Steve Voake

Kate Hubbard

Michael Bird

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. The Fellows 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.

To arrange a meeting:

Please visit the Royal Literary Fund Office and sign up on the door for a convenient appointment.

You can find the RLF office in Room 237, Queen’s Building, telephone 01392 72 2450.

Steve Voake

Steve Voake is the award-winning author of several YA novels including The Dreamwalker's Child, The Starlight Conspiracy and Blood Hunters (Faber & Faber). He was longlisted for the University of Canberra’s International Poetry Prize in 2016. Steve has also written the Daisy Dawson and Hooey Higgins series for younger readers and Insect Detective, a non-fiction picture book. His books have been translated into many different languages. Steve is senior lecturer in creative writing at Bath Spa University and a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation. He has taught a writing master class for the Guardian and given talks on his work at various events including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Cheltenham Literary Festival, Bath Literary Festival and Aberdeen Storytelling Festival.

Before writing his first novel, Steve was Headteacher of Kilmersdon Primary School. He lives with his family in Somerset.

Kate Hubbard

Kate Hubbard has written both for children and adults. Two short biographies, for children (Queen Victoria and Charlotte Bronte) were followed by a historical novel, Rubies in the Snow, the fictionalised diary of Anastasia Romanov, all published by Short Books. More recently she wrote Serving Victoria (Chatto & Windus, 2013), a non-fiction work for adults about Queen Victoria’s household, which was short-listed for the Costa biography prize. She is currently working on a book about Bess of Hardwick and the building of Hardwick Hall. She also writes occasional book reviews, works as a freelance editor and gives talks to schools about Queen Victoria.

Michael Bird

Non-fiction writer based on the Penryn campus

Michael Bird is an independent art historian, with special interests in modern art, cultural history and the ‘art/life divide’. His books on British artists such as Sandra Blow and Lynn Chadwick explore the poetics of creation in biographical terms. In The St Ives Artists: a biography of place and time, he investigates the unique mid-century flowering of international modernism in a small seaside town. His history of art for children, Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories, told through 68 semi-fictional stories, has been translated into 15 languages.
As Goodison Fellow at the British Library, Michael produced the first in-depth research into National Life Stories’ vast Artists’ Lives archive of oral history recordings. This resulted in an exhibition at The Lightbox and a book, Studio Voices: art and life in twentieth-century Britain. He’s convinced that art can often work better on radio than TV (imagined pictures being more vivid than those on screen) and has presented numerous features for BBC Radio.

After reading English at Oxford, Michael taught English and published poetry and short stories PN Review, Encounter and other magazines. He then worked as an editor on art projects for Macmillan and Phaidon and began to write on art, going on to publish ten books and many essays and articles. He has also written exhibition scripts for museums in Britain, Nigeria and Sweden.

Michael lectures widely, and gives seminars and workshops in universities and galleries, schools and festivals. He lives in Cornwall with his wife, the artist Felicity Mara.

website: michaelbird.info
email: M.Bird3@exeter.ac.uk