Writing Networking Event

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Posted on 22 April 2015

‌On 20 April Keele Writing held its first networking session at the Sustainability Hub. The event brought three dynamic writers to Keele to share ideas with current undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Deborah Alma is a published poet and editor, and is well-known as the ‘Emergency Poet’, most recently featured on BBC News Magazine, touring fairs and festivals across the land where she prescribes poems for those in need. She works with people with dementia and at the end of their lives using poetry. Deborah lives in Wales and has close links to Keele, having studied on the MA in Creative Writing.

A former employee of Keele, Hannah Hiles has wide experience as a reporter, feature writer and interviewer. She launched and edited Forever Keele and played an influential role in developing Keele’s website and social media profiles. Hannah has worked as a journalist at The Sentinel in Stoke-on-Trent and the Birmingham Mail, and is now a freelance writer.

A Keele alumna (a founder member of KUBE radio in 1995), Donna Scott is now based in Northampton where she works for a global provider of information technology products. She writes science fiction and fantasy fiction and is on the editorial board of Visionary Tongue magazine. A performance poet and stand-up comedian, Donna is Chair of the British Science Fiction Association.

Monday’s networking event was organized by Tim Lustig and Joe Stretch and supported by the School of Humanities, the Alumni Office, ArtsKeele, and Careers and Employability. Tim Lustig said: “we want to enhance the confidence and self-awareness of students in the Humanities who have highly developed writing skills and are now thinking about the ways in which those skills might be used in future. We think knowledge- and experience-sharing is important in developing the flexible, entrepreneurial writers of the future.”