Hot off the Press! Edge Hill
students publish 1st book
EDGE Hill University's student led
publishing house has produced its very first book, Head Land, a collection of
award winning short stories celebrating 10 years of the Edge Hill Short Story
The book, which features stories from some of the authors who have been awarded
the Prize in the last decade, is published by Edge Hill University Press (EHUP),
a student led literary imprint designed to equip students with industry
knowledge and highly marketable skills. Staffed by a mixture of undergraduate
and postgraduate students, EHUP has worked in close partnership with
Glasgow based Freight Books, giving the interns an authentic industry experience
and helping them to build the skills and contacts they will need to secure a job
in the competitive world of publishing.
Rodge Glass, Creative Writing Programme Director and co-director of EHUP, said:-
"Every aspect of the book, from selecting the stories and liaising with
authors to booking promotional events and marketing the book on social media,
has been done by students. Most of the interns had never been involved in
publishing before so they have had to learn everything on the job; and they've
exceeded all of our expectations. This type of hands on publishing experience is
pretty rare in higher education and we hope it will give our students the edge
when it comes to applying for jobs after graduation."
Student intern Harriet Hirshman is responsible for arranging a book tour to
accompany the launch of Head Land. She added:- "It can be quite stressful,
particularly when I've had coursework or exams to do at the same time, but I'm
really glad to be doing the internship. It has given me so many opportunities to
develop new skills, talk to people and just get myself out there that will
definitely be useful in the future."
Head Land, 10 Years of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize brings together some of
the most acclaimed short story writers working today, including the previous Edge
Hill prize winners:- Kevin Barry, Colm Tóibín Jeremy Dyson and Kirsty Gunn. It
also features some of the best shortlisted authors and past winners of the
student judged Reader's Prize.
To celebrate Edge Hill's entry into the world of literary publishing,
the book's contributors will be reading from their award winning stories at a
special FREE event at the Arts Centre, on 22 November 2016.
Edge Hill graduate and rising star Carys Bray whose 1st novel:- 'A Song for Issy
Bradley', was shortlisted for the Costa Book, before winning the Author's Club
Best First Novel Award and the Utah Book Award.
Adam Marek, acclaimed author of 2 short story
collections, Instruction Manual for Swallowing and The Stone Thrower, whose work
is featured in The Penguin Book of the British Short Story. Rob Shearman, who has worked as a writer for
TV, radio and the stage, and published four collections of short stories,
including 2 that have been nominated for the Edge Hill Prize. He is well known
as 1 of the writers on the BAFTA winning revival of Doctor Who. The event
is free, but booking is essential. There will be drinks and canapés from 6.30pm,
plus an introduction by the Vice Chancellor, Dr John Cater. Tickets can be
online or via the
Box Office on:- 01695 584480.
Appeal after train hits
shopping trolley on tracks near Edgehill Station
THE British Transport Police Officers
have issued an urgent appeal for information after a busy passenger train struck
a shopping trolley that had been placed on the line. The incident occurred, on
Tuesday, 6 September 2016, just before 8pm, between Edgehill and Liverpool Lime
Street Stations, in the Chatsworth Drive and Overton Street area. Luckily no one
was injured, but such was the damage to the train that it had to be taken out of
service, causing delays and cancellations across the network.
PC Steven Davies said:- "The service had departed Edgehill station
and made its way through the cutting. Suddenly the train struck a shopping
trolley that had been placed on the tracks. This caused extensive damage to the
train and two of the four lines were temporarily closed as a result. This was a
deliberate and malicious act that could have resulted in serious injury or
worse, apart from the fact that those responsible endangered their own lives. I
cannot over emphasise just how dangerous this is. Reckless acts like this can
result in potentially fatal consequences, something to keep in mind for those
who are responsible."
A Northern spokesperson comments:- "Mindless acts of vandalism such as
this cost the rail network much more than a hefty bill. An incident such as this
can cause serious shock and upset to train crew, and as a result, our customers
can suffer long and unnecessary delays and disruption to their journey. Our
employees have the right to work in a safe environment and incidents like these
not only put them in danger, but also risk the lives of the customers we serve.
