Meet Kurly McGeachie, judge of the poetry category

ALAN (Kurly) McGEACHIE is a shortlisted Birmingham Poet Laureate and Hip Hop artist. He visits schools and youth/community settings throughout the UK as a freelance Literacy Engagement Specialist. Each year he helps thousands of children to read, write and perform poetry and rap with confidence – helping learners engage with the curriculum whilst boosting their…

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Meet Paul Ewen, judge of the short stories (adults) category

Author Paul Ewen is one of our amazing panel of judges kindly volunteering their time to support our charity writing competition. New Zealand-born Paul lives in London. His first novel, Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author, was a Book of the Year in the Guardian, New Statesman, Irish Times, and the Big Issue.…

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Meet K.A. Mckeagney, judge of the short stories (adults) category

K.A. MCKEAGNEY is one of our amazing panel of judges kindly volunteering their time to support our charity writing competition. She completed an MA in creative writing at Brunel and won the Curtis Brown prize for her dissertation, which formed the basis of her first novel, Tubing. Tubing has been described as “A highly original…

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Meet Damhnait Monaghan, judge of the short stories (adults) category

DAMHNAIT MONAGHAN is a Canadian writer living in the UK. Damhnait has an MA in Creative & Critical Writing from Winchester University. Her fiction and creative non-fiction have featured in a variety of anthologies including Flash Nonfiction Funny (Woodhall Press), Flash I Love You (Paper Swans), EllipsisZine One and Hysteria 4. She is published in…

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Meet NIKKI YOUNG, judge of the short stories (children’s) category

NIKKI YOUNG is one of our amazing panel of judges kindly volunteering their time to support our charity writing competition. Nikki is an author on a mission to get children writing. She is the owner of Storymakers, a creative writing club for children aged 7+. She has written two children’s books: The Mystery of the…

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Meet Jackie Law, judge of the short stories (children’s) category

JACKIE LAW is one of our amazing panel of judges kindly volunteering their time to support our charity writing competition. Belfast-born Jackie is a prolific book blogger reviewing books, interviewing authors and writing about literary events for her personal blog, Never Imitate. She has contributed to numerous online ‘zines and is a regular reviewer at…

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Meet Padraic Walsh, judge of the short stories (adults) category

PADRAIC WALSH is one of our amazing panel of judges kindly volunteering their time to support our charity writing competition. Padraic is a fiction writer, playwright and screenwriter. He is a winner of the Walter Swan Trust Playwriting Award. Last year Padraic’s play, Foxes, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and shortlisted for Best Original…

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Meet Colin Dardis, judge of the poetry category

COLIN DARDIS is one of our amazing panel of judges kindly volunteering their time to support our charity writing competition. Colin is a poet, editor, arts coordinator and creative writing tutor based in Belfast. He was one of Eyewear Publishing’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. His poetry collection, the x of y, came…

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Meet Corina Moscovich, judge of the poetry category

CORINA MOSCOVICH is one of our amazing panel of judges kindly volunteering their time to support our charity writing competition. Corina is a poet, novelist and translator from Argentina. She is also a freelance journalist and blogger, and coordinates a Multicultural Creative Writing Workshop at the University of Luxembourg. She has previously lived and worked…

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Meet Emily Thomas, judge of the children’s short story category.

EMILY THOMAS is one of our amazing panel of judges kindly volunteering their time to support our charity writing competition. Emily has commissioned and edited fiction and non-fiction for teenagers and adults. She started her career at Andre Deutsch Children’s Books and moved to Scholastic, Kingsfisher, Hodder Children’s Books (Hachette), Bonnier’s children’s books trade list…

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