Introducing the Arts Foundry editorial team

It’s been a busy few months here at the Arts Foundry. The submissions are flying in, and to get the New Year off to a good start we’ve put an editorial team in place to help bring the best work to publication.

Next stop, Wolverhampton Literature Festival where our freshly-published writers and poets will be performing their poetry and prose.

Without further ado, we’re super excited to introduce you to your new Fiction Editor and Poetry Editor!

Fiction Editor

Storm Mann

Ever since I can remember, I have been obsessed with stories. When I was a little girl, I used to feed this obsession by curling up in my dad’s old suitcase and reading Roald Dahl. I told people that I wanted to be a Giant Peach when I grew up. I wasn’t sure about the details of this transformation, but I was sure I would figure it out.

Instead of becoming a Giant Peach, I became a student at the University of Wolverhampton. I studied English with Creative and Professional Writing and came out with a First Class Honours degree. I am now studying my English MA and swooning regularly over all things Romanticism, Pre-Raphaelitism, The Lost Generation, Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, and Sylvia Plath.

I like to write as much as I like to read, and can usually be found jotting story ideas onto my hands, toilet roll, innocent bystanders etc.

This love for reading and writing has quite naturally led to an enjoyment of editing. I love working with other writers to get their work ready for publication. For this reason, I am especially excited to work with those submitting to the Arts Foundry!


Poetry Editor

Chris Forrester

As a child, reading was my life… from simple stories by writers like Mary Pope Osborne to classic tales by the likes of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, progressing to grittier sci-fi by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Gav Thorpe.

Some poetry interested me, but it wasn’t until recently that I began to appreciate and pursue this particular art form.

After gaining a First Class Honours degree at the University of Wolverhampton, my interest in poetry multiplied exponentially, particularly studying Luke Kennard’s work.

Henley’s Invictus has to be my favourite poem, for its message of self-determination and self-mastery.

I continue to write and read new work to develop my understanding of the process of writing. Editing the work of others is a great privilege – my Teaching Writing module first introduced me to this complex and thrilling process.

I am extremely excited to work with Louise and Storm as well as the writers submitting to the Arts Foundry.

Storm and Chris have written for the University of Wolverhampton campus newspaper and both were published in the Electric Reads Young Writers’ Anthology 2016. Their stories are now being taught on the university’s English course.