Welcome to HannahStevensWriter.com. I am a writer currently based in Leicester in the UK. I write short stories and flash fiction, and have just completed my first book-length collection, In Their Absence.
I have a PhD from the University of Leicester where I am currently a tutor in creative writing. My PhD involved research in to the many real-life missing person cases in both Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
I have experience of leading workshops in a wide range of academic and community contexts. My teaching experience includes a BBC Storytelling Festival at Leicester Cathedral, leading workshops in secondary and primary schools, adult education classes, and in community settings working with LGBTQ+ adults.
I have recently co-founded and currently co-run Wind and Bones (www.windandbones.com). At Wind&Bones I run workshops, community projects and creative events that aim to get to the heart of what it means to write well. I see writing as an end in itself — good writing is its own justification — and also as a means to fostering creativity, community and social justice. Writing has the power to build confidence, to support diversity, to open up new possibilities for dialogue, and to deepen our capacity for understanding ourselves, others, and the world that we share. I run this project in collaboration with Dr Will Buckingham (ww.willbuckingham.com).
My creative work has been featured in a number of print anthologies, small-press publications and online journals. My first collection, Without Makeup and Other Stories was published in 2012 by Crystal Clear Creators. This was the result of winning a new talent writing competition funded by Arts Council England. Please see my writing page for more information.
I have a number of current research interests. I am continuing my work with missing persons through a collaboration with Will Buckingham on a joint authored picture book called Lanterns. This is in response to a recognised need from the UK’s Missing People charity. In addition I have also started work on a second collection of short stories and a novella.
I am also particularly interested in further developing my work running creative and community projects in the areas of gender, LGBTQ+ issues and domestic abuse.
I am involved in work in the voluntary sector as a Trustee for Trade Sexual Health. Trade is a health charity working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) community of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Trade offers a range of free and confidential support and advice services around sexual health and HIV information; one-to-one emotional and practical support; sexuality and relationships; rapid HIV testing; and a fully qualified counselling service.
I also work part-time for a Community Foundation. The work of Community Foundations supports essential grass roots initiatives in building community, fostering equality and encouraging social justice.