Amira Aleem is a writer raised in India now based in the UK. Having worked in international development and charities for many years, she is thrilled to be making creative writing training accessible to women & NB in India. As a minority woman who has straddled several cultures in India and the UK, she’s proud to be facilitating Write like a Grrrl courses with a focus on India and to help diversify who gets to tell stories.
Meg Sattler has spent her career working to create spaces to raise the voices of others. First with asylum seekers in Melbourne, then during many years in humanitarian aid management for NGO and United Nations agencies in Haiti, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and more broadly across the Middle East, before pushing for more accountable UN humanitarian policy in London, Rome and Geneva. She has helped women and youth from vulnerable communities tell their stories via international platforms including the UN General Assembly, media and other forums.
Her own non-fiction, fiction and poetry has been published in media and journals in Europe, Asia, Canada, Australia and the USA, read at events and universities and shortlisted in competitions. She was a finalist in NYC Midnight. Meg is editing her first book, a collection of stories on women’s relationships. She loves writing groups, the dorkier the better, and thinks that all women and girls have stories worth sharing – if only they had the time. She has degrees in arts/professional writing, journalism and humanitarian management, and is based between Vienna, Austria and Castlemaine, Australia.
Kerry Ryan is the founder of Write like a Grrrl and has faciliated workshops all over the UK, Ireland and in St Petersburg and Moscow. She has a Masters in Literary Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing.
She has taught Writing for Performance at Spotlight, creative writing for women leaving sex work and domestic abuse survivors and facilitated a year long LGBTQ creative writing course as part of the Arts Council-funded New Queers on the Block. Her work has been featured in various publications including Steer, The Manchester Review, the Kenyon Review and Spilling Ink. Her play Trust was recently performed at the Gulbenkian Theatre.
☆ Kerry was so approachable, generous and real with us. She created an atmosphere that allowed us to dive in and not feel judged. She also encouraged us to build community between ourselves. You can tell Kerry runs the workshop out of genuine love, not only for her subject but for giving burgeoning writers a big boost!
Jane Bradley: North of England tutor, writer & founder & director of For Books’ Sake
Jane Claire Bradley is a writer, performer, educator and therapist. She is the founder and director of For Books’ Sake, delivering creative writing, storytelling and performance workshops across the North West and beyond, and the host of monthly spoken word night That’s What She* Said in Manchester. Jane has been long-listed for the Mslexia Novel Competition and the Lucy Cavendish Prize for Fiction, and is the most recent winner of the Northern Debut Award by New Writing North.
Claire Askew: Scotland tutor, award-winning poet & author
Claire is a poet, writer, creative writing teacher and groupwork facilitator living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications including The Guardian, The Sunday Mail, The Dark Horse, and PANK. Poems of Claire’s have also been selected for inclusion in the Scottish Poetry Library’s annual Best Scottish Poems anthology an amazing three times (2008, 2009 and 2014). Her work has been recognised by numerous awards, including the International Salt Prize for Poetry, the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition, the Charles Causley Poetry Competition and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Claire’s debut pamphlet collection, The Mermaid and the Sailors, was published in 2011 by Red Squirrel Press: poems from it won the 2009 William Sharpe Hunter Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing, and the 2010 Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize. Her first full length collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe Books in early 2016, and Claire is working on her first novel, Three Rivers (working title) which won the Lucy Cavendish Prize in 2016, and was longlisted for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews (Bridport) Novel Award in 2014. For a full list of all Claire’s publications, please click here.
Claire is also an experienced performer, and has read her work at events and festivals across the UK and beyond. She acted as an official Scottish “slambassador” for the 2011 City2Cities Literature Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and has performed at Aye Write!, StAnza Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival (2009 and 2014), and in the Free Fringe, to name but a few. Claire’s a Literary Death Match winner (Edinburgh, 2012), a co-convenor of Shore Poets, and an experienced poetry slam judge.
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Jo Flynn has been writing about the Manchester arts scene for more than 5 years. After winning the Roy Fisher Prize for poetry in 2013 endorsed by the Poet Laureate, Jo’s debut poetry collection Swallowing Sand was published and she’s since been featured at the National Poetry Library in London for short form poetry, shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize at Cambridge University, published by the likes of Dear Damsels and The Writer’s Cafe, and recently made the Emma Press longlist for her poems on ‘Illness’. With an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing Jo just hopes to make sense of the world with words. And dogs.