2013 Competition Judges


The 2013 Poetry Competition Judge is Simon Jackson

Simon Jackson ran Living Arts Space Theatre Company for three years. He then became an itinerant musician, journalist and teacher in East Europe, North Africa and South America where he was Head of Drama at Newton College, Lima.

He writes poetry, plays, short stories and music, all of which have won awards. His short films have been screened by the BBC and internationally. His last play, Turning to the Camera, was The Guardian’s Pick of the Week for theatre. None of this have ever come close to making him a living but goes a long way to alleviating boredom.

Born Manchester, Simon now lives in Edinburgh, teaching part time, with his wife and daughter who vainly hope he’ll discover a taste for nine-to-five work soon.

The 2013 Short Story Judge is Kathryn Lund

At just turning 28, Kats love of writing began as a child with the devouring of books. However it wasn’t until her move from school to 6th Form College that she realised she enjoyed writing for herself, after she some friends formed a small creative writing group with the help of a teacher. Writing mainly poetry with some short creative writing pieces they ran informal reading and writing sessions and edited together some pamphlet style magazines to hand out around the college. In the years since Kat has continued writing poetry on and off and recently has moved into short story writing to challenge her long held belief that she ‘can not do plots.’ Her poem ‘On Nights Like This I Hear’ won second place in the 2010 Reading Borough Libraries Poetry Competition and ‘The Quiet Room’ recently came runner up in the Thynks Publications ‘Healing Poems’ Competition and will appear in a pamphlet at a later date via the publishers.

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