Mark Slater

Dr Mark Slater, DPhil, MA, Cert Ed.

Mark Slater is the director of the Creative Writing Programme. In 2012 he left the University of Sussex to set up the Creative Writing Programme at the Writers’ Place in Brighton. Whilst at Sussex he was the Arts Subject Chair for CCE where he ran the Creative Writing Programme and taught on the MA in Creative Writing and Authorship and the BA in Creativity and the Arts. His doctoral thesis is on originality and influence in the creative process. He has written extensively on creative writing in education and published articles on literary creativity and aesthetics. He is a graduate of the University of East Anglia M.A. in Creative Writing where he produced and edited the first UEA M.A. anthology of creative writing. He has written and published short stories, librettos, plays, journalism and has worked on educational programmes on creative writing for the BBC.

Dr Sally O’Reilly

Sally O’Reilly is the author of three novels: The Best Possible Taste and You Spin Me Round, (Penguin, 2004 and 2007) and Dark Aemilia (Myriad Editions/Picador US, 2014). Her short stories have been published in South Africa, Australia and the UK and she has been shortlisted for the Ian St James and Cosmopolitan short story prize.

She has also written a guide for writers: How to Be a Writer: the definitive guide to getting published and making a living from writing (Piatkus, 2011). Sally has a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Brunel University and works as a lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, where she was one of the team which produced its new online MA.

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith writes poetry, fiction and radio drama. She was included in the 'Next Generation' promotion (Arts Council/PBS) of 'the twenty most exhilarating new poets in the UK' and two of her poetry collections, The New Bride (2000) and Lip (2008) were short-listed for The Forward Prize. Her poetry has been broadcast on BBC Radio, and she has undertaken fiction commissions for the BBC. Her short fiction has been widely published and anthologised, and two of her stories have been broadcast on Radio Four's 'Afternoon Reading.' Her radio play, Jellybelly, was broadcast in 2006. In collaboration with Lewes Live Literature, she adapted three of her short stories, about secrets and their consequences, from her collection, The Biting Point, for a Live Literature performance, Weight, using professional crew. Her poetry collection, Otherwhere, was published in October 2012. She teaches for the Arvon Foundation, The Poetry School and Varndean 6th Form College. She is currently working on a new fiction project and another poetry collection.

Susannah Waters

Susannah Waters

Susannah began her professional life as an opera singer, performing principal roles in many of the world’s leading opera houses. Since 2002, she has been a writer and stage director. Her first novel, Long Gone Anybody, was published by Black Swan in 2004, and short-listed for the Pendleton May Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award. Her second novel, Cold Comfort, published by Doubleday in 2006, featured on Radio 4’s Today programme as one of the first fictional novels dealing with the effects of climate change. She is currently completing her third. In 2004, she founded the production company, The Paddock, for whom she frequently devises, commissions and directs work, and whose most recent projects were a play set in six rooms of a hotel, a new opera by Orlando Gough performed in a disused warehouse, a street dance involving 200 amateur dancers, and two plays set in a disused brewery depot. From 2005 – 2012 she was an Associate Tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. She is an online mentor for The Literary Consultancy, and has tutored for the Arvon Foundation. In March 2013 she is directing a new opera, Imago, by Orlando Gough and Stephen Plaice, at Glyndebourne Opera

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Hannah Vincent

Hannah is an award-winning playwright, debut novelist and latterly short story writer. Her radio play Come to Grief was a re-working of one of her stage plays and won the BBC 2015 Audio Award for Best Adaptation. Her first novel Alarm Girl is published by Myriad. Her short story The Poison Frog will be broadcast on Radio 4 in July 2016. Hannah completed the MA in Creative Writing at Kingston in 2012 and won the Faber & Faber MA Creative Writing Prize for outstanding creative and academic achievement. She is currently researching autobiographic practice as part of a PhD in creative and critical writing at the University of Sussex. She has taught at a number of institutions including the University of Sussex, Brighton University, Goldsmiths and The Open University.


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Lizzie Enfield

Lizzie Enfield combines novel writing with work as a freelance journalist, contributing to various national newspapers and magazines alongside teaching journalism and creative writing. Her novels are: Living With It  (Myriad Editions 2014 - a Mail on Sunday Book of the Week and featured on Woman’s Hour), Uncoupled (Headline 2012) and What You Don’t Know (Headline 2011). Ivy and Abe, a love story inspired by quantum physics will be published by Penguin in Spring 2017. Her short stories have been broadcast on Radio 4 and published in various magazines and anthologies.


