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Post Category: Creative Writing

Below is a list of all posts in the category Creative Writing.

Living with CFS

Thursday, 13 September 2018

One of our Creative Writing tutors, Cath Nichols, was very ill last year and developed CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) with pain. Last September her second poetry collection, This Is Not A Stunt (Valley Press) was launched but she found it difficult to promote it as she was so unwell. Part of being ill in this way is the unpredictability of strength and stamina a person has. Cath's walking and concentration were badly affected and she did not want to promise to guest at a poetry gig and then have to suddenly cancel! However, she did go to Scarborough for...

Categories: Blogging, Creative Writing


Writing creatively about disability

Wednesday, 04 March 2015

I am one of the LLC’s Creative Writing tutors. My specialist field is poetry and children’s fiction and my research interests include stories, poetry and plays that contain representations of disability. Because of my interests in disability, when I read some dodgy advice in a Christmas present – a Mslexia diary for 2015 – I wrote a polite letter of complaint to the editor. Their diary has pages of exercises, quotes from authors and writing advice. A January page recommended making characters more unusual or extreme in order to improve a dull piece of writing. This is not bad advice...

Categories: Creative Writing