Here are our members: NTU staff, graduate students, undergraduates; novelists, screenwriters, poets, critics…

NTU Academic Staff

Rory Waterman (Hub convener)

NTU staff profile
Dr Rory Waterman is an Associate Professor in English at NTU, where he leads the MA Creative Writing. He also teaches on BA English and BA Creative Writing, and supervises PhD students. His first collection was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize in 2014, and his second was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize 2019. His third was published by Carcanet in May 2020. Waterman’s research interests mainly focus on modern and contemporary poetry. He has written three monographs, co-edits New Walk Editions with Nick Everett at the University of Leicester, writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, PN Review, Poetry London, Poetry Review, The Friday Poem and other publications, and co-led the AHRC-funded Poetry and Covid project (2020-21).

Select publications:
* Wendy Cope (LUP, 2021)
* ed. and contrib. with Anthony Caleshu: Poetry & Covid-19 (Shearsman, 2021)
* ed. and contrib.: W. H. Davies: Essays on the Super-Tramp Poet (Anthem, 2021)
* Sweet Nothings (Carcanet, 2020)
* Sarajevo Roses (Carcanet, 2017)
* ed.: The True Traveller: W. H. Davies, A Reader (Fyfield, 2016)
* Poets of the Second World War (LUP, 2016)
* ed. and contrib.: Something Happens, Sometimes Here: Contemporary Lincolnshire Poetry (Five Leaves, 2015)
* Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R. S. Thomas and Charles Causley (Routledge, 2014)
* Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013) 

Eve Makis

NTU staff profile
Eve Makis is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at NTU, where she teaches on the MA Creative 
Writing, and also the Writer in Residence for NTU’s Postcolonial Studies Centre. She studied at the University of Leicester and worked as a journalist and radio presenter in the UK and Cyprus before becoming a novelist. She has published four novels and her books have been translated into six languages, and she co-wrote the screen adaptation of her third book, Land of the Golden Apple, which premiered at Rome Film Festival in October 2016. Her latest novel, The Spice Box Letters, was long listed for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015, shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award and awarded the Aurora Mardiganian Gold Medal.

Select publications:
* with Anthony Cropper: The Accidental Memoir (4th Estate, 2018)
* The Spice Box Letters (Sandstone, 2015)
* Land of the Golden Apple (Black Swan, 2008)
* The Mother-in-Law (Black Swan, 2006)
* Eat, Drink and be Married (Black Swan, 2005)  

Andrew Taylor

NTU staff profile
Dr Andrew Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at NTU, where he leads the BA Creative Writing. He also teaches Poetry on the MA Creative Writing, and supervises PhD students. His research interests include experimental poetry, ‘linguistically innovative’ poetry, poetics, conceptual writing and the Beat Generation, the role of collage in creative practice, and practice as research. In addition to the three poetry collections listed below, Taylor is the author of many poetry pamphlets, and has edited the Collected Poems of Peter Finch and published the first monograph on Adrian Henri. He co-edits the poetry journal erbacce and edits the online visual poetry journal M58, as well as being co-publisher and an editor at erbacce-press.

Select publications:
* ed.: Peter Finch, Collected Poems, vol. I and vol. II (Seren, 2022)
* Not There – Here (Shearman, 2021)
* Adrian Henri: The Poems (Greenwich Exchange, 2019)
* March (Shearsman, 2017)
* Radio Mast Horizon (Shearsman, 2013) 

Sarah Jackson

NTU staff profile

Dr Sarah Jackson teaches creative writing and literary studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level at NTU, where she is an Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing, and leads the Critical Poetics Research Group. Supported by an Arts Council Award, Sarah’s debut collection Pelt (Bloodaxe, 2012) won the Seamus Heaney Prize and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award (2013). In 2017, her story ‘Echolocation’ was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Award, and her fiction, poetry and critical writing have appeared in a wide range of magazines and journals including Irish Pages, The Rialto and Oxford Literary Review. Sarah is an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker and an AHRC Leadership Fellow, and is currently writing a book about the telephone.

