Robin is the author of three novels, two collections of short stories and half a dozen non-fiction books. His novel, Lord of the Dance, won the BBC Bookshelf First Novel Award and was entered for the Booker Prize. ‘Amazing imaginative brilliance,’ said The Times of this novel.
Robin also writes radio drama, his play, Ice in Wonderland, winning the Radio Times Best Drama Script for 1992. Robin has conducted many writers' workshops and, for four years, he was a tutor in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. Robin is a former president of the Scottish Association of Writers for whom he has adjudicated many short story and novel competitions.
He lives in Helensburgh, on the west coast of Scotland, with his wife.
For more information, visit his website.
Michelle writes novels for adults and children. She has particular interests in Venice, art and the history of medicine.
Her first novel, Carnevale, is the story of the portrait-painter Cecilia Cornaro, described by The Times as the possessor of 'the most covetable life' in fiction in 2001. In The Floating Book, a chorus of characters relates the perilous birth of printing in Venice, examining the translation of raw emotion into saleable merchandise. Lovric's third novel, The Remedy, a literary murder-mystery set against the background of 18th Century quack medicine, was long-listed for the 2005 Orange Price for Fiction.
In her latest, The Book of Human Skin, Lovric returns to the theme of art, with a plot revolving around a transgressive portrait of a supposedly dead nun in Peru. She also explores the issues of Holy Anorexia, unmitigated villainy and a very unusual form of bibliomania. Her first novel for young adult readers, The Undrowned Child, was described by The Independent as 'gripping, elegant and original'. A sequel, The Mourning Emporium, was published November 2010.
She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art. For more information see her website : www.michellelovric.com.
Lesley is the author of a novel, The Picnic (Black and White, 2007) and a work of non-fiction, Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers (Overlook Press, 2010), described by the New York Times Book Review as 'full of juicy details' and which was shortlisted for the Scottish Books Awards 2011.
She has published short stories and is the recipient of two Writers' Bursaries, one for her latest novel, The Ghost Continent and one for a new work of non-fiction about early 20th Century literary Muses. She has a PhD in English Literature from Glasgow University, where she has also taught creative writing. She is a literary critic for The Herald, The Scotsman and The Independent on Sunday newspapers.
Ernesto Mestre has over 12 years of experience working with writers as an editor, teacher, and coach.
Many of the writers he has worked with have gone on to publish their work at major houses like Knopf, Harper Collins, and Norton. He is the author of three novels, The Lazarus Rumba, The Second Death of Única Aveyano, and the forthcoming Sacrificio, has translated four Latin American novels from the Spanish, and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
He is currently Assistant Professor of Fiction at Brooklyn College and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and City College of New York.
Alan is our editor for graphic novels. He spent the first ten years of his
working life trying to get away from comics, a task made especially difficult since he was an assistant editor on first MAD magazine and House of Hammer. In a burst of warped logic, he joined Marvel Comics to edit venerated film magazine Starburst but somehow acquired Doctor Who Monthly into his portfolio.
After spending a couple of years as a freelance author, writing three non-fiction books, he somehow fetched up on the editorial staff of the UK’s premier weekly adventure comic 2000AD, where he contributed Judge Dredd stories and created the characters Universal Soldier, Brigand Doom, Bradley and the fan-favourite The Journal of Luke Kirby, which chronicled the adventures of a boy wizard ten years before there was Harry Potter.
Alan is currently working on two graphic novels with long-time collaborators Steve Parkhouse and Brett Ewins.
Haydn has written for a living since 1980.
His seven literary-fantasy novels range from The People in the Picture (hailed by Anthony Burgess as ‘an astonishing fictional debut’) to Grimm’s Last Fairytale (‘a modern fairytale that should last at least a hundred years’ according to USA’s Kirkus Reviews).
He has lectured on or taught creative writing in England, America, Greece and Australia.
Haydn is, by a distance, our most prolific editor, having written more than seventy books for children - some of which are admittedly very short indeed!
Elly's first novel, Wednesday's Child, was published by Virago in 2004 and went on to be shortlisted for the YoungMinds Award. She is currently working on her second novel, (Bleeding Heart Yard), Elly also moonlights as a journalist, writing mainly for the The Guardian.