We simply will not tolerate this type of behaviour and continue to work closely
with the BTP to investigate and prosecute those who carryout such crimes."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact British Transport
Police on:- 0800 40 50 40, or text:- 61016, quoting reference:- '248 of
26/09/2016.' Information can also be passed anonymously to the
independent charity Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
Comic strip competition
gives pupils chance to repeat generation green winning success
AS part of the Generation Green Smarter
Power competition, school children aged 7 to 11 are being asked to draw a cartoon
showing British Gas mascot, Wilbur, demonstrating how to save energy with smart
The winning comic strip will be chosen by 3 judges, including:- Nigel Parkinson,
artist at the world famous comic:- 'The Beano.' Southport already boasts a Generation Green winning school after Our Lady of
Lourdes Catholic Primary and Nursery School was awarded an eco prize worth up to
£50,000 in 2014. They received solar panels, a new heating system and an energy
display monitor that shows real time energy consumption.
Pupils now have the opportunity to continue the Town's winning streak and see
their school transformed, too.
In their comic strip, schoolchildren will be asked to show how using smart
meters could save energy in the home. British Gas is leading the smart meter
roll out, and the Government wants every household to be offered smart meters by
The competition aims to get children thinking creatively about how they use and
save energy so they better understand the benefits of smart meters.
Nigel Parkinson said:- "I can't wait to see the kids' entries; they always
have great ideas! I'd really like to see comic strips telling a fun and lively
energy saving story with plenty of good humour showing how homes can benefit
from smart meters."
Abi Robins from British Gas added:- "Southport is already home to a
Generation Green winning school and pupils now have the opportunity to repeat
the town's success with the Smarter Power competition. We want to see the most
creative comic strips, complete with imaginative ideas on how to save energy
with smart meters. We can't wait to see if Southport can continue its
winning streak and win another school energy makeover, worth up to £50,000."
The competition will be accepted entries until January 2016.
Schools can register for the competition via:-
Nurse Catrina's vocation to
AS a NHS trust continues its
recruitment drive, one of its nurses has become one of the UK's youngest senior
sisters. Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust stages its next nurse
recruitment event, on Monday, 10 October 2016. The Trust hopes to employ top class
nurses like Catrina Dickens. At 24 she runs a trauma ward at Southport Hospital.
Just 3 years ago she was a trainee nurse studying at Edge Hill University where
she gained a first class degree. Catrina started working for the Trust in
October 2013 as a staff nurse and has been promoted twice based on performance
and ability. She has responsibility for 35 staff and manages a busy 30 bed ward
which cares for trauma injury patients.
Catrina, originally from Flintshire, North Wales, said:- "Being a ward
manager and senior sister is a big challenge but it's something I love. This is
a great place to work. The hospital is small enough to have a community feel,
but busy enough to be exciting and challenging. The training and support given
to me has been fantastic. The Trust is a place where you can thrive and
Catrina's rapid rise through the ranks comes as no surprise to her colleagues
who have been impressed by her dedication and drive.
Carol Fowler, acting deputy director of nursing, said:- "Catrina has been
recognized for her skills and abilities and has got this promotion on her own
merits. This reflects the Trust environment for talented nurses to develop."
The Trust embarked on a nurse recruitment campaign over summer. Vacancies exist
across acute, community, surgical and medical nursing disciplines. More details
about our vacancies
The next recruitment event for nurses takes place, on 10 October 2016, at Southport
Hospital, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.
Candidates who complete an online application form could be invited for
interview at the recruitment event. B5 Staff Nurse online applications can be
filled in online.
Applications close on the 5 October 2016 and interview times will be confirmed by 7
Carol added:- "We are keen to meet nursing students, qualified nurses and
those returning to the profession, from across the region and beyond who are
interested in a career in nursing at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals. At the
recruitment event you will be able to find out more about the Trust and chat to
nurses already working for us."
Details for nurses returning to the profession is available