Select publications:
* ed. with Tim Youngs: In Transit: Poems of Travel (Emma Press, 2018)
* Tactile Poetics: Touch and Contemporary Writing (EUP, 2015)
* Pelt (Bloodaxe, 2012)

David Belbin

NTU staff profile
Dr David Belbin is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at NTU, and teaches on the BA Creative Writing and MA Creative Writing. He is the author of more than forty novels, including  StudentSecret Gardens and the Bone and Cane series. Specialising in young adult fiction, he has written many crime novels and published two historical novels, along with numerous short stories for readers of all ages, and has work in more than twenty languages. His most recent book is Provenance (Five Leaves Publications, 2016), a book of short stories. An experienced editor, he has worked with many emerging writers, along with winners of the Booker Prize, the Carnegie Medal and the Crime Writers’ Diamond Dagger. He edited the Crime Express series for Five Leaves Press, and chaired the successful bid for Nottingham to become a UNESCO City of Literature in 2015.

Select publications:
* Death in the Family (Shoestring, 2021)
* Provenance: New and Collected Stories (Shoestring, 2016)
* The Great Deception (Freight, 2015)
* What You Don’t Know (Tindal Street, 2012)
* Student (Five Leaves, 2012)
* Secret Gardens (Five Leaves, 2011)
* The Pretender (Five Leaves, 2008) 

Anthony Cropper

NTU staff profile
Anthony Cropper is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at NTU, where he teaches on the BA Creative Writing, BA English, and MA Creative Writing. He has published two novels and a collection of short stories, and his play, I’ll Tell You About Love, won the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama. Anthony worked with Bristol Old Vic on the thirty-minute film Myself in Other Lives, and he has collaborated with numerous arts organisations on plays and installations. He has previously taught at the University of Nottingham.

Select publications:
* with Eve Makis: The Accidental Memoir (4th Estate, 2018)
* Nature’s Magician (Route, 2009) 

Rebecca Cullen

NTU staff profile
Dr Becky Cullen is a poet, and Lecturer in English at NTU, where she also leads the WRAP programme. She is interested in the temporal aspects of poetry – what happens to time when we read and write, engaging with the moment or moments of the poem. Becky completed an MA in Creative Writing at NTU with Distinction, and an AHRC/Midlands3Cities-funded creative and critical PhD in 2018, using the poetry of Michael Ondaatje, Sujata Bhatt, Susan Howe and her own poems to explore matters of time, temporality and poetic form. In 2018, she was a winner of the 2017/18 Poetry Business International Poetry Book and Pamphlet competition, leading to publication of her pamphlet with Smith Doorstop, and her debut full-length collection was published by Live Canon in 2022.

Select publications:
* A Reader’s Guide to Time: Poems (Live Canon, 2022)
* Majid Sits in a Tree and Sings (Smith Doorstop, 2018)

Tim Youngs

NTU staff profile

Tim Youngs is Professor of English and Travel Studies at Nottingham Trent University, where he teaches English literature at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and is the
Director of NTU’s Centre for Travel Writing Studies. He is the author or editor of many critical books on travel writing and is editor of the academic journal Studies in Travel Writing, which he founded in 1997. His debut pamphlet of poems was Touching Distance (Five Leaves, 2017) and in 2022 his second pamphlet, Transmission Blues, was published by Red Ceilings Press. He is co-editor with Sarah Jackson of the anthology, In Transit: Poems of Travel (Emma Press, 2018). His poems, many of them travel-themed, have appeared in several print and online magazines, including The Interpreter’s HouseLondon GripMagma, Poetry Salzburg Review and Stride

Select publications:
* Transmission Blues (Red Ceilings, 2022)
* ed. with Nandini Das: The Cambridge History of Travel Writing (CUP, 2019)
* ed. with Sarah Jackson: In Transit: Poems of Travel (Emma Press, 2018)
* Touching Distance (Five Leaves, 2017)
* Beastly Journeys: Travel and Transformation in English Literature, 1885-1900 (LUP, 2013)
* The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing (CUP, 2013)  
* ed. with Charles Forsdick: Travel Writing: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies (Routledge, 2012)
* ed.: Travel writing in the Nineteenth Century: Filling in the Blank Spaces (Anthem, 2006)
* ed. with Peter Hulme: The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (CUP, 2002)
* ed.: Writing and Race (Longman, 1997)
* Travellers in Africa: British Travelogues 1850-1900 (MUP, 1994)

