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I love stories. I love reading them, writing them, talking about them, and helping others tell theirs. Stories on their own might not change the world, but they equip us with the tools to imagine and communicate how to make the world a better place. We can’t change the world without stories.

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J.W. Stammers is a poet, playwright and fiction writer who graduated from the University of Essex with an MA in Playwriting and a BA in Creative Writing. He won the Essex Book Festival’s Green Shoots Writing Competition in 2021 with his eco-themed short story. Three of his short plays have been performed on the Lakeside Theatre main stage. Visit him online at jwstammers.com.

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Character Profile

Name: John Stammers — but I attribute all creative work to J.W. Stammers

Age: 25

Pronouns: he/him

Location: Essex, UK (for now)

Currently: Writing copy and content by day, poetry and stories by night.

Personality Traits: Impulsive book-buyer, obsessive reader, opinionated TV glutton, casual video gamer, Whovian, theatre-lover, leftist, advocate for the arts and mental health.

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Bibliography

Competition pieces:

“Dreaming in Permafrost” for the Essex Book Festival’s Green Shoots Writing Competition, 2021. An eco-themed flash-fiction piece. Won first prize.

Published work:

“Episode XLI” in The Book of Life: A University of Essex Writing Society Anthology. Ed. Sam ‘Jesta’ Geden et al. Colchester: University of Essex Writing Society, 2020. A short story on the themes of “nostalgia” and “absurdity.”

“White Wool Wishes” in Creel 4. Ed. Emily Banfield et al. Colchester: Wivenhoe Bookshop, 2018. A narrative poem using defamiliarization to explore the theme of conformity.

Love and Longing [Ed.]. Colchester: University of Essex Writing Society, 2018. Anthology of prose and poetry on the theme of “love” submitted by Essex students and alumni.

Travel and Change [Ed.]. Colchester: University of Essex Writing Society, 2018. Anthology of prose and poetry on the themes of “travel” and “change” submitted by Essex students and alumni.

“Lie To You” in L’amour. Ed. J.W. Stammers et al. Colchester: University of Essex Writing Society, 2017. Anthology of prose and poetry on the theme of love.

“Two Strangers” in The Book of Beginnings. Ed. James Tague. Colchester: University of Essex Writing Society, 2016. Anthology of prose and poetry on the theme of “new beginnings.”

“It” in The Albert. No. 2, p. 18-19, December 2015. Illustrated by Lucy Oestmann. A flash-fiction (or narrative poem) featuring mental illness personified as a shape-shifting creature.

Theatre work:

Bloodback. Dir. Paige Nicole Blastock & J.W. Stammers. Colchester: Lakeside Theatre, 1 June 2018. Part of the University of Essex Theatre Arts Society’s third Re:WRITE competition.

Above Me [Prod.]. Written & directed by Paige Nicole Blastock. Colchester: Lakeside Theatre, 21-22 November 2017. In addition to my role as producer, I assisted in casting and directing.

Unrequited. Dir. Billy Dewen & J.W. Stammers. Colchester: Lakeside Theatre, 7 June 2017. Part of the University of Essex Theatre Arts Society’s second Re:WRITE competition.

TAS 24 Hour Show: Train Departing In…. Dir. Ciaran Forde & Sophie Joshua. Colchester: Lakeside Theatre, 15 October 2016. Written and performed by an ensemble cast of Essex students within 24 hours.

An Interpretation of Love. Dir. Helen Anspach. Colchester: Lakeside Theatre, 20 May 2016. Part of the University of Essex Theatre Arts Society’s first Re:WRITE competition.

Audio:

“Uncle Ted” in Still Lives. Dir. Andrew Burton. Prod. Ali Walker. Colchester: University of Essex, 2018. A series of monologues written and performed by MA students taking the “Writing for Radio” module.