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Siobhan Campbell

Siobhan Campbell is a member of the Creative Writing MA module team and has written chapters on Poetry, Creative nonfiction and Script for the MA. Siobhan, a poet and critic, is the author of five publications. Her latest book is Cross Talk from Seren Press which follows the Templar award-winning That Water Speaks in Tongues. She publishes widely in the UK and the US including in Poetry, Magma, The Hopkins Review and The Southern Review. Critical work appears in Agenda, the ILS and The Independent. Siobhan moved to the OU from Kingston University London where she was Associate Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing. With awards in National and Troubadour International poetry competitions, her work is collected in anthologies including Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe), Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets writing in English (Seren) and The Forward Book of Poetry. Siobhan was educated at UCD and Lancaster University and also attended NYU and The New School, New York. She is part of the team developing the new MA in Creative Writing at the OU.


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Jules Horne was a consultant member of the Creative Writing MA module team for Part 2 and has written chapters on Script for the MA. Jules Horne is a playwright and fiction writer. Her stage plays Allotment and Thread for Nutshell Theatre have won Edinburgh Fringe Firsts. She has also written for the Traverse Theatre, Quondam and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she devised Scape for students on the MA in Classical and Contemporary Text. She is currently an Associate Playwright for Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. BBC radio drama includes Macmillan’s Marvellous Motion Machine, Inner Critic, and Small Blue Thing. Jules has also published two short story collections, Wrapped Town and Nanonovels, and filmed her script I Still Love You Really for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Yes, No, Don’t Know show. Her Three Border Songs in collaboration with composer Suzanne Parry have been performed by Scottish Chamber Orchestra musicians. An ex journalist, she studied German and French at Oxford University and is from the Scottish Borders.


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Derek Neale is the Creative Writing MA Production Chair, and has written chapters on Script, Fiction and Creative nonfiction for the MA. Derek is a fiction writer and dramatist. He helped design and write a whole new generation of Open University Creative Writing courses, recording several CD interviews with playwrights, novelists, autobiographers and biographers about their approach to writing. He taught creative writing at UEA over a number of years, where he also gained his Creative Writing MA and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. His novel The Book of Guardians was published in 2012.


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Sally O’Reilly is a member of the Creative Writing MA module team and has written chapters on Fiction, Creative nonfiction and Script for the MA. Sally is a novelist, short story writer and journalist. She has taught Creative Writing at Brunel University and the University of Portsmouth and formerly worked for the Open University as an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing. She has also worked as a journalist for Christian Aid and Barnardo’s and freelanced for the Guardian, Sunday Times and New Scientist. She has published two novels with Penguin books, a non-fiction guide for writers and her historical novel Dark Aemilia was published in 2014.


Heather Richardson

Heather Richardson is a member of the Creative Writing MA module team and has written chapters on Fiction, Creative nonfiction and Script for the MA. Heather is a novelist, short story writer and occasional poet. Her historical novel Magdeburg was published in 2010, and her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the UK, Ireland and Australia. She is a former winner of the Brian Moore Short Story Award.

Heather has taught Creative Writing at the Open University since 2006. Before joining the OU she taught in Further Education and community settings. She has a particular interest in teaching that uses archival material and specific locations as a starting point for creative work.


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Hannah Vincent was a consultant member of the Creative Writing MA module team for Part 2 and has written chapters on Script for the MA. Hannah is a novelist and playwright. Her first play for radio, Come to Grief won the 2015 BBC Award for Best Adaptation and was adapted from a play she wrote while writer-in-residence at the Royal National Theatre Studio. As a television script editor for the BBC she worked on original dramas including Close Relations by Deborah Moggach and Babyfather by Avril Russell, as well as classic adaptations such as Tony Marchant’s Crime and Punishment and Great Expectations. She studied Drama and English at the University of East Anglia, completed her MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University and is currently researching autobiographic practice as part of a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Sussex where she is Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Hannah’s first novel, Alarm Girl, was published in 2014 by Myriad and her second, The Weaning is forthcoming from Salt in 2018.


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Jane Yeh is a poet and journalist. Her first collection of poems, Marabou (Carcanet, 2005), was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. Her next collection, The Ninjas, was published by Carcanet in 2012. She was a judge for the 2013 National Poetry Competition and was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014. Her poems have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Nation (US), Poetry Review, and other journals, as well as in anthologies including The Best British Poetry 2012 and The Forward Book of Poetry 2013 and 2006.

Jane was educated at Harvard University and holds master’s degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa and Manchester Metropolitan University. Before coming to the Open University, she was a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Kingston and Oxford Brookes universities, and was Co-Director of the MA in Creative Writing Programme at the latter. As a journalist, she writes on books, theatre, fashion, and sport for such publications as The Times Literary Supplement, Time Out, and The Village Voice (US).


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