Kellie Jackson’s stories have aired on BBCRadio4. Other stories have been short or long listed for various competitions run by the Asham Award, Fish Publishing and Mslexia Magazine. She gained a BA in English Literature as a mature student and an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths while raising a family. She’s volunteered as a mentor and workshop leader at Ministry of Storiesand supported adult learners with English and Literacy needs at the City Lit. A SCBWI member since 2014, she’s a rabid reader of YA, short stories & contemporary fiction. She’s currently working on a novel and developing Words Away.
Emma Darwin’s debut novel The Mathematics of Love (Headline Review) is probably the only novel ever to have been simultaneously listed for both the Commonwealth Writers Best First Book, and the RNA Novel of the Year prizes. The Times acclaimed it as, “that rare thing, a book that works on every conceivable level”, while the Daily Mail described her Sunday Times bestseller, A Secret Alchemy as “Powerful and utterly convincing. Her short fiction has won prizes and been broadcast on Radio 4. Her first non-fiction book, Getting Started in Writing Historical Fiction (John Murray Learning/Teach Yourself), was published in March 2016. Emma has been helping writers for over a decade, and chairing events for almost as long. She has PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, and taught for the Open University for several years; she blogs at This Itch of Writing
Monica Ali is an award-winning, bestselling writer whose novels include Brick Lane, In the Kitchen and Untold Story. She was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. Her work has been translated into 26 languages, and she has judged a number of literary prizes including as Chair of the International Man Booker.
Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Guardian, the Times, The New Yorker, and the New York Times, for which she is a literary reviewer. She is a Fellow of the RSA and of the Orwell Prize. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, New York, where she was a visiting Professor, and she is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Surrey.
Jill Dawson is the author of nine novels, the most recent being The Crime Writer about the author Patricia Highsmith. Others include Fred and Edie about the hanged murderess Edith Thompson, and The Great Lover, about the poet Rupert Brooke. She has won many awards and been nominated for the Orange (Baileys), Impac, Costa and Folio prizes.
She currently runs Gold Dust, a mentoring scheme which pairs established writers with those wanting to write their first book.
Tessa Hadley has written six novels - including The London Train and also The Past, which won the Hawthornden Prize - and three collections of short stories. Bad Dreams and other stories was published in 2017. She publishes short stories regularly in the New Yorker, reviews for the Guardian and the London Review of Books, and is a Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University; she was awarded a Windham Campbell prize for Fiction in 2016.
Maura Dooley’s most recent collection of poetry is The Silvering (2016). Anthologies she has edited include The Honey Gatherers: Love Poems and How Novelists Work. She was Poet-in-Residence at the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton in 2015. Her poems from the residency are published as A Quire of Paper and she also commissioned a sister-pamphlet, in which other contemporary poets respond to the work of Jane Austen All My Important Nothings In 2014 she published a pamphlet (with Elhum Shakerifa) of work by the exiled Iranian poet Azita Ghahreman, they are now working together on a full collection to be published by Bloodaxe in 2018. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and teaches at Goldsmiths.
Jacqui Lofthouse is the author of four novels including 'Bluethroat Morning' and 'The Modigliani Girl'. She is founder of The Writing Coach, a mentoring and development organisation for writers and has recently set up a small publishing imprint Nightingale Editions.
Claire Scobie is the award-winning author of Last Seen in Lhasa and The Pagoda Tree, and co-author of A Baboon in the Bedroom. She runs writing workshops, mentors writers and helps businesses harness the power of storytelling as a strategic business tool. In 2013 she completed a Doctor of Creative Arts degree at Western Sydney University.
Francis Spufford is a recovering writer of non-fiction. His first novel Golden Hill came out in June 2016, but before that he was known for a series of eccentric hybrids of history, memoir and other things, including The Child That Books Built, Unapologetic and Red Plenty. He teaches on the writing MA at Goldsmiths College.
Sara Grant has inspired, written or edited nearly 100 books for children. Her newest series – Chasing Danger– is an action-adventure series for teens. Sara teaches Goldsmiths University’s master class on writing for children/teens. She co-created Undiscovered Voices– which has launched the writing careers of thirty-four authors.
Essie Fox’s new novel is The Last Days of Leda Grey. She is also the author of three Victorian Gothic novels ~ The Somnambulist, Elijah’s Mermaid, and The Goddess And The Thief.
Before taking up writing, Essie worked as an illustrator – designing greetings cards, gift wrap and decorative ceramics. Before that she worked in a Dickensian office in Bloomsbury’s Museum Street, employed as an editorial assistant by the publishers, George Allen & Unwin. So, in a way, it almost feels as if she has come full circle, returning to her very first love, which is the world of books.
Born and raised in Herefordshire, Essie now divides her time between Bow in East London and Windsor.
Ruth Ware is the author of the best-selling psychological crime thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. Before becoming a full time writer, she worked as a bookseller, a waitress, and a teacher of English as a foreign language, before moving to north London where she spent more than 14 years working as a book publicist.
Stella Duffy has written fourteen novels including her latest, London Lies Beneath. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were both long-listed for the Orange Prize. She has written ten plays and over fifty short stories, including several for BBC Radio 4.
Her collected stories are published by Salt in Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined. She won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2002 (Martha Grace) and 2013 (Come Away With Me), and Stonewall Writer of the Year in 2008 (The Room of Lost Things) and 2010 (Theodora).
HBO have optioned her two Theodora novels for a TV series. She wrote and presented the BBC4 documentary How to Write a Mills and Boon and has reviewed for The Review Show (BBC2), Front Row (BBCRadio4) and written articles for most major newspapers in the UK.
She is a theatre director and performer. Her latest commission is The Matilda Effect, a play about women in science, for Three Legged Theatre.
In addition to her writing and theatre work, Stella is the founder and co-director of Fun Palaces, the campaign for locally-led culture at the heart of every community. In 2016 there were 292 community-led Fun Palaces across the UK with 120,000 people taking part.
Cass Green is the pseudonym of Caroline Green, an award-winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel,Dark Ride, won the Rona Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks and Hold Your Breathgarnered rave reviews and were shortlisted for eleven awards between them. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and teaches Writing for Children at City University. Caroline has been a journalist for over twenty years and has written for many broadsheet newspapers and glossy magazines. The Woman Next Door is her first novel for adults.
Elizabeth Fremantle has a BA in English and an MA in creative writing from Birkbeck, University of London. She has contributed to various publications including The Sunday Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. She also reviews fiction for The Sunday Express.
Andrew Wille has devoted his career to working with books and writers. As senior editor at Little, Brown in London, he edited and acquired many bestselling and critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. Subsequently, as a freelance editor he has worked for most of the UK’s largest publishers as well as many independent presses. He has also lived in the United States and Australia, and has studied and taught at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where he developed a strong interest in contemplative and holistic approaches to writing and creativity. Andrew regularly speaks and offers editorial guidance at events such as the Festival of Writing in York, and as a book doctor supports many writers from the start of new projects through to publication and beyond. He also writes fiction and nonfiction. More information as well as resources on writing and publishing can be found at wille.org