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. (Photo credit: Lizzie Coombes)
Francesca is a novelist, poet and academic. She is the author of novels The Fire Sermon, The Map of Bones, and The Forever Ship, a post-apocalyptic trilogy translated into more than twenty languages. She is a Visiting Writing Fellow at the University of Chester. Her next novel, The Cookbook of Common Prayer, will be published by Allen & Unwin in June 2021.
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.
Billie is our part time Co-ordinator, 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. A playwright and screenwriter, her play Too Much World at Once is being developed by Box of Tricks Theatre for a production at HOME in 2023.
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.
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Angelique is a literary agent at Felicity Bryan Associates, an independent literary agency in Oxford – the largest and most successful outside London. She moved to the agency after seven years at Bloomsbury Publishing, where she was a Commissioning Editor acquiring across fiction and non-fiction.
Chloe is a poet in our current Squad based in Durham. She is President of Durham University’s Poetry Society where she runs workshops and open mics. She is the Gold Winner of the 2020 Creative Future Writer’s Award and has seen her work published by Poetry Birmingham, The Gentian and Bedtime Stories for the End of the World, as well as in anthologies by Bitter Melon and Bad Betty Press. She is also on the Youth Advisory Board for Arts Council England.
Gregory is a Writing Squad grad and poet based in Liverpool. He has been published in places like independentvariable.co.uk and the Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets. Gregory also works as an Events and Community Fundraiser at The Brain Charity
Hannah is Interim CEO and Artistic Director of Yorkshire Dance and formerly Artistic Producer at Ludus Dance, Lancaster.
Jasmine is a Squad grad, formerly Vice Chancellor’s Scholar for the Arts at Durham University, she is currently a postgraduate student at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her first pamphlet, Like Horses, is published by Smith/Doorstep press and was New North Poet in the Northern Writers Awards. Her poetry has been published in magazines such as Magma and The North, as well as in anthologies by Bloodaxe, Smith/Doorstep and Tower Poetry. She has read at literature festivals across the UK including Manchester, Ledbury, Bridlington, and London Book Fair. She was Poet in Residence at the University of Tübingen in 2019 and is one of the team behind the Dead (Women) Poets Society.
Ruth is an author, poet and workshop facilitator. A member of our current Squad, she is Learning Officer at the Manchester Poetry Library. A winner of the National Youth Slam, Slambassadors UK and Say Owt Slam Champion, Ruth is an Obsidian Foundation Alumna. She writes for a variety of audiences including poetry for children and young people. In 2018 she was one of five contributors to Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry and features in several anthologies including Ana Sampson’s She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women and She will Soar: Bright, brave poems of freedom by women, She has forthcoming contributions in children and young people’s poetry collections in both the UK and the United States.
Squad grad Sarah is a multi-media writer and artist from the North-East of England. She makes work in many forms. She speaks publicly about disability, and has written about mental health in film for the Guardian and Little White Lies. She is currently working on Look Up at the Stars, a middle grade non-fiction book about disability for Scholastic. She is the author of two books for adults, MaTilda-a novella about feminism and mental health- and Voices a book of poetry. Sarah is the Associate Artist for Greycale Theatre Company. Her work for theatre and performance has been funded by Arts Council England, the Feminist Review Trust, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Yorkshire Dance, No Dice, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, The National Centre for the Written Word and others. Her short film Womb was commissioned by Random Acts and showcased by Channel 4.