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this month's resident:

For the past 4 years, Creative Debuts has been giving us £500 each month to give to a different creative in the UK, and grant no.46 goes to Roy:


“I’m Roy. It’s not my real name. My real name is PJ Smith but Roy seems to work. I make stuff up and write it down. Then I decide whether it’s a story, a play or more suited to the screen.

I’ve got one short story collection out now, Algorithm Party with another on the way later this year.

I read around the country, usually supporting bands. Have a look on my socials to see where I’m performing next.

You can find me at on Twitter and Instagram.

I am not a poet.

All my writing comes from my experiences of dealing with insecure men. I am an insecure man aswell. We’re fucking everywhere. Unfortunately, a lack of awareness around being one, usually means that aggression, brutality and control are about to play out.

I like to write about situations that may or may not give these insecure men an opportunity to bridge the gap between who they think they are, and who they really are.

I also really fucking love those jarg buenos from The Aldi.

RIP Kevin Campbell and Francoise Hardy.”

find out more about the grant here