Meet the Team

Dr Sophie-Louise Hyde


Founding Member

Dr Sophie-Louise Hyde is a poet and Creative Writing tutor based in the East Midlands. She has just graduated after completing a part-creative PhD at Loughborough University. Her thesis explored the techniques of verbatim in poetry with her creative work examining scales of imagined community during the 2011 riots in Birmingham. As part of this work, Sophie has written an original collection of poetry that she hopes will engage new audiences with literature by being more accessible to and representative of the communities she has studied.

Sophie is also the founding member of The Student Wordsmith. As a developing practitioner, Sophie was keen to encourage others to give writing and publishing a go and, as a result, she launched the online platform in April 2013. She has a vested interest in contemporary poetry, including both radical and experimental genres. She is keen to encourage collaboration across art forms and is fascinated by literature in the digital age.

She is most likely to be found: with a cup of tea in her hand as she pens her next poem!


Emily Suzanne Young

Events and Publication Officer (Work Experience Intern)

Emily Suzanne Young is a Loughborough girl born and bred. She has just completed her Creative Writing MA and previously worked as a fully-qualified English teacher in secondary schools.

In the next year, she will be establishing her own indie publishing press with a focus on young adult, teen, and children’s fiction – so watch this space!

She is most likely to be found: snuggled under a cozy blanket and tucking in to a good book.


Lewis Wood

Marketing and Communications Assistant (Work Experience Intern)

Lewis Wood is a 22 year old Drama graduate, originally hailing from Essex. He has been writing plays and poetry since the age of 12 and firmly believes in the use of writing as a medium to promote awareness of challenging themes, such as mental health.

Lewis has hosted spoken word nights, has had two plays published in the British Library, and is keen to use his experiences to promote writing to students across the country.

He is most likely to be found: in a local coffee shop, slogging through the first draft of a new scene.


Charlie Stafford

Marketing and PR Assistant (Work Experience Intern)

Charlie Stafford is a second year History student, studying at Nottingham Trent University. She has a passion for reading fiction (I Heart series and Vampire Academy) and is hoping to work towards a publishing or PR role in the Writing and Publishing Industry in future.

Charlie regularly assists her sister (a writer and author) in understanding the direction of her own books, as well as editing them and preparing them for self-publication. She spends a lot of time helping charities and, in particular, loves taking part in sponsored events for the John Van Geest Cancer Research based at Nottingham Trent.

She is most likely to be found: wrapped in a quilt reading a book or catching up on her favourite TV shows.