I’m Lauren. I like peach beer, Anaïs Nin and solo-trips to the cinema. I don’t like high-maintenance house plants or being told to read David Foster Wallace.
Here’s a formal-ish bit about me.
I’m a writer from (and based in) Newcastle upon Tyne.
My writing has been published widely both in print and online. My latest essay about tattoos, sex and loss is forthcoming on The Real Story.
Until recently I worked in a marketing job where I’d discuss niche business software and say things like ‘let’s drill down on that’ without really knowing what it meant. But then I took the decision to go freelance. Now I run creative writing workshops with young people and community groups. I’m also writing a script as well as taking on curatorial work with the wonderful GOLDTAPPED gallery.
I have an MA in Contemporary Film and Literature from Newcastle University. My dissertation topic was Curating The Word: Visual, Verbal and Linguistic Spaces in the poetry of Frank O’Hara. In the same year, I was awarded the ‘Best Young Writer’ Award and nominated for the ‘Best Writer’ category at the Blog North Awards.
I’m the founder of Papaya Press, an award-winning publishing project which brings together northern artists and writers to explore the space between art and literature. We run fun arts workshops and host events. In the past we’ve worked with The Laing, The Late Shows, New Writing North and Durham Book Festival. Specifically, we champion female-identifying writers and artists. Our last event was co-hosted with The Grapevine Zine in London at the Peckham Pelican.
Commission or contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.