2017 ASSOCIATE WRITERS
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.
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 whatsonafrica.com and now Okay Africa.