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New NAWE Management Committee
Fri 3 Dec 2004
At the recent NAWE conference and AGM in York, a new NAWE Management Committee was elected for the year ahead, with Debjani Chatterjee as Chair, and Kathy Flann as Vice-Chair.
Maggie Butt, Anne-Marie Fyfe and Graeme Harper were also re-elected. We here introduce those members being elected for the first time.

Heather Beck

"I teach undergraduates and postgraduates on the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University and have developed an online version of our MA in Creative Writing. I have recently published a novel, Home is Where (Carcanet/Comma Press, 2003) and am currently working on a further novel. I am also editing a pedagogy book, for Palgrave MacMillan's Teaching the New English Literature Series entitled, Teaching Creative Writing in Higher Education: Anglo-American Perspectives (Palgrave MacMillan, 2005)."

Julia Davis

Julia Davis has worked in literature development for ten years with Commonword/Cultureword, the creative writing and publishing organization that serves new writers and readers from all kinds of communities in the North West. With Apples and Snakes and the Arts Council she contributed to strategy work for the development of live literature across the UK, focusing on how mentoring partnerships can develop writers and performers in the sector. Julia is presently Literature Development Officer for York City Council. As a writer she has worked with the Belarus State Theatre and performed at the Edinburgh Festival, working alongside the Demarco European Art Foundation.

Nikki Marsh

"I've worked in the voluntary sector for ten years and in higher education for eleven, including being a marketing manager and managing a widening participation partnership of universities in central London. I've organized a creative writing competition for London sixth formers for eight years, part-funded by ACE, and with a development programme attached to it. I am the part-time coordinator of Writing Together (the DfES funded project which aims to encourage all schools to work with professional writers, and in which NAWE is a partner) although my job title is now Head of Education at Booktrust. This will also include administering the Children's Laureate and working on other Booktrust projects such as Children's Book Week."

Valerie Moore

"I manage the Writing School at Leicester Adult Education College where we teach creative writing and journalism to adults bringing them to publication level. Many of our students see their work published or broadcast, and some go on to make a living from writing. I have just led the Writing School through inspection (Adult Learning Inspectorate) and we have achieved a very good result. We teach 170 part-time students over the course of a year. All tutors are well published/broadcast in the specific genre(s) which they facilitate."

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright, poet, fiction writer and musician. She is the first woman playwright to have had a drama on one of the National Theatre_s main stages - The Wandering Jew, in 1987, the same year her adaptation of The Belle of Amherst won an International Emmy for Thames TV. Her radio plays and dramatizations are regularly nominated for awards. She has written two influential books on gender and contemporary theatre, and she also reviews and broadcasts regularly on Radios 3 and 4. She has been teaching Creative Writing in all three genres for over two decades, and is currently writing a book about the subject for Palgrave Macmillan. She holds a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at the University of Hertfordshire, 2004-2005.

Sarah Wardle

"As a writer/teacher and with some experience of teaching workshops in schools and the community, I'm looking forward to assisting on the committee in whatever way would be helpful. Teaching I've done includes work for Middlesex, Sussex and Kent and in a range of schools across the sectors, from Dagenham Arts College to East Sussex primary schools and current work helping with teaching at Spurs Study Support Centre, using writing amongst other activities to motivate young students."

It was also agreed that one place on the committee should be taken by a teacher currently employed in a primary or secondary school, and we are pleased to announce that Helen Gray, from from Graveney School in Tooting, London, has now been co-opted as our teacher representative. Helen has worked with a lot of writers in her school, in different ways.  She ran one of the Writing Together conference workshops with Jean Sprackland and has subsequently worked with Jean on the Poetry Archive.  She has been shortlisted for a Channel 4 script competition and won the London Met teachers' writing competition. 
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