An anthology from the postgraduate students at University of Nottingham's
School of English


Laced is the first-ever creative writing anthology from the University of Nottingham's School of English department. This collection is a passion project, put together by a team of dedicated postgraduate students to showcase the diverse range of fantastic writing within the School.

Within the magazine, you will find stories and poems laced with beauty, humour, and emotional power, ranging from the supernatural to the everyday.


We would like to thank our talented contributors for making this anthology a reality:

Lizzie Alblas, Pilar Barrera Wey, Andrea Bowd, Alexis Burnett, Meredith Cicerchia, Leila Craven, Rebekah Cumberbatch, Grace Lees, Stephanie Limb, Liam Martin, Jodie Marley, Claire Poynton-Smith, Maria Schiza, Hayley Sleigh, Sally Taylor, Artemis Tsatsaki, and Luke Watson.


Our Editors

Lizzie Alblas

Lizzie Alblas is a PhD student in Creative Writing at The University of Nottingham and is currently creating a poetry collection centred around female figures in world mythology and folklore. She enjoys writing poetry and short stories. Her work has appeared in Nottingham Poetry Exchange’s Voices, and in Whole, a zine created through collaborative workshops at the Nottingham Women’s Centre. You can follow her blog at

Alexis Burnett

In the second grade, Alexis’ teacher read a story she wrote to her entire class. She hasn’t stopped making up stories since. She is from Phoenix, Arizona and holds MA in Creative Writing from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Grand Canyon University. Her work also appears in The Purple Breakfast Review and Dime Show Review. You can find her chatting with Twitter’s #writingcommunity at @alexisthebee

Stephanie Limb

Stephanie Limb graduated in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003. She worked as an English teacher for a while. She is now working towards an MA in Creative Writing at The University of Nottingham. She enjoys writing poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

Claire Miller

Claire is a Creative Writing MA student at the University of Nottingham and the 2018/19 Editor of Nottingham’s Firelight magazine. She is a poet inspired by nature and human behaviour. When she has writer’s block (almost always), she plays videogames and drowns her sorrows in caffeine.

Maria Schiza

Maria Schiza is a freelance translator and poet from Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham. Her work has previously appeared in Voices, Persephone’s Daughters, and the website of CHS Harvard.

Hayley Sleigh

Hayley is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at The University of Nottingham. Before studying at Nottingham, she worked in the International Office for three years, helping to promote the University to prospective overseas students. Her writing has been published in The Purple Breakfast Review, The Fiction Pool, The Riff Raff, Fearlessly, Literally Stories, Idle Ink, LeftLion and Dear Damsels. You can find out more about Hayley by visiting her website

Artemis Tsatsaki

Artemis Tsatsaki comes from Athens, Greece. She holds a Bachelor’s in English Literature with Creative Writing (University of East Anglia) and an MA in Creative Writing programme (University of Nottingham). She has worked as a creative writing tutor in schools and literary festivals and mostly writes and reads genre fiction, with a weak spot for horror and psychological thrillers. Her work is included in the anthologies City of Stories and Underline (UEA).


The Illustrator

Natasha Nayee

Natasha Nayee is an illustrator from North London who is currently studying a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Nottingham. She has previously completed an Art Foundation in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martin’s. Following her placement with the literary journal, The Letters Page, she was commissioned to paint twelve portraits for the published edition. She has since illustrated the cover for the creative writing magazine, Firelight.

Natasha enjoys working primarily in watercolour and ink, combining a love for painting and drawing. Exploring her dual passion for both Art and English, she often incorporates lettering and word-play within her illustrations, as well as allowing story-telling to inform her artwork.
In her spare time, Natasha enjoys visiting hospitals to paint patients’ portraits and creating visual diaries when travelling. After graduating, she hopes to continue to integrate her two interests and pursue a career in book illustration.


Launch event

Join us for a celebration of our anthology's launch with readings and refreshments. Copies of the anthology will be available to purchase. No RSVP required.

4th March 2020



Cobden Place

THiNK Meeting Rooms & Art Gallery
Cobden Place,
Cobden Chambers, off Pelham St, Nottingham NG1 2ED


School of English
A107 Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park

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