Jonathan Taylor and Maria Taylor 


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Jonathan Taylor is the author of Take Me Home: Parkinson's, My Father, Myself, a memoir published by Granta Books in 2007. He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University, and co-director and co-founder of Crystal Clear Creators, an arts organisation which specialises in developing, recording, producing, publishing and promoting new writing, particularly for radio. He has written stories, poetry, prose pieces and articles for magazines and newspapers including Guardian Family, Times 2, Guardian Education, Times Literary Supplement, Times Higher, Stand, Cadences, Staple, Coffee HouseFamily History Monthly, The Parkinson, Kimota, Raw Edge and many others. He has had stories, plays and interviews broadcast on radio stations across the country, including Oneword, BBC Radio 5,BBC Wales, BBC Scotland, local BBC radio stations, Resonance FM, Carillon, Takeover, Heat Rays, Heat FM and many others. He has performed his work in venues across the U.K., including Loughborough, Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Kingston, Lowdham, Southampton, Nottingham, and elsewhere. He has organised and hosted public readings by many well-known writers, and open mic events. He is co-editor, with Maria Taylor, of Fizzle & Sizzle, a new anthology of writing by young Leicestershire authors. Academically speaking, he is the author of Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Sussex Academic Press, 2007) and Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003), as well as co-editor with Andrew Dix of Figures of Heresy (Sussex Academic Press, 2005).

Maria Taylor is a teacher of English, currently at Wreake Valley  Community College, having previously taught at schools across Leicestershire and Warwickshire. She is co-director of Crystal Clear Creators, for which she has often taught creative writing workshops for children and adults. She is a poet and prose writer, whose works have been published in various magazines and anthologies, including In the Beginning, Speaking Words and Coffee House. Her work has been broadcast on various radio stations, including Heat FM, Takeover Radio, Carillon Radio, Heat Rays, Resonance FM and BBC Leicester. She has performed her poetry and stories in venues across the U.K., including Warwick, Leicester, Loughborough, and elsewhere. She has hosted open mic evenings for the public and book launches. She has worked as actor and director in various radio plays produced by Crystal Clear Creators. She has worked as an editor and mentor for many other writers.  She is co-editor, with Jonathan Taylor, of Fizzle & Sizzle, a new anthology of writing by young Leicestershire authors.