The Swansea Review is an online magazine created and managed by the members of the Creative Writing department of Swansea University. Its ethos is to profile the work of writers, and to engage with ongoing creative events in Wales and beyond.
Anne Lauppe-Dunbar was born in South Africa to German parents. The family left Africa during apartheid and travelled to Germany by boat, before settling in the UK. Anne Lauppe-Dunbar now lives in Wales; she is a senior lecturer at Swansea University, where she also studied for her PhD in Creative Writing. Lauppe-Dunbar is also co-editor of Swansea Review. She has written widely, including short stories, novels, poetry and a range of scholarly works.
Her 2015 novel Dark Mermaids was shortlisted for the Impress Prize in 2011, The Cinnamon First Novel Prize, The Cross Sports Book Awards: New Writer of the Year award.
Anne is currently editing her second novel that is based on the child terrorists of WW2 – Hitler’s Werwölfe. The novel The Shape of Her will be published in 2023.
Susanne Roesner is a co-editor and reporter for the Swansea Review and a Creative Writing PhD student at Swansea University. With her PhD project, she is writing and exploring a novel which aims to illuminate and distil current advancements in technologies regarding the climate change crisis.
Investigating human-nature relationships and imagining an ultimately hopeful path into the future is central to her work. Susanne is interested in all kinds of hopeful visions of the future, be it in Solarpunk fiction, Climate fiction, or Indigenous Futurism.
Elizabeth Suggs is the founder of the LUW Romance Writers Chapter, co-owner of the indie publisher Collective Tales Publishing, owner of Editing Mee, and is the author of a growing number of published stories, two of which were in a podcast and poetry journal.
She is also a book reviewer (EditingMee.com), popular bookstagramer, and cosplayer (@ElizabethSuggsAuthor). When she’s not writing or reading, she’s playing video and board games or making cookies.
Specializing in script writing for radio, television and film Nicko has been a commissioned writer for Talkback Thames projects, produced and written several award winning short films, regularly writes for the BAFTA Cymru awards, and continues to write and perform the internationally touring comedy show The Bad Film Club.
As well as script writing, Nicko’s passion for Sherlock Holmes has seen her develop a publication arm for the World’s largest Sherlock Holmes Publishing House, MX Publishing. Orange Pip Books are aimed at young readers with a focus on representing LGBTQ, BAME and Female storylines, as well as the quirkier AU Holmes stories.
She is currently working on a multi platform education project based on Hamlet’s Soliloquy which aims to help teenagers discuss mental health awareness.
Rebecca was born in Neath, South Wales. Spending most of her early career on stage, having trained as a dancer before turning her attention to education and writing. She has delivered dance for Sports Wales, Sports Leaders UK, Carmarthenshire County Council, the City and County of Swansea, and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Working in Theatre in Education as a performer, Rebecca has toured across South Wales. She has also taught Dance and Drama in secondary schools in London, Bristol and South Wales.
Writing has run alongside Rebecca’s performing and teaching career, with interests in fiction and non-fiction writing. She is currently undertaking a Master’s in creative writing at Swansea University and is due to complete her MA in 2023. Rebecca organised and hosted the first postgraduate research festival for the Creative Writing department in 2022. She is currently working on a historical fiction novel and a screenplay.
Born in Newport, Wales, Jess Williams has been studying in Swansea University for three and a half years now. After graduating in 2022 with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing, she applied for a Masters in Creative Writing shortly after. Alongside her degree, she has written two plays for the Swansea University theatre society – Shoreline. Her first musical, comedy ‘Crappily Ever After’ was awarded for ‘best self-written show’ by the society as well as ‘highly commended best student led event’ by the Student Union. Her second show ‘Congratulations’ was her first drama, performed during ‘A Night of One-Acts’ in November.
You can watch the performance of Crappily Ever After here: https://youtu.be/99Fm5e5vZRQ