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Anjum Malik joins the Manchester Writing School

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By Jacqueline Grima

The Manchester Writing School has announced the addition of yet another well-known and established writer to their team. Poet, radio and television scriptwriter Anjum Malik is joining the team this year as a Lecturer in Creative Writing.

Anjum’s screenwriting career includes credits such as Doctors, Coronation Street and two series on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. She has also adapted an unperformed Anthony Burgess play, Napoleon Rising, for Radio 3. She has had the role of Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester Writing School for many years and has previously delivered sessions to MA in Creative Writing students on the pros, and cons, of being a working writer.

Manager of the Manchester Writing School James Draper is delighted at Anjum’s appointment. He said, “Anjum is a hugely prolific writer and our students are going to benefit greatly from the range of her experience and expertise in the literary, arts and broadcasting industries. She’s written for television, radio, the stage, poetry – and this comes after careers in the police force and in business, and work as a dancer and actress.

“Anjum has been around for years and has done bits and pieces for us on our Schools Outreach programmes and guest lectures for Masters students on the mechanics of how to make a living as freelance writer – her ‘get real’ talk!  She’s full of ideas and energy and we’re looking forward to welcoming her as a colleague – it feels like she’s finally come home!”

Other writers who have joined the Manchester Writing School team this year include poet Helen Mort, MA Graduate Andrew Michael Hurley, poet Monique Roffey and novelist and previous online Associate Lecturer on the MA Rachel Genn.

For more information about the writing school’s MA and brand new MFA in Creative Writing, see the Manchester Writing School website.

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