About Liz

Liz_Cookman

Writer, editor, occasional couch potato, woman.

Writer and journalist from London. Ex-Guardian sub, now living in Ankara, Turkey. Freelancing and writing/editing for a Turkish news site. Also working on some essays and creative work.

My journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Vice, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Western Daily Press and Bath Chronicle among others, and I was shortlisted for the Hiive columnist competition 2015.

My essay about Lavender Hill appeared in Mount London: Ascents in the Vertical City (Penned in the Margins), a collection of essays that explore the urban landscape. It’s available now in Waterstones and probably some other shops. My short story, Running With The Wandle, from a collection of short pieces about my local river, appeared alongside Iain Sinclair in Stepaway magazine’s Voicewalks collection. I was longlisted for the Bath flash fiction prize this year.

 

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8 thoughts on “About Liz

  1. Hi Liz. My name is Laura and I have recently applied for the nature and travel writing MA at bath spa and I noticed from a couple of your posts you mention you’d studied the course there. I’d love to hear how you found it and know more about your residential weeks? Also, if you can recall how your interview went and what kind of questions were asked specifically? Laura

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    • Hi Laura, I’m so sorry it took me so long to reply. As far as I was aware the MA wasn’t being run any longer, which is a shame because it was great. I know that Paul Evans, the tutor who really is what made it so wonderful and stretching at the same time, has left the university and is now teaching in Manchester. What did you end up doing in the end?

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  2. Hi Liz. The course is definitely still running as I’ve been accepted and beginning in October. Richard kerridge is now running the course. X

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  3. Hi, Liz,

    I wrote in reply to your article about the chill on democracy in universities, but I fear that HuffPost is a classic example of correct-speak and may not allow it.

    So here it is. I will be grateful if my views, popular or not, can be published:

    “I attended a debate about the role of women in society in the late 60’s, featuring a then new star called… Germaine Greer. I doubt if she recalls but I stood up and agreed with her in the face of really stupid male misogyny. Germaine’s face was a picture of surprise because the general tenor of the meeting was Neanderthal.

    I was very grateful to the University of Aberdeen Student Representative Council for hosting this socially significant event, which changed minds that really needed to be changed, Likewise, back in 1969, the very year the Troubles re-started in Northern Ireland, a debate saw a platform with Rev Ian Paisley and Bernadette Devlin (later McAliskey), which was a bold and imaginative experiment in the analysis of a conflict that was, then, just beginning. It was fairly enlightening, but it was a prophecy, too, of how strategic enemies should talk rather than fight and which was not fulfilled until the Good Friday Agreement. The debate led the way.

    The advance of pseudo-liberal leftism and a looming chill of undemocratic Islam, allied to the pusillanimity of self-seeking monetarism (which values only stability to make money, at whatever cost to freedom of opinion and religion) have led to a situation where speaking our mind is an “offence against sensibilities” and the traditional rights of British people are set aside so as not to upset strident voices.

    We are only now beginning to see people trying to shrug off a straitjacket which would bind the liberty of free people in order to placate undemocratic religious and political agendas – all because secular bureaucrats do not value freedom.

    We need to let the unpopular, risky voices speak. Only then can a free people make up their own minds as to whether their views point to the future, or not. I think the binding of our freedoms only helps those who want to eradicate them.

    A society that lets itself be mentally crushed and enslaved is a cowardly one.”

    Thanks, Bruce Gardner.

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