Recently, she's also moved into ghost-writing. She has eight years experience in editorial work and publishing.
The Bleeding Heart Yard has been commissioned by TimeWarner and has received awards from the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation.
Sam Mills was born in 1975 and graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Lang & Lit. Since then she has been a full-time novelist and has published 11 books to date.
Her young adult novels, 'A Nicer Way to Die', 'The Boys Who Saved the World' and 'Blackout' are dark, crossover thrillers which are published in the UK by Faber & Faber. Her work has been translated into 5 languages. 'The Boys Who Saved the World', a satire on the War on Terror, is currently being made into a film with Tyger Drew-Honey, the star of the TV Series 'Outnumbered', due to play the lead. 'Blackout' has been nominated for the Carnegie prixze and the Manchester Book Award, and was recently shortlisted for the Lancashire Book Award.
Her debut adult novel as Samantha Mills, 'The Quiddity Will Self', a quirky literary novel about sex, death, Will Self and the Great Vowel Shift, will be published by Corsair in 2012
Tiffany has taught creative writing at The University of East Anglia, Bath Spa University and Manchester Metropolitan University.
She edited Pretext 8: Once Upon A Time… with Helon Habila and her novel Happy Accidents was published to excellent reviews in 2004.
She lived and worked in New York for many years but currently lives in Herefordshire. She has an MA and PhD in Creative and Critical writing from UEA.
Jenny is Reader in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University. She is also the acclaimed author of two novels (Going In, and Life Class), and her short fiction has been published by, among others, The London Magazine and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Many writers will also know her for The Writers' Workbook, a text that has become a crucial learning tool for creative writing students. Booker Prize-winning novelist Barry Unsworth said of The Writer's Workbook, "I wish I'd had it at my elbow when I started out."
She also teaches fiction writing for the Arvon foundation.
Martin worked as a professional musician in Europe and the US before going to the University of East Anglia where he gained a First in English and received the Alumni Prize for Fiction in his year on the Creative Writing MA. Martin has taught widely, including as an associate tutor at UEA.
His work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines including Tell Tales, New Writing and Esquire, and has been translated into Chinese. Martin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow and is a grateful recipient of an Arts Council Writer’s Award and a 2010 Wingate Scholarship.
He has also reviewed books for the Observer, the Sunday Times and the Financial Times.
He is represented by Andrew Kidd at Aitken Alexander Associates.
Anastasia was head girl at a Sacred Heart Convent before attending Oxford University where she read English. She has variously worked as a London temp, a kindergarten headmistress in Cairo, a legal clerk for criminal lawyers, and as a freelance features writer.
However, she is also working on a non-fiction memoir about her time in Cairo and a ‘choc-lit’ novel (dark, rich, and full of people eating Penguins).
Dexter is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003) & One True Void (Two Ravens Press 2008). White Lies was shortlisted for the Dazed & Confused Most Promising Writer award. Dexter was also shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2006 for his translation of The Fishing Box (by Maurice Genevoix , co-translated with Laure Claesen). He won an Authors' Foundation Award for non-fiction in 2004 and an Arts Council Bursary in 2006. He has since edited a ground breaking anthology of new angling writing, Powerlines (Two Ravens Press 2009) and is one of the original writers on the cult website Caught By The River, contributing chapters to both their books (Caught By The River - A Collection of Words on Water, Cassell 2009 & On Nature, Harper Collins 2011).
Jane used to work in children’s books at Random House, but left to travel the world. Since then she has written sketch comedy for radio (The Way It Is on Radio 4) and television, (Smack the Pony for Channel 4 and The Sketch Show for ITV/Baby Cow).
Paul is the Director of a successful management consultancy, but also has a passion for writing, with several management textbooks to his name. His first was issued through The Economist, another formed part of Kogan Page’s hugely influential ‘Business Success’ series and is being reproduced as an iPhone application.
Paul also writes infrequent articles which have been published in a range of professional and general magazines, including Maxim. He has also written for television.
Jacqui Rowe's most recent collections are 'Apollinaire' (Perdika) and 'Paint' (Flarestack Poets. Her poems have extensively appeared in anthologies and leading magazines, such as 'Mslexia', 'Tears in the Fence' and 'Poetry Review.
Much of her work relates to