DIRECTORS

Here are details of the members of Crystal Clear Creators' management committee:

Sue Mackrell writes poems, short stories and short plays which have been published in Welsh and English anthologies and magazines, online and on posters, and broadcast on radio. A selection of her poems and short stories can be found on Hilltop Radio (follow link for  storytime); www.survivorspoetry.com, Poem of the Month Sept. 2010; www.bottesfordhistory.org.uk, follow links for Bottesford Today and Poetry Pathways. Other publications include: Hearing Voices Volume 1, The Coffee House, Roundyhouse, Poems in the Waiting Room, Beginnings, Speaking Words, Raw Edge, and a pamphlet collection, Rhythms.  Sue has taught English and Creative Writing for over 20 years.  She now teaches part time at Hereward College in Coventry, where many students have Asperger’s Syndrome or mental health issues.  She also teaches a Creative Writing course at Loughborough University. Since gaining an MA in Creative Writing from Loughborough University she has been involved in a range of writing projects in the East Midlands. With her husband David McCormack she runs creative writing workshops in schools, colleges and community settings. Sue Mackrell and David McCormack edited Hearing Voices Volume 2.

David McCormack writes poetry and plays.  He enjoys exploring themes and personalities from history. His play, Stalin’s Final Statistic, was broadcast on Renaissance Radio, and he is currently working on a play about Richard Nixon. His poems have been published in a range of magazines and anthologies including Hearing Voices, Volume 1, The Cannon’s Mouth, In the Beginning, Words for Speaking and Listening, and The Coffee House. In May 2011he recorded some of his poems which are available on Hilltop Radio (follow link for storytime). He has an MA in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham University, and a RADA Diploma in Acting. He was an actor and theatre director before becoming a Further Education lecturer in English, Creative Writing and Drama, which he has taught for 15 years. He is currently teaching part time at Hereward College of Further Education, Coventry, where many of the students have Asperger’s Syndrome or mental health issues. With Sue Mackrell he runs Creative Writing workshops in schools, colleges and community settings.  Themes of workshops have included Behind the Scenes at the Atkins Building, Hinckley, Holocaust Memorial Day, oral history and memoir writing, and history and current issues of slavery.


Victoria Smith is a researcher in Comparative Cultural Studies, a creative writer, Director of Crystal Clear Creators and founder of Sankofa: Heritage and Arts. Her academic interests are in history, anthropology and world literature. It is in these fields and her insatiable wanderlust that she finds the inspiration for much of her own creative writing. As a project manger and workshop tutor for CCC and Sankofa, Victoria is motivated to engage with a diverse range of community groups to explore themes of identity, transnationality and migration and produce creative work based on local heritage research. If she can’t be found supporting new writers, lecturing or working on her PhD thesis, Victoria will probably be globe-trotting as part of a charity challenge.

Jonathan Taylor is author of the novel, Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007). His poetry collection, provisionally entitled Musicolepsy, will be published by Shoestring Press in early 2013, his short-story collection, Kontakte and Other Stories, by Roman Books in mid-2013 . He is also currently editing Overheard, an anthology of short stories for reading aloud, to be published by Salt in November 2012. He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University and co-founder and co-director of Crystal Clear Creators. His poetry, prose, reviews and stories have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Guardian Family, Guardian Education, Times Literary Supplement, Times Higher, Times Families, Granta, Stand, Staple, Acumen, Envoi, IotaCoffee House, Poetry Scotland, and many others. His work has featured on radio stations including BBC Radio 5, BBC Wales, BBC Scotland, Oneword, Resonance FM, Takeover Radio, Carillon, Radio Verulam, Radio St. Austell, BBC Cumbria, BBC Three uCounties, BBC Jersey, BBC Leicester, BBC Suffolk, Virtually American, and many others. He is the author of the academic books Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003), and Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Sussex Academic Press, 2007). With Maria Taylor, he is editor of Fizzle & Sizzle (Crystal Clear Creators (CCC) Publishing, 2008). See: Jonathan Taylor for further details.

 

Maria Taylor is a poet and reviewer, and has had work published in the Times Literary Supplement, Staple, Under the Radar, Coffee House and others. She has read at various events, such as Southwell Poetry Festival, and has a poetry collection forthcoming with Nine Arches Press in 2012 called Melanchrini.


Robin Webber-Jones is one of the co-founders of Crystal Clear Creators.  He met other founders while he was an undergraduate at Loughborough University running the student radio station there.  He is a former manager of Takeover Radio Children's Media Trust - a charity which runs the first full time FM radio station in the world where children make shows for children.  He has established an independent training provider supporting 14-19 year old students, been a Curriculum Manager in on the the Country's 'outstanding' rated colleges, and is currently Head of Curriculum Development at a College in Nottingham.  He has become a 'champion' for the Learning Skills Improvement Service, and he has supported a range of new curriculum initiatives which has built on research he undertook as part of his Certificate in Education. He has a keen interest in history and is a Director of Sankofa: Heritage and Arts, and he is undertaking a Master's degree in history with the Open University (which builds on his previous Master's degree in Media and Cultural Studies); and he is also a member of the Leicester Ancient Egypt Society.  He is chairperson of Louth Community Radio, and works with a range of not-for-profit organsiations supporting business development and project work, as well as being a LAMDA double gold medalist.  In his spare time he has been a political activist and has stood for Parliament.  He has been on the board of two charities, and he got married in 2009 and became a dad for the first time in 2010.