Creative writing – exercises in escape with Francis Gilbert, Leena Dhingra, Steve Roberts



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Title: Creative writing – exercises in escape with Francis Gilbert, Leena Dhingra, Steve Roberts


Francis Gilbert

Dr Francis Gilbert was a teacher for 25 years in various UK state schools. He is the author of many books, including I’m A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here (2004), Analysis and Study Guide: Dr Jekyll and  Mr Hyde (2015), The Mindful English Teacher (2018) and Snow on the Danube (2019). He is now a  senior lecturer in education at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is the course leader for  PGCE English and the head of the MA in Creative Writing and Education. He is a member of the  Higher Education Committee of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) and a Senior  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Twitter: @wonderfrancis 


Leena Dhingra

I was born in India but my family was accidentally dislocated in Paris as the Partition of India in 1947  placed our home in Pakistan and we became refugees. This led to a pattern of partitions: 10 schools in four different countries, three languages, five professions and external and internal unsettledness –  always waiting, to go ‘home’.  

Presently I am settled as a writer and actor. I have written a novel AMRITVELA (Women’s press 1988)  and contributed to several anthologies. As an actor, I have appeared on stage, film, radio and TV. My new book: EXHUMATION: The life and death Madan Lal Dhingra, has just been published by Hope  Road. Part memoir, part history, it explores the impact of colonialism on my family across the 20th  century. It also brings together both my acting and writing: where a role in Doctor Who about  Partition created a ‘release’ enabling me to complete my book. 


Steve Roberts

Steve Roberts was born and grew up in the Windward Island of Dominica. He recently completed an  MA in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths College. Steve’s poem How Can I is shortlisted for the Creative Future Writers’ Award 2021. His short story Ole Man River is included in Altogether  Elsewhere Anthology; Blue Door Press (2021). His poems featured in Story Makers Dialogues 

[Goldsmiths’ edition]; (2019). “Mama”, one of the poems from his choreo-poem Black Reflections, is included in A River of Stories vol 4 (2016), Alice Curry’s compilation of tales and poems from across the Commonwealth.



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