Eleanor Bryans was British born, and raised in Switzerland, giving her a foundation for explorations of the self in her creative work. Her writing comes from a sphere of cultural origins, generating a style, which investigates the idea of self and identity in often an ambiguous, bordering narcissistic and distorted space. The pieces in her creative work are composed from combining traditional and experimental devices, in order to harness a lyric that develops away from its traditional place in literature, exposed in a variety of multi media forms. A passion for storytelling and a career in theatre are influential factors in her development as a writer and artist.
Belinda Campbell is a graduate of Drama and Creative Writing from Royal Holloway. Writing accomplishments include a short story titled ‘How they fall in fall’ published in the Inspiration 2010 National Anthology of poetry and short stories by R & W Carter Independent Media. Most recent writing project includes a play co-written with another RHUL graduate titled ‘The Lonely People’ which will be showcased this June at the Windsor Firestation as part of their ‘Play’ festival.
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Pamela Carralero is currently interested in identity, language, and how they interlink. She is exploring the upcoming literary movement of post-postmodernism in her work and will be expanding upon this interest in an MA in contemporary literature and transatlanticism at the University of Edinburgh in 2012-13. Her latest play, Who Is Moloch?, an exploration of the self, literature, and dreams set in the near future during World War III, will be produced and performed by Encompass Productions in London during the upcoming year.
Rachel Dakin studied Single Honours English Literature, including a module in Poetic Practice. Next year, she will commence the MA and hopes to continue her work on Joan Retallack’s poethics. Her most recent project sought to uncover and re-articulate marginalised forms of expression, such as feminine crafts and indigenous cultural practices, both deemed ‘non-literate’ and therefore inferior to standard text based poetry. She enjoys working with multimedia forms, blurring the distinction between the textual and the visual. The following poetry is a selection of work done throughout the year, often in response to specific experimental poets, including Charles Olson, Rosemarie Waldrop and Joan Retallack. Passionate about art, Rachel set up an Art Society during the second year that runs frequent life drawing sessions, exhibition trips, lectures from guest speakers, and discussions. Rachel also loves travelling and languages, which often feeds back into her preoccupation with etymology and using dictionaries as source material in her poetry.
Danny Dourado has been writing stories since he was eight years old at Bloxham Primary, where he wrote an adventure tale of shipwrecked children and their daring hamster. He still thinks that it was his best work. Since then he has experimented with science fiction, morbid plays, melodramatic epics and realist short stories where nothing happens very meaningfully. Every story he has ever written keeps dragging in death as a major theme, so he makes sure to write about lasers and rainbows and taxes to throw people off his track. He eats his greens like his mum told him to but he still hasn’t developed any superpowers from it. He has trouble being serious.
Mia Engh Franzen
Mia was born and raised in Norway and came to England to pursue a BA degree in English and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. She is also currently working on her first novel that is provisionally entitled When We Were Young. The work featured here is an excerpt from chapter one of the second part of the novel, the first being a prologue broken into fragmented points of view, a narrative strategy that will feature throughout the novel. For more information about the author, visit www.mefranzen.com
Alex Gladstone lives in London and by good fortune, as well as reckless abandon toward his future career path, gambled on the Creative Writing B.A. at Royal Holloway, and has never looked back. He has very little to show outside of his degree portfolios, for which he apologises, and assures the reader that it is currently his primary concern. His work is strongly linked to the Literature of the American Absurd, the subject of his dissertation: a minute act of rebellion against a world of popular culture and politics that advocate a simplified and objective world. He intends to begin work on his first novel, but will punctuate the process with regular short stories.
Jessica Gardner has always had a flair for the creative. She was a young award winning poet who has featured in published collections. Jessica writes as a way of expressing herself and with the hope of connecting with people in the contemporary world, through experimental techniques and by exploring the issues that arise from contemporary life. She is focused on unusual perspectives in writing within her novels, short stories and screenplays and hopes to continue this throughout her career. She hopes to pursue a career in writing for screen and is also interested in producing children’s fiction.
