Amy Dollery has an MA in playwriting and script development and was a graduate of the Write Away course at Birmingham Rep. She is now part of Cucumber Writers, and has had her work performed at the LPAC and at the Birmingham Rep. She has also written for children and was commissioned to write a play for Boston Youth Theatre, and a children’s book for PR firm Hill & Knowlton Strategies. She works in communications and fundraising.
Tina Freeth writes short fiction, scripts and children’s books. She is currently working on her first novel. She recently found her way back to writing with the help of Writing West Midland’s Room 204 scheme after having time off to have children. She was a Creative Futures Literary Awards 2015 finalist and her short story Home Instead was published in the anthology Impossible Things. Tina’s short fiction has been published in various anthologies including The Map of Me, and she was one of the winners of the BBC Writersroom competition BBC Bites in 2008. A qualified yoga teacher she wishes to combine both disciplines by offering ‘yoga for writers’ (because as we all know writers spend hours hunched over their laptops) and ‘yoga and creative expression’ workshops for those how wish to live a more creative life.
Angela Gallagher writes plays and articles, but not bios so she’s outsourced this and is now regretting it. Everything seems fine at first with some quick bits about how she was born in Birmingham and is a founder member of the Cucumber Writers group that is now invited to stage productions at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. That’s all good, she’s nodding at that, that’s fine. But then it’s going on to how her husband wishes he could write as well as her and no, stop it, that’s enough, actually that’s too much, ow, stop it, don’t you dare hit send.
William Gallagher is a writer, dramatist and lecturer. He writes Doctor Who audio dramas, stage plays and has extensive British journalism experience. William is also the author of ten non-fiction books including the British Film Institute book BFI TV Classics: The Beiderbecke Affair, B7 Media’s Blake’s 7: The Ultimate Guide and co-author of Radio Times Cover Story. His work has appeared regularly in Radio Times magazine and BBC News Online plus The Independent, the Los Angeles Times and on BBC local and national radio. He once had afternoon tea on a Russian nuclear submarine and regrets calling the place a dive. williamgallagher.com
As a poet, Nadia Kingsley has project-managed the Arts Council England funded e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g: the history of the Universe in 45 minutes performance; and is writing and managing an ACE funded blog-based podcast project: Maligned Species. She writes a monthly poem for herbal blog www.rootstohealth.co.uk
As a writer she’s commissioned for Literary Salmon’s The Casual Electrocution of Strangers.
As founder of Fair Acre Press she’s published poetry since 2011; but this year is also publishing a novel, a wildlife photography book, children’s poetry, and poetry e-books. She also blogs on the site as Not quite Pepys, and she has a ewe named after her.
Rupi Lal has worked as an actor on stage, screen and radio for companies such as BBC, BBC Asian Network, The Birmingham Rep, Tamasha, and Rifco Arts amongst others. Since 2007 he has been a proud member of Birmingham based Loudmouth Education & Training delivering quality theatre in education on issues such as relationships, and alcohol awareness. As a playwright, he is a founding member of Cucumber Writers who regularly have their work performed at the Birmingham Rep – he tends to perform in his own plays too. Last year his first poem One was chosen as a winning entry for inclusion into Inspired by Ghandi. As well as being an actor and writer, Rupi is also a radio presenter on Radio Sandwell with his Friday night show Prime Time Rupi Lal.
Damien Mckeating was born and some time after that he developed a love of fantasy and horror. He has written for comics and radio and has had stories included in the Dead Roots and Firewords anthologies. On occasion he has been known to perform peculiar folk songs with the band Hornswaggle. He writes daily and is currently the oldest he has ever been.
Stourbridge writer Liz Parkes, has moved from teaching into writing, encouraged by three local writer’s groups, Swan Playwrights, Birmingham Rep and Coach House writers. More recently, she has been working with Cucumber Writers.
She has had work performed, in studios, at the Oldbury Rep, MAC, The Rose, Kidderminster, Worcester Arts Workshop, the Blue Orange Theatre and The Door at Birmingham Rep.
The work performed has ranged from contributions to group themes to full length productions.
She has also had poetry published by Offa’s Press and can be found at various open mic performances reading her poetry.
Dan Seavers is a radio copywriter who currently lives in Stoke. Well, someone has to. When not writing adverts about meat and cars, he enjoys dancing and procrastinating. When he does find time to write, he’s been working very slowly on his first novel that’s ‘well sort of a Victorian ghost story, but with added gears…’
Alex Townley works full-time as a journalist in north Worcestershire. In 2013 she was one of six playwrights in the West Midlands chosen to be part of the Birmingham Rep’s Foundry scheme, for which she completed her first full-length play Away, and in 2014 she was part of Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 programme. She is also a founder member of Cucumber Writers, a Midlands based playwriting collective, and she’s currently working on her first novel. Find out more about her here.
Laura Yates is a writer, fundraiser and arts project manager. She’s also a member of the Decadent Divas poetry collective, and has performed work at the Ledbury Poetry Festival and at the Quiet Compere Tour at mac Birmingham. She uses elements of performance poetry in plays which have been performed at mac and the Birmingham Rep, produced by Cucumber Writers, a playwriting group of which she’s a founder member. Laura has managed and co-produced a wealth of arts events, including Level UP, a poetry open mic night for young poets across Birmingham and beyond.