THE LAUNCH of the Minalloy Writers’ Club in 2017 provided an online home for contributions by any journalism alumnus of the University of Sheffield, 1995-2015. It is named after Minalloy House, a nondescript three-storey pile where students learned how to write distinctive copy.

Members join the club as a stimulus, to see work published that they are inspired to write. No other reason. No strict commissions by editorial executives. No boundaries. It is a commonwealth, founded in the belief that, if nothing else, the exercise of writing can make the author a better companion for his or her self.

Content ranges from long-form creative nonfiction through short news reports to criticism, fiction and poetry. Subjects include politics, the arts, sport, society – anything that engages the curiosity and spurs the creativity of the Minalloy generation.