Lynne_Pearce2Lynne Pearce, Professor of Literary Theory and Women’s Writing, Department of English & Creative Writing, Lancaster University

Lynne Pearce was PI for the ‘Moving Manchester’ project — from which the Schools initiative evolved  — between 2006-2010.  She published several articles and chapters on Manchester’s literary heritage as part of this project (see Moving Manchester website for details) and also co-authored the project book, Postcolonial Manchester (Manchester University Press, 2013), which has been adapted here by Dr Sarah Ilott.  Lynne’s teaching and research have been mainly in the field of feminist literary theory, but with wide-ranging historical and disciplinary interests. Particular thematic concerns have been in ‘the politics of reading’, feminist re-scriptings of romance, and national / regional literature(s) and identities within the UK.


SuAndiSuAndi, awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Lancaster University, 4 March 2015

SuAndi has been a poet since 1985 and has expanded her portfolio of work into diverse locations, from galleries to the first poetry commissioned public artwork at the Lowry Centre, Salford and The Prom, Blackpool. Her poetry is widely anthologised in newspapers and magazines. She is the freelance Cultural Director of National Black Arts Alliance and the NW representative of the Tutu Foundation  a recipient of a NESTA Dreamtime award, and in 1999 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours list for her contributions to the Black Arts Sector. Publications include Nearly 40StyleThere Will Be No Tears and I Love the Blackness of My People


ShamshadKhanShamshad Khan

Shamshad is a poet whose performance work has included collaborations with video artists, musicians and live beat boxers. She has performed at the Khala Ghoda festival (India, Mumbai, Feb 2006). Her verse theatre show Megalomaniac toured the UK (2005/06); Megalomaniac, her first solo collection of poetry, was published by Salt. Hard Cut, a poetic monologue with music, was performed in Switzerland and for the Barcelona literature festival. Shamshad has had her work featured on BBC radio 3 and 4. She is co-editor of two anthologies of poetry and runs creative writing workshops.


PeteKaluPete Kalu, Commonword

Pete Kalu, Artistic Director of Commonword, is a novelist, storyteller, poet, and playwright. He began his writing career as a member of the Moss Side Write black writers workshop. Recent writing prizes include: Pants, (Winner, BBC/Contact Theatre Dangerous Comedy Award 2003), Hills Trees Green Stuff, (winner, Bradford and Cumbria Playscript competitions 2003), No Trace, (Winner, Black Film Festival Award 2000). His novels include Lick Shot (1993), Professor X (1995), Black Star Rising (1998), Diary of a Househusband (1998), Yard Dogs (2002) and Little Jack Horner (2007).  He has visited dozens of schools as a storyteller.


SarahIlottSarah Ilott, Lecturer in English Studies, School of Arts and Media, Teeside University

Sarah was the first RA of the North West Writers into Schools project. She was appointed to Teeside’s School of Arts and Media in September 2014; she taught 2009-14 at Lancaster University, where she gained her PhD, and at the University of Birmingham in 2013. She was employed as a research assistant for the AHRC-funded ‘Moving Manchester/Mediating Marginalities’ project at Lancaster University (2010-2013). Her monograph, New Postcolonial British Genres: Shifting the Boundaries, is forthcoming with Palgrave in 2015.


HelenDaviesHelen Davies, PhD student, Department of English & Creative Writing, Lancaster University

Helen is the project’s second RA. She is writing her PhD thesis in the Lancaster English Department, on ‘Unravelling representations of the disabled body in early modern Literature’. Her main research interests are embodiment, selfhood, identity, corporeality, body studies, disability, deformity, prosthetics, and messy transitions (from visual to scripture, Platagenet to Tudor, Catholicism to Protestantism). She is undertaking teacher training and is planning to be a teacher. people/helen-davies(c5c7dd7f-206a-49be-9339-f97d3607cdc4).html


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Kate_HorsleyKate Horsley, Visiting Lecturer and Writing Fellow, University of Chester

Kate is a writer and artist. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, and her debut novel, The Monster’s Wife (2014), was shortlisted for the Scottish First Book Award. She is just completing her second novel, The American Girl. Kate created with Lee Horsley, and is an experienced web designer.


Lee_HorsleyLee Horsley, retired Reader in Literature and Culture, Department of English & Creative Writing, Lancaster University

Lee’s research work focuses on crime fiction as a vehicle for counter-cultural protest and socio-political critique, and she has worked extensively on web design and eLearning in relation to creative writing pedagogy and interdisciplinary, transcultural uses of virtual space.  Her books include The Noir Thriller, 2001, reissued 2009, and Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction, 2005. She is co-editor of Crimeculture: