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Gaar Adams is a writer, educator, and University of Glasgow MFA candidate who spent a decade in the Arabian Peninsula writing about arts and culture in the Middle East/South Asia for outlets including The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and Foreign Policy. He is writing a nonfiction book on migration and queerness.

Amina Alyal is a York-based poet who has been published widely in journals and anthologies, and has published two solo collections, The Ordinariness of Parrots (Stairwell Books, 2015) and Season of Myths (Indigo Dreams, 2017). She is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University.

Senja Andrejevic-Bullock is a Lecturer in Dramatic Writing at University of Gloucestershire, whose work has been published in The Lampeter Review, The Wrong Quarterly, The Scrutiny Journal, Storgy Literary Magazine, Literary Mama, The Dawntreader and Brain, Child magazines and performed at The Everyman Studio. A current PhD candidate working on first novel.

Dan Anthony is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is a children’s author, short story writer and scriptwriter and is researching the relationship between branding and fiction writing. He’s a frequent presenter at NAWE conferences.

Josie Barnard is an award-winning novelist whose academic research centres on how the ‘digital turn’ impacts writing and publishing. Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing with Journalism at Middlesex University, her recent work includes a monograph, ‘The Multimodal Writer’, and the BBC Radio 4 programme, ‘Digital Future’.

Yvonne Battle-Felton writes fiction and creative nonfiction interested in stories as advocacy. Her debut, Remembered, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (2019). Yvonne holds a PhD from Lancaster University and is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam. She is co-Director of North West Literary Arts.

John Berkavitch is a former UK Slam Champion and has been working as a writer in education and community settings since 2001. He has delivered projects alongside organisations including Apples and Snakes, First Story and Breakin’ Convention. His work has been regularly supported by the Arts Council England and the British Council.

Gillian Best’s debut novel The Last Wave was originally published in the UK by Freight Books in 2015. Unfortunately, this independent Scottish publisher went out of business shortly thereafter. It wasn’t at all how I’d imagined launching my first book to be, but what I learned on that journey – about how rights work, the benefits of building a writing community, the ins and outs of small presses -- was really helpful. There is a happy ending: The Last Wave is now published in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany. An 18-month film and TV option was bought by Awesome Productions. Drawing on a wealth of personal experience in rejection, my short talk will explore what can be gained from rejection and how it can ultimately help foster resilience. I received my PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow in 2011. Website: Twitter: @gillianebest Insta: gillianebest

Alan Bilton is the author of two dream-like novels – The Sleepwalkers’ Ball (2009) and The Known and Unknown Sea (2014), a collection of surreal short stories, Anywhere Out of the World (2016) as well as books on silent film, contemporary fiction and the 1920s. He teaches Creative Writing, Literature and Film at Swansea University.

Joe Bibby is Arvon’s Head of Learning, overseeing the residential programme for schools and groups as well as professional development courses for writers and teachers, and a range of partnership projects with arts and community organisations.

David Bishop is programme leader for creative writing at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. An award-winning screenwriter and author of twenty published novels, his credits include TV dramas and radio plays for the BBC. His most recent work was a Doctor Who audio original The Elysian Blade, released February 2019.

Robyn Bolam was Hampshire Poet 2018. She has published four poetry collections with Bloodaxe, the latest being Hyem (October 2017). Her selected poems, New Wings (2007), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She also edited Eliza’s Babes: four centuries of women’s poetry in English (Bloodaxe, 2005) and several plays.

Malika Booker is a Caribbean British poet. Her publications include: Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press, 2013), and The Penguin Modern Poet Series 3:Your Family: Your Body (2017). Booker was a Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow and is currently a Creative Writing Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Lorena Briedis is the manager of EACWP, the European Association of Writing Programmes. She is a writer and Creative Writing teacher at Escuela de Escritores (Madrid, Spain). 

Celia Brayfield’s book Rebel Writers: The Accidental Feminists is a biographical study of Shelagh Delaney, Edna O'Brien, Lynne Reid Banks, Charlotte Bingham, Nell Dunn, Virginia Ironside and Margaret Forster. She is the author of nine novels and five other non-fiction books, she is also a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and deputy chair of the NAWE's HE Committee.

