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Creative and non-fiction writing: our tutors' recent accomplishments

Learn more about recent publications by City Lit's writing tutors

All of our writing tutors at City Lit are published authors. Below, you can read a selection of our tutors' many and varied accomplishments.

March 2022

Headshot of Sinead Keegan and cover of Threads of Time: 25 Years of Fine Cell Work anniversary book

Sinead Keegan's work is included in the Threads of Time anthology celebrating 25 years of the charity Fine Cell Work. 

March 2022

Brian Mullin receiving his award, pictured with City Lit Fellow Vince Cable

Playwriting tutor Brian Mullin won an Inspiring Tutor of the Year Award at the 2022 City Lit Awards. Learn more >

January 2022

Headshot of Helen Cox and cover of "A Body by the Lighthouse"

Helen Cox's new mystery novel, A Body by the Lighthouse, is out now in paperback from Quercus. 

Headshot of Alycia Pirmohamed

Two poems by Alycia Pirmohamed have been published by Granta. Read them here >

September 2021

Headshot of Jonathan Barnes and cover of "The City of Doctor Moreau"

The City of Dr Moreau, a sequel by Jonathan Barnes to the classic science-fiction novel by HG Wells, is out now from Titan Books. 

Headshot of Ella Frears and cover of "I Am the Mother Cat"

Written as part of a residency at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, the poetry pamphlet I Am The Mother Cat by Ella Frears is being released by Rough Trade Books.

Headshot of Alison Woodhouse and cover of "Family Frames"

Alison Woodhouse's flash fiction collection Family Frames is out now, published by Vpress. "Like a treasured album of photographs you'll want to return to again and again" -- Jude Higgins

July 2021

Headshot of Lou Kuenzler and cover of "Our Beautiful Game"

Our Beautiful Game by Lou Kuenzler is out now from Faber & Faber. "Absolutely magnificent! A glorious tale of football, friendship, feminism and social history." -- Emma Carroll

Headshot of Sophie McKenzie and cover of "Hide and Secrets"

Hide and Secrets, the new teen thriller from award-winning author Sophie McKenzie, is out now from Simon & Schuster.

June 2021

Cover of "The Quality of the Light" by Robert Fraser

The Quality of the Light: A Novel in Five Paintings, by Robert Fraser, is out now from Cranthorpe Millner. 

Poster for the International Literary Festival of the Interior

Lawrence Bradby is taking part in a discussion on "Art and Life" as part of the Festival Literário Internacional do Interior in Portugal, which will take as its starting point the work of Portuguese poet Manuel Allegre.

May 2021

Wide shot of Essex coastland

Lawrence Bradby has collaborated with James Wilkes to create Sound Mirrors, a trail of unique sound portraits of six locations on the Essex coast. The project has been developed as part of Estuary 2021.

Headshot of Helen Cox

Helen Cox has written an article for Medium on "The 3 Biggest Challenges of Independent Publishing".

Publicity shot of the character Leah from The Break

Angela Clarke's episode of BBC3's The Break is now available to enjoy on BBC iPlayer. "Weed" was written by, directed by, and starred disabled talent.

April 2021

Headshot of Helen Cox and cover of "A Witch Hunt in Whitby"

A Witch Hunt in Whitby, the latest in the Kitt Hartley Yorkshire Mysteries series by Helen Cox, is out now from Quercus.

Cover of "Whalers, Witches and Gauchos" by Julie Irigaray

Julie Irigaray's debut poetry pamphlet Whalers, Witchers and Gauchos is out now from Nine Pens Press.

Logo of the New Gothic Review

Charlotte Heather's story "A Haunting Too Close to the Heart" has been published in Issue 3 of the New Gothic Review.

Headshot of Dawn King

Dawn King has been named as one of the finalists for the 2021 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play The Trials.

Cover of "Bloom" by Sarah Westcott

Sarah Westcott's second collection of poetry, Bloom, is out now from Pavilion Poetry. "[T]hese beautiful poems pivot upon a strange dazzling curiosity. They urge us to kneel in the long grass and pay tender attention to the spaces within nature and within ourselves where life blooms" (Liz Berry).

March 2021

Cover of "This Nowhere Place" and headshot of Tasha Bell

Natasha Bell's latest crime novel, This Nowhere Place, is out now from Michael Joseph. "Entirely addictive . . . A dramatic, escapist read" - 5***** Reader Review

Cover of "And the Stars Were Burning Brightly" and headshot of author Danielle Jawando

Danielle Jawando's novel And The Stars Were Burning Brightly has been shortlisted for the 2021 YA Book Prize.

January 2021

Cover of "Coming Up For Air" by Sarah LeipcigerThe paperback edition of Sarah Leipciger's latest novel Coming Up for Air has been published by Doubleday.

Cast image of BBC Radio 4 series "Reluctant Persuaders"

Alan Nixon directed the comedy series Reluctant Persuaders, which begins airing this month on BBC Radio 4.

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  • Jonathan Barnes' latest novel, Dracula's Child, is out now from Titan Books.

  • Ella Frears' poetry collection Shine, Darling has been shortlisted for the 2020 Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

  • Penny Joelson's latest YA thriller, Things the Eye Can't See, is out now from Electric Monkey.

  • Jennifer Wong's poetry collection Letters Home is out now from Nine Arches Press.

  • Alison Woodhouse's novella in flash fiction, The House on the Corner, is out now from Ad Hoc Fiction. 
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