Astrid Lacroix is a writer and musician currently studying at Leeds College of Music, she also took part in the Writing Squad’s collaboration with Humber Mouth and Hull Libraries, Project H.
Karen Lauke works as a sound designer and composer across theatre, immersive audio, installation and more recently radio. Karen works with artists, writers and companies primarily interested in creating experimental music, audio and soundscapes for mixed media. Her design work has been presented throughout the UK and internationally.
Karen is the curator for the Association of Sound Designers’ Exhibition Make:Believe at the V&A Museum (June 2015 – Jan 2016) in association with Society of British Theatre Designers. She is a Board Member for the Association of Sound Designers and the curator of Sound Kitchen 2015 for the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians held in Prague.
Recent credits include: Billy, The Monster and Me (Dir. Alyx Tole, Colour the Clouds); House of Memories (Dir. Sarah Thornton, Collective Encounters in association with Liverpool Museum); Maggie and the Song of the Sea (Dir. Alyx Tole, Oldham Library); War Stories (Dir. Benedict Power, 24:7 Festival and Re:play); Spring Reign (Dir. Benedict Power, premiered at The Lowry, National Tour 2017), Salford City Council, Bridgewater Canal Project, Soundwaves and Waterways (2015 – 2017), BBC, Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, (BBC4).
Katherine Horrex was born in Liverpool and grew up on the outskirts of Hull before moving to Manchester to record an album under the alias of Stickpin. Her poetry has been published in the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry London, Morning Star and is due in Poetry Salzburg Review (issue 29) and PN Review.
Katherine is a grad of the Writing Squad and is currently in the final stages of a masters degree at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, where she received a bursary.
Lydia Marchant is a Supported Artist at Hull Truck Theatre and a member of the Writing Squad. She wrote her first play, for Hull Truck Theatre’s Young Writers’ Festival, when she was 13. She was a member of Hull Young Writers’ Group for 4 years and between 2012 and 2015 was Young Writer In Residence at Hull Truck Theatre. She won the 2014 Jack Wills Young Brit for Creativity.
In 2015 she was part of the playwriting group at the National Theatre and was awarded a place on the 2016 BFI Screenwriting Residential at the Tyneside Cinema.
Her plays include: The Final Journey, Status, The Expendables, One Top Of The World and Split (Hull Truck Theatre); Superhero Society and 24 Hour Plays (Middle Child); and The Cause, a response piece to EV Crowe’s Young Pretender (Nabokov). She wrote a short play for the Crucible Theatre as part of their Fuse development scheme.
Lydia was an intern on the arts desk of the i newspaper and also writes poetry and spoken word; in 2015 she was a Freedom To Tell Tales street performer at Freedom Festival and part of the Writing Squad’s Project H at the Humber Mouth Festival.
Steve Dearden is the Director of the Writing Squad. His short fiction has been published by Smith|Doorstop (Single Skin) and the Anglo-Finnish anthology Interland. He was the Writer in Residence for Wakefield Literature Festival for 2013 & 2014 producing the online novella Wakelost Wakefound. Most recently he helped Squad grad Sally Ashton translate LS6 by the Spanish novelist Mario Crespo.
Steve also likes to produce, projects like this, sometimes bigger stuff like Overworlds and Underworlds with the Brothers Quay and more often smaller stuff for himself, often involving photography. www.stevedearden.com