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.
Bethan Roberts has published five novels and writes drama for BBC Radio 4. Her books include The Good Plain Cook (Serpent’s Tail, 2008), which was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime; My Policeman(Chatto& Windus, 2012), the story of a 1950s policeman, his wife, and his male lover; and Mother Island(Chatto, 2014), whichreceived a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize. Her latest novel, Graceland (Chatto, 2019), tells the story of Elvis Presley and his mother, Gladys. Her work for Radio 4 includes a series of seven short stories about dancing, Strictly Stories, a two-part adaptation of the Russian novel Bride and Groom, and several Afternoon Dramas, including My Own Private Gondolier and When Ali Came to Abingdon.She also writes short fiction, for which she has won the Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Prize and the RA Pin Drop Award. Bethan has taught Creative Writing forChichester University, Goldsmiths College,West Dean College, the Open University, and Mslexiamagazine.
Laura has published six novels for adults (two under a pseudonym) and numerous short stories. Her contemporary fiction is published by award-winning independent press, Accent. These novels are Crossing the Line, The Family Line, Redemption Song and Skin Deep. Crossing the Line, was a Welsh Books Council book of the month and her latest, Skin Deep, has been widely praised.
Alongside writing, she runs workshops on craft and has spoken at literary events nationwide. Over the past eight years she’s worked as a creative writing tutor for organisations including New Writing South and West Dean, and as a structural editor and mentor for leading literary consultancies, coaching writers to competition shortlistings and publication.
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.
Dr Jac Cattaneo
Dr Jac Cattaneo is an artist, writer and lecturer in Creative Writing and Fine Art. A graduate of the Creative Writing programme, she now holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. Her interests include utopian/dystopian fiction, psychogeography, and writing that explores the cross-over between the visual and the verbal. Jac’s prize-winning short stories and poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Riptide, C21 Literature and Flash: The International Short-Short story magazine.
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.
Verity Spott is a poet, performer and musician. Verity has published several collections and pamphlets of poetry including Click Away Close Door Say (Contraband Press), Gideon (Barque Press), The Mutiny Aboard the RV Felicity (Tipped Press) and Poems (in collaboration with Timothy Thornton – Face Press). Verity’s work has been widely published in journals and magazines in the UK and elsewhere. Verity’s poems have been translated into Greek, Spanish, German, French, and Korean. Verity is part of Wolf Kid Theatre company and the free jazz trio In Threads. Since 2006 Verity has run the poetry, performance and music event Horseplay in Brighton. In 2018 Verity was appointed to the annual position of Poet in Residence at the University of Surrey.
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 has published four novels: the top-forty Kindle bestseller The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright (Bookouture 2020), The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom (Bookouture, 2019), The Good Neighbour (Ebury Press, 2015) and When We Were Sisters (Ebury Press, 2014). 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 is a tutor for Arvon. She has a PhD in Psychology.
Holly Dawson is a freelance writer and editor, currently working on her first novel (HarperCollins, 2021). As an editor, she specialises in life writing and memoir and runs a range of life writing courses. She is Reader in Residence at Charleston, supporting their literature programme of festivals, workshops and events. Her work has been published in various places, including the BBC, Short Fiction journal, Watermarks anthology, and by Roxane Gay in PANK, and short/longlisted for Radio 4, the Fish Prize, the Short Fiction Prize, the RW First Chapter competition and elsewhere. She also runs Lewes Short Story Club and works with young writers in local schools.
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, was published by NeWest Press in September 2018. She is currently writing her fourth novel.
Lisa Fulthorpe, is a Brighton-based filmmaker, scriptwriter and playwright with many years of experience telling compelling stories. As a filmmaker she runs her own production company FireflyFilm. Her most recent commission ‘Restorative Justice – Could It Work For Me?’ was for Sussex Police. She also works regularly for MyLife Films making films for individuals with dementia to improve their quality of life. As scriptwriter she has written for the BBC and C4, including ‘Doctors’ and ‘Smack The Pony’, her short films have won awards and have been screened at the London Film Festival. Her feature film ‘Lost In Brighton’ was optioned by SlyFox Films and shortlisted for Moonstone International Writers Lab. In June she’ll be directing her short film Booklovers with a crew from Brighton Film School – where she works as screenwriting tutor. Previously she worked for Creative Future facilitating creative writing workshops for marginalised writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability or social circumstances. She has an MA in TV and Radio Scriptwriting, was selected for part of the BBC’s Writers Academy and was a founder member of Scriptease, a Brighton-based scriptwriting group.
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.
Sara Clifford originally studied English, and has an MA in Screenwriting. She has written over thirty plays, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and has been Writer in Residence at Brighton University. She is currently in receipt of Arts Council funding to write a new play, Flo’s Gals; and Writer in Residence for the Inn Crowd project for the South Downs National Park (https://inncrowd.org.uk/writers-in-residence/sara-clifford/). Sara was Literary Associate at Clean Break Theatre Company, and works as a freelance dramaturg and script reader; and is a member of The Fence international writers’ network. She also teaches Contemporary Dramaturgy, Applied Theatre and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of East London, Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of Brighton; and offers training and mentoring for New Writing South, including a young playwrights’ course at Theatre Royal Brighton.
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.