Carole Bromley is an experienced teacher, poet and workshop leader, having run workshops in primary and secondary schools, a Sixth Form College, in FE and at York University where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She has three poetry collections from Smith/Doorstop including a collection for children, Blast Off!

Wes Brown is a writer, editor and pro wrestler based in Kent. Recent writings have appeared in The Real Story, the Mechanic’s Institute Review and Litro. He teaches at the University of East London and the City Lit and is currently undertaking a PhD in narrative nonfiction at the University of Kent.

Phil Busby is adviser and course-creator with The Writers Bureau (teachers of creative writing by distance learning since 1989). Originally a psychiatric nurse, Phil studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts before working across Europe for ten years in T.I.E and Community Theatre as a performer, writer and workshop leader.

Anne Caldwell is based in West Yorkshire. She lectures in creative writing for the Open University and is undertaking a PhD in prose poetry at The University of Bolton. Anne’s current poetry collection is Painting the Spiral Staircase (Cinnamon 2016). Her prose poetry was shortlisted in The Rialto pamphlet competition (2017) and won second prize in Tongue and Grooves prose poetry competition, 2018. Anne was awarded funding from The Arts Council of England to set up She is editing The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry with Oz Hardwick. 

Emily Capstick is a scriptwriter, children’s author, theatre director, actor, storyteller & creative writing tutor.  Incorporating applied theatre techniques in performance, her innovative approach to engaging visitors has lead to more than 70 scripts & stories commissioned. Using ‘drama for learning’ within education & heritage sectors, Emily’s participant-centred approach inspires people to reflect, explore and create. 

Ali Cargill is a PhD Researcher (Creative Writing) with the University of Hull. She has published a novel for young adults and a study guide on environmental theory, and co-wrote the York Notes Advanced Level study guide for The Handmaid’s Tale. Most recently she worked with a brain-injured client to write his memoir.

Liz Cashdan, former chair of NAWE, teaches for the Open College of the Arts, the WEA and does workshops in schools.  Her latest publication is Things of Substance: New and Selected Poems (Five Leaves Publications: 2013).

Olivia Chapman is the PR & Communications Manager for Writing West Midlands, and has been pitching books and scripts as well as events and festivals since she started working in publishing in 2005.

Catherine Cole is Professor of Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, UK and also holds a postgraduate supervisory post at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. She has supervised to completion over 30 PhDs and MAs, some involving Australia's leading writers. Cole also has published 9 books including novels, a collection of short fiction, memoir, non-fiction and essays. She has been a member of the Australian Research Council's ERA (REF) committees in Humanities and the Creative Arts and has been a writer in residence in Paris, Hanoi, Guangzhou, China and Katoomba, Sydney. She has reviewed university writing programs in a number of countries and judged leading literary competitions and grants applications. 

Claire Collison teaches creative writing widely, and was MaxLiteracy resident for Kettle’s Yard. She won the inaugural Women Poets' Prize, and was placed in Resurgence, Hippocrates, Poetry Business, and Out-Spoken prizes. Her poetry has been widely published, and her novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize.

Jess Curtis trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and went on to teach in schools and industry (Speech & Presentation Consultants Ltd; Aural Visual Communications); and drama schools (E15 Acting School, Rose Bruford College) and finally at Middlesex University – writing and delivery for performance, oral assessment). She is a member of the Voice Care Network.

Deirdre Daly is a Lecturer in Academic Writing and in Philosophy at Goldsmiths College. Her research interests are split between Writing-in-the-Disciplines/Writing-across-the curriculum and modern European philosophy. She is a co-organiser of the Anti-University.

Gráinne Daly is a PhD student of Creative Writing in UCD. Her work was highly commended in the Blue Nib Poetry Chapbook Competition 2018 and shortlisted for a number of awards including the Gregory O'Donoghue and Anthony Cronin International Poetry Prizes. Her work has been published in numerous publications.  

Janet Dean is a former Director in health, housing and social care who graduated with an MA in Creative Writing in 2015. Her first novel The Peacemaker was published in March 2019 by Top Hat Books. She co-founded Awakening The Writer Within offering creative writing retreats in Yorkshire and France.

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet and artist, awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, 2014. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she has been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library and worked on several projects across art forms in Leeds, Newcastle and Hull, as well as the Archives of St Paul’s Cathedral. Her six collections include Over the Moon and the latest, Luck is the Hook, and her poems have been broadcast widely on BBC Radio 3 and 4 as well as the BBC World Service. She also scripts and directs video films, and has had eleven solo exhibitions of drawings.

Jonathan Davidson has worked in arts and cultural management for thirty years including on many (mostly) successful small-scale funding applications. He is Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands and runs his own arts management company, Midland Creative Projects. He is also Chair of NAWE. 

Janet Dean is a former Director in Local Government who graduated with an MA in Creative Writing in 2015, aged 59. She publishes poetry, and her first novel The Peacemaker is due out in 2019. She co-founded Awakening The Writer Within which runs retreats in Yorkshire and France. 

Olga Dermott-Bond is Head of English at a Secondary School in Warwickshire. She has been teaching English and Drama for twenty years. A former Warwick Poet Laureate and member of Writing West Midland’s Room 204, she has been widely published and is currently a commissioned artist for Coventry City of Culture 2021. 

Duncan Dicks has worked in mathematics, engineering, accountancy, and environmental finance before concentrating on writing, and academic research into crime writing.  Duncan's current project concerns the way that crime fiction explores the gaps between the moral and the legal, and helps to define the boundaries of society.

Anna Disley is Executive Director (Programme & Impact) at New Writing North. She leads on work with young people, schools and communities, talent development especially with under-represented groups, theatre and script development and all our work on Impact and evaluation. Anna is the Chair of Unfolding Theatre, and a Trustee of Open Clasp Theatre Company based in Newcastle.

Tom Dobson is a Founder Member of Story Makers Press and a research practitioner with expertise in creative writing pedagogy and children’s identities.

Helen Dring is a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and writer from Liverpool. She is studying for a PhD in Education and Social Justice that focuses on conceptualising Relationships and Sex Education for Disabled young people.

Rod Duncan is a novelist writing alternate history and contemporary crime. He lectures in creative writing at De Montfort University. His debut novel Backlash was shortlisted for the 2003 New Blood Dagger and in 2014, his novel The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award.

Moira Egan’s most recent collections are Synæsthesium (The New Criterion Poetry Prize, 2017) and Olfactorium (Italic Pequod, 2018). Her poems, prose, and translations have appeared in journals and anthologies on four continents. She teaches Creative Writing at St. Stephen’s School in Rome.

Magnus Eriksson is Senior Lecturer in Critical and Creative Writing at Linnaeus University. He has published essays on the Magical Realism of Garcia Marquez, Cortazar's meta-fiction, Megan Abbott, Stephen Booth, gender patterns in the writing of the history of literature, country music feminism, football, the process of otherizing in post-Colonial literature, Swedish writers Artur Lundkvist and Björn Ranelid, and other topics. He has published two collections of essays, the latest one being Förvrängningar. Essäer om litteratur, musik och det andra (Distortions. Essays about Literature, Music, and the Other, 2017).

Eve Ellis is a High School English Teacher at the American School in London as well as an MA student in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths. She won the Winchester Poetry Prize in 2016, and her poems have appeared in Magma and Bare Fiction.

Melissa Fagan is an Australian writer currently completing a PhD in travel writing with Curtin University and the University of Aberdeen. Her fiction and nonfiction has won awards and been widely published in Australian literary journals. Her first book, What Will Be Worn, was published by Transit Lounge in September 2018.

Maureen Fenton has taught creative writing in colleges and community settings and also works for Lancashire’s Heritage Learning Team. For the past few years, she has played a major role in developing heritage-and-poetry events for a local programme of Heritage Open Days.

Liz Flanagan writes for children and young adults. Her novels are Dragon Daughter and Eden Summer (nominated for the Carnegie Medal). She teaches in various settings including for Arvon and at Newcastle University, see for more information.

Sarah Franklin is a Senior Lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and a judge for the Costa Short Story Award. Sarah’s debut novel, SHELTER, was published by Bonnier Zaffre in 2017.

Sherezade Garcia Rangel is a Venezuelan writer and Lecturer in Creative Writing based in Falmouth. She holds an MA in Creative Writing (Newcastle University) and a PhD in Creative Writing (University of Glasgow). Her work has featured in Falwriting, From Glasgow to Saturn, Miscellaneous: Writing Inspired by The Hunterian Museum and Alliterati Magazine.

Francis Gilbert is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths, he is course leader for PGCE English and the Head of the MA in Creative Writing and Education. He is currently the External Examiner for the Leeds Beckett’s innovative Drama and Creative Writing in Education MA. He has written many books, including I’m A Teacher, Get Me Out of Here, and most recently, a novel, Snow on the Danube (Blue Door Press). His research interests include mindfulness and education, creative writing and young people, and collaborative reading strategies.

Susanna Gladwin studied English Literature at Bristol University. Her teaching career was devoted to students at Middlesex, as the institution evolved from Technical College to Polytechnic to University. Inspired by the Verbal Arts Association and the work of Anne Cluysenaar, she set up the first undergraduate Writing degree in the country. The creative writing element was not linked to the English Department but to Publishing, the idea being that writing takes place in a professional context. Having retired, she now enjoys working with the U3A.

Paul Graves is a lecturer at the University of Helsinki, teaching Creative Writing. He is the co-translator of Apollo in the Snow: Selected Poems of Aleksandr Kushner, and his translations of Russian poetry and Finnish folk poetry have appeared in many publications. He is working on a collection of poems.

Michael Cawood Green is Professor in English and Creative Writing at Northumbria University. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, and two novels, Sinking and For the Sake of Silence, winner of the Olive Schreiner Prize. His latest novel, The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong, was published in April 2019.

Brad Gyori has worked as a television writer-producer for such networks as MTV, VH1, FX, E! and HBO online. For ten years, he was the Head Writer of the Emmy award winning Talk Soup. He has been nominated for five Emmys. In 2017, Brad’s multi-media interactive play Shelley’s Heart debuted at the Shelley Theatre in Bournemouth.

Mandy Haggith is a lecturer in literature and creative writing at the University of the Highlands and Islands. She is the author of four novels, four poetry collections and a non-fiction book and editor of the tree poetry anthology, Into the Forest. More about the A-B-Tree project at

Martha Halford has twenty years’ experience in PR in the publishing industry. After several years overseeing the PR function for a leading independent publisher of business books, she set up Martha Halford PR in 2010. Today she publicises a wide range of non-fiction including health & wellbeing, the arts and food & drink. More information at:

Oz Hardwick is a writer, photographer, music journalist and occasional musician based in York. He has published seven poetry collections, most recently The House of Ghosts and Mirrors (Scarborough: Valley Press, 2017) and a prose poetry chapbook, Learning to Have Lost (Canberra: IPSI, 2018). Oz is Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, where he leads the Creative Writing programmes. 

Megan C Hayes is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Teesside University and the author of Write Yourself Happy (2018, Gaia), The Happiness Passport (2018, White Lion Publishing) and The Serenity Passport (2019, White Lion Publishing). Her research explores the links between writing, identity and flourishing.

Holly Howitt-Dring is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, where she teaches an array of subjects at all levels. She is an editor, and a writer of prose and poetry.

Hilary Jenkins is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Teesside University. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has a special interest in writing and personal development.

Mike D.D. Johnston is the author of three novels – Peace, Love, & Petrol Bombs; The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub; and The Secret Baby Room. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire.

Melanie Jones is a practice-based PhD student at Birkbeck University. She was longlisted for the 2018 Bristol Prize and manages The Mechanics’ Institute Review Online. Melanie is currently working on a collection of short stories informed by her own anxiety. Melanie works with anxious teens who are unable to access mainstream education.

Romi Jones facilitates community writing workshops enabling individuals to write their dreams and frustrations. She has an MA in Creative Writing, an NWN Northern Promise Award and Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. Living in Northumberland is great inspiration for her current work - short stories, a novel and narrative non-fiction.

Tyler Keevil is an award-winning writer from Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of three novels – Fireball, The Drive, and No Good Brother – and the short story collection, Burrard Inlet. He is Director of the MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University.

