Jill Dawson is the author of nine novels – Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred & Edie (short-listed for the Whitbread and Orange prizes) Wild Boy, Watch Me Disappear (long-listed for the Orange and optioned by ITV) The Great Lover, about the poet Rupert Brooke: a best-seller and Richard and Judy Summer Read, and Lucky Bunny, winner of a Fiction Uncovered award and chosen as a Telegraph book of the year, The Tell-Tale Heart, nominated for the Folio prize and The Crime Writer (about Patricia Highsmith), winner of the East Anglian Fiction Award and East Anglian Book of the Year. She has also won an Eric Gregory award for poetry and has held many fellowships, including the British Council Fellowship at Amherst, USA and Royal Literary Fund Fellowship and Creative Writing Fellowship at UEA where she taught on the MA for a number of years. In addition she is the editor of six collections of poetry and short-stories, and has an exceptional track record in discovering, nurturing and supporting new writers. In the very first anthology she edited, at the age of 28, School Tales, she was the first to publish a story by Malorie Blackman (who went on to become the Children’s laureate) as well as one by Joanna Briscoe (now an acclaimed novelist).
The Crime Writer has been optioned by Pathe Films.
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Romesh Gunesekera’s Reef was short-listed for the 1994 Booker Prize. The Sandglass, received BBC’s inaugural Asia Award and Heaven’s Edge, like his collection of stories, Monkfish Moon, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His novel, The Match, was described in the Irish Times as a book that ‘shows why fiction is written—and read’. His latest novel is The Prisoner of Paradise. A new collection of stories, Noontide Toll, will be published by Granta in 2014 along with a 20th anniversary edition of Reef.
He was on the board of the Arvon Foundation for six years and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has been a judge for a number of literary awards including the Granta list of the Best of Young British Novelists (2013). He is currently co-writing The Writers’ & Artists’ Book of Novel Writing.
Liz Jensen is the author of eight acclaimed novels, including the best-selling The Rapture and the Hollywood-adapted The Ninth Life of Louis Drax. Her work, translated into 20 languages, has won an Arts Council of England Writers Award, received three nominations for the Orange Prize, been shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award, and been named as a Notable Book of the Year in the New York Times. She reviews regularly for the BBC and The Guardian.
Liz Jensen spent ten years as Writer in Residence at Kingston University, tutors regularly for the Arvon Foundation and Curtis Brown Creative, and has built the upcoming Creative Writing Program at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Liz Jensen offers mentoring via Skype and email as she is based in Denmark.
Louise Doughty is the author of eight novels, one work of non-fiction and five plays for radio. Her latest book, Black Water, is out now from Faber & Faber UK and Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar Straus & Giroux in the US, where it was nominated as one of the New York Times Book Review Notable Books of 2016. Her seventh novel was the top ten bestseller Apple Tree Yard. First published in 2013, it was shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger Award and the National Book Award Thriller of the Year and sold in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A four-part TV adaptation with Emily Watson in the lead role was broadcast on Sunday nights on BBC1. It received widespread critical acclaim and consolidated viewing figures of seven million per episode, making it the most-viewed new BBC drama since The Night Manager. Doughty’s sixth novel, Whatever You Love, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has also won awards for radio drama and short stories, along with publishing one work of non-fiction, A Novel in a Year, based on her popular newspaper column. She is a critic and cultural commentator for UK and international newspapers and broadcasts regularly for the BBC and has been the judge for many prizes and awards including the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Novel Award. She has widespread experience of teaching creative writing including six month courses for the Faber Academy and Guardian Masterclasses and shorter course for the Arvon Foundation and Skyros Holidays. She has been a Gold Dust mentor since its inception and lives in London.
Richard Skinner is the author of three novels, all published by Faber and Faber, three books of non-fiction and two poetry collections. His work has been nominated for prizes and is published in eight languages.
His debut novel, The Red Dancer, is reissued by Faber in October 2017. Richard is Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy and a tutor on its six-month ‘Writing a Novel’ course. He also runs Vanguard Readings and its publishing arm Vanguard Editions.
Kathryn Heyman is the author of six novels, including Storm and Grace and The Accomplice. She has won an Arts Council of England Writers Award, the Wingate and the Southern Arts Awards, and been nominated for the Orange Prize, the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Edinburgh Fringe Critic’s Awards, the Kibble Prize, and the West Australian Premier’s Book Awards. She’s written several radio plays for BBC radio including adaptations of her own work. Kathryn Heyman was the Scottish Arts Council Writing Fellow at Glasgow University and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Westminster College, Oxford. She’s judged many literary awards and is a member of the Folio Prize Academy. Currently the Conjoint Professor in Writing at the University of Newcastle, she’s taught Creative Writing for many institutions including the University of Oxford and has mentored many writers from draft to publication..
