Writing School East Midlands Tutors

Out tutors are renowned writers and performers, as well as being accomplished teachers, acknowledged for their skills and ability to to work with a broad spectrum of writers across a range of genres and forms. This is where you can get to know them.


Mellow Baku is a writer of poetry, plays, and songs and has performed throughout the UK and internationally, in venues including London Southbank, Sheffield University, Nottingham Playhouse and the Knitting Factory New York. Her work has been programmed by Curve Leicester, and commissioned by TILT and Spark Arts Festival For Children. Mellow facilitates music and writing workshops in the community and for the NHS, with gender-specific and inclusive groups. Founder of BootLeg Jazz, Mellow curates Moonshine Word Jam, a female-focused spoken word with improvised music event. She is a judge for the Yellow Book panel for the Rethink Your Mind Project 2015-18.

Look at Mellow’s course, Call and Response – Exploring Music and Words

Anthony Cropper has published two novels and collection of short stories. His play won the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama. His latest look was co written with Eve Makis and was published by HarperCollins in the summer of 2018. The Accidental Memoir is a guided journal and looks at ways to develop creativity and write.

Look at Anthony’s course, Life Writing and Memoir

Beth Kemp has published fifteen textbooks and revision guides to date for pupils and students aged 11-18, focused on UK and international specifications in English Language and Literature, and is also working on children’s fiction. She has written revision guides and workbooks on GCSE set texts out with York Notes, textbooks for A Level English Language, KS3, IGCSE and 11-14 and GCSE-equivalent Caribbean programmes with OUP and has also worked as a teacher consultant on the latest edition of the Collins School English Dictionary. She has over a decade teaching and training experience with adults and teens.

Look at Beth’s course, Writing, Planning and Pitching Non-Fiction

Graham Caveney’s most recent book is The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness: A Memoir of an Adolescence . He has also written biographies of William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg as well as working as a journalist for The Face, The NME, The Guardian, The Independent and GQ magazine.

Look at Graham’s course, Life Writing: An Introduction

Megan TaylorMegan Taylor is the author of three novels, How We Were Lost, The Dawning and The Lives of Ghosts, as well as a short story collection, The Woman Under the Ground. Her writing has made the shortlist in several competitions, most recently in The Brighton Prize 2017 and the Walter Swan Prize, 2017-18 and she has further stories out or forthcoming in various other anthologies and journals. She is also currently in the process of completing her fourth novel. For more information please visit www.megantaylor.info

Megan’s courses are Beginning Your Novel & Refining Your Novel

Victoria Villasenor is a development editor for a publishing house in New York, and also runs the social enterprise Global Wordsmiths with her partner. She works with marginalized communities throughout the Midlands on writing projects, and is a multi-published author.

Victoria’s courses are Between the Sheets: Erotica Writing Workshop & The Short of It: Short Story Creation and Publication

Judith Allnatt  is a short story writer and the author of four acclaimed novels: A Mile of River, The Poet’s Wife, The Moon Field and The Silk Factory. Her first novel, A Mile of River, was a Radio 5 Live Book of the Month and was described by Michael Morpurgo as ‘a novel of rare insight, exquisitely written’. Judith’s novels have been shortlisted for the Portico prize for Literature and for the East Midlands Book Award. Her short stories have been widely published in anthologies and women’s magazines, and prizewinning stories have featured in the Bridport Prize Anthology, the Commonwealth Short Story Awards, and on BBC Radio 4. Judith has lectured on Creative Writing for universities for over two decades. She lives with her family in Northamptonshire and is working on her fifth novel.

Find out more about Judith’s course, Waking Your Characters

Ian C Douglas first became published as a freelance journalist in Thailand. Returning to the UK in 2004 he graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from NTU. Since then he has had three SF novels for younger adults published, as well as two children’s non-fiction books. Other credits include short stories, a children’s App and a radio play. The focus of his fiction is on sci-fi and fantasy. Ian writes reviews for Left Lion and teaches creative writing at Nottingham Writers’ Studio. He visits schools, libraries and festivals, running workshops on creative writing and/or local history, and he is a regular guest on Notts TV covering local literary news.

Look at Ian’s course, A World of Your Own

Mike Gayle is the author of fourteen novels including the Sunday Times Bestselling My Legendary Girlfriend, Mr Commitment and Turning Thirty. Previously a journalist and agony uncle, Mike’s work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Cosmopolitan. He has also been a judge on a number of literary prizes including the Costa, Betty Trask and WH Smith Awards.

Look at Mike’s course, Plotting for Success

In 2017 Maxine Linnell’s first poetry collection, This Dust, was published by Soundswrite Press. Her novels, Vintage and Closer, were published by Five Leaves, and Bloomsbury are republishing her book for reluctant readers, Breaking the Rules, in 2018. Maxine has been running the popular course ‘Writing Workshop’ for four years.

Find out more about Maxine’s Writing Workshop 

Siobhan Logan’s poetry & prose collections Firebridge to Skyshore and Mad, Hopeless and Possible are published by Original Plus Press. They have been performed at Ledbury Poetry Festival, the British Science Museum and National Space Centre. In 2014 she ran a writing residency on WW1 for Writing East Midlands and 14-18 NOW. Her poems and stories are published in many anthologies and magazines and she co-edited a Five Leaves Books’ anthology for refugee solidarity, Over Land, Over Sea. Her digital narrative Philae’s Book of Hours is published on-line by the European Space Agency. She teaches Creative Writing at De Montfort University and co-manages The Writers’ Shed.

Look at Siobhan’s course, The Poet as Bard: Storytelling in Poetry

Rob Palk recently released his first novel Animal Lovers. It has been described as “bitterly funny” by Mark Watson, “great comic writing” by the Mail and “deeper and more affirming” by the FT. He is currently working on a follow up. He has also been published in the Erotic Review and Litro Magazine. He lives in Leicester.

Look at Rob’s course, Getting Started on Your Novel

Joanne Burn is a writer and a life coach, now specialising in Coaching the Writer. Her short stories have been published in various fiction magazines and her debut novel will be published by Legend Press on 6th September 2018. She blogs about the joys and challenges of writing at www.notawritersgroup.com and you can find out more about her writing and coaching at www.joanneburn.com

Look at Joanne’s course, Be Your Own Writing Coach

Panya Banjoko is a UK based Writer and Poet whose work has been published in various anthologies. She performs widely, coordinates Nottingham Black Archive, and is Patron for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. Whilst poetry is her mainstay she has also written two early years publications. She has edited a collection of poetry by the Black Writers Network and her debut poetry collection, Some Things, is available through Burning Eye Books.

Look at Panya’s course, A Critical Approach to Poetry Writing

Rod Duncan writes alternate history and contemporary crime. His novels have been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award, the East Midlands Book Award and the John Creasey Dagger. He is a lecturer in creative writing at De Montfort University and a founder of the Writers’ Shed, a writer development service.

Look at Rod’s course, Narrative Drive

Dr Teika Bellamy is the award-winning founder and director of Nottingham-based independent press Mother’s Milk Books. She is also one half of The Book Stewards – a husband and wife team who empower writers to achieve their publishing goals.

Look at Teika’s course, How to get Published


Jane Commane is a poet and editor/ director at Nine Arches Press. Her poetry has been published in The Guardian and The North, and in anthologies including The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt) and the recent #MeToo anthology edited by Deborah Alma (Fairacre Press). Her poems have also featured on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4. She was awarded a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship in 2017-18 and was selected for Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 Mentoring scheme in 2016. Her first collection of poems, Assembly Lines, is published by Bloodaxe Books.

Look at Jane’s course, Getting Your Poetry Manuscript Ready for Publication