Sarah Maclennan

Liverpool Screen School

Languages

Italian

Degrees

2005, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Imaginative Writing - First Class (Hons)
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA Writing

Academic appointments

Programme Leader Creative Writing, Creative Writing, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - present
Associate Lecturer, Creative Writing, The Open University, 2008 - present
Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing, Liverpool John Moores University, 2006 - present

Highlighted publications

Gosling H, Maclennan S, Burke L. Developing a creative pedagogy to narrate the university experience of non-traditional students. Prism,

Journal article

Gosling H, Burke L, Maclennan S. 2021. Learning Together: forging belonging among students with experience of the criminal justice system Innovations in Practice, 14 :14-22 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Gosling H, Maclennan S. 2020. We are more than one story: Embracing creativity and compassion through Learning Together Probation Journal, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Gosling H, Maclennan S, Burke L. Developing a creative pedagogy to narrate the university experience of non-traditional students. Prism,

Internet publication

Maclennan S, Gosling H, Burke L. 2020. Developing a creative pedagogy to understand the university experience of non-traditional students’: the authors’ story Publisher Url

Conference publication

Brooman SD, Maclennan S. 2015. Personal Tutoring, a tale of two schools: What is it and how do we do it? Liverpool John Moores Learning and Teaching Conference

Performance

Maclennan SA, Coe M. Liverpool Poetry Cafe at The Bluecoat

Maclennan S. Winter Wordfest

Maclennan S. Moonscapes - a lunar celebration in poetry

Conference presentation:

Story Share: Using an online storytelling project to create connection and enhance wellbeing, LJMU Teaching & Learning Conference 2021, Online, Oral presentation. 2021

Academic peer to peer exchange – enhancing future practice through collaboration and participatory reflection, LJMU Teaching & Learning Conference 2021, Online, Oral presentation. 2021

Learning Together, Creating Collaboratively, National Association of Probation Officers Conference, Online, Oral presentation. 2020

Thinking Outside the Box to Engage Children in Research, A Showcase of Collaborative Health Research, John Lennon Art & Design Building, Liverpool, Round table. 2019

A Creative Response, Learning Together Annual Conference, HMP Brixton, Oral presentation. 2019

Learning Together - A Creative Response, Learning Together Masterclass, Redmonds Building Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2019

Write More, Write Better, LJMU teaching & Learning Conference 2017, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2017

Speed-dating with Chekhov, NAWE Conference 2015, Durham, Oral presentation. 2015

Personal Tutoring, a Tale of Two Schools: What is it and how do we do it?, Liverpool John Moores University Learning and Teaching Conference 2015, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2015

Award:

Teaching Excellence Award in Academic Leadership, Liverpool John Moores University. 2021

Other invited event:

Anne Enright: Actress - in conversation with Sarah Maclennan, Online, An interview with Anne Enright about her most recent novel, Actress, encompassing issues of sexual violence, the effect of pornography on desire, novel structure, the romance of Irish identity. https://secureservercdn.net/160.153.137.210/mxu.944.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/WOWFest21_Festival_Programme.pdf. 2021

Booklaunch - Penny Feeny, 21 Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9BS, I was asked to interview the author Penny Feeny for the launch of her 4th novel, The Beach at Doonshean, for Writing on the Wall.. 2019

The Freedom Artist: An Evening with Ben Okri, The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, https://www.wowfest.uk/events/10-events/218-ben-okri.html Booker Prize-winning Nigerian writer Ben Okri discusses his contribution to literature and his latest novel, The Freedom Artist, an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Amalantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: Who is the Prisoner? When Amalantis disappears, her lover Karnak goes looking for her. He searches desperately at first, then with a growing realization. To find Amalantis, he must first understand the meaning of her question. Karnak's search leads him into a terrifying world of lies, oppression and fear at the heart of which lies the Prison. Then Karnak discovers that he is not the only one looking for the truth. The Freedom Artist is an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. In Ben Okri’s most significant novel since the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road, he delivers a powerful and haunting call to arms. Ben Okri was born in Minna, Nigeria. His childhood was divided between Nigeria, where he saw first hand the consequences of war, and London. He has won many prizes over the years for his fiction including the Guardian Fiction Prize (1988) and the Man Booker Prize (1991), and is also an acclaimed essayist, playwright, and poet. Sarah Maclennan is Head of Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University where she teaches poetry and prose writing at under-graduate and post-graduate level. She is passionate about community writing and her most recent research project involves working on the Learning Together programme, developing an anthology of creative and autobiographical writing with participants who have experience of the criminal justice system.. 2019

Learning Together Network Information Day, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, Invited to participate in the discussion groups following presentations by academic, prison service staff and participants on the Learning Together programme. 2019

Research Grants Awarded:

LJMU Curriculum Enhancement Funding, What's Your Story? 2, Paula Baines, Grant value (£): 3,200, Duration of research project: 4 months. 2021

LJMU Curriculum Enhancement Project, What's Your Story?, Grant value (£): £2,512, Duration of research project: Ends 27th April 2020. 2019

APSS QR Funding, An exploration of how creative pedagogy can be deployed to capture the experiences of higher education among students with criminal convictions, Dr Helena Gosling, Professor Lawrence Burke, Grant value (£): £1,231.99, Duration of research project: 10 months. 2018

LJMU Curriculum Enhancement Internship Funding, The Writing Habit, Jeff Young, Grant value (£): 1,200, Duration of research project: 2 months. 2018

Other Professional Activity:

Teaching online ( two Zoom sessions) for University of Cambridge CertHE in Writing in the Community. 2020

Delivering two masterclasses on Community Writing at University of Cambridge for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing Madingley Hall, Saturday 6th April 2019..

Presenting research via stand up comedy - Bright Club.

Conference organisation:

Connecting Minds, Facilitator. 2015

Teaching qualification:

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. 2012

Media Coverage:

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/video/2013/jan/31/liverpool-poetry-open-mic-night-video, Marcel Theroux discover's Liverpool's Dead Good Poets Society with Sarah Maclennan. The Guardian made a short film about the Liverpool poetry scene and posted it on its website. I worked alongside the film-makers, scheduled poets for an open mic poetry event in Leaf, Bold Street, Liverpool, and was interviewed before performing my own work..

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