Dr John O'Donoghue

John O’Donoghue is the author of the poetry collections Brunch Poems (Waterloo Press, 2009); and Fools & Mad (Waterloo Press, 2014); and the memoir Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (John Murray, 2009). Sectioned was awarded Mind Book of the Year 2010 by judges Fay Weldon, Michele Roberts, and Blake Morrison. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, and has taught at the University of Hertfordshire, the Open University, the University of Westminster, and the University of Kent.


Dr Beth Miller

Beth will be bringing out two novels in 2019 with Bookouture: Eliza Bloom's Impossible Lists in March and one as yet untitled (and as yet unwritten) in October. Her previous two novels were published by Ebury (Random): When We Were Sisters (2014) and The Good Neighbour (2015). She has also published two non-fiction books with Summersdale: For The Love Of Shakespeare and For The Love Of The Archers. She won an award for a short story in the 2017 Frome Festival Short Story Competition. She works as a book coach with writers at all stages of their work, and will be a tutor for Arvon in 2019. She has a PhD in Psychology.


Holly Dawson

Holly Dawson is a freelance writer and editor. She runs Lewes Short Story Club and The Writing Space and works with organisations from Small Wonder and Charleston house to the Word Factory. Her work has been published in various places, including the Short Fiction journal and Watermarks anthology, and received recognition from Radio 4, the Fish Prize, the Short Fiction Prize and elsewhere. As an editor, she specialises in life writing and memoir, and also works with the prison community. She is currently working on her first novel.

Rosie Chard

Rosie Chard is a novelist, freelance editor, landscape architect and English language teacher. After qualifying as a landscape architect from the University of Greenwich she lived and worked in Denmark and Canada for several years, designing gardens, parks and urban spaces. Her first novel Seal Intestine Raincoat, whichwas published in 2009 by NeWest Press, won the 2010 Alberta Trade Fiction Book Award and received an honorable mention for the Sunburst Fiction Award the same year. She was also shortlisted for the 2010 John Hirsch award for the Most Promising Manitoba writer. Her second novel The Insistent Garden, also published by NeWest Press, was the recipient of the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction in Canada in 2014. Her third novel, The Eavesdroppers, will be published by NeWest Press in September 2018. She is currently writing her fourth novel.



Umi Sinha

Umi Sinha has an MA in Creative Writing with distinction from Sussex University and taught on the Certificate in Creative Writing there for ten years. She is currently a lecturer in creative writing at Brighton University, and also runs her own classes, a mentoring service for writers, and co-runs an oral storytelling club. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies and her novel 'Belonging' was published by Myriad Editions in 2015.


Ed Hogan

Ed Hogan has written two novels set in his home county of Derbyshire. Blackmoor (2008) won the Desmond  Elliott Prize and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award. The Hunger Trace (2012), inspired by the release of animals from a failing wildlife park, was shortlisted for the Encore Award and the Portico Prize. He has also written novels for young adults, including Daylight Saving, a ghost story set in a sports holiday village. Ed is currently studying for a PhD with the Open University.


John McCullough

Dr John McCullough

John McCullough’s first collection of poems The Frost Fairs (Salt, 2011) was a summer read in The Observer and was named a Book of the Year by The Independent and The Poetry School.  The Guardian described it as ‘sharp yet compassionate, formal yet nimble’.  He has been teaching creative writing and literature in higher education since 2002 and lives in Hove.



Clare Best

Clare has published four volumes of poetry including Excisions which was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize, 2012. She has presented her autobiographical project Self-portrait Without Breasts to audiences in the USA, Canada and Ireland as well as across the UK. Clare’s prose memoir The Papermaker was placed in the final three of the Mslexia Memoir Competition 2015. She has collaborated on several innovative life writing projects including Vacant Possession and Take Me With You: the museum of friendship, remembrance and loss. She is currently working on her next poetry collection, and on a project exploring hidden and mysterious bodies of water across the South Country of England. Clare has an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from the University of Sussex. She has held writing residencies in settings as various as HMP Shepton Mallet, the University of Brighton and Woodlands Organic Farm and has taught Creative Writing at university level for more than ten years.



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