The 2019 cohort of successful Emerging Writers Programme applicants includes:

Abass Collier

Originally from Sierra Leone, where he studied English, Literature and Drama in university, Abass lives in South East London. He has written and directed three short films and has a self-published novella, which he is adapting into a screenplay. He is also working on a novel.

Abi Daré

Abi Daré was born in Nigeria and has lived in the UK for over 18 years. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck University of London. Her debut, The Girl with the Louding Voice, won The Bath Novel Award in 2018 and will be published by Sceptre in 2020

Alex David          

Alex David is an amateur monarchy historian, with a successfully self-published first book on Amazon on British monarchy facts and trivia. Proud South Londoner and EU citizen, his wish is to become a professional author specializing on European royal history and biography. He is also interested in royally-related art and travel writing.

Alice Hughes     

Alice is a writer and PR professional. She is currently working on a short story collection about nature in the modern world and a character-driven novel about natural history collecting. She volunteers for Greenpeace and London Wildlife Trust, and is a member of the London Natural History Society.

Amber Medland              

Amber Medland studied English at Cambridge University and has an MFA (Writing) from Columbia University (NY). She currently lives in Brixton. Wild Pets, her first novel, will be published in September 2021.

Anita Goveas    

Anita Goveas is British-Asian and fueled by strong coffee and paneer jalfrezi. She was first published in the 2016 London Short Story Prize anthology, most recently in X-Ray lit and New Mag. She’s on the editorial team at Flashback Fiction and an editor at Mythic Picnic’s Twitter zine.

Anna Kahn         

Anna Kahn is a Barbican Young Poet and a former member of the Roundhouse Collective. Her work has been published by The Rialto and The London Magazine among others, and has appeared in anthologies including Why Poetry: The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology and The Dizziness of Freedom.

Bebe Ashley      

Bebe Ashley is interested in both ekphrastic and linguistic translations. She is working on a collection inspired by Harry Styles, and will begin a PhD exploring British Sign Language poetry in the autumn. Her recent poetry can be found in Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Jukebox, and The Tangerine.

Carly Minsky     

Carly is a technology journalist and fiction-writer who spends most of her time hypothesising about human nature. She uses her lived experience as a twin alongside her background in science and philosophy research to tell stories which challenge the way we understand our individuality, our relationships, and the world we inhabit. She is working on a novel titled “The one of us”, learning how to play the accordion, and trying to find time to practice yoga.

Carmina Bernhardt         

Carmina Bernhardt is a multi-hyphenate maker of theatre and film, originally hailing from Vancouver, Canada and based in London. Her debut full-length play R’n’J: The Untold Story of Shakespeare’s Roz and Jules will premiere at Edinburgh Fringe 2019. Graduate of RCSSD’s MA Acting for Screen with Distinction.

Deborah Torr    

Deborah Torr is a writer from South London. After studying English Literature at UEA, Deborah went on to write for the funeral industry, and now works for an international development charity. Deborah had a winning entry in Spread the Word’s City of Stories competition 2018, and is working on a short story collection.

Emily Ruth Ford

Emily Ruth Ford is a writer and translator. She studied English at Oxford University and Creative Writing at UEA, and spent ten years as a journalist for The Times and Agence France-Presse, with postings in China and India. She won the Royal Society of Literature V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize in 2017 and 2018.

Erika Banerji      

Erika Banerji is a novelist and short story writer, born in Assam, India, and educated in New Delhi and London. Her short stories have been published in a number of literary journals and have been listed for awards.  In 2018 her stories were long listed for the Lorian Hemingway, V. S Pritchett and London Short Story Prize. Erika lives in London and is currently working on a novel and a collection of stories.

Finnian Harry Brewer    

Finnian Brewer was born in Swansea in 1993. He has a MA in Writing from the University of Warwick and studied English at Homerton College, Cambridge. He lives in Folkestone.

Hattie Clarke     

Hattie is a welsh writer, living in London. After studying creative writing at the University of Warwick, she worked for the British Museum where she first began researching her novel. Her work is published online by the women's writing collective, Dear Damsels, and she is a member of the Collier Street Fiction Group.

Helen Bowell     

Helen Bowell is a graduate of The Writing Squad and the London Writers Awards, and is a former Foyle Young Poet. She works at The Poetry Society and co-founded the Dead [Women] Poets Society. Her poems have appeared in Strix, The Manchester Review, Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets (2017) and elsewhere.

Isabelle Baafi     

Isabelle Baafi is a British writer and filmmaker of Jamaican and South African descent. Her work has been published in Allegro, Moko Magazine, Litro, Kalahari Review and elsewhere. She is currently working on her debut poetry collection

Jeremy Wikeley

Jeremy Wikeley was born in Birmingham in 1991 and grew up in Romsey, Hants. After university he taught EFL and worked in the office of an MP before moving to London to join the Orwell Foundation in 2016. He is working on a pamphlet of poems and some short stories.

