Spread the Word Associate Writers are seven talented London-based writers working across different literary and performance spaces.

The role is as an acknowledgment of their achievements with Spread the Word and in the wider literature and cultural world. Our Associate Writers receive development support, networking opportunities and a small bursary. Spread the Word’s Associate Writers will have the title for a year, where they will forge new career and writing opportunities through Spread the Word’s extensive networks.


Spread the Word are great at taking a chance on writers when they see potential and supporting them as they grow. Being an Associate Writer for Spread the Word means a great deal, and it’s a wonderful endorsement of the work I do as a poet. I really respect their commitment to widening access to and enjoyment of literature, and I look forward to continuing to campaign alongside them!

Laila Sumpton, Spread the Word Associate Writer 2017


Jasmine Ann Cooray
Poet and facilitator

Writer in Residence at the National University of Singapore 2013 and BBC Performing Arts Fellow with Spread the Word 2014-15. A First Story resident writer, and worked as an assistant tutor with the Barbican Young Poets. Now working on a poetry and aerial arts show with Upswing and Equlibria about trust in relationships. @JasmineCooray

Ruby Cowling
Fiction writer

Awards include; The White Review Short Story Prize, the London Short Story Prize, the Prolitzer Prize and a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award. Credits include Lighthouse; The Letters Page; The Lonely Crowd; Unthology 4; the Galley Beggar Press Singles Club; I Am Because You Are; Flamingo Land and Other Stories; and Unreal City: Constructing the Capital. She is Associate Editor for Short Fiction in the UK and at The Writing Disorder in the US.

Nick Field
Writer and performer

Artist in Residence at Keats House in London, Nick wrote new work for an anthology, gave performances and lead practical writing workshops. An Arts Council grant allowed Nick to write and perform The Cosmos, The Cosmetics, his first full length solo show. His second ACE funded solo show Adventure/
Misadventure played a full run at Ovalhouse in 2013, where he was also Artistic Associate.

Jarred McGinnis
Fiction writer and producer

Jarred McGinnis is part of The Special Relationship and their 4-day reading of Moby-Dick at the Southbank Centre in 2015. His short fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4, and appeared in journals in the UK, Canada, USA and Ireland. Most recently his story Daughters of the Revolution was short listed for the 2016 Galley Beggar Story Prize. In addition to writing fiction, he holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.

Simon Mole
Poet and facilitator

The first Poet Laureate for the London borough of Brent, and one fifth of the acclaimed poetry collective Chill Pill. The one man show Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair toured nationally. Shows at Southbank Centre and Brighton Dome sold out, earning rave reviews. His second show No More Worries toured nationally in 2015. He co-leads the Keats’ House Poets Forum for Keats House Museum.

Laila Sumpton
Poet and facilitator

Published in anthologies and poetry magazines, she co-edited In Protest- 150 Poems for Human Rights with the University of London. Recently working with the charity Sense to delivering a poetry and heritage project for adults with disabilities.

Poetry commissions by British Library, British Museum and National Trust, and a runner up in the Nuffield Bio-ethics poetry competition. A member of Keats House Poets and co-directs refugee and migrant poetry collective Bards Without Borders.


Sabo Kpade
Playwright and fiction writer

Chibok was shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize 2015. His play first play Have Mercy on Liverpool Street was longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award and his second The Good General was a finalist for the Beeta Playwriting Competition. He has been a critic for Media Diversified, Royal Africa Society’s and now Okay Africa.



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