Joanne Kelleher has spent the last 10 years working as a Research terrier for business improvement of People, Procedures and Processes and is a Chartered Environmental Health Officer & Manager by profession.  She has enjoyed the privilege of helping others develop their writing abilities. In this time she has prepared an established a portfolio of conducting creative investigations for Literature reviews, written reports, workshops, 1-1 interviews, briefing papers and worked with community arts facility, Health care professionals, Visual material for creative output. 

Tim Kelly is Course Director of the MA in Professional Creative Writing at Coventry University. He writes poetry, fiction and screenplays. He holds a number of awards for scripting and directing short films. He is director of Cold Eye Productions and writer-producer of Story: Tales from a Refugee Camp.

Anna Kiernan is a Senior Lecturer in Writing at Falmouth University and publisher at the Literary Platform. Previously, she worked at André Deutsch and Simon & Schuster publishing as an editor and went on to co-found the MA in Publishing at Kingston University.

Lisa Koning is Publications & Editorial Manager for NAWE. She is also an academic and a writer. 

Julie Lamin is a former English faculty leader and consultant with over thirty years’ experience of successful GCSE and A Level teaching. Now a published author, her seminar for secondary schools, 'Novels and Why We Need Them', explores how writing is for life and not just for examinations.

Amy Lilwall is currently working towards her PhD in Creative Writing with the University of Kent. Her domestic dystopian novel, The Biggerers will be published by Oneworld this June. Amy currently lives in Cornwall where she lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Falmouth.

Michael Loveday’s novella-in-flash Three Men on the Edge was published by V. Press (2018). He teaches fiction to American undergraduates for the Advanced Studies in England programme, and poetry, fiction, and life writing in adult education. He has published articles about the novella-in-flash for SmokeLong Quarterly magazine.

Shân Maclennan is an educator and writer. She is currently working with the education team at The Poetry Society where one of her jobs is to edit the Foyle 20 resource for secondary school teachers. Until 2017, she was Deputy Artistic Director at Southbank Centre, London. Before that she worked in arts education roles in Southampton, East Hampshire, Wrexham and Edinburgh.

Kevan Manwaring (FHEA) is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leicester. He blogs and tweets as the Bardic Academic.  

Jack McGowan is a practising spoken word poet and critic of performance poetics. He performs regularly across the country and is currently co-editing a collection of critical essays on spoken word poetry in the UK. Jack is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Creative Writing at the University of Worcester.

Laura Martínez-Belli combines her literary activity with Novel workshops, Historic Novel and Creative Writing at the School of Writers (Escuela de Escritores) at Madrid. She is author of six novels, the most recent “The last page”, Mexico’s 2013 New Letters Award finalist and “Carlota, the empress driven crazy by love”.

Paul McVeigh’s debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award and was shortlisted for many others including the Prix du Roman Cezam. Paul wrote plays and comedy with his shows touring the UK and Ireland including the Edinburgh Festival and London's West End. His short stories have been in The Irish Times, The London Magazine, Faber's 'Being Various', Kit de Waal's 'Common People', on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5 and Sky Arts. He co-founded the London Short Story Festival. Paul also writes for The Irish Times and his work has been translated into seven languages.

Andrew Melrose is Professor of Children’s Writing at the University of Winchester, he has over 150 film, fiction, non-fiction, research, songs, poems and other writing credits, including The Story Keepers film series, a textual intervention on the New Testament, broadcast worldwide, and 28 scholarly or creative books; is the editor of the journal Writing4Children and a founding member of the TEXT journal of writing and writing courses international advisory board.

Alexandra Melville is a writer and educator. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rialto, The Interpreter’s House, and Lighthouse among others, and featured in the National Poetry Library’s Instagram Poetry exhibition. Her non-fiction publications include GCSE and A-Level Literature resources for HarperCollins and The British Library.

Liz Mistry, the author of four Northern Noir crime fiction novels, describes Bradford, her adoptive city, as Warm and Rich and Fearless. A creative writing PhD candidate at Leeds Trinity University, Liz explores the teen voice in adult crime fiction.  She teaches creative writing and runs The Crime Warp blog.