Joanna Dobson

Joanna Dobson spent 12 years living in an indigenous community in the Altai Republic, Siberia, working as a translator on natural and cultural heritage projects. Joanna studied Russian at Cambridge and is now based in Norfolk working as a Russian translator and writing a travelogue/cultural study on the Altai region.

Karim Flint          

Screenwriter. Dreamer. Gun-for-hire. Karim Flint started his writing career as a journalist before realising sharing the stories constantly percolating through his brain was more fun. Plus the hours are a lot better.

Laura Sanchez

After working in theatre, Laura Sanchez spent years supporting young people at risk of exclusion. She continues to work with young people, using creative writing as a means of helping them take control of their own experiences.

L.M. Dillsworth

Lianne Dillsworth lives in London where she can be found writing longhand on the tube to work. In 2018, she graduated from Royal Holloway with a MA in Creative Writing. Lianne is working on her first novel, a Neo-Victorian historical fiction set in colonial India and peppered with Oxford commas.

L Kiew  

A Chinese-Malaysian living in London, L Kiew earns her living as an accountant. She holds a MSc in Creative Writing and Literary Studies from Edinburgh University. Her debut pamphlet The Unquiet came out with Offord Road Books in February 2019.

Lou Kramskoy   

Lou graduated from the MA Creative Writing at Birkbeck in 2018, where she was joint recipient of their Birkbeck / Sophie Warne Fellowship. As well as winning the 2017 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, she has also been longlisted for the London (2018) and Bristol (2017) short story prizes. Lou is currently working on her first novel.

Lucy Steeds       

Lucy Steeds was born and raised in London. She studied English Language and Literature and then World Literatures at Oxford University. She writes about maps, magic, and faraway places for young adults, and was longlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2018.

Madi Maxwell-Libby      

Madi is a writer-performer and stand-up poet. Her satirical solo show Massive Sense of Urgency, about an office temp trying to understand neoliberalism, was commissioned by the Old Vic as part of a series of new contemporary monologues, and has R&D support from the Arts Council, Ovalhouse, and Battersea Arts Centre. Poetry credits include commissions for BBC iPlayer, the Natural History Museum, and Nationwide. She is a former Roundhouse poetry slam champion, and wears a lot of wool.

Mandy Rabin     

Mandy Rabin writes fiction for children aged 9+, and spends the rest of her time teaching in primary schools and acting as Chief Oppressor to her teenage daughters. Her stories have been longlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award and she is represented by Stephanie Thwaites at Curtis Brown Group.

Megan Buskey 

Megan is a nonfiction writer currently working on a manuscript about her family's experience in Ukraine and Siberia during and after World War II. She has been traveling to and studying the former Soviet Union for more than a decade, including a year spent living in Ukraine as a Fulbright Fellow.

Mia Vigar            

Mia has studied creative writing at UEA, the University of Manchester, and through Curtis Brown Creative; and has released a couple of albums of original music. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Brighton Prize, and she’s working on her first novel, which draws on her Nordic heritage.

Mónica Parle     

Mónica Parle is a Mexican American from El Paso and Houston, Texas. She has a BA from the University of Texas and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Mónica lives in London, and her work was Highly Commended in the 2018 FAB Prize.

Natasha Cutler 

Natasha Cutler grew up in Hertfordshire and now lives and works in London. She studied History at Cambridge, graduating in 2017. In 2018, she completed the Curtis Brown Literary Agency’s Creative Writing course.

NJ Stallard          

NJ Stallard us a writer, editor and poet. Her work has been featured in publications such as TANK, Hotel, PN Review and The White Review, and she is the winner of the Aleph Writing Prize 2018. She is working on her first novel.

Paul Timothy McCarthy

Paul studied Science at Manchester and French at the Université de Bourgogne, so learning to accept disasters in the laboratory or in life with a Gallic shrug. Via stints as a DJ, indie-pop dreamer and cottage-industry screenwriter, he later stumbled into freelance writing in London, where he completed his MA.

Qudsia Mirza     

Qudsia Mirza was born in the UK into a Pakistani Muslim family. She is currently working on a collection of short stories. She lives in London.

Sabrina Richmond           

Sian Chaney-Price           

Sian Chaney-Price – avid reader, fantastical story maker-upper, ran away from teaching to do a Masters in Writing for Young People, retrained to be a librarian, but more than anything wants to be a writer when she grows up. Attributes all of her best work to her cat, who is also her editor.

Swithun Cooper

Swithun Cooper has published work in Intelligent Life, The London Magazine, Magma, and several anthologies. He won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and is currently studying for an MA in fiction writing at Royal Holloway, where he was awarded the Sarah Perry Bursary.

Xenobe Purvis  

Xenobe Purvis was born in Tokyo in 1990. She read English Literature at Oxford University, and has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway. She is a writer and literary researcher, currently assisting in the preparation of a volume of Christopher Isherwood’s selected letters. She is working on a novel.