Military Writing Network (MWN)
The Military Writing network was founded in 2009 by Siobhan Campbell, Principal Lecturer in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, Kingston University London. Drawing on research by Professor Rachel Cusk, Dr. Meg Jensen and Professor Vesna Goldsworthy into the interface between testimony, trauma literature, autobiographical fiction and recovery from trauma and related disorders, the MWN created and sustains partnerships with organisations working with veteran soldiers, sailors and airmen and their families toward investigating how creative writing practice can help them cope with issues relating to combat stress, both inside and outside mental health environments.
The MWN convenes an ongoing online writing workshop for veterans with members from the UK and the USA.
Siobhan Campbell has focused on developing and recording appropriate workshop practice in post-trauma environments, especially in the mental health arena. Her work demonstrates the value of creative writing as a tool in trauma recovery, and develops pedagogy and methods for practice-based research in the workshop environment.
Working with SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen Family Association) and with Combat Stress UK ( registered mental health charity), a series of action research projects were initiated which focused on stimulating, facilitating and honing creative expression by serving and veteran members of the armed forces and demonstrating the value of such writing by publication and exhibition.
- Further information on MWN contribution and REF 2014.
Collaborations and contributions
- Roger Kirkpatrick (RAF retd.), judge for KUP/SSAFA Forces Stories and Poems competition (2011);
- General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, Chief of the General Staff (2006-2009) who provided the introduction to the book, Courage and Strength, Stories and Poems by Comat Stress Veterans;
- Janice Lobban, Head of CBT Therapy, Combat Stress UK who worked with Siobhan Campbell to establish a system of metrics for recording the impact of creative writing practice;
- Dr. Joseph F. Ryan, Veteran and Judge, Combat Stress Poetry Anthology (2012) who is now undertaking a DPsych specialising in trauma recovery.
Contact LNRDr Meg Jensen
Life Narrative Research Group
Kingston upon Thames
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2282