I am published writer, editor and teacher with a passion for education. At The Manchester Writing School I have studied under Carol Ann-Duffy, Michael Symmons-Roberts and Andrew MacMillan, among others. I have completed an intensive course as part of the MA in Teaching Creative Writing and was also given the honour of winning the MMU Student Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts & Humanities. I'm a Head Editor of aAh! Magazine (MMU), leading the Creative Section. In this role I edit the written creative submissions (essays, poetry, short stories etc.) and select the visual art submissions for publication. I have regularly contributed to the magazine writing pieces on Manchester Art Gallery, the history of music and editorial pieces. I have also published an essay with 3:AM Magazine, a leading online art and politics journal. I usually tutor English Literature and English Language at all levels, though I also have experience in Media/Film Studies and French up to GCSE.
|Norwich University of the Arts||Film & Moving Image Production||BA (Hons) 2.1|
|Manchester Metropolitan Univertity||Creative Writing (Poetry)||MA|
I usually start with the close reading of a text. We each read it aloud, one then the other. By doing this I am trying to engage the student to directly respond to the text, not test them in any way. I want them first to feel their way into it, not just deconstruct it. By asking the right questions, I encourage the student to discover a certain thing the text does - a technique or quality it has - which will form the focus of the day's lesson. I will then go on to name these techniques or qualities which we will proceed to try and identify in a second text. The session will end with a creative writing exercise in which both me and the student will try our hand at what we have discovered. The student will then redraft this for the next session and think about how the technique or quality has been employed in their own work. The next session will open with the student explaining this to me.