Zoe Mitchell is a PhD student in her second year of a creative PhD examining the figure of the witch in modern women’s poetry through critical analysis and creative exploration. She taught the Introduction to Poetry BA module at the University of Chichester and is a widely published poet. Her first collection, Hag, was published later this year by Indigo Dreams Publishing.

Ceri Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Keele University and works on literary geographies, place-writing, geopoetics, walking studies and GeoHumanities. In 2017, Morgan founded a walking-reading/walking-writing group called the Dawdlers. She is currently working on a project on walking and chronic pain with screendance artist, Anna Macdonald.

Alyson Morris is Course Director of the BA in English and Creative Writing at Coventry University. She writes poetry, flash fiction and short stories and is Editor of Coventry Words magazine. She specialises in creative nonfiction and is currently writing a book based upon her father’s post-war experiences in Germany.

Katy Wareham Morris is a Lecturer in Media and Culture and Creative Writing at the University of Worcester. Her research focusses on exploring interactive and innovative forms of digital poetics and the dynamic potentialities offered by the blurred distinctions between writers and readers/users. She is also an award-winning page poet.

Anna Morvern has written for the NAWE magazine on prison writing projects (Issue Number 66). She has facilitated diverse writing groups, giving presentations on her work with survivors to psychiatrists in a hospital setting and at activist-led events in collaboration with ‘Not Consent’, an art exhibition on tour across Ireland.

Jane Moss runs The Writing Retreat ( and community writing groups in Cornwall. She is conducting AHRC-funded doctoral research at Falmouth University into the novel as a vehicle for community participation. Her handbook Writing in Bereavement, a creative handbook is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2012). 

Derek Neale is a novelist – The Book of Guardians (Salt, 2012) – script and short story writer, and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Open University. He edited and co-wrote A Creative Writing Handbook: Developing dramatic technique, individual style and voice (A&C Black/Bloomsbury, 2009); co-authored Writing Fiction and Life Writing (both Routledge, 2009) and was a principle author in Creative Writing: a workbook with readings (Routledge, 2006). Derek is lead educator on the OU/FutureLearn Start Writing Fiction MOOC.

Sophie Nicholls is a Teaching Fellow at Teesside University. Her recent work includes the bestseller, The Dress (2016, Twenty7 Books) and the poetry collection, Refugee (2012, Salt). Her book The Feeling of Writing: What Happens When We Write and Why It Matters is forthcoming with Palgrave.  

Emma Nuttall is currently working toward her PhD studying the impact of digital technologies on the book and the written word. She is a writer and Co-founder of VIKA Books; publishers of digital stories. 

Steven O'Brien is course leader for the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth. He is a novelist, poet and editor of The London magazine.

Vasilis Papageorgiou is Professor of Creative Writing and Reader in Comparative Literature at Linnaeus University, Sweden. He has written and translated many books, published in Greece and Sweden. For more information and a full publication list, please visit his university staff website at

Marianne Pape is the Education and Outreach Officer at Attenborough Arts Centre Leicester. An artist and creative producer, she leads and co-produces cultural education programmes with schools, galleries and communities with a particular focus on curriculum and resource design, action research projects and removing barriers to the contemporary arts.

Alice Penfold is a London-based secondary school English teacher. Having taught for three years, she worked for the National Literacy Trust whilst studying for a Children’s Literature MA at Goldsmiths. Alice is now teaching again, completing the second year of her MA and spending her spare time reading and writing.

Sarah Penny is a Creative Writing tutor at Brunel University.  She began her career as a novelist but one mid-life crisis and divorce later, became fascinated with studying psychology.  She has a Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills from WPF therapy, is doing her Masters dissertation on Affective Deprivation Disorder with the Metanoia Institute and is a student on the Foundation Course in Dramatherapy at the University of Roehampton.

Mel Perry is a poet, writing practitioner and spoken word performer from Wales. She performs with spoken word trio The Rockhoppers, is Director of write4word, and works with Swedish arts organisation, Kultivera.  Her studies in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes focussed on the experience of women reading at a spoken word event.

Dr James Pope teaches and researches interactive fiction, creative digital writing, and children’s literature. As well as publications around digital fiction, and children’s literature, James has published 6 novels for children and teenagers. He created Genarrator, a platform for digital storytelling. He is also organiser of the annual New-Media Writing Prize, now in its tenth year.

