Royal Literary Fund Fellows
Do you need help with academic writing?
If so then you can book an appointment with one of the Royal Literary Fund Fellows in English. The Fellows are are available by office appointment to help all members of the University – undergraduates and postgraduates alike – with queries and problems relating to the practical aspects of writing.
Please sign up for an office appointment in Room 237, Department of English, Queen’s Building, Telephone 01392 722450.
Alyson's latest book of poems is The Stone Library (Peterloo Poets). Previous books include In the Time of Crow, Towards Intimacy and Horizon (Queriendo Press). Besides writing for the page, Alyson is also actively involved in poetry as public art. She has a poem carved into Milsom Street pavement in Bath and text etched into a stained glass library window in Bristol. In addition to this she runs an international project, The Migration Habits of Stones, and has sited stones with poetry carved into them in the U.K., U.S.A. and Australia.
Alyson has also published short stories, written drama for Radio 4 and Sky Television and recorded an audio-diary about her journey to Australia with a stone (Radio 4, Nature: Migrating Stones). From 2010 to 2011 she was poet-in-residence in Exeter University's geography department in Falmouth. This innovative and prestigious residency was funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
Alyson has taught poetry for the Arvon Foundation, creative writing for Bath University and Bristol University, and was Visiting Writer at the University of the West of England for two years. She recently completed a practice-based PhD in poetry.
Michael Jecks is the author of more than thirty novels in his Templar series, all published by Headline and Simon & Schuster. A past chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association, he is also a founder of the Historical Writers’ Association and Medieval Murderers, a performance group of historically fanatical crime writers. In quieter moments he has written a number of short stories and novellas for anthologies, as well as ‘ghosting’ for those without the time to write.
He is a regular speaker at libraries and festivals all over the world, whether on his favourite subjects: the early fourteenth century and the demise of King Edward II, the Templars – or on writing generally. He has judged prizes from the CWA/ Ian Fleming Steel Dagger to the International Thriller Writers’ Thriller Awards. An enthusiastic supporter of new writing, for two years Michael was the organiser for the Debut Dagger competition, helping six writers win their first publishing contracts.
Michael lives on Dartmoor, where he is writing a new novel about the battle of Crécy.