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Leicester Writers

22
Apr

Jamie Mollart

Jamie Mollart

 

Jamie Mollart runs his own advertising company, and has won awards for marketing. Over the years he has been widely published in magazines, been a guest on some well-respected podcasts and blogs, and Patrick Neate called him ‘quite a writer’ on the Book Slam podcast. His debut novel, The Zoo features on Amazon’s 2015 Rising Stars list.

 

22
Apr

Mark Wright

 

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M P Wright was born in Leicestershire in 1965. He was employed in various roles within the music industry before working as a private investigator. He retrained in 1989 and spent the next twenty years in the mental health and the probation services in the UK, specialising in risk assessment.  A self confessed aficionado of film music and real ale and father of two beautiful daughters, he lives with his partner and their two Rottweiler dogs, Tiff and Dylan.

19
Apr

Rosalind Adam

 

Rosalind Adam

Rosalind Adam is a writer and teacher with a particular interest in promoting writing skills among new writers. She has a passion for ‘all things Leicester’ and an insatiable love of nostalgia. Her latest book is The Children’s Book of Richard III, which is keeping her busy with school visits and promotional talks. She has had several other children’s books published as well as many short stories and articles.

23
Mar

Kerry Young

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Kerry Young was born in Kingston, Jamaica, to a Chinese father and mother of mixed Chinese-African heritage. She came to England at the age of ten. Kerry’s background is in youth work where she worked both locally and nationally, and has also written extensively. She has Master’s degrees in organisation development and creative writing, and a PhD in youth work. Kerry Young is a Buddhist in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Her interests include Tai Chi, weight lifting and golf. She also loves jazz and plays alto and tenor saxophone.

Kerry is a reader for The Literary Consultancy, a tutor for the Arvon Foundationand a Fellow on the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Programme where she is writer-in-residence at The University of Sheffield. She is also Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of English at The University of Nottingham and Honorary Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Leicester.

23
Mar

Bali Rai

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Bali Rai has now written seven young adult novel for Random House. His first,(un)arranged marriage, created a huge amount of interest and won many awards, including the Angus Book Award and the Leicester Book of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase first novel award. Rani and Sukh and The Whisper were both shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Bali also writes the hugely popular Soccer Squad series for younger readers.
Bali was born in Leicester where he still lives, writing full-time and visiting schools to talk about his books. You can visit him at www.balirai.co.uk

23
Mar

Rod Duncan

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Rod Duncan is a published crime writer. His first novel Backlash was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, and he has since written three other novels (all Simon & Schuster UK), and had his first screenplay produced.

His background is in scientific research and computing, and he lives in Leicester.

You can find Rod online at www.rodduncan.co.ukand follow him @RodDuncan on Twitter.

23
Mar

John Martin

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I am a lifelong book-lover and crime fiction fan. I worked as a Librarian for 30 years (25 for Leicestershire Libraries)  and was on the judging panel for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library Award for 3 years.  I have been a regular speaker on crime fiction for many years, and have taken part in the Lowdham Book Festival in Nottinghamshire (2007),  the Stony Stratford Literary Festival in Buckinghamshire (2008) and Everybody’s Reading in Leicester (2014). My first book, Crime Scene Britain and Ireland: A Reader’s Guide  was published in 2014.  It has been nominated for the CWA Non-Fiction Dagger 2015.

24
Mar

Mahsuda Snaith

Mahsuda Snaith

Mahsuda Snaith is a Leicester based writer of short stories, novels and plays. She is the winner of the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2014 and Bristol Short Story Prize 2014 as well as being a finalist in the Mslexia Novel Competition 2013. Her short stories have been anthologised by The Asian Writer, Words with Jam and Bristol Short Story Prize. As well as working as a supply teacher, Mahsuda leads creative writing workshops. She has performed her work at literary festivals, recently finished writing a play and really enjoys crochet, even though she isn’t very good at it. To find out more visit www.mahsudasnaith.com.

10
Mar

Carol Leeming FRSA

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Carol Leeming was born and partly raised in Leicester and Jamaica. She is a published poet, e.g. in Out of Bounds Anthology Bloodaxe 2012, Crystal Voices: 10 years of Crystal Clear Creators Anthology 2015. Also a playwright, her plays have been performed in theatres and broadcast for BBC Radio 4, e.g. ‘Reality Check play was shortlisted for Imison/Tinniswood Award (Society of Authors & Writers Guild). Carol is a multi-disciplinary artist, working also in music, still and moving digital media, A notable work for which she received many accolades, is the choreopoem ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Diva, performed by Carol at Curve Theatre, for 2012 Cultural Olympiad In 2014. Carol received the Siobhan Logan Award, Writing for Listeners for her second choreopoem Love the Life You Live…Live the Life You Love, published in the Hidden Stories Book published by Centre for New Writing Leicester University & Phoenix Leicester in 2015.

 

10
Mar

Liz Gray

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I’ve lived in Leicester for 30 years (apart from two years in Spain) though I’m originally from London.  I wrote my first novel at the age of eight, but didn’t finish it.  I’ve been trying to get back to that novel ever since.  Nowadays I write and perform poetry, short stories and novels.  I’ve had a couple of stories and poems published and I recently headlined at Pinggk! Poetry group in Leicester.  I have also performed at many venues around the city including at Simon Says, Leicester Vegan Fair and other poetry groups.  I have been asked to perform specially-commissioned poems for various occasions, including last year’s Sing for Water.
You can find my blog at lizardyoga.wordpress.com