Dame Carol Ann Duffy OBE CBE

Dame Carol Ann Duffy OBE CBE

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)

Who am I? I studied at Oxford University and did my Masters at London University. I was named ‘Poet-in-Residence’ by The Wordsworth Trust: The Centre…

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Sherry Ashworth

Sherry Ashworth

Visiting Teaching Fellow (Fiction and Writing for Children)

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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Andrew Biswell

Andrew Biswell

Professor of Modern Literature

Who am I? I am the Professor of Modern Literature at MMU. I have taught English and creative writing at the university since 2003. My academic work is spread across…

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Ellie Byrne

Ellie Byrne

Senior Lecturer in English (Writing for Children)

Who am I? Senior Lecturer in English. In my spare time, I enjoy wild swimming, travel, contemporary art and cooking. Words of wisdom Read as widely as possible,…

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Mandy Coe

Mandy Coe

Visiting Teaching Fellow (Poetry)

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 (Poetry and Script)

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 (Writing for Children)

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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Nikolai Duffy

Nikolai Duffy

Senior Lecturer in American Literature (Poetry)

Who am I? I am a teacher of American literature, poetry and poetics. I’m also a Convenor of American Poetics, American Spaces and Reading Poetry (MA Creative…

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Paul Evans

Paul Evans

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Arts (Place Writing)

Paul Evans is teaching on the MFA/MA in Place Writing, leading the creative workshop unit.

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Iris Feindt

Iris Feindt

Graduate Teaching Assistant

My musical abilities are limited – one of my school reports read 'Iris can’t sing in tune’ and I remember my parents taking me aside to explain…

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Graham Foster

Graham Foster

Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction)

I have been teaching at MMU since 2008 on courses such as Contemporary American Literature, 20th Century British Novel, Postwar to the Present, and History of Text…

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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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Martyn Hampton

Martyn Hampton

Associate Lecturer in English (Fiction)

Words of wisdom Be prepared to work hard in a subject which you feel passionate about and you’ll reap the rewards. With its attention to the ways in which…

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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)

Born in Dharan, Saudi Arabia of Pakistani parents, Anjum's languages are Urdu, English, Punjabi, Hindi with some understanding of Gujerati, Bengali and Arabic.…

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Nicky Matthews-Browne

Nicky Matthews-Browne

Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing (Writing for Children)

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

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Wyl Menmuir

Wyl Menmuir

Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction)

Booker-Prize-long-listed novelist Wyl Menmuir is a graduate of the Manchester Writing School and joins the teaching team in 2017, leading a class on the online Novel…

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Livi Michael

Livi Michael

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

Who am I? The person who has known me longest – my best friend since school, described me as quiet and slow-moving. Which I think is fair enough! Outside of…

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Helen Mort

Helen Mort

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry)

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

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Gregory Norminton

Gregory Norminton

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction)

Who am I? I teach creative writing on the BA joint honours course and the novel route of the MA. I am a writer of novels and short stories but I have also written…

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Michael Symmons Roberts FRSL

Michael Symmons Roberts FRSL

Professor of Poetry

Who am I? I’m a poet. My out of university work is in a range of related areas. I’m a regular broadcaster on BBC Radios 3 and 4 and TV, a radio dramatist…

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Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction)

Monique Roffey joined the Manchester Writing School as Lecturer (Fiction) in 2016.

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Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction)

Who am I? I am a senior lecturer in Creative Writing here at MMU and every year I have the privilege of watching new writers grow into themselves. As a teacher and…

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Jean Sprackland

Jean Sprackland

Professor of Creative Writing

Who am I? I’m Professor of Creative Writing here at MMU, specialising in poetry. I’m the author of four collections of poetry, a collection of short…

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Hugh Stoddart

Hugh Stoddart

Visiting Teaching Fellow (Script)

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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Adelle Stripe

Adelle Stripe

Associate Lecturer (Poetry)

Who am I? I am a writer, poet and editor based in West Yorkshire. During the past ten years I have released three poetry collections, the most recent, Dark Corners…

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Catherine Wilcox

Catherine Wilcox

Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction and Writing for Children)

Who am I? I am a teacher of Creative Writing here at MMU and an author of three novels; a memoir about my quest to get a judo black belt, and a series of humorous…

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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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