James Walker

NTU staff profile
James Walker’s specialism is digital storytelling with an emphasis on multi-collaboration across media platforms. Previous projects include The Sillitoe Trail, a commission for BBC/Arts Council multimedia arts platform The Space and Dawn of the Unread, an interactive graphic novel exploring Nottingham’s literary history
( This created placements for over 120 NTU students and won the Teaching Excellence Award at the Guardian Education Awards in March 2015. He is developing modules at NTU that enable students to be actively involved in the conception and production of digital literary heritage projects. These currently include D.H. Lawrence: A Digital Pilgrimage and Whatever People Say I Am.   

Sue Dymoke

NTU staff profile

Sue Dymoke is an Associate Professor in Education in the Nottingham Institute of Education at NTU where she supervises PhD and Masters students. Her research focuses on creative pedagogies, poetry education and how young people are mentored to develop as poets. Sue is particularly interested in found poetry, using local archive materials to stimulate place-based writing and creative connections between poetry and science to develop public engagement with scientific agendas. She regularly leads writing workshops and performs her work, and has published three poetry collections with Shoestring Press.

Select publications:
* What They Left Behind (Shoestring Press, 2018)
* ‘Time’, Writing in Education 75 (summer 2018), 56 – 60
* ed. with Myra Barrs, Andrew Lambirth and Anthony Wilson: Making Poetry Happen: transforming the poetry classroom (Bloomsbury , 2015: Highly commended, UKLA Academic Book Award 2016)
* ed. with Andrew Lambirth and Anthony Wilson: Making Poetry Matter: international research perspectives on poetry pedagogy (Bloomsbury, 2013)
* Moon at the Park and Ride (Shoestring Press, 2012)
* The New Girls (Shoestring Press, 2004)
* Drafting and Assessing Poetry (Paul Chapman Publishing, 2003)

Associate Members

The members listed below are closely involved with the department or university.

William Ivory

William Ivory was Visiting Professor on the NTU MA Creative Writing from 2013-2019, and remains a guest lecturer on the MA and friend of the programme and department. He is a leading figure in the international film and theatre industry. His feature-length films have premiered internationally and won a number of awards. He is also the author of a number of stage plays and television dramas. His work ranges from crime (The Sins), to comedy (The Invisibles and Common as Muck), to historical drama (Night Flight), and adaptation (Women in Love). He has received major critical success for his work, with his seven-part series, The Sins, winning The Edgar Allan Poe Award in New York, and his television drama, Journey to Knock, winning Best Screenplay and Best Single Drama at the European Television awards in Reims, as well as Best Original Screenplay at the New York Television Festival. He also received outstanding critical acclaim from his feature film Made in Dagenham (2010), starring Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson and Sally Hawkins, winning Best Screenplay and Best Feature at Dinard Film Festival and Best Film at The Variety Club of Great Britain Awards. His film Torvill and Dean was on ITV1 on Christmas Day 2018. In 2019, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by NTU.

Gregory Woods

NTU Emeritus Professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Gregory is the author of Articulate Flesh: Male Homo-eroticism and Modern Poetry (1987), A History of Gay Literature (1998) and Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World (2016), all from Yale University Press. His poetry includes five collections published by Carcanet Press. He wrote a doctoral thesis on gay men’s poetry at UEA in the late 1970s and began his teaching career at the University of Salerno in 1980. In 1998, he became the first Professor of Gay & Lesbian Studies in the UK.

Select publications:
* Records of an Incitement to Silence (Carcanet, 2021)
* Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World (Yale University Press, 2016)
* The Myth of the Last Taboo: Queer Subcultural Studies (Trent Editions, 2016)
* An Ordinary Dog (Carcanet, 2011)
* Quidnunc (Carcanet, 2007)
* The District Commissioner’s Dreams (Carcanet, 2002)
* A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition (Yale University Press, 1998)
* May I Say Nothing (Carcanet, 1998)
* We Have the Melon (Carcanet Press, 1992)
* Articulate Flesh: Male Homo-eroticism and Modern Poetry (Yale University Press, 1987)

Zachary Omitowoju

Zach is a BA Media Production student at NTU. He worked as a Research Assistant for Nottingham Creative Writing Hub in the second term of 2020-21, as part of NTU’s humanities-wide ‘Humanities at Work’ module. Zach written articles, poems and stories for places including Nottingham Creative Writing Hub and Platform. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music and podcasts, and swimming. 

