Writers in Residence 2019
Sophie Mackintosh is an award-winning author of award-winning short stories; her work can be found in The White Review, Five Dials, Granta and elsewhere. Her first novel, The Water Cure(2018), has found huge success both commercially and critically. Shortly after her nomination for Gladstone’s Library’s Writer in Residence programme The Water Cure was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Sophie was born in Wales and is currently based in London.
Susanna Forrest is an author, journalist, essayist and teacher. Susanna writes creative non-fiction on equine culture, a subject that took her across the world, including Mongolia. She published her first book, If Wishes Were Horses, in 2012, following with The Age of the Horse: an Equine Journey Through Human History (2016), an extraordinary achievement of research, travel, and writing which uses horses to tell the story of our own human history. The Times called her ‘the outstanding writer at the erudite end of horse madness’ and Waterstone’s named her book one of the Best Countryside and Nature books in 2016.
Oliver Emanuel is an internationally award-winning playwright based in Scotland. He has written over 30 plays for both stage and radio, and is also Reader in Playwriting at the University of St Andrews and an Associate Playwright at the Playwright Studio Scotland. Oliver is currently working on the third instalment of ‘The 306: Trilogy’ and new work for BBC Radio 4.
The Truth About Hawaii won Best Audio Drama at the ISNTD Festival 2018. Flight won a Herald Angel at the Edinburgh International Festival 2017; and has recently completed a three-month New York Times Critic’s Pick run at the McKittrick Hotel, New York. Oliver was a lead writer on 'Emile Zola: Blood, Sex & Money' for BBC Radio 4 which won Best Adaptation at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2017. His English language version of Jan Sobrie’s Titus won The People’s Choice Victor Award at IPAY 2015. Dragon was the first play for young people to be performed at the Edinburgh International Festival and won Best Show for Children at the UK Theatre Awards in 2014.
Emily Morris is a writer whose debut book was published in 2017. My Shitty Twenties: A Memoir, was voted one of Guardian reader’s favourite books of 2017 and praised for its ‘beautiful and bullshit-free’ account of single motherhood – although as one reviewer notes, this is not a book about a baby, but rather one about a woman. After discovering she was pregnant aged 22 and halfway through university, Emily started what would go on to become an award-winning, immensely popular blog about her life.
Suzannah Evans is a poet whose work considers the apocalypse in all its forms, from climate change and the rise of artificial intelligence to relationship breakdowns. Her poems have been published in many magazines, including Poetry Review, The Rialto, and Magma. Her poem ‘Helpline’ was a Guardian Poem of the Week in August 2017. Suzannah also teaches creative writing to adults and in schools, and is Assistant Editor for The Poetry Business/ smith|doorstop Books. She lives in Sheffield.
Sarah Day is a historical novelist, columnist, and reviewer. After some years spent in science-based disciplines her debut novel, Mussolini’s Island, was published in 2017 to creative and commercial success (winner of a Betty Trask award, shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown and Polari First Novel Prize). As well as writing fiction, Sarah is a science communicator for the Geological Society and has also worked with The Natural History Museum and the British Science Association to find news way to communicate scientific theories and discoveries.