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Bartholomew is one of the last remaining Bartholomews left in the wilderness outside of medieval re-enactment sites and Eton, neither of which he knows very much about (they tell him he’s better off not knowing). He has performed poetry with the Limerick Writer’s centre and written plays, one of which won him 2nd place in the ‘Write Here, Write Now’ playwriting competition. His short stories have featured in the TWISTED50 anthology (volume 1), the Dorset Fiction Award anthology (once again, 2nd place) and he has won the 1000 word challenge writing competition. Despite working as an English teacher for three years abroad he is now studying Creative Writing and English Literature in London because he has notions of getting his first book published, and very little concept of what a 5.6% interest rate means.
Ciara is a Kent-based writer, who has always held a passion for all things creative. Having completed a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Westminster in 2020, Ciara has since returned to work on her MA, where she recently held the role of General Editor in the production of The Wells Street Journal’s fifteenth issue. Although Ciara writes in most forms, she tends to focus on novels, screenplays, theatre and poetry, often with either a satirical or dramatic tone – or a combination of the two! When she isn’t typing away, Ciara can usually be found nursing either a strong coffee or a gin and tonic. With her first novel approaching completion, Ciara hopes to write professionally, and is immensely excited to see her work performed at the festival. Follow her on Twitter @The_Ciara_Cloud or on her blog, https://theciaracloud.wordpress.com/
I am currently studying BA English Literature and Creative Writing at University of Westminster, as well as learning Chinese. I have had a passion for words since I was very young, writing stories mainly, but poetry is a new love of mine. It feels exciting to keep getting inspired by so many poets, from Wordsworth, Kipling, Coleridge, to more contemporary poets such as Joy Harjo and Carol Ann Duffy. My poetry is concerned with a wide range of subjects, such as body image, gender stereotypes and social pressures, the natural world and human’s relationship with nature, mental health, and our relationships with each other. Especially, I would love to share zen philosophies, such as focusing on deepening love, awareness, and presence as these teachings have changed my life and helped me improve my mental wellbeing. I would love to share them with others. Words are powerful, transformative, and magical and I wish to keep learning and growing with the words that I write.
Cheyenne Holborough is a 21-year-old writer that dreams of writing for theatre, TV and film. She believes that the best way she can use her talent for writing is to make sure that those that are underrepresented are seen in all sorts of narratives and stories. Her play Work In Progress is an ode to those who feel unseen, and she hopes that when they see her play, that they do feel seen and heard even if it’s just for a little while. Cheyenne’s hobbies include reading, watching a variety of different movies and shows (her favourites being among K-dramas and from Marvel) and playing instruments.
mud howard is a trans poet and a boxer, a writer and a fighter. mud’s work has been published in dozens of international journals, books, and anthologies such as Foglifter, THEM lit, Cleaver Magazine and The Lifted Brow. he is following his dreams of making perfume and working on a novel entitled stonefruit filled with lies and magic.
Lisa-Marie Hübner, born and raised in Germany, moved to London in 2019. She currently studies Creative Writing and English Language at University of Westminster. Lisa-Marie likes to explore the possibilities of life through experience and imagination, both on paper and on stage. Her background as a trained actress helps when bringing her writing to life. She also enjoys traveling, getting in touch with different cultures and learning new languages, of which she knows four.
I am originally from the Netherlands but, having lived in several countries, have a very international background (I was born in Thailand but grew up in Switzerland, just to name a few). I like to call myself a multilinguist, but something tells me that my Spanish teacher from high school would demote me to trilinguist. I moved to London when I was 19 to study Creative Writing and English Language here at the University of Westminster, and I typically write young adult fiction. Although I am currently working on a YA romcom novel, whilst taking a life writing module in the second year of my degree, I realised the importance of writing memoir, especially after my diagnosis with epilepsy in 2019. It’s very freeing and has helped me come to terms with my new normal. That being said, I’m a real creative at heart; anything from painting and drawing, to organizing my bookshelf in rainbow order. Most importantly, I’m a devoted plant mom.
I’m Carys, I’m 21 and the idea of talking about myself in this sort of context makes me uncomfortable. I’d much rather tell a self deprecating joke. I am finishing my 3rd year at Westminster studying Creative Writing with English Literature. I’ll be starting an MA in Screenwriting at Film School after the summer. However, I do need a 2.1 for this so let’s just hope that happens as I’ve had my fair share of dodgy Literature grades. I don’t like to take myself seriously and just see writing as something that I love to do. I try to write scripts and stories that are close to normal life, in a voice that everyone can understand and find enjoyment in.
Hi there, my name is Taryn Kaur! I’m a twenty year old Creative Writing and English Language student from Essex, and a lover of poetry, prose and the lyrical essay. I write about a range of topics varying from the body, to the mind, to culture and to personal life experiences. Since the age of seven, I have been writing poetry and short stories and am now in the process of writing my first novel; a fantasy/poetry hybrid, which I am absolutely loving! At sixteen, my poem ‘Souled’ was published in the Young Writers ‘Inner Voices’ collection, and at seventeen, my poem ‘Bully’ was published in the Young Writers ‘Reflection’ anthology. Since then, I have created portfolios of poetical prose and have continued my journey with poetry, even implementing it into my final year dissertation. My writing hero’s are Maggie Nelson and David Foster Wallace, whose work has inspired and guided me to be completely openly creative, and unique in my style of voice. However, when I’m not writing, you can find me drawing, painting, reading or hanging out with my siblings!
My poetry journey started off when I was very young. I enjoyed writing diary entries about things I felt that were important to me. I’d also write short stories about real situations in my life but creatively conclude them with alternative endings. I eventually wanted to share my work publicly. I began re-wording my diary entries and generalising my stories to fit a word count and before I knew it, I was writing poetry.
I would describe my poetry as a kaleidoscope of memories. I write everything from my past and present experiences. I sometimes even overthink about the future and base some of my poetry on imagination, although, I don’t leave very much room for pretence. I write things exactly how I feel them. Black and white. The bitter and then the sweet and sometimes a mixture of both together. I think my poetry can be relatable. There is something for everyone. Feelings of overwhelming joy and also heartache.
You can read my poetry on my Instagram: Sharmile.rjn
What do you get when you mix a Ukrainian with a Canadian? You get all the cold, hard, vodka-infused truths of a Ukrainian with the saccharine maple syrup of a Canadian; in other words, you get Valeria. Valeria Ryrak likes to think of herself as a soul-searcher. It has taken her a long time to finally find that yellow brick road which has led her to doing a PhD in London, practising yoga, and writing poetry and fiction. Her only real wish in life is to be allowed to continue her searching, writing, and questioning without interference. Everything else is mere add-on.
Jamelia White-Akingbade is born and raised in United Kingdom, Greater London and is studying Creative Writing and English Literature. Jamelia likes to do painting, drawings, and a long time Dystopian book lover. She has an interest in doing screenwriter, poetry, novel writing and playwrighting in the future. By talking about societal issues and looking at the natural world as an idea for fantasy. She is learning Spanish and French in her spare time. She has an interest in Acting and Performing and is blogging on WordPress to display her interest in nature, poetry, non-fiction, fictional book reviews, photography, and global issues. She likes to write fictional stories while consuming herbal tea in most forms and comfortable clothing.