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Dr Vanessa Harbour is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. She obtained her creative practice PhD at the University of Winchester in 2011 where she explored the representation of sex, drugs and alcohol in young adult fiction and completed a young adult novel. Her middle grade novel, Flight, was published in 2018. It was longlisted for the Branford Boase and shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award. The EmpathyLabUK included Flight in the Guide for Empathy Reading list. The sequel to Flight, titled Safe, was published in 2022. Dr Harbour utilises her previous business experience when exploring employability and creative practice.

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