Amy Mackelden writes poetry and microfiction. Her blog, July 2061, is nominated in the Best Writing category of the Blog North Awards 2012. In 2011 she won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North and was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award. One of her stories was longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2011 and she has been published by Leaf Books, Cinnamon Press, Square Magazine, and Fractured West.
She is half of words and music duo The Copy Room, with banjoist Dan Walsh. The pair were Simon Armitage’s support act at the launch of Durham Book Festival 2010, and have performed at Hexham Book Festival, Tyneside Cinema’s 75th Birthday Party, Trashed Organ and Oxjam Newcastle. They received an Arts Council Grant to develop their show, Places We Call Home, the CD of which is available now.
Amy debuted her first full-length spoken word show, The 8 Fatal Mistakes of Online Dating (and how to avoid them) at the Durham Book Festival 2012. Musician Andy Playford provides a live musical score for the show. Co-commissioned by Durham Book Festival, Amy is being mentored by Kate Fox and directed by Annie Rigby.