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After graduating from an MA in Creative Writing at Manchestser Metropolitan University in 2003, where I started writing my first novel, I felt that there was something missing academically in my writing. I wanted to explore issues around gender, and through discussion with my supervisors I have developed a study in contemporary texts exploring the use of the interim form of masculinity that I am terming 'the Loser'. Using a mixture of theory and creativity, I am forming a picture of early millennium masculinity in Western society.
Work outside Lancaster University includes: several pieces of short fiction published in magazines and short story anthologies ; commissions from Burnley Youth Theatre (to write two plays for young people, with 'Polarised' recently being adapted into film for schools) and Activ8 at Bolton Octagon Theatre; Community Art work in Manchester around diversity and health issues, and work as Community Arts Project Manager for Lime Arts and Health; scriptwriting for internet TV station 'Lets Go Global'. In 2008 I was one of six writers mentored by Charlotte Keatley through North West Playwrights to write my first full length stage play, Joy With Child. This play has had two showcases to date, and I am currently working on my second play, Manchester Calling. I am a Creative Writing lecturer in the Department of Contemporary Arts at MMU Cheshire and also for the Open University, and I throughout 2009 and 2010 I will be the writer on the Transitions Cystic Fibrosis project at Lime Arts and Health, funded by Children in Need.
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