Caroline Icke is a graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, having studied Drama and Creative Writing. Writing accomplishments include a play co-written and performed with another RHUL graduate, titled ‘The Lonely People’, showcased as part of Windsor Firestation Art Centre's ‘Play’ festival.
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Charlotte Lewis is a Director and Writer from Swansea South Wales. She is the Co-Founder of Look You Made productions est ’12 which premiered its first project Ciao! Dovelike Spew at The Firestation’s Loft space this June. Her directing credits include, Philip Ridley’s Leaves of Glass, debbie tucker green’s born bad, The Nativity -a devised piece, a radio adaptation of The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and most recently Something Good at The Firestation arts centre. Charlotte also writes as a casting specialist for the increasingly popular blog site What’s Peen Seen? and helps to organize the Collab new writing night at The Hospital Club, Covent Garden. The creative writing department has completely changed the way she looks at her writing, the tuition has been nurturing and utterly invaluable.
I came to Royal Holloway after being accepted onto the course after a significant period out of full-time education. The poems I have included in this anthology have benefitted greatly from the comments and suggestions of my tutors and peers and which have, by and large, contained moments where I learned something about the process of writing. They also hopefully mark some movement towards the next first step. I live in South-East London.
Ross writes stories about impossible things for children and daydreamers. He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he will also start an MA in Creative Writing later this September. He is originally from a spooky mining town in Devon.
Tara Mallon has lived in many different countries which influences her work as her poetry is experimental and diverse in style. Her work takes a confessional tone and in her poetry she endeavours to intimately capture a personal situation or emotion.
Yananda Rocha dos Santos
Yananda Rocha dos Santos was born in Brazil and moved to England in 2005, and is now an incurable poet who sometimes experiments with prose. She is always looking for writing that will surprise and inspire her, and so will carry on to do a MA in Modernist Literature in the near future.
Richard Selwyn came to Royal Holloway via China, and uses this as a setting for much of his fiction. He studies Mandarin Chinese, and next year will be studying at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.
I wouldn’t really classify myself as a poet, at least not anymore; I’d say I was more comfortable writing fiction. In fact, I feel completely lost in the modern world of poetry, finding myself far more influenced by the metaphysical poets, sonneteers and lyricists of centuries past.
Poetry is the one medium where I can come back to my work and be happy with it. If I return to my fiction I will find a myriad of errors, problems, imperfections, incompletions and I’ll have to keep editing and editing. With poetry I can create a space, a structure within which I can fully realise the impression I am trying to put across in my writing, a structure often defined by strict formatting — both rhythm and rhyme.
My narratives, on the other hand, will often get too complicated: one idea will stimulate another idea, and then another, the narrative quickly becoming too complicated, multifaceted and indefinable. Almost all my fiction pieces, those that I am most proud of, were written in a day, or two days, such as the piece I have submitted for the website: too quick for the idea to get ideas.
I am happy with the piece, but I don’t believe it fulfils its potential. Maybe it’s for the best though: maybe you should never be happy with what you’ve written. Poetry and literature were, after all, originally oral traditions, fluctuating depending on the teller and the time. By writing something down we’re merely writing one possible version, one perspective on the whole truth, because if we could write the whole truth, there would be no point in writing anything at all.
Kate Smith grew up in Wiltshire and much of her work is influenced and informed by the landscape and folklore of that county. She will shortly begin an MA in English Literature at Bristol University.
Emma Wootton is a poet, dancer, and dreamer with a penchant for fancy journals and notebooks. She has just completed her BA in English and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, where she specialised in poetry. Much of her work is experimental, and engages with current issues surrounding queer identity and the place of feminism in the 21st century. Her work has most recently been published in Glitterwolf Magazine, while several other poems of hers have appeared in poetry zines and online blogs. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.