About the Editors

Project Director & Editor: Tessa McWatt

TessaTessa McWatt is an internationally published author of six novels and one novella for young adults. She is developing a film based on John Berger’s novel, To the Wedding. Her fiction has been nominated for a Toronto Book Award, the OCM Bocas Prize, and a Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction.

She is the Co-Director of the Writing Centre, and coordinator of the student e-zine The Gallion, and the reading series and writing festival held at UEL, WRITE NOW.

green-hairProject Co-ordinator & Editor: Sam Dodd

A graduate of UEL’s Creative & Professional Writing degree, while at UEL Sam also undertook two internships and founded a student-led subgroup of worldwide writers charity, English PEN. She won four awards for contributions to the UEL and wider East London community, ran projects for Prison Reading Groups, and has worked for English PEN. In addition to helping take CityLife into its next phase and sitting on the judging panel for the inaugural CityLife Prize for Fiction by Young Writers, Sam now works as Executive Assistant for The Poetry Society.

Project Editor: Stephen Maddison


Stephen Maddson is Head of Humanities and Creative Industries, and Reader in Cultural Theory in the School of Arts and Digital Industries at the University of East London. He is co-director of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at UEL, and of the Writing Centre. His research addresses questions of sexuality and gender, cultural politics and popular culture.