It is with great pleasure that we present the Judging Panel for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016.
Our judges are successful literary professionals who have previously judged numerous writing awards.
They are passionate about new and inspiring works that demonstrate creativity and excellence.
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is also judged by a Reading Panel. This year the panel includes Martine Pierquin, Course Organiser in Creative Writing and Film, Media and Contemporary Cultures at the University of Edinburgh Short Courses; Stephen Toase, whose work is published extensively and who is currently working with imove Arts on a project called Haunt; Liz Jones, teaching Fellow at Aberystwyth University’s Theatre, Film and Television Department; and David Wharton, Course Director of the Certificate in Creative Writing at the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester.
Journalist and Literary Critic
Arifa Akbar is a freelance journalist, critic and columnist. She is the curator of a new literary festival launching at King’s Place, London, in 2017, and she is deputy editor of Wasafiri magazine of international contemporary writing. She is a regular newspaper reviewer on Sky News, and she has written for the FT, The Guardian, and the i paper.
Professor Oz Hardwick
Writer, Photographer and Musician
Oz Hardwick is a York-based writer, photographer and musician, who has been published extensively worldwide, and has read everywhere from Chicago to Glastonbury. Valley Press published his fifth poetry collection, The Ringmaster’s Apprentice in 2015. He has had work performed by classical musicians in UK concert halls, flamenco musicians in Italian villas, and artists in an Australian cinema. His collaborative chapbook with Amina Alyal, Close as Second Skins, was shortlisted in the Best Collaborative Work category of the 2015 Saboteur Awards, in which Oz was also shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Performer. He is Professor of English and Programme Leader for English and Writing at Leeds Trinity University.