An Author Calls

Author Stephen May spent the afternoon with students at Manchester Health Academy recently, sharing his career experiences and writing skills with them.

Stephen, whose new book, We Don’t Die of Love, was published in August by Sandstone Press, has written five novels to date, including Life! Death! Prizes!, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and The Guardian Not The Booker Prize.

He has also written plays and for television, as well as creative writing textbooks.

In a lunchtime careers talk, Stephen emphasised the importance of combining talent with perseverance in order to succeed.

Later, he led a creative writing workshop with students who aspire to write, which saw them producing short monologue pieces inspired by a postcard.

Stephen says, “Creativity is more important than ever.  A modern workforce will need to be imaginative, flexible, empathetic – all skills developed through the arts. People who live creative lives are not only happier, but they can be more successful too.  I was in Norway recently and people over there were saying ‘creativity is the new oil’, so it is good to see schools like Manchester Health Academy nurturing the imagination of their students.”

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Stephen May lives in West Yorkshire and works for Arts Council England, developing and promoting arts and cultural projects in the North of England, and is researching his next book.