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Cath Nichols

I am a poet and playwright and have published two pamphlets, Distance (Erbacce Press, 2012) and Tales of Boy Nancy (Driftwood, 2005) and a collection, My Glamorous Assistant (Headland, 2007).

Between 2002 and 2006 I organised poetry events in Liverpool and had an alternative existence as the drag queen Ms. Daisy Buttercup. Playwriting has been an extension of my role-play in solo performance and I now relish the chance to have other people act out stories for me. My script Birdie (a Greek myth reframed for a Mancunian Asian family) was shortlisted for the International Student Playwriting Awards in 2011. The Price of Legs was staged in Nottingham in 2010 and some of my short work has been broadcast on BBC Radio. I am currently writing a novel for children.

I have a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. My research interests include areas of writing and performance that challenge ‘the norm’, gender studies, postcolonial theory and queer theory and how disability is conceived and presented in literature and art. I am on the steering committee for the Research Seminar Programme in Literary Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University.

Title: Part-Time Tutor (Creative Writing)
email: c.s.nichols@leeds.ac.uk
phone: 0113 343 3212