Dan Powell is an award-winning author of short fiction. His debut collection, Looking Out of Broken Windows (Salt, 2014), was shortlisted for the Scott Prize. He is currently a Midlands4Cities/AHRC-funded Postgraduate Researcher in Creative Writing at University of Leicester.

Kevin Price is a PhD researcher in Creative Writing and Education at Murdoch University, an English teacher, and novelist. Between 2005 and 2015 he taught creative writing in more than 20 primary and high schools, and now provides Professional Development programs and school incursions to help teachers explore effective creative writing pedagogy.

Julie Primon is studying for a Creative Writing PhD at Cardiff University. She is researching the process of creative research – specifically when writing about foreign countries – and writing a historical novel set in WWII Italy. Her research interests include historical fiction, young adult fiction, and foreign language writing. She was previously a writer-in-residence at MADE café, in Cardiff, and was published in the anthology Café Collisions.

Bethany Rivers has published 'the sea refuses no river' (poetry from Fly on the Wall Press), 'Fountain of Creativity: Ways to Nourish your Writing' (Victorina Press), 'Off the wall', (poetry from Indigo Dreams). She has taught novel writing, short stories, poetry, memoir and children's fiction for over 13 years.

Javier Sagarna is a Spanish writer and Creative Writing teacher. Director of Escuela de Escritores in Madrid (Spain), he is the current President of EACWP. He teaches all around Europe and Latin America. Publications: "Mudanzas" (novel), "Ahora tan Lejos", "Nuevas aventuras de Olsson y Laplace" (short stories) and "Rafa y la jirafa" (novel for kids).

Kari Silvola, originally from Finland, is living and teaching in the Sultanate of Oman. He is a Writer, Blogger, meritorious Journalist, record breaking Editor-in-Chief of five magazines and two newspapers and reformer of media concepts. At the moment he teaches writing at the local university.

Jeremy Scott writes, teaches and researches on the border between literature and language studies at the University of Kent, specifically in the areas of stylistics, narrative and narratology, critical and cultural theory, and also creative writing. His current research interests are in fictional technique, literary representations of dialect, the relationship between narratives and identity, stylistics-based approaches to creative writing practice, and portrayals of Englishness in fiction.

Jasmine Simms is a poet and educator from Yorkshire. Her pamphlet Like Horses (2019) is published by Smith/Doorstop. The Teaching Assistant was submitted for her MA at Goldsmiths, and first performed at the University of East London for the Borderlines project. An extract also appears in Story Makers’ Dialogues (2019).

Ruth Stacey is an award-winning poet who lectures at the University of Worcester. Her second full-length collection, I, Ursula, is published by V.Press. Her PhD research is focused on historical voice and the blurring of memoir and biography.  Ruth is currently researching the life of the artist Pamela Colman Smith.

Julian Stannard is a Reader in Creative Writing  at the University of Winchester. He is the author of six collections, the most recent is Sottoripa  (Canneto Editore , 2018 ),  a bilingual   publication of his Italian  poems.  . Salt will be bringing out a new collection in 2020 called Heat Wave.

Lisa Stephenson is the Director of Story Makers Press and a research practitioner with expertise in drama pedagogy and children’s wellbeing. @lisa_stephenso

Edwin Stockdale has an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from the University of Birmingham.  Two of his pamphlet collections have been published by Red Squirrel Press: Aventurine (2014) and The Glower of the Sun (2019).  Currently, he is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University.

Mariana Torres was born in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. She has taught Creative Writing since 2004. At Escuela de Escritores she is in charge of the Department of Teacher Training. As a writer she has published in several anthologies and won prizes. She published her first book, The Secret Body, in 2015 (Páginas de Espuma). She is selected by Hay Festival to be part in Bogotá 39 (2017): a selection of the best fiction writers under 40 from across Latin America.

Niki Valentine is a prize-winning novelist and screenwriter. Currently Programme Leader at De Montfort University, she previously managed professionally-focused creative writing courses at the University of Nottingham and the National Academy of Writing. She has worked with large publishing houses and small indies, and has dabbled with self-publishing. 

