Calum Mcswiggan

Derby, Derbyshire
Literary Fiction, Other, Performance Poetry

Writer Biography

I’m Cal, I’m a blogger, a writer, a radio presenter and everything inbetween.

Starting a degree in Creative Writing at the University of Derby, was the first step towards expanding out into the business world. During my three years of study I have gained invaluable experience that has shaped me as both a person and a writer. I specialise in writing short fiction and flash fiction though write in many different genres.

I have been writing for the University of Derby student magazine Dusted for the past two years as well as assuming the role of Entertainments and Music sub-editor over the past 6 months. This role has allowed me to learn valuable editorial skills, develop my capabilities as a regular feature writer and given me the opportunity to interview university officials and celebrity music acts, such as Diana Vickers, Coolio, Young Guns and Daisy Dares You. In summer 2010 I was shortlisted for the 4music Blogstar competition which entailed writing, interviewing and creating a professional video blog.

I have been published in the What We Wrote prose and poetry anthology as well as working on the project as associate editor. I have attained work experience with Attitude Magazine, as well as cheekily being featured in their Truly, Madly, Deeply section. I have further work experience arranged with the Derby Telegraph and have plans set in motion to study an MFA abroad this fall. I have performed spoken word events, had a short story published in the Derby Telegraph and had my poetry published within a local ‘zine. I co-presented and produced my own radio show Having a Trauma, which evolved into an independent comedy podcast.

I write a regular blog at where I write about my everyday experiences as a writer and a person.

I’m looking for new and exciting opportunities and projects and am open to any suggestions.


Selected Publications

Please find a full list of my publications at and

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Teaching
  • Live Performances
  • Workshops
  • Community Group Work
  • Volunteering
  • Websites, blogs and links to work