection, The Lampeter Review (2013)
Underground, Firestack Publications (May, 2013)
strawberries & silence, English Chicago Review (March, 2013)
Another Ophelia, Time is Softer, Behind the Screen, Cinnamon Press (2012)
Heart of Winter, Sharing Secrets, Salopsisms (2012)
The Only Child, different worlds, Aberystwyth University (2010)
Southwell Cathedral, Pen Cambria (2009)
The Lady Awaits, The Rose, Poetic Hours (2002)
Photo Framed, My turn to die, First Time Publications (2000)
• Articles: Healing Poetry article – County Times (2014)
How a poem can save your life - Lapidus Journal (2014)
Greek Myths & Legends - Yorkshire Evening Post (1992)
To be a Journalist - Morley Observer (1992)
Pamphlet of poems shortlisted, Cinnamon Press Poetry Anthology
(2012 & 2013)
Sonnet called Birth of Tomorrows shortlisted, Cinnamon Press (June 2013)
Elizabeth attended the MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing at Cardiff University from 2005-2006. In her teaching of undergraduates, she has been conscientious in preparation and impressive in execution. Her delivery is calm, focused, enthusiastic and empathetic. She is aware of the needs of the whole group and clearly works towards achieving set outcomes, yet she is also sensitive to individual diversity and is flexible in her delivery. She is particularly interested in the pedagogy of workshopping ? its benefits, limits and dangers. She ensures that all the members in groups she teaches feel secure in the workshopping situation, guaranteeing that such sessions build (rather than destroy) confidence.
Throughout the MA course Elizabeth worked well to deadlines and was reliable and dependable. She was pleasant and courteous to students and staff alike, and this engaging manner extended into those classes she taught. Despite her accessibility and warmth, once in the teaching environment, she blended this approachability with professionalism and calm authority.
Lecturer in Creative Writing, Cardiff University
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