My name is Hannah Eiseman-Renyard and I am a writer. I studied creative writing on the University of East Anglia’s prestigious course. Since then I’ve worked in various mixes of online journalism, copywriting, marketing, communications, editing and book publishing for organisations including Amazon.co.uk and the Open University. I also blog here. Hello.
I’ve had articles published in the Guardian and the Independent, my old student newspaper, my old local newspaper, B2B journalism, and I’m a regular contributor to feminist blogs such as Fat Quarter and Bad Reputation. On the creative writing front I’ve been published in a variety of chapbooks, poetry magazines and I gig as a performance poet/troubadour and have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the past three years.
A nice reviewer recently wrote that I
“delighted the room with poems laced with puns and elegant, elaborate language. By turns comic and poignant, political and surreal, Hannah’s poetry made the audience laugh and made them think, a dangerous combination.”
I am also the Editor of the Whippersnapper Press – a web-publishing site for short, taut, witty and innovative writing which is perhaps most famous for running the UK’s Vogon Poetry Slam every year for Towel Day and publishing SEX: A choose your own adventure game.
I’ve been shortlisted in the Metropolitan University’s poetry competition, judged by Andrew Motion and Jackie Kay. My short story ‘The Hour’ was published in Story after coming 3rd in The Happenstance Press’s short story competition. Extracts here and available to buy here. I won a competition run by Tom Vowler for the best six-word short story. (The winning entry was “Wolves got your grandmother. You’re rich.”) I also technically won NanoWrimo 2010 because I managed 50,000 words in a month.
I’ve had poetry published by Fuselit and Dot Dot Dash magazines. I’ve performed at the past 3 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, most recently with Allographic Press‘s Other Voices with the likes of Fay Roberts, Stephanie Dogfoot, Lucy Ayrton, and international slam champions Cat Brogan, Sophia Walker, Young Dawkins and Shane Koyczan.
I’ve also taken part in Tim Clare’s Poetry Takeaway, in which writers write poems to order for members of the public. All for free and the love of it. This is Tim Clare, myself and Superbard in the Poetry Takeaway Burger Van. It was really rainy and the roof had just started leaking, but it still absolutely rocked.
I have also written one novel and two half-novels which may or may not ever see the light of day. I completed my first novel at sixteen, and therefore it’s terrible. The other two are promising but very much on the back burner at the minute.
I do bits and pieces of freelance work – from plot advice on a steampunk series to running a day’s creative writing workshop in a London secondary school. If you need a copywriting gun for hire please get in touch: HannahEisemanRenyard (at) gmail.com.