Forthcoming events

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Events are always free to all, and anyone is welcome to attend! The programme of events evolves throughout the year, and runs annually from autumn to spring. Check back often.


reading with Charlotte McLean, Abigail Cobley and Rebekah Hemmens
chair: David Belbin

Kim Slater | Nottingham Trent University

Kim Slater’s debut multi-award-winning Young Adult novel, Smart, which began life as a short story for her MA Creative Writing at NTU, was published in 2014. Thus far, this has been followed be three other hugely successful books: A Seven-Letter Word, 928 Miles from Home, and The Boy Who Lied.

Helen Cooper is a writer of psychological thrillers. Her debut novel, The Downstairs Neighbour, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in February 2021. It tells the story of three families sharing a converted Georgian townhouse in south-west London, whose lives drastically unravel after the disappearance of the 17-year-old girl from the top floor flat. Her second novel is due later this year. She has also written two books on academic writing for students, and is a graduate of NTU’s MA Creative Writing.

Support will come from three of our current NTU MA Creative Writing students: Charlotte McLean, Abigail Cobley and Rebekah Hemmens. The readings will be followed by an audience-led Q&A. The event is chaired by David Belbin, novelist and Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at NTU, who taught Kim and Helen when they were students on NTU’s MA Creative Writing, and who currently teaches both Charlotte and Abigail on the Children’s and YA Fiction module.


Events typically feature major writers, from a diverse array of genres, and always include readings from current NTU Creative Writing students (at BA, MA and PhD levels). Most are chaired by NTU staff, usually from Creative Writing and English.

Video and audio from some of our past events is available here.

Do you want to contribute?

If you are a Hub member and want to propose an event, please email Rory Waterman, the Nottingham Creative Writing Hub convener (see ‘Members’). Nottingham Creative Writing Hub exists primarily for the benefit of all of its student and staff members, and all ideas will be given open consideration and accepted wherever feasible. The main programme will run throughout the first two terms of the academic year.

We also accept applications from NTU Creative Writing students at all levels (BA, MA and PhD) to support any of our events with readings or performances. Slots will be awarded based on merit, fit, and fairness. Again, please email the convener if you’d like to put yourself forward. We’d love to hear from you!

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