Members’ news

I was asked alongside five incredibly talented designers to share our personal stories of challenging gender in the creative industry. As a young designer myself, some of these experiences are shocking, give hope and showed how much further we have to go in order to achieve gender equality. More here.

– Sana Iqbal 


Second book due. Agent giving me subtle nudges. Did three full drafts. Over the past weeks, I realized that barely  half the novel is on track — and that’s with major rewriting. Spent the past week re-breaking the story. Today I feel those first tiny tickles of excitement that maybe I am on to something—which is nipping at the dread I always feel that my work is no good and the first book was a fluke. Onward.

– News and a teatime 26 from Cathleen Young


It has been a very exciting month for me as I have launched my own little press, called orange petal press and have published our debut anthology on Amazon. Our anthology is called, Tales From The Ether, and consists of short form – poetry, fiction and nonfiction. All genres are included and no topic is off limits. It is available in ebook and paperback format.

We present the work of emerging writers and are especially (but not exclusively) interested in writers from under represented groups, by which we mean:

BAME writers
writers with disability
writers with chronic illness
female writers
older writers 
writers from working class backgrounds
writers who are children’s home survivors
writers with mental health issues
writers with neuro diversity
writers from the LGBT+ community

I am very proud to say that we have writers from all of the above groups as contributors to our anthology.

– Vanwy Arif


My news is that on Thursday 22 April, a new paperback of my novel Summon Up The Blood came out. It’s historical crime fiction set in London just before the outbreak of the First World War.

– Roger Morris


It was Anne Lister’s birthday at the beginning of April, and 26 member Irene Lofthouse recounted a visit to the Piece Hall as Gentleman Jack.

Irene’s also been developing and delivering interactive online school storytelling sessions with the Piece Hall revisiting myths and legends about the building. Some of the students’ reimagined stories will feature as voiceovers in a virtual tour being developed by the Piece Hall.

– Irene Lofthouse

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