"Walking into a new classroom"
I am a BA Creative Writing student from Manchester and studying at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, graduating in Summer 2021. With a keen interest in poetry and short fiction, I enjoy exploring all forms of media, especially those that are innovative and experimental. Although I’m new to the writing world, I’ve had the privilege of taking part in the Edge Hill Prize short story shortlist (2019), working with Writing On The Wall as part of the Superheroes: Words Are Our Power project (2019) and working as an intern with Edge Hill University Press and Arc Publishing (2019) editing an anthology of poetry from women in Latin America, publishing in 2021. I am an Edge Hill Scholar, receiving a scholarship for Excellence, and outside of writing I work for the Edge Hill Campus Life Team as Campus Connector, organising student events and supporting the wellbeing of students.
Jameela Khan is an ex-scientist, multi-media artist and up-and-coming theatre director based in the NW. On a RTYDS 3-month placement in 2019 with The Dukes Lancaster, Jameela worked as an assistant director, and is currently developing a new theatre show for young audiences.
On returning home to Merseyside and starting her family, the talented poet and songwriter Natalie Reeves-Billing used her skills in rhyming to begin writing poems and short stories for friends and family, before being encouraged to put pen to paper to create her own children’s books. Following the creation of her online ‘den’ Lollipop Lodge, the author began to shape the Monstrous Me collection.The series is a production of her work as a social entrepreneur and owner of Split Perspectivz which encourages school children from under privileged backgrounds to use storytelling as a way of therapy. The work she has already carried out in areas of the City of Liverpool have been met with great acclaim and Natalie hopes that with the new series of works, her ethos to encourage better understanding and wellbeing in families will spread even further.
Alice Bunker-Whitney graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a first-class degree in Drama and is theatre maker, performer, and youth arts facilitator. Alice is a highly experienced youth arts facilitator and is passionate about stories; reading them, performing them, writing them & most importantly helping people to share theirs. She has led creative projects with young people for Altru Drama, Travelled Companions, M6 theatre, Unity Theatre, YEP, 20 Stories High, Cotton Shed and Hope Street Limited and has extensive experience of working in schools and delivering creative education. When Alice isn’t working at WoW she can be found dancing in the street dressed as a bumble bee with her street theatre company www.eggpeople.co.uk.