Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Our anthology writers – part 2

Louise Ells (c) Catherine Holden
Louise Ells spent her childhood beside the Ottawa River in northeastern Ontario, then combined random jobs (chef, roofer, co-pilot on a submarine) with years of travel.  She has a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University and is now pursuing a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University.  Her thesis comprises Lacunae, a collection of thematically linked short stories, and a critical commentary examining Alice Munro’s revision strategies in Dear Life.  She’s recently had stories published in The Masters Review and Harts & Minds. Louise’s short story Push will appear in Words And Women: Two.

Abby Erwin
spent the first eighteen years of her life in India, Germany and the Czech Republic. She now lives in Norwich in a state of perpetual culture shock and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Abby’s story The Oversight will be published in the anthology.

Melissa Fu
is currently writing a collection of memoir-style pieces based on growing up in the Rocky Mountains.  In 2014, she started leading and facilitating Writing Circles, small writing groups in Cambridgeshire designed to create community and cultivate writers' voices.  Melissa’s approach to teaching writing is informed by her experiences in the classroom as well as her studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she earned a Masters in English Education. She welcomes writers of all levels to her workshops ( and also writes a weekly personal blog on various topics  ( Melissa’s creative non-fiction piece Mount Sanitas will be appear in the anthology.

Hannah Garrard is currently studying for an MA in biography and creative non-fiction at the UEA, where she also took her undergraduate degree in English Literature in 2005. She has worked as a teacher in East Asia and West Africa, but Norwich is a place she always seems to come back to.  Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, New Internationalist and Going Down Swinging. Her piece of creative non-fiction Did You Eat Lunch?  will feature in Words And Women: Two.

Four more writers tomorrow!

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