About me

Hello! I'm Liz. I am studying towards an Integrated Professional Masters in French and Spanish at the University of Manchester, and as part of my degree spent a year in Perpignan, France, where I taught English. I also spent a hot summer at the University of Salamanca and a cold winter at Beijing Normal University. I later spent a year studying between Avignon, France and Vigo, Spain.

 I write poetry and short fiction, reviews, interviews and opinion pieces. I have written a Young Adult novel, which I hope to see published some day. I was delighted to be announced as a winner in the New North Poets category of the 2017 Northern Writers' Awards. I am also a member of The Writing Squad.

My poetry or fiction has appeared or is upcoming in...

In the UK: 
Ad Hoc Fiction, Alliterati, Amaryllis Poetry, Antiphon, Atrium, The Cadaverine, Cake Magazine, The Cardiff Review, The Cluny, Coast to Coast to Coast, The Compass, Confingo, Creative Review, Far Off Places, The Fat Damsel, Fictive Dream, Foxglove Journal, The Fractured Nuance, From the Lighthouse, Glove, Halo Lit Mag, The Ham, Ink, Sweat & Tears, In the Red, The Kindling, The Lampeter Review, Litro, London Journal of Fiction, Marble Poetry, Myths of the Near Future, Novelty, Now Then Manchester, Octavius Magazine, The Open Mouse, Open Pen, Peeking Cat Poetry, Picaroon Poetry, Planet Slop, The Poetry Shed, Riggwelter Press, Selcouth Station, Severine, Sonder, Storgy, Strix, Thorn Durham, Under the Fable, Visual Verse, Your Cat Magazine and 404 Ink.

In the US: 
Effervescent Magazine, L'Éphémère Review, Eunoia Review, Firefly Magazine, Germ Magazine, Gigantic Sequins, Gone Lawn, Indie Soleil Magazine, Minute Magazine, Rising Phoenix Review, Sea Foam Mag, Siblíní Journal and Sincerely Magazine.

Irisi, Jellyfish Review, Jotters United and Miracle Magazine.

A Furious Hope
Global Health Poetry Competition Anthology (Manchester Global Health Society)
Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets
Mind Full of Art (Open Mind Manchester)
New North Poets' Anthology 2018 (The Poetry School)
Peeking Cat Anthology 2017 (Peeking Cat Poetry)
Troubadour (Picaroon Poetry)
What She Knew (Papaya Press)
The Young Identity Anthology

I enjoy performing my poetry and have read at Verbose, Manchester Central Library, the LGBT Foundation and The Poetry Café.

In 2014 I was long-listed for Eyewear Publishing's Melita Hume Poetry Prize. In 2016 I won Second Prize in the Poetry Society's Timothy Corsellis Prize with my poem "Barthelasse". In 2017 I was announced as a New North Poet at the Northern Writers' Awards. In 2018 I was shortlisted for The Poetry Business's New Poets Prize.

In 2013 I was given the role of Fiction Editor at Miracle Magazine. I was later Head Poetry Editor. In 2016 I founded my own literary magazine, Foxglove Journal, and in 2017 I was asked to also be the new editor for the Word Life section of Now Then Manchester.

You can read more on my "Poetry and creative work" page.

In 2011 I was selected by Cornerhouse (now HOME), Manchester, as one of nineteen creatives to have their talent nurtured. After the original year-long project I was asked to stay on another year, this time in a team of three. Through the projects, I was on the curation team for a film festival and two major art exhibitions, Lost is Found and Four. My photography was showcased and I blogged for the venue.

I have been a Digital Reporter for Manchester Literature Festival since 2012. I also write for The Mancunion, Now Then Manchester, Cuckoo Review and Global Graduates and I am a reviewer for The Cadaverine and Structo. You can find my journalism work here.

I have a music blog and have interviewed musicians The Kennedys, Boomin, Eddi Reader and Amy Ray for various publications. I have a travel blog, where I share my adventures in France, Spain and beyond, and I kept a blog over my Chinese winter. I have also set up blogs for schools and businesses.

My first novel is contemporary Young Adult, and incorporates my passion for France and French culture, as well as LGBTQ+ themes. I am currently working on my second novel.

I hope you enjoy this blog, which is a hub for my writing of all kinds. The tabs along the top of the page will take you to different examples of my work. Happy reading!

 Liz x

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