Sigrid Varduhn is a writer and certified writing teacher. She studied communication at the College of Fine Arts in Berlin and lives in Caputh near Potsdam, Germany. She offers creative writing workshops for adults, e.g. writing short stories and flash fiction. She´s interested in poetry therapy and blogs about the power of reading and writing. Sigrid Varduhn is a freelancer and member of the EACWP.

John Vigna’s first book of fiction, Bull Head, was selected by Quill & Quire as an editor’s pick of the year and was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Named one of 10 writers to watch by CBC Books, John is a fiction Instructor and Pedagogy Chair in the UBC Creative Writing Program where his focus is on pedagogical and curricular strategies for 5500 creative writing students across the MFA, BFA and undergrad Minor programs including online/blended teaching innovations.

Bryan Wade is a playwright, audio dramatist, & novelist. Stage plays produced in Toronto, Seattle and Chicago; radio dramas broadcast in Canada/Australia. Recently, Chatterbox Audio Theater produced "Scavenge", a podcast. Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at UBC. Upstart Crow Literary in New York currently represents his YA novels.

Judy Waite has published fiction for children and YA, and writings related to creative-practice in education. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Winchester and has over twenty-years’ experience of running workshops and residencies. Judy Waite advocates the mix of kinaesthetic and ‘mindful’ approaches which, although seemingly playful, are underpinned by research and related theory.

Fiona Whyte holds a Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing at UCC where she is writing a novel based on the life of St Cuthbert. Her short stories have been published in Crannóg Magazine, Quarryman, The Hollybough and Long Story, Short and have been shortlisted for several awards. She co-edited the first newly-revived edition of Quarryman, UCC’s literary journal.

Emily Wiseman is a Project Producer for Young Writers City at Excelsior Academy, a creative facilitator, film-maker and writer.  She is a passionate advocate for the role of the arts in unlocking young people's potential, and for developing collaborative methods to better include voices often marginalized from the mainstream.

Jessica Wortley is a published poet and teacher of creative writing. She is currently working towards a PhD in creative writing at Teesside University, where she is researching links between nature writing and wellbeing. Her first poetry pamphlet, As If We Were The Trees, was published in 2015.

Patrick Wright has a poetry pamphlet, Nullaby, published by Eyewear (2017). His full collection follows later this year by the same publisher. His PhD is on ekphrastic responses to abstract and colour field painting, supervised by Jane Yeh and Siobhan Campbell. He teaches Arts and Humanities at the Open University.

Jennifer Young is an Anglo-American writer and Head of Writing and Journalism at Falmouth University. She holds an MA in Creative Writing (Cardiff University) and a PhD in Creative Writing (Southampton University. Her historical thriller Cold Crash is the first in a trilogy from Cinnamon Press. The second novel The Running Lie will be out in 2020.

Kerry Young is a novelist, Arvon tutor and mentor on Arvon’s 1-1 programme, which offers one-to-one tutorials to writers via Skype. She is also a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and a manuscript assessment Reader for The Literary Consultancy.

Dr Eleanor Yule is a writer, director and senior screenwriting lecturer at LJMU. Her practice-based PhD, pioneered a screenwriting methodology for the writing of Medieval screenplays. She co- authored, The Glass Half Full – Moving Beyond Scottish Miserablism (2014, Luath Press) which examined the impact of social realism on Scottish storytelling.

Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet and artist, awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, 2014. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she has been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library and worked on several projects across art forms in Leeds, Newcastle and Hull, as well as the Archives of St Paul’s Cathedral. Her six collections include Over the Moon and the latest, Luck is the Hook, and her poems have been broadcast widely on BBC Radio 3 and 4 as well as the BBC World Service. She also scripts and directs video films, and has had eleven solo exhibitions of drawings.

Paul McVeigh

Paul McVeigh ’s debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award and was shortlisted for many others including the Prix du Roman Cezam. Paul wrote plays and comedy with his shows touring the UK and Ireland including the Edinburgh Festival and London's West End. His short stories have been in The Irish Times, The London Magazine, Faber's 'Being Various', Kit de Waal's 'Common People', on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5 and Sky Arts. He co-founded the London Short Story Festival. Paul also writes for The Irish Times and his work has been translated into seven languages.