Monday 29th June
Stirred: Patti Smith
Ciarán Hodgers is an award winning Irish writer. He’s been published around the UK, Ireland and Scotland as well as performing around the North of England and occasionally Ireland when he sneaks home. He produced a spoken word CD ‘The Hours’ which you can download from ciaranhodgers.bandcamp.com. Check him out on facebook.com/ciaranhodgerspoet.
Mostly Emmy does pictures for other people’s words but sometimes she writes and performs her own. On the internet she lives at emmyingle.weebly.com; in her head she lives in a fairy-tale forest; in the real world she lives in Lancaster where she is slowly stumbling her way through university.
Monday 27th July
Stirred: Other Worlds
Fielding is predominately a poet but she enjoys dabbling in a variety of creative pursuits. She is currently working undercover as a primary school teacher and must therefore conduct her writing career between the hours of 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. She has most recently been published in The Cadaverine and was short-listed for last year’s Magma Editor’s Prize. As a member of the Writing Squad, more of her work can be read in their online magazine: Push. She can be found on twitter @fronshaugen.
Monday 28th September
Stirred: Billie Holiday
Cheryl Martin has worked as a poet, playwright and director. She’s written operas for the Buxton Opera Festival and the BBC Philharmonic. She’s also written over 25 productions for stage and BBC Radio 4, the World Service, and for African radio networks, and was an Artist-in-Residence for Manchester’s 2002 Commonwealth Games. A Manchester Evening News Theatre Award winner as both writer [musical Heart and Soul, Oldham Coliseum Theatre] and director [Iron by Rona Munro, Contact Theatre], she co-produced and directed an Edinburgh Fringe First winner for Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre [The World Is Too Much]. Director of Community Arts Northwest [CAN] shows ,Another Country [Z-Arts/Decibel] and Heart’s Core [Z-Arts], LISAPO, The Congolese Tales, and Rule 35, based on Yarls’ Wood detention centre. Her first solo collection of poetry, Alaska [Crocus Books], was published in 2014, and her one-woman stage show Alaska was in Contact’s Flying Solo Festival May 2-15 before travelling to London’s Albany theatre. And, for the Scottish referendum Autumn 2014, she directed award-winning playwright Alan Bissett’s Jock: Scotland on Trial, at Glasgow’s Tron Mayfesto and at London’s Finborough Theatre. Hear her beautiful voice and learn more here!
Debbie Walsh studied Applied Psychology at Kent University and graduated from Salford University with a science degree in 2009. She received the Rhiannon Evans Poetry Scholarship in 2011; in the same year she graduated from Edge Hill University with a Master of Arts (Distinction) in Creative Writing. Her work has been published in journals and magazines and in a limited collection published in USA. She was a joint winner of Lancashire Writing Hub’s Flash Fiction award. Her latest collection, ‘Nimbus Movements,’ was published in 2015 by the progressive Knives Forks and Spoons Press and has been reviewed favourably in Stride Magazine. Debbie is interested in arts mediated through poetic form and the shared experience encountered during live performance. Debbie works in Lancashire and lives in Greater Manchester.
Monday 26th October
Poet & Playwright
Now she’s an amateur archaeologist and cat owner, who performs anywhere she can corner an audience; be it pub, school yard, library, car park, gutter or lonely bus stop.
Jo has taught creative writing and performing skills and runs workshops and events with any group willing to let her! According to Manchester’s City Life, Jo’s anthology ‘big’ … “fizzles, spits and exudes a brutal honesty about herself and everyone else and is defiantly celebratory about all aspects of her life.”
She’s performed at a number of gigs in her time and was rumoured to have once “gone down very well” at the Manchester Poetry Festival – She was also seen sobbing uncontrollably when knocked out in the first round of the Ledbury Poetry Festival Slam by a man ranting on about a Yak!
She’s a poet based in the North of England, she studied Theatre Studies with Creative Writing at Lancaster University.
Since leaving university she’s worked for the NHS, with looked-after young people in residential units, managed a library, worked with troubled families and in youth work. For the past 4 years she’s combined this with writing, performing and delivering schools and community workshops. As of March 2014 she became a full-time writer, performer and artist-in-education. She’s a mother to two lovely children and she like camping, dancing to her own tune and Scrabble.
Monday 30th November
Claire Askew’s poetry has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Feminist Wire, Mslexia, and PANK. Her work has been anthologised many times, most recently in Furies: an anthology of women warriors (For Books’ Sake, 2014) and Hallelujah for 50ft Women: poems about women’s relationship to their bodies (Bloodaxe, 2015). In 2011, she published her debut pamphlet collection The Mermaid and the Sailors (Red Squirrel Press), and poems from it won the Lewis Edwards Award for Poetry (2008), the Grierson Verse Prize (2008), and the Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize (2010), among others. Claire’s first full length collection, This changes things, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe in February 2016. Poems from this collection have already won or been recognised by the International Salt Prize for Poetry (2012), the Charles Causley Poetry Prize (2014), the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition (2014), and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award (2014), among others. Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Contemporary Women’s Poetry from the University of Edinburgh, and works around Scotland as a writer and groupwork facilitator for hire. Find out more at onenightstanzas.com!
Jack Nicholls is a 23 year old boy from Cornwall. He’s had fiction published in Pank, Belleville Park Pages, Weijia Quarterly, Spork, theNewerYork and Chicago Quarterly Review, and poetry in The Unrorean, Eunoia Review and The Cadaverine. When he’s not being published in the past, he’s doing things in the present and future, co-running the monthly event Flim Nite and performing in the sketch group Beach Hunks. His plays have been performed at the Southwark Playhouse, Blue Elephant Theatre and some other places, too. The hosts at Stirred read these bios out loud usually, so I’m going to put some Hanson lyrics in. Mmmbop, ba duba dop. Ba du bop, ba duba dop. Ba du bop, ba duba dop. Ba du. Yeah!