Lucy Campion is an aspiring writer, born and bred in Nottingham. This is the first time she has shared her creative writing publicly since the dark days of writing smutty Harry Potter fanfiction as a teenager. One day she hopes to achieve her ambition of writing a best-selling Young Adult novel. Until then you’ll find her blogging about Nottingham over at www.luceinlockdown.com.
Nicole Chapman is a second year Applied Biomedical Science apprenticeship student and works full time in a histology laboratory at Peterborough City Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and playing dungeons and dragons. This is her first published work.
Justyna Cuglewska is a final year BA Marketing student, who enjoys writing about and delving into characters’ personality. She plans to travel abroad and experience different cultures to inspire her writing in the future. Along with the WRAP Anthology: ‘The Story of Us’, this is her second publication.
Chardelle Farrell lives in Nottingham with her husband, her energetic 2-year-old daughter and equally lively Labrador. Despite being an avid reader, this is her first attempt at competitive writing and now certainly won’t be her last
In 2020 Lucy Grace won the John Harwood Bosworth Creative Writing Bursary to study on the MA in Creative Writing at NTU. She writes short stories and quirky fiction, often with a near-future or speculative glimpse at ordinary people experiencing extra-ordinary events. Her words can be found in anthologies and online including Aesthetica, Bristol Short Story Prize, EllipsisZine, Reflex, Writers & Artists Short Story Prize and Mslexia. She was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Debut Novel Award and in 2021 won the Blue Pencil Pitch Prize. She is on Twitter at @lgracewriter.
Abigail King is a forensic science student who also plays the trombone! She enjoys writing and reading in her free time, and particularly enjoys fantasy but is trying to read a bigger variety if genres.
Sue Keyworth is an Information Assistant, working in Boots Library. She has been at NTU for 26 years and enjoys reading historical fiction and biographies. This is the first time she has written a story since her school days.
Tara Lepore is a BSc Psychology student who previously worked as a journalist. She regularly writes creative fiction and is a lifelong journal writer. In 2014, her first play ‘Fitting Room’ was produced by Eastern Angles Theatre Company.
Zoe Marchewicz is a law student whose passion lies in the arts. She is a keen dancer and frequent writer of short stories and poetry. In her spare time, she enjoys designing and working on craft projects.
Although Helen McElroy has been reading what other people write for many years this is her first attempt at a short story. When not writing Helen enjoys dreaming up new cake recipes and imagining how to spend a major lottery win. She lives in Nottingham and is thrilled to be included in this anthology.
Lucy Murdock took a writing course during lockdown as a creative outlet as her tap dancing classes had been cancelled. She lives in Nottingham with her husband and daughter and loves reading, eating cake and drinking lots of tea, preferably all at the same time. This is her first publication.
Diana Pasek-Atkinson is a displaced Northerner who arrived in Nottingham (too far from the sea) in the late 80s, graduating with a BA(Hons) Fine Art from NTU and starting her first business here in 1990. She subsequently pursued a largely self-employed career combining her love of business, creative and education fields. Fast forward a few decades and Diana’s back at NTU, in the Enterprise Team, helping people start-up, grow and innovate in business. Colleagues have dubbed her the “resident wordsmith” for her way with words in materials and marketing. Diana has dabbled with writing since she was a child. Though her main creative practice is visual arts, words often feature within it.
Faith Pring is a journalism student with a keen interest in creative writing. When she’s not working, she can be found reading and writing for pleasure, and watching an eclectic range of movies. This is her first published short story.
Chris Pryke-Hendy is a postgraduate Planning & Development student. He’s not written anything since he had a rubbish poem turned down by a magazine as an undergraduate, so it’s fair to say he feels encouraged to be printed here. This summer he hopes to take Leo on the open-top bus from Christchurch to Poole. He also hopes the wind doesn’t change or he might get stuck writing in the third person.
Allyn Richardson enjoys writing short pieces of fiction and poetry, and composing amusing songs. He likes to spend his spare time a-wandering the North Pennines, singing lustily to astonished sheep.
Aisling Walters has been writing for a very long time but has only recently started sharing her stories. She lives in Nottingham with her husband and two sons, leads NTU’s English PGCE course and enjoys making patchwork blankets using her Grandma’s cardboard templates.