March 2021: Recipient 007, Cameron Hill

We’re onto the 7th recipient of the Writers Grant and we are so happy to announce it has been given to Cameron Hill. I was already aware of Cameron’s writing because of his game review of Dear Esther that was published in Heterotopias last year. I hadn’t seen anyone handle writing around a game in that way before - so careful, visual, paced and layered. Just starting to write about games myself, I felt very inspired and excited by his approach. It’s great to now be able to pay that forward & we thank Creative Debuts for funding the grant and allowing us to support working class writers in this way.


Cameron Hill is a writer from the North East of England. Having recently finished a research Masters on the woodland-based poetry of John Clare and other nineteenth-century working class writers, he now writes on environmental and societal issues through popular culture, with a focus on film. Alongside this, he is currently working on a non-linear text-based game, as well as a collaborative photo-essay book about the River Esk, with friend and photographer George Hutton. His work is shaped by growing up between woodland, sea and industrial decay, and this performance by FKA Twigs.

Links below if you want to read his work, listen to it, or follow Cameron online:

  • Read [Dear Esther] which was originally published in Heterotopias. All issues of which can be purchased online [here]
  • And you can listen to Cameron reading Dear Esther below & on our Soundcloud
  • Read [Saint Maud - Modern Horror at the English Seaside]
  • Cameron has just set up a Substack for ‘essays on the climate, the cinema and us’ which goes out every 2 weeks. You can subscribe [here].
  • You can find Cameron on Twitter here @Cam__Hill