PGR Student Members

The members listed below are in the Department of English, Philosophy and Communications at NTU, and undertaking study towards a PhD including creative writing.

PhD students may request a profile on this page. Please email the Hub convener (see above).

Paul Adey

AHRC/Midlands3Cities-funded PhD candidate
Thesis topic: ‘”I gave you power”: The Weaponisation of Literary Intertextuality in Hip-hop Lyricism’
Supervisors: Dr Rory Waterman (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Jenni Ramone (NTU), Dr Sophy Smith (DMU)

Paul’s creative and critical thesis explores the presence and function of literary intertextuality in the hip-hop tradition. Specifically, it examines how these artists ‘weaponize’ literary allusion and intertextuality. Paul is also an author and (as Cappo) a widely respected hip-hop artist. He is a graduate of the NTU BA English with Creative Writing and MA Creative Writing.

Panya Banjoko

Vice-Chancellor’s Bursary-funded PhD candidate
Thesis topic: ‘The Politics of Poetry in Nottingham and the Role of African-Caribbean Writers and Networks in the 1970s and 1980s’
Supervisors: Professor Sharon Monteith (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Rory Waterman (NTU), Professor Nahem Yousaf (NTU)

Panya’s debut poetry collection is Some Things (Burning Eye Books, 2018). Her work has been published in various anthologies, and she has performed widely, including the 2012 Olympic Games. Panya coordinates a black writers’ network, and is a patron for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and the founder of Nottingham Black Archive.

Julie Gardner

PhD candidate
Thesis topic: Fear and hope in contemporary poetry and short fiction

Supervisor: Dr Rory Waterman (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Andrew Taylor (NTU).

Julie’s PhD considers the interconnected themes of fear and hope in fiction and poetry. She is considering the work of contemporary authors in this context, and working on a collection of poems and fiction. She is a graduate of the NTU MA Creative Writing.

Ramisha Rafique

PhD candidate
Thesis topic: ‘The ontology of the British Muslim Flâneuse: Decolonisation in British Muslim women’s writing’
Supervisors: Dr Jenni Ramone (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Andrew Taylor (NTU)

Ramisha’s creative-critical doctoral project explores the ontology of the Postcolonial Flâneuse through close examination of British Muslim women’s writing, and includes original travel poetry. Ramisha initiated NTU’s first ever Islamophobia Awareness Month in 2021. She is a graduate of NTU’s BA English with Creative Writing and MA Creative Writing.

Tuesday Shannon

AHRC/Midlands4Cities PhD candidate
Thesis topic: ‘Poetics of the Spatial Turn: Place Attachment, Economic Instability and Contemporary Poetry’
Supervisors: Dr Rory Waterman (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Andrew Taylor (NTU), Nicholas Everett (UoL)

Tuesday’s research explores representations of urban de-industrialisation in contemporary poetry. Her poetry examines the relationship between the individual and places of personal importance, and a selection of her poems is in Take Three (Soundswrite, 2019). She is a graduate of the NTU MA Creative Writing.

Victoria Zoe Callus

AHRC/Midlands4Cities-funded PhD candidate
Thesis topic: Paper Cuts: Investigating Paper Affect in Contemporary Experimental Literature
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Jackson (Director of Studies – NTU); Professor Philip Leonard (NTU); Dr Emma Cocker (NTU).

Victoria Zoe’s creative-critical project explores how paper engages affect in contemporary experimental literature. Further, it materially interrogates the ways paper still allows for literary and aesthetic innovation in the twenty-first century. She is a graduate of the NTU BA English and Creative Writing and MRes English Literary Research.

MA Creative Writing Student Members include:

Matt Biggs

Matt decided to do the MA in Creative Writing after more than twenty years of working for himself. He enjoys a good page turner and is hoping the MA will be a springboard to a writing career. He likes writing fiction and screenplays and is working on his very own page turner at the moment.

