Skip to content


Studying at Chester was a vital catalyst for my own work; one which I will carry with me well into the future.

Graduated: BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing; MA Creative Writing

Currently:  Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts

Since graduating, I’ve returned to the North East where I’ve had numerous part-time jobs, most recently as a bookseller. I became active in the literary scenes of Newcastle and Durham, reading at various poetry nights, and reviewing live events and performances for the Durham Book Festival. I’m currently assisting Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts in a pilot project to develop an interactive tour of the Great North Museum, combining QR code technologies with creative writing prompts based on the exhibitions.

I’ve also been commissioned to collaborate with four visual artists on a public arts project which will launch in Spring/Summer 2012. A new sequence of poems I’ve written for the project will feature as interdisciplinary artworks on display at the seafront in South Shields.

I was awarded the Andrew Waterhouse Award for my poetry by New Writing North in July 2011 as part of the annual Northern Writers’ Awards and am now taking part in a professional development course for poets led by the writer Clare Pollard.

My first pamphlet of poetry has been accepted for publication by Red Squirrel Press and will be out in spring 2012. Having had poems and short stories in various literary journals and magazines, I aim to put together a full collection in the near future.

The groundwork for all of these achievements was laid when I was studying at Chester. I learned invaluable skills for writing striking, contemporary prose and poetry; how the greats have done it, and how I might continue those traditions in the 21st century. I continued to hone my skills during my MA year, in which the support of my colleagues and tutors gave me the information I needed, as well as the enthusiasm, to begin writing seriously. In short, studying at Chester was a vital catalyst for my own work; one which I will carry with me well into the future.