Blog Staff


Dr Adam James Smith

@elementaladamAdam in the hills

Adam is a lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature. His research is on political print culture during the long eighteenth century.


Saffron Vickers Walkling


Saffron is a senior lecturer in English Literature, specialising in Global Shakespeares. She is also interested in diversity and inclusion. She lives in York with her family and enjoys writing (including blogging), travelling, cinema and theatre.





Charlotte Stevenson


Charlotte Stevenson is currently a third year Literature undergraduate student at York St. John university. She also writes here as a digital ambassador in addition to writing a student blog for UCAS. Writing on a range of subjects from travel to music, her key focus is currently upon looking into the representation of allergies in fiction and to making Dutch literature more accessible in the English language allowing it wider appreciation. Her aims are to one day work in writing, publishing and translating.

Ellie Anderson-Ingjam

@el_anderssn01  Ellie Anderson Profile

Ellie is a second year undergraduate of English Literature at York St John University. Being the editor of her sixth form magazine led her to create her blog where she discusses a diverse range of topics from lifestyle, travel, books to education. She is a reading mentor for young adults and has published numerous articles for fashion magazines. Ellie has a particular interest in spoken word poetry, American and contemporary literature.

Adam Cummins


Adam is a third year literature student. He started writing for the blog in his second year with mostly film reviews and opinion pieces, and he can’t wait to continue procrastinating by blasting you all with opinions in his final year of study!



Abi Whitaker

Abi a second year English Literature student. She has her own personal blog, where she discusses everything from fashion to podcast recommendations, and so thought writing for the Words Matter blog would be a great opportunity to extend her writing. Abi is particularly interested in writing about feminism, mental health, music and poetry.


Lucy Pettigrew 


Lucy is a second year English Literature student at York St. John University. She has a major interest in both spoken word and written poetry and is about to publish her own short collection of pieces she has written. She loves writing so thought the blog would be the perfect way to project her writing to a bigger audience.

Erin Abrey

Erin is a second year creative writing student at YSJ and an avid fiction writer with a love of chicken nuggets!



James Turner

James  is a first year English Literature and Creative Writing student and aspiring poet. Coming from rural North Yorkshire, he is particularly interested in challenging expectations around masculinity in rural societies through his writing. He is currently exploring the changing nature of agriculture and our individual and societal relationship with nature.
Charlotte Crawshaw
Charlotte is currently a second year English Literature student with a passion for feminism, the Eighteenth Century and all things Stephen King. She is interested in writing Fiction and spoken poetry, and hopes that the Words Matter Blog will help to expand her writing skills.


Ethan Newton Hamer


Ethan is a second year English Literature and Creative Writing student at York St. John University. He has passion for writing Young Adult fiction in which marginalized and minority figures are front and center. He is also a fan of all things nerdy and sci-fi and is currently writing an alternative history novel.

Erin Byrne


Erin is currently studying English Literature next year at York St John, mainly because of a childhood spent buried in books. She in interested in representations of youth and the punk movement in media. Her goals include being a full time writer of amusing things and eventual world domination.

Annice White


Annice is a MA student studying Contemporary Literature. Her major interests are gender and sexuality. She is currently obsessed with all things Call Me By Your Name. When she isn’t reading, you’ll find her buying books or listening to The Smiths.

Adam Kikrbride


Adam is a first year English Literature student. His main interests are in twentieth century theatre, and the representation of sexuality and desire in literature. When he isn’t criticizing Matt Haig, he spends most of his time binging crime dramas on Netflix.


Ella Bramhall 

Ella is a Third Year English Literature student who hopes to enter the world of Journalism and Media upon finishing her degree. She has an interest in American literature and Feminist writing. Ella hopes that writing for the Words Matter blog will enable her to communicate with a larger audience, and showcase her options and writing on a wide range of literary topics.

Freya Bainbridge

Freya is a second year Creative Writing student at York St John. She’s partial to both fiction and non-fiction but especially where the two meet and lines are blurred. Most days you can find her desperately trying to remember the perfect line she thought of the night before.

Beth Davies


mask selfieBeth is a professionally-compulsive-writer-rambler studying Literature & Creative Writing at YSJ. She writes for her own blog, Among the Wildflowers, where her posts range from crazy outdoor adventures to an in-depth analysis of life’s relatable struggles. Her posts consist of intellectual ramblings and thoughtful ponderings. She adores non-fiction. She loves making lists of mass projects she could never possibly get done. She was offered a place at MI5 but turned it down to study at YSJ.