Friday, 27 January 2017

A Seminar with Poet John Lindley

John Lindley, author of nine poetry collections, gave a talk to second-year Creative Writing students taking the module An Introduction to Publishing, run by Dr Peter Blair.  

John, who has been Cheshire Poet Laureate and Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year, shared his wealth of experience in getting poetry published and working as a writer in the community. 

You can read about John’s work on his blog:

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Flash fiction at Verbose

Drs Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler (above left and right) and author David Swann (middle) were ‘headliners’ at the Verbose ‘Live Literature’ night in Manchester on 23 January 2017.

Peter read a selection of flashes from Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Ashley read from his work-in-progress collection, and David chose a range from his chapbook Stronger Faster Shorter: Flash Fictions.

For more information about Flash:

If you are interested in Stronger Faster Shorter:

Verbose’s Facebook group is:

Friday, 6 January 2017

Literary Journal Edited by Former Creative Writing Student Caroline Jones

The literary journal MISO is edited by Caroline Jones. She founded the journal after graduating from her MA in Creative Writing, University of Chester in 2012. MISO was established in July 2013 as a platform to encourage creative writing students and graduates. The original journal was printed twice a year. MISO is now a carefully curated blog. You can contact MISO via or via twitter with any queries.
Recent work includes contributions by Rachel Allen, Libby Meredith, Dan Ryder, Sam Buchan-Watts and Martha Sprackland. Just posted on MISO is a flash essay, ‘Another Country’, by Creative Writing lecturer, Dr Ian Seed.