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The Fourth Floor is co-edited by four current Teesside University undergraduates who are in the second year of their BA (Hons) English Studies with Creative Writing.

Laura Forbes


Laura hasn’t looked back since leaving full-time employment to return to University. It has always been her ambition to make a career out of using her abilities as a writer and she is more determined than ever to make her dream a reality. She has recently created a very successful blog on mental illness, ‘When the Plates Stop Spinning’. Her three favourite authors are Harper Lee, Sylvia Plath and Matt Haig. Laura is Vice-Chair of the Teesside Literary Society. After she graduates she hopes to find a job that will allow her to use her passion for creative writing every day.

Helen Middleton


Helen is particularly interested in the use of satire and humour in writing, specifically the use of hybrid humour in British Muslim comedy. Her own writing mainly comprises satirical prose and short stories which contain elements of magical realism. She also enjoys exploring and analysing her childhood memories through poetry. Her favourite authors are EM Forster, Joseph Conrad and Jean Rhys. She is a Student Ambassador and co-manages the @englishTeesside Twitter account. After finishing her degree, she hopes to take an MA in Creative Writing.

Lisa Nelson


Lisa published her first magazine at the age of 16, and has been editing and contributing to publications ever since. Whilst living in London, she wrote a daily column for a music magazine; hosted and performed at music, poetry, film and theatre events; and adapted short stories for the stage. Her short play Sister of Mercy was staged as part of last year’s Crossing the Tees literary festival and she has performed her poetry at venues across Teesside, including the Tees Transporter Bridge. Her favourite authors are Iain M Banks, Doris Lessing and Kurt Vonnegut. She is a PASS Leader, Student Ambassador, Chair of the Teesside Literary Society and co-manages the @englishTeesside Twitter account. After she graduates she hopes to take an MA in Creative Writing.

Laura Stephenson


Laura has a broad range of literary interest and is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction. She writes poetry, short stories and is a passionate blogger, often creating work with a political focus. Her latest piece considers LGBT characters in video games. Laura has previously studied scripting on a Film and Television Production course. She also doodles, draws and creates fictional maps. She enjoys watching vlogs about the LGBT community and has recently taken up Pole Fitness classes. Her favourite authors are Stephen King, James Herbert and JRR Tolkein. After she graduates, Laura is keen to find work as an editor or screenwriter.