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03 Nov

Meet Steve Katon, our new NWS Programmes Officer

We’re pleased to welcome Steve this month as the studio’s new programmes officer. As a current MA Creative Writing student at NTU and with his well-versed knowledge of the Nottingham literary scene, we know what a great addition to the team he’ll be.

In fact, some of you might even recognise him already as a member (or maybe you dropped off your budding writers-to-be at one of his storytelling workshops for children!)

But for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, we thought what better way to introduce Steve to the NWS community than tell us a little bit about himself, his literary interests, and his work in his own words…

Who are or have been the important writers for you?

I’ve recently been reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea books. I’ve unexpectedly learned a lot about feminist writing by following the writer’s own journey (it’s probably safe to say she hasn’t always been a feminist author!). As someone who normally writes female protagonists it’s made me think, like any good writing should!

Do you protect your writing time? How?

Yes. I’ve just employed an armoured troll but as we have so much in common, she is quite a distraction herself.

Plotter or Pantser, Architect or Gardener. Tell us your approach to creativity when crating your work.

Sometimes I plot so much, that I can’t stand it any longer and throw myself into the adventure with both feet. But sometimes I just enjoy ambling off without having the first clue where I’m headed.

Where do you read and when?

Whenever and wherever I can, but I normally like to finish the day by reading in bed. But always when sober, never when drunk!

What are you reading at the moment?

I’ve just started Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper. If there’s one thing that’s better than starting a new book, it’s starting a whole new series (especially one that comes highly recommended!)

Was there a story or poem that you read and felt you had arrived home in the discovery of it?

My happy places are Hogwarts, or Hagrid’s hut, or Lyra’s Oxford, or Iorek’s Svalbard, or Lee Scorseby’s hot air balloon… I could go on!

What is your best benefit from being a part of NWS?

Meeting other people who understand what we do and why we do it, and learning. I’m always learning.

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