Meet the Interns

John Rutter, Project Manager

John Rutter, Project Manager

John D Rutter is approaching  the completion of a PhD in Short Story at Edge Hill University, where he is also an Associate Tutor.

His stories have been published by the Lancashire Evening Post, Five Stop Story, Synaesthesia Magazine, 1,000 Words, The Short Story, Holland Park Press, Centum Press, Quinn Publication, in Unthologies 5, 7 and 9 by Unthank Books, and in 7 Fictions published by Edge Hill University. He has had chapbooks published by In Short Published and Nightjar Press, and will soon be publishing a collection.

John was the organiser of The Word writing festival, Lancashire, in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He has been guest editor of Lancashire Writing Hub and has read his stories at many event in the North West. He currently teaches at UCLan and is Project Manager at Edge Hill University Press.

Harriet Hishman, Events/Author Liaison

Harriet Hirshman, Events/Author Liaison intern

Harriet Hirshman was born in Watford in 1992 . Having recently completed a degree in Creative Writing and Film Studies, she plans to continue her education at Edge Hill University, pursuing a Master’s degree in Creative Writing.

Representing Edge Hill University at Liverpool Sound City Festival as a student journalist, Harriet interviewed artists performing at The Label Recordings showcase. She has also interned at the prestigious Ann Arbor Film Festival in Michigan, USA.

Harriet aspires to become a short story writer and enjoys writing short stories riddled with satire and pop culture references that reflects her dark sense of humour.

Laura Tickle, Events/Author Liaison

Laura Tickle, Events/Author Liaison intern

Laura Tickle is a short story writer and poet completing a Masters degree in Creative Writing.  She is the Fiction Editor at Black Market Re-view and publishes reviews and essays on her blog Copper Plated Tongues.

She and Harriet Hirshman are the Events and Author Liaison interns at Edge Hill University Press. Together they have been planning and managing the book tour that celebrates the press’s first publication.

In 2014 she won the Rhiannon Evan’s Scholarship with her language and landscape poetry collection. This year she wrote and performed a poetic collaboration at The University Camarade event in London, and had a piece of flash fiction work published in National Flash Fiction Day’s 2016 anthology, A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed. During National Flash Fiction month she had work published in Ad Hoc Fiction and Flash Flood.

She is currently working on a collection of short stories that experiment with narrative voice, and a poetry collection that explores the relationship between language and the city. She hopes to go on to complete a PhD in the subject and pursue a career in writing and academia.


Sarah Billington, Publicity & Marketing

Sarah Billington, Publicity & Marketing intern

Sarah Billington is a writer and poet from Preston Lancashire. She completed a degree in Creative Writing in 2014 and is now working towards completing an MA in poetry at Edge Hill University. She works as a blogger and marketing assistant for a telecoms company and is the poetry editor at Black Market Review.  Her collection Skating on Borders won the Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award in 2013 and was longlisted for the Erbacce Prize in 2014. Her work has been published in Question Mark magazine, Three and Half Point 9 and Pages.  She is currently working on her first pamphlet sized collection of poetry that uses language and imagery to explore feelings of fear and trepidation; drawing on ideas about myth, memory and childhood.

Sarah joined EHU Press as an intern in 2015 and works as part of the publicity and marketing team for the press.  Her roles include: developing timelines of project milestones to ensure publicity roll out runs to schedule; media strategy; press release drafts; building press and promotional relationships; liaising with authors, journalists and publishers on all matters concerning publicity; conducting interviews, proofreading and other general administrative tasks.

Sarah lives in Tarleton near the seaside town of Southport with her partner and two children.

Liam McMahon, Publicity & Marketing

Liam McMahon, Publicity & Marketing intern

Liam McMahon was born in Bolton in 1995. He began studying Creative Writing at Edge hill University in 2013, and will be graduating with a first class honours degree in the summer after achieving exceptional marks on his final story, ‘Etiquette’, featured in A Short Story: 10 years of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Liam writes short stories and poetry and intends to study Creative Writing at a postgraduate level in 2017.

Abigail Conran, Web Content

Abigail Conran, Web Content intern

Abigail Conran is a Creative Writing student at Edge Hill University and, along with Harry Draper, is an intern at Edge Hill University Press, managing the web content.

After a childhood of listening to her father read Harry Potter to her, and then taking the book and reading it herself when he fell asleep, she decided that she wanted to create the same effect in her writing (the want  to continue reading, not the falling asleep effect).

Her first publication was in 2012, a poem called ‘You’ with United Press, in an anthology called Striving to Say after being short-listed in the National Poetry Anthology competition.

She has just finished volunteering for Writing on the Wall in a project with comic book artists to improve the creativity and literacy of children in Liverpool and is currently thinking up her dissertation piece.

Harry Draper, Web Content

Harry Draper, Web Content intern

Harry Draper is a Creative Writing student at Edge Hill University and, along with Abigail Conran, is an intern at Edge Hill University Press, managing the web content.

He began studying Creative Writing (Single Honours) at Edge Hill University in 2015 and will be returning for his second year this Autumn.

His first published short story appeared in Usborne’s Young Writer’s Magazine in 2010. His short story ‘Last Time’ was recently published in Electric Reads’ Young Writers Anthology 2015. He has been writing regularly since watching Doctor Who for the first time ten years ago.

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