Workshop Leaders


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Annie Kirby

Annie is an award-winning short story writer, whose fiction has been published by Bloomsbury and Comma Press among others as well as being broadcast on Radio 4. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The Guardian, Star & Crescent and Portsmouth News. Annie has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and is currently funded by the Arts Council to research and write her first novel, which is about childlessness, mental health, fairy tales and the sea. She is a mentee on the Penguin Random House WriteNow scheme for writers from underrepresented groups. She is also an experienced creative writing tutor and literature development manager.

Meriel Whale

Meriel is a counsellor, specialising in supporting people who are childless-not-by-choice. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from the University of Brighton (2010) and completed follow up courses in CBT and in Online Counselling. She is a World Childless Week Champion and writes a regular blog about healing from and living with childlessness. Meriel is currently studying Prose Writing at New Writing South in Brighton and is working on two novels, one set in present day Brighton and the other in Industrial Revolution Birmingham.