Writers in Residence

Better writing, better marks

Want to improve your writing?

Writers Katherine Clements and Gareth Creer are available during term-time to advise, on a one-to-one basis, students and staff on any aspects of their writing. Whether it's essays, reports, dissertations or other written work, Katherine and Gareth offer constructive tutorials of up to an hour about any aspect of your writing that you want to discuss.

Gareth CreerGareth Creer

Writer in Residence and Royal Literary Fund Fellow

Gareth can be found in Room C202A, Alfred Denny Building, and he is available on Mondays and Tuesdays. To book an appointment email g.creer@sheffield.ac.uk.

Gareth Creer is currently published by Faber & Faber under the pseudonym Adam Creed. His Staffe series of novels is translated into nine languages and will be screened by ITV as Dark Heart in the autumn of 2016. The series includes Suffer the Children, Willing Flesh, Pain of Death, Death in the Sun, and Kill and Tell. He has also had three literary novels under his own name published by Transworld: Skin and Bone, Cradle to Grave, and Big Sky.

For four years he was Writer in Residence at HMYOI Glen Parva, and then conceived and ran the Free To Write project, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, supporting inmates and ex-offenders in pursuit of their writing. Run in conjunction with HMP Liverpool and Merseyside Probation services, the project ran for six years and culminated in the Free To Write anthology, published by Headland in 2013.

He taught Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University for fourteen years and was Head of Writing at LJMU for seven years before retiring to concentrate on his own writing in 2014. He has written widely on the pedagogy of writing, most notably for Edinburgh University Press and Palgrave.

Jo BellJo Bell

Writer in Residence and Royal Literary Fund Fellow

Jo Bell is an award-winning poet described by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, as "one of the most exciting poets now writing". Her plaudits include the Charles Causley Prize, the Manchester Cathedral Prize and she has twice been longlisted for the National Poetry Prize. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and 6 Music Live, and as the flagship poem in a TV advertising campaign for the Nationwide building society. She appears in anthologies of bird poetry, poetry on popular culture and the Penguin anthology, The Poetry of Sex. Her latest collection Kith (Nine Arches Press, 2015) is described by broadcaster Stuart Maconie as "witty, sexy and deft".

For eighteen years Jo was a professional archaeologist, working in northern England, Turkey and Greece and later specialising in UK industrial archaeology. During a job curating a collection of historic narrow boats, she went native and has been a boat dweller since 2003. She was the inaugural Canal Laureate for the UK, appointed in 2012 by the Canal and River Trust.

For several years the director of National Poetry Day, Jo has also been a writer in residence at many locations including Glastonbury Festival. Known for her social media projects, in 2015 she received a Saboteur Award for her project 52, which encouraged people to write regularly for one year and led to a book, 52: Write a Poem a Week. Jo also writes and blogs on the practice of writing. Her latest title How To Be A Poet (with Jane Commane) will be published for Christmas 2017, and she is editing Candlestick Press’ short collection of Ten Sexy Poems.

Jo's work is based on plain language and clear, sincere expression - skills which she believes are transferable to any discipline. She looks forward to helping students communicate their best ideas in a clear and elegant way.