Bryna Broady

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Bryna discovered the beauty in poetry, an arrangement of words that can paint a thousand pictures, at a young age. At the age of five she joined her first poetry workshop and has been writing poetry ever since. She had a selection of her poems published in a children’s anthology at the age of seven. When not writing poems or short prose she reads fantasy fiction and has a keen interest in biblical poetry. 

Alison Goodchild

One of the project managers for this year’s MA Creative Writing anthology, Uncertain Truths, Alison has previously worked in arts management. She now works part time in a school library, writes lots of short stories, and is studying for the MA Creative Writing. She is working towards her ambition to have a collection of short stories published. She lives in Nottingham with her dog and a lot of books.

Lucy Grace

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Lucy has been published in Aesthetica, Mslexia, and elsewhere. She won the Writers & Artists 2018 Yearbook Story Competition, was shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize and the Lucy Cavendish Debut Novel Award 2019, won the Blue Pencil Pitch Prize 2020 and was longlisted in the Mslexia Debut Novel Award 2021. In 2020 she was awarded a scholarship to study the MA Creative Writing, and is currently polishing a novel. She is on Twitter at @lgracewriter

Rebekah Hemmens

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Rebekah is a recent graduate of NTU’s BA English and Media. She enjoys scriptwriting, writing long fiction and travel writing. She also writes poetry and other creative writing pieces on her personal blog. She is taking the MA to hone her writing skills and hopes to start a career in writing. 

Kayleigh Hicks

Kayleigh has published nationally and internationally (as Kayleigh Jayshree), in various magazines, including Ink, Sweat and TearsFawn Press, Mixed Magazine, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, etc, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. They have worked as a performance poet with HOME Theatre, BBC Contains Strong Language, Contact Theatre, and Roundhouse Theatre, among others.

Henry Lewis

Born and raised in Hinckley, Leicestershire, Henry completed a BA Philosophy and Religion at Bangor University. Henry writes in many genres, including romance, fantasy, action, and LGBTQ+.

Sophie Marsh

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An avid reader of Fantasy, Sophie hopes to use the MA to refine her skills of creating new worlds full of female heroines that most certainly do not give up their powers for the unknown ‘greater good’.

Courtney Mcphail

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Before transitioning into the world of literature, Courtney was a proud actor and musician. It was through songwriting and reading plays that she developed a love for storytelling. She enjoys reading and writing fantasy, romance, LGBTQ+, or stories that involve strong female characters. In May 2021, Courtney curated and published an anthology promoting women empowerment through using poetry, memoirs, and short stories. She is writing a novel and perfecting her screenwriting.

Tricia Sweeney

Tricia has a long history of creative writing, beginning at age 11 when her teacher asked her class to write a poem. Being brought up on Rupert the Bear rhyming seemed to come naturally, so she sent the poem to the Manchester Evening News who printed it and sent her 10 shillings. Tricia has attended numerous writing and poetry Groups in Manchester and Sheffield, and contributed to a couple of anthologies. Mostly she has just enjoyed writing privately and attending groups to share work and listen to others with a similar obsession!

BA Creative Writing members include:

Sophie Hall

Sophie can often be found with a coffee cup in one hand and a poetry collection in the other. She found her love of storytelling through acting as a child before eventually realising her talents were better located behind the pen. She spends her time pursuing the vocation of ‘professional daydreamer’ or published writer. Her writing has a mishmash of inspirations, from Murakami to Plath and Sexton. She is working on her first poetry collection. 

Martha Kosminder

A great Austen fan, in love with literature of any kind, currently working on a novel. Newly discovered poetry writer, since she realised fewer words can often hold more emotion than many non-meaningful ones. Hopeless romantic, even if only on paper. Outside NTU, she’s a professional makeup artist, and outside the UK an even more professional English teacher.

Oliver Shaw

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Oliver (they/them) has a keen interest in poetry, mainly writing about their own queer experiences and struggles, hoping they can instil a message of freedom, respect and equality. They found their love of poetry through reading gothic greats such as Poe and Byron and are currently working on a poetry collection.

Information about our BA and MA Creative Writing courses is available here.

Current NTU MA and BA Creative Writing students may request a profile on this page. If you are a student on either of these courses and would like one, please send a biographical paragraph of up to 50 words focused on your writing interests, along with a suitable photo if you want one including, to the Hub convener (see above).

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