Mr Jamie Woods
Creative Writing Tutor
I'm a short-story and poetry with an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, having previously studied literature as a mature student at the Open University. Alongside teaching, I am Poet-in-Residence at the charity Leukaemia Care.
In 2019 I was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer - Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia - and am now in remission. I have found writing a therapeutic way to come to terms with my illness. One of the poems I wrote during this period - 'Ring the Bell' - was commended in the Hippocrates International Prize for Poetry and Medicine, 2021.
I've had short stories published in Evergreen Review, The Lonely Crowd, Smoke: a London Peculiar and The First Line , poetry in Poetry Wales, Spoonie Journal, and Ink Sweat & Tears; articles about mental health in Leukaemia Matters magazine, as well as a number of critical and non-fiction pieces in Wales Arts Review and various blogs, fanzines and other publications.
Social media and online communities are my other passion, and I currently manage digital customer experience programmes for a global tech company. I'm also a patient panelist, supporter and advocate for the charity Leukaemia Care UK.
My research interests are: 21st Century fiction, poetry about illness and disability, Katherine Mansfield, Ali Smith; digital communities, digital identities, digital epistolary; indie and alternative music from 1976-1999.
- "PTSD / IET Guidance Notes for Registered Electricians", Ink Sweat and Tears, (June 2022)
- "The Duck Pond", Spoonie Journal (Spoonie Press, 1.1, 2022) AUDIO
- Only Ever One Summer – 30 sketched poems (jamiewoods77.com Free Download, 2022)
- "Block Caps No Nuance", Poetry Wales (Seren, 57.3 Spring, 2022) VIDEO
- "Ring the Bell", The 2021 Hippocrates Prize Anthology (Hippocrates Press, 2021)
- "The Failed Promyelocytic Rebellion of 2019", Marble Broadsheet (Broadsheet #3: Body, 2021)
- 'Underneath the Blue Skies', The Lonely Crowd (2015)
- 'Dust', Solve et Coagula (2014)
- 'Just Like Honey', Stories From Songs (2013)
- 'The Comfort and the Joy of Feeling Lost', Smoke: A London Peculiar (2013)
- 'Alexander and Burgurs and Xavier', litbomb (2013)
- 'Points of Articulation', Evergreen Review, Issue 129 (Spring 2012)
- 'Already', The First Line, Vol.13, Issue 2 (Summer 2011)
- Essay: 'Broken Doll, Shattered Whore, Doing it for the Kids: Courtney, juvenility and pedagogy', It Felt Like a Kiss: The Courtney Love Anthology (2013)
- Essay: 'Old Traditions, New Standards: Technology and the Teaching of Creative Writing', Cardiff University MA (2013)
- Interview: 'Indeli-Chats: The Indelicates Meet Pop Hit's own Jamie Woods', Pop Hits (2013)
- For Wales Arts Review
Greatest Welsh Novel: Gold by Dan Rhodes (2015, 2016)
Review: Half plus Seven by Dan Tyte (2014)
Great Musical Moments: Manic Street Preachers 'Rewind The Film' (2013)
Review: The Rhys Davies Short Story Conference (2013)
- For Sweeping the Nation
Seething Observatory | 2009
Noughties by Nature: Town Bike 'Ride of your Life' (2009)
Noughties by Nature: Aaliyah 'More Than A Woman' (2009)
Noughties by Nature: Wyclef Jean 'Perfect Gentleman' (2009)
With my background in writing and my professional experience in the constantly-evolving online digital world, I'm delighted to be a teacher on the Digital Publishing course, as well as Creative Writing: Starting to Write.
While working in a call-centre, I enrolled at the Open University as a mature student – I liked books, so why not study them?
A part-time Humanities course led to a part-time degree, which was then followed by a full-time MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University.
My critical work focussed on identity, and on digital learning environments and techniques – how best to incorporate the technology we have available to us to make teaching, learning and facilitating Creative Writing easier.
Since completing my MA, I've been busy working in the fast-moving world of Social Media for a major UK brand: leading the online community; creating, curating and editing content; and working with PR, marketing, and digital teams to ensure that the voice of the brand is consistent and customers get a clear message. I now oversee the Digital Experience for a global tech company, and am Poet-in-Residence at Leukaemia Care UK.