Calum Kerr

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About Me

Me I was born in 1973, at home, in Lytham St Annes. I went to Lytham Hall Park Primary School, King Edwards VII School, UMIST, and Manchester Metropolitan University. As a result I have A-levels in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and General Studies as well as a BA(Hons)in English Studies, an MA in Creative Writing, and a PhD also in Creative Writing.

I've taught Creative Writing at University level since 2001, first at MMU, more recently at Edge Hill University, and from February 2011 at Winchester University.

I started writing at about the age of 12 thanks to Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. I had read all of their work and there was nothing else like it on the scene so I decided to write my own. I still have what I wrote and apart from being INCREDIBLY derivative, it wasn't all that bad. I've been writing on and off ever since, though recently it has started to turn into a full time job.

In November 2010 I took part in NaNoWriMo - writing a 50,000 word novel in one month - and I am currently rewriting that for publication. And, in January 2011 I undertook a project to write 31 flash fictions - which I completed on the 27th!

This led to flash365 which produced 365 stories in a year, some of which appeared on Radio 4 and others have been published by Salt Publishing as Braking Distance.

This then led to National Flash-Fiction Day, the first of which was held in May 2012.

My other activities include:

Teaching

and

Editing

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