Tim Pears is the author of nine novels, including In the Place of Fallen Leaves, 1993, (awarded the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award); In a Land of Plenty, 1997 (made into a ten-part BBC TV series); Landed, 2010; and The Horseman, 2017. He has also published short stories, and essays on sport. In 1996 he received a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, in America. He has taught creative writing with Ruskin College, Oxford and the Arvon Foundation, among other organisations. He was Writer in Residence at Cheltenham Festival of Literature, 2002-03, and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University 2006-08 and 2010-11, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
SALLY CLINE, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, previously Advisory Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and a Hawthornden Fellow, is an award winning biographer and short fiction writer.
Her 13th book and latest biography Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery (Arcade) follows landmark biographies on Zelda Fitzgerald and Radclyffe Hall. Her first book of short stories One of us is Lying (Golden Books) precedes her novel Lily and Max to be published this year.
She was a 2013 Judge for the HW Fisher Prize first published Biographies. She is co-Series Editor for Bloomsbury’s 9 volume Writers’ & Artists’ Companions about writing and she has co-Authored 2 volumes on Life Writing and Literary Non-Fiction.
Her current projects are writing podcasts for the RLF, researching both a biography of the artist Dora Carrington , and also a book on Women Crime Writers.
Formerly Director of the Writers’ Pool mentoring scheme, and mentor for the Arts Council’s Escalator programme; she has taught at Cambridge University, was Writer in Residence and mentor for the MA Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University, holds degrees and Masters from Durham and Lancaster University and was awarded and Honorary Doctor of Letters for her international writing.
Michelle Spring has extensive experience as a writer and as a teacher and mentor, which enables her to bring the best of both worlds to her work with developing writers. She writes both fiction and non-fiction, and has won major awards for both. Her six crime novels, published by Orion in the UK and by Ballantine / Random House in the USA and Canada, have been translated into a number of languages, including French, German and Russian. She is co-author of a best-selling social science textbook, and has published four other major works of non-fiction on topics ranging from new technologies of reproduction to the way gender operates in co-educational classrooms. Her most recent non-fiction work, co-authored with crime novelist Laurie R. King, is Crime and Thriller Writing: a Writers’ and Artists Companion (Bloomsbury 2013). As well as providing a comprehensive introduction to the ins and outs of these genres, the book offers 26 essays packed with insights from other top crime and thriller writers.
Michelle Spring enjoys helping other writers to hone their skills, and to use their talents to produce the finest books that they can. As a crime writer, she knows how important it is to find the very best structure to deliver a story, and to ensure that work is not only well-written, but also pacey, coherent and involving.
Michelle previously lectured at Cambridge University and was for two decades a Professor of Sociology at Anglia Ruskin University. Since becoming a full-time novelist, she has held posts as Royal Literary Fellow at Newnham and Magdalene Colleges, Cambridge. For many years, she chaired the panel of mentors and judges for the Arts Council Escalator Project, which is devoted to developing the talents and careers of promising new writers.
Jim Kelly was born in London in 1957, the son of a Scotland Yard detective. He went to Sheffield University and then into provincial newspapers before moving to the Financial Times, where he became Education Correspondent. In 1985 he was a press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. His first novel, The Water Clock, published in 2001 by Penguin, was short-listed for the John Creasey Award, given by the Crime Writers’ Association for best debut crime novel. In 2002 he left the Financial Times to write full-time. Four more crime novels in the series, set in the Black Fens around Ely, followed – The Fire Baby, The Moon Tunnel, The Coldest Blood and The Skeleton Man. In 2006 he won the CWA’s Dagger in the Library, in recognition of the popularity of the series. He began a second series in 2009 with Death Wore White, set on the north Norfolk coast, followed by Death Watch. He lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire, with his partner Midge Gillies, a writer, and lecturer in creative non-fiction.
Lesley Glaister is the writer of 14 novels the latest of which –The Squeeze – will published by Salt in 2017. Her previous novel, Little Egypt, was awarded a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and she won both the Somerset Maugham and Betty Trask Award for her first novel Honour Thy Father and was given the title ‘Yorkshire Author of the Year’ for Easy Peasy. Lesley’s short stories have appeared in various newspapers, journals and anthologies, most recently Salt’s Best British Short Stories of 2013, and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She edited an anthology of short stories, Are You She, for Tindal Street Press and she has written drama for stage and radio and published a pamphlet of poetry: Visiting the Animal published by Mariscat Press 2015. Lesley lives in Edinburgh and spends her summers in Orkney. She has taught writing to a wide range of students at every level, and currently teaches at the University of St Andrews.
