The Mining Institute

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The Mining Institute is an organisation dedicated to the professions of mining engineering, mechanical engineering, mining electrical engineering and related professions. It is the world’s oldest professional mining organisation and was dedicated to training engineers to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding coal mining industry at home in the UK and abroad.

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John Challis was born in London in 1984 and is currently working on a first collection of poetry. In 2010 he was awarded AHRC funding to study for an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University where he was awarded a distinction. He is now in the final stages of a PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University on contemporary poetry and Film Noir, and also works as a teaching associate. In 2012 he was awarded a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North to help develop his first collection. His work has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Clinic II, Double Bill (Red Squirrel Press, 2014), Iota, Lung Jazz (Cinnamon Press, 2012), Magma, The Rialto, The Lifeboat Issue Ten, and most recently on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Echo Chamber’. John also runs the Newcastle based poetry and theatre events company, Trashed Organ, and his debut play, ‘The Next Train to Depart’ premiered at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, in January 2014.

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