The perfect Christmas gift

Last year, I received the perfect Christmas gift. The Arts Council awarded me a grant to continue teaching a group of people who were recovering from drug and alcohol addiction through St Mungo’s in Hackney. I’d been teaching this same group on a voluntary basis for three months previously. The grant not only enabled me […]

London Lit Lab goes West

After the success of London Lit Lab’s Continuing to Write course, Zoe and I realised the need among Creative Writing MA students to have continued support once they come to the end of their MA. Particularly as they often haven’t finished their novels, memoirs or short story collections. So we decided to set up a […]

Who’s in recovery now?

This past Wednesday I taught my last creative writing session at Hackney Recovery Service. There were strawberries, pastries, cards… we had readings from our students, and we had tears. What started as a six-week voluntary pool dip, turned into a year of teaching on every aspect of writing imaginable. Thanks to the generous donations from […]

Writing well & writing to get well #4

Last Friday I chaired the fourth event in our five-part series at Birkbeck, University of London, on writing well and writing to get well, organised by myself, Toby Litt and Richard Hamblyn. We had Nathan Filer, author of award-winning Shock of the Fall, in conversation with clinical psychologist Agata Vitale, both from Bath Spa University. […]