Steve ensures everything runs smoothly while providing some one-to-one support and producing the Squad’s creative adventures. He is a published prose writer and a producer of his own projects and for others. He works with a range of cultural clients on project, business and organisational development.
Emma Adams is a playwright, screenwriter and dramaturge from Bradford. Her writing ranges between dark political satire for adults and adventure comedy for children. She’s written plays to be performed in houses, swimming pools and graveyards (as well as on stages). Emma has worked with Red Ladder, Slung Low, Chris Goode, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre 503, Freedom Studios, Ovalhouse and Paines Plough. Three of her plays have toured nationally and two (Ugly and Animals) are published by Oberon books.
Jenn is based in the North West. Her first novel, A Kind of Intimacy won a Betty Trask Award. On the publication of her second novel, Cold Light, she was featured on the BBC’s Culture Show as one of the UK’s 12 best new novelists. Her novels have been translated into French, Italian and German and published in the US. Her short stories have appeared in the MIR 9, The Manchester Review, Dogmatika, Beat the Dust, Jawbreakers and Bugged, among other places. She reviews fiction for The Guardian and lectures in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.
Malika’s writing spans poetry, theatre, monologue, installation, and education. She has worked with Arts Council England, the BBC, British Council, Wellcome Trust, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Arvon, and Hampton Court Palace. She also ran ‘Malika’s Kitchen’, a writers’ collective based in London and Chicago. Her latest poetry collection Pepper Seed is published by Peepal Tree Press and she is featured in Penguin Modern Poets 3 with Sharon Olds and Warsan Shire.
Stevie is a writer, artist and digital consultant based in the North East. His collection Manifestations is published by Red Squirrel Press and Self Portrait as Someone Else by the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Awards include: a Northern Promise Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, and a Jerwood/Arvon menteeship.
Amelia is our part time Administrator, supporting the Board and Core Team by providing the logistical support for all our workshops and meetings. She oversees our comms, keeps tabs on our finance and data, and is charged with always looking for new ways we can improve our performance as an organic, fluid, mostly virtual organisation. She also works with Dead Ink Books in Liverpool and the International Anthony Burgess Centre in Manchester.
Sophie is Managing Director of Inpress Books, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, and was previously Head of Sales at Canongate and Key Account Manager at Headline Books.
Andy Hill is the Regional Programme Manager for First Story in the North. He is an education and community engagement specialist with over a 12 years’ experience in formal education and creative learning environments.
Hannah is Programmes Director at Yorkshire Dance and formerly Artistic Producer at Ludus Dance, Lancaster.
Jessica is a Squad grad and a stage and radio playwright currently working for BBC Radio Drama as a Producer/Assistant Producer. Jess was featured in Radio4’s Original British Dramatists Season in 2014. Her production of Charlene James’ Cuttin’ It won Best Drama at the 2016 Audio Awards and has recently directed a second series of Ed Harris’s Dot for Radio 4.
Jess is a Squad grad and final year student of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. Jess is a poet who has worked with young writers in varying capacities. In 2015 she worked as an assistant writer at the Writing West Midlands (WWM) summer school, continuing to support young writers in WWM throughout the 2015/16 academic year. Jess will be featured alongside other squad grads and members in the Poetry Business anthology set to be released later this year.
Squad grad Sarah is a writer, artist and autodidact from the North-East of England. She makes work in a variety of forms, predominately theatre but also poetry, arts journalism, prose, painting, artist books and moving image. In 2015/16 she trained as a playwright with Graeae Theatre Company. She also talks publicly about mental health and disability and runs a mental health support group.