Tracey Iceton is this year’s Writer in Residence!

We are delighted to announce that local writer and author Tracey Iceton will be this year’s Writer in Residence.

Tracey will be offering writing workshops and mentoring sessions during July – September, providing support for entrants of the Short Story Competition, and will be blogging about the festival in this section of the website – so keep checking back!

Recently awarded her doctorate in creative writing from Northumbria University, Tracey is a qualified English teacher experienced in delivering creating writing courses and workshops.

She won the 2013 HISSAC short story prize for Butterfly Wings,  was runner up in the 2013 and 2014 Cinnamon Press short story competitions with Slag and As the World (re)turns which appear in the  anthologies Journey Planner and Patria.  She also won the 2011 Writers Block NE Home Tomorrow Short Story Competition and has been shortlisted for the 2012 Bristol Short Story Competition with Apple Shot and the 2015 Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition for Ask Not.  Green Dawn at St Enda’s, her debut novel and part one of her Celtic Colours Trilogy, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2016.  Part two, Herself Alone in Orange Rain, will be released in October 2017 with part three following in 2019 and plans for a fourth novel, Rock God Complex: The Mickey Hunter Story, to appear in 2020. She regularly reads her work at literary events.  Her stories have appeared in; Prole, Litro, Neon, Tears in the Fence, The Momaya Annual Review, The Yellow Room and Writer’s Muse.  Her PhD research, entitled Troubles Women, is a practice-led project exploring the portrayal of female paramilitary protagonists in Troubles fiction.  For more information about her writing and research visit:


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