Carol Ann Duffy DBE

Carol Ann Duffy DBE

Creative Director of the Manchester Writing School and Professor of Contemporary Poetry

"One of the greatest pleasures of my working life continues to be the Manchester Writing School at MMU - a department with a real sense of family, achievement…

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Adam O’Riordan

Adam O’Riordan

Academic Director of the Manchester Writing School and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry)

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart…live in the question.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet “Education…

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Sherry Ashworth

Sherry Ashworth

Visiting Teaching Fellow

Sherry Ashworth was a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School from 2006 until her retirement in 2012. She returned to the School…

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Susan Barker

Susan Barker

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction)

Susan Barker joins the Manchester Writing School team in April 2017.

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Andrew Biswell

Andrew Biswell

Professor of Modern Literature

"Reading is at the heart of our culture, but we can never do enough of it. Aim to read as widely as you can and make notes about what you read. The Italian…

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Ellie Byrne

Ellie Byrne

Senior Lecturer in English (Writing for Children)

"Read as widely as possible, across all genres from all over the world. I ask students to question everything about the world and about themselves. I work to…

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Ed Caesar

Ed Caesar

Visiting Teaching Fellow

Ed Caesar is an author and feature writer. As a journalist, he has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Outside, The Smithsonian…

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Mandy Coe

Mandy Coe

Visiting Teaching Fellow

Mandy Coe’s 2010 collection If You Could See Laughter was short-listed for a Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Children’s Poetry Award.…

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David Cooper

David Cooper

Senior Lecturer in English (Place Writing)

Before doctoral study, I spent several years working in the arts development sector: first as Arts Officer at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere; and then as Literature…

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Amanda Dalton

Amanda Dalton

Visiting Teaching Fellow

Amanda Dalton is a poet and playwright, working in theatre and radio. Her poetry is published by Bloodaxe. She lives in West Yorkshire and works part-time as Director…

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Paul Dowswell

Paul Dowswell

Visiting Teaching Fellow

Paul Dowswell is a British writer of non-fiction and fiction, writing mainly for children and young adults. He has written over 60 books, mostly with history as…

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Boris Dralyuk

Boris Dralyuk

Visiting Teaching Fellow

Boris Dralyuk is the Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is a literary translator and holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA,…

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James Draper

James Draper

Manager of the Manchester Writing School

I am the Manager of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met. Working closely with the Academic and Creative Directors, I have responsibility for…

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Nikolai Duffy

Nikolai Duffy

Senior Lecturer in American Literature (Poetry)

"Whatever you read or do, remember it’s ok to get lost; it’s difficult to discover things if we’re not prepared to lose ourselves sometimes.…

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Paul Evans

Paul Evans

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Arts (Place Writing)

Best known as the author of the Guardian’s Country Diary, Paul Evans is a naturalist,  broadcaster of natural-history documentaries and award-winning…

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Iris Feindt

Iris Feindt

Graduate Teaching Assistant

"Learn because you want to learn. Read because you want to read. And write because you want to write. Try different cheeses. My teaching style is wild, inclusive…

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Rachel Genn

Rachel Genn

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction and Script)

Rachel Genn joined the Manchester Writing School as an Associate Lecturer (Fiction) in 2011 and was appointed Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction and Script) in…

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Andrew Michael Hurley

Andrew Michael Hurley

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction)

Andrew Michael Hurley joined the Manchester Writing School as Lecturer (Fiction) in 2016. Photo credit: Johnny Bean.

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Anjum Malik

Anjum Malik

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Script and Poetry)

Anjum Malik has written extensively for screen, stage and radio. She was a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester Writing School for several years…

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Rachel Mann

Rachel Mann

Visiting Teaching Fellow

Rachel Mann is an Anglican priest, scholar and poet based in south Manchester. Between 2009 and 2017 she was poet-in-residence at Manchester Cathedral and helped…

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Nicky Matthews-Browne

Nicky Matthews-Browne

Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing (Writing for Children)

Nicky Matthews-Browne - who publishes as N. M. Browne - joined the Manchester Writing School as an Associate Lecturer (Writing for Children) in 2011. 

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Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry)

Andrew McMillan joins the Manchester Writing School team in September 2017.

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Livi Michael

Livi Michael

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction and Writing for Children)

"Be patient: becoming the kind of writer you want to be takes time and it can take even longer for the publishing world to get round to your point of view!"

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Helen Mort

Helen Mort

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry)

Helen Mort joined the Manchester Writing School as Lecturer in Creative Writing in September 2016.

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André Naffis-Sahely

André Naffis-Sahely

Visiting Teaching Fellow

André Naffis-Sahely is a poet, critic and translator. He was born in Venice to Italian and Iranian parents, and grew up in Abu Dhabi. He has a BA in History…

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Gregory Norminton

Gregory Norminton

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction)

"My advice for any creative writer is simple: read. Read all you can, whenever you have a moment. This is happy advice – it means you are ‘working’…

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Michael Symmons Roberts FRSL

Michael Symmons Roberts FRSL

Professor of Poetry

"Any good writer is a good reader first. There’s no substitute for being steeped in the great work of the past, and reading the work of your contemporaries.…

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Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction)

"I think it's vital that emerging writers spend a period of time as an apprentice, learning their craft. Do the best you can. Tackle difficult subjects,…

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Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle

Reading in Creative Writing (Fiction)

"Every year among the new intake of MFA/MA novel-writing students, I find a selection of writers who are so talented that it is inspiring and exhilarating to…

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David Shook

David Shook

Visiting Teaching Fellow

David Shook is a poet, translator, publisher and filmmaker. He was raised in Mexico City and earned a BA at the University of Oklahoma and an MSt at Oxford University.…

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Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland

Professor of Creative Writing

"Anyone interested in studying creative writing needs to read. It’s not just about reading for pleasure, but reading as a writer. You must develop a curiosity…

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Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens

Professor of Scriptwriting

"Manchester Metropolitan is a university of infectious intellectual breadth and energy. The potential for collaborative work with some of the leading teachers…

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Hugh Stoddart

Hugh Stoddart

Visiting Teaching Fellow

Hugh Stoddart has written the screenplays for many successful films both for TV and cinema. He has adapted novels such as To the Lighthouse, We Think the World of…

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Joe Stretch

Joe Stretch

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction)

Joe Stretch is the author of three novels – Friction, Wildlife and The Adult. The Adult was nominated for the Portico Prize and received the Somerset Maugham…

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Alex Wheatle MBE

Alex Wheatle MBE

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Writing for Children & Young Adults)

Alex Wheatle MBE joins Manchester Metropolitan University as a Lecturer in Creative Writing in January 2018, teaching on the Writing for Children and Young Adults…

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Catherine Wilcox

Catherine Wilcox

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction and Writing for Children)

"Read, read, read. Live in your own head and inhabit the world of your fiction obsessively. A course in Creative Writing is licence to daydream."

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Julie Wilkinson

Julie Wilkinson

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Script)

After graduating from St. Anne's College, Oxford, I trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School under Nat Brenner, as an actor and director. I was an acting/writing…

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