Andrew Miller was born in Bristol in 1960. He has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland and France, and currently lives in Somerset. His first novel, Ingenius Pain, was published by Sceptre in 1997 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Grinzane Cavour prize in Italy. He has since written four novels: Casanova, Oxygen, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Booker Prize in 2001, The Optimists, and One Morning LIke a Bird.
Shelley Weiner is the author of five novels, including A Sisters’ Tale, The Last Honeymoon, and The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green. She is widely known as an inspirational creative writing tutor and nurturer of new talent. Shelley is a regular tutor for Guardian Masterclasses, the Faber Academy, Peirene Press Masterclasses, and Skyros Writers’ Lab. She is a trusted Reader for The Literary Consultancy. She served as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow for five years and subsequently as an Advisory Fellow. Shelley has lectured on the Creative Writing MA at Anglia Ruskin University, as well as for Birkbeck College, the Open University, the Taliesin Trust, the British Council in Israel, and Durham University Summer School.
Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. She received a BA from Aberystwyth University, Wales, and a MLitt in Creative Writing from St Andrews, Scotland. She is the author of Haweswater, which won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award, and a Lakeland Book of the Year prize.
In 2004, her second novel, The Electric Michelangelo, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia region), and the Prix Femina Etranger, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Her third novel, The Carhullan Army, was published in 2007, and won the 2006/07 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, a Lakeland Book of the Year prize, was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction and long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC award. It was chosen as one of the Times Best 100 Books of the Decade.
Her fourth novel, How To Paint A Dead Man, was published in 2009 and was longlisted for the Man Booker prize. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is working on a fifth novel and a collection of short stories.
Sarah Hall is an honorary fellow of Aberystwyth University, and a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2007). She was a member of Art Council England, North-West Region 2008-2009. She regularly tutors for the Faber Academy, the Arvon Foundation, and has taught creative writing in a variety of establishments in the UK and abroad. She currently lives in Cumbria.
Midge Gillies is a freelance journalist and the author of six books. She has written critically-acclaimed biographies of the record-breaking pilot, Amy Johnson and the Edwardian music hall star Marie Lloyd. She is the author of How to Write Memoir & Biography (published by The Guardian) and Writing Lives: Literary Biography (CUP). She has been a judge and mentor for the Arts Council Escalator Programme for three years. Her book about creativity among Allied Prisoners of War in the Second World War will be published next year. She studied history at Cambridge University and is a part-time tutor for Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education. She lives in Ely with her husband, the crime writer Jim Kelly.
Jane has written nine novels including Her living Image (Somerset Maugham Award), Promised Lands (Writers Guild Best Novel Award), and Island (Orange longlisted). Her latest novel, The Testament of Jessie Lamb, was Man-Booker longlisted and won the Arthur C Clarke Award 2012. Her short story collection Hitting Trees with Sticks was shortlisted for the Edgehill Prize 2013.
She has written drama for radio and TV, including an award-winning adaptation of her own novel Mr Wroe’s Virgins for BBC2. Her radio work includes both original drama and Classic Serial adaptations.
She has taught many aspiring and now published students as Professor of Writing at Sheffield Hallam University; among the most illustrious of these is, of course, Jill Dawson! She has run courses for Arvon, Open College of the Arts, MsLexia and many others. She was RLF fellow at Warwick University, and currently runs an RLF Reading Round group in Banbury. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her new novel Conrad and Eleanor will be published by Atlantic in May 2016. www.janerogers.org
Celia Brayfield is the author of nine novels which range from modern social comedies to genre bestsellers. She chose the London ‘urban village’ of Chiswick as a setting for two novels about suburban life, but has also set her stories in wartime Malaysia, in rural France and in the Canary Islands during a volcanic eruption. Her writing is noted for its strong sense of place, ‘wicked’ social observation and narrative strength. She has also published short and flash fiction, cultural commentary, biography and travel writing, and has not entirely given up her first career as a journalist. A creative writing tutor since 2005, she is an Associate Reader at Brunel University London and Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University. In these roles she has worked with many successfully published and award winning writers. She had a particular interest in historical fiction and in women’s writing. She has served on the Management Committee of The Society of Authors and on the working group which drafted the Creative Writing benchmark statement for the Quality Assurance Agency. She is currently deputy chair of the Higher Education Committee of the National Association of Writers in Education and has been recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.