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Lesley Wood – Chief Executive


Lesley has worked in the arts for over 35 years in a variety of roles including sound engineer, theatre producer, artistic director and company CEO. She has worked with creative writers of all kinds – fiction writers, life writers, poets, song-writers and playwrights. She, herself, writes grant applications and too-long emails, and is in awe of the storytellers she meets every day at New Writing South.


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Sharon Duggal – Programme Manager


Sharon Duggal writes novels and short stories. Her second novel, Should We Fall Behind was published in 2020 by independent press, Bluemoose Books and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s 2021 Encore Award, selected for Between the Covers, BBC television’s flagship book show and chosen as a Prima Magazine Book of the Year. Her debut, The Handsworth Times was The Morning Star’s Fiction Book of the Year 2016 and selected as the Brighton City Reads in 2017. Her short fiction appears in anthologies including The Book of Birmingham and Love Bites: Fiction Inspired by Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks.


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Ed Cottrell – Digital & Marketing Manager


Ed is a short fiction writer. He was the 2018 Winner of the Desperate Literature, and his work has been chosen for Best Small Fictions (Sonder Press), listed for the London Short Story Prize and Short Fiction/University of Essex International Short Story Prize, and appears in journals including 3:AM, Structo, and Short Fiction Journal. He is also Digital Content Editor for Modern Poetry in Translation Magazine.



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Liam Offord – Trainee Creative Producer (Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries)


Liam is a fiction writer and playwright. His stories and scripts have appeared in the University of East Anglia’s undergraduate and postgraduate anthologies, and his plays have toured around Norwich and the South Coast. He is passionate about feminist and anti-colonial stories, and reflects this in his writing and other work.


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Steve Poulton – Finance Manager


Steve Poulton joined New Writing South in 2014 as Finance manager. He is also director of Purple Squirrel and has over 20 years experience helping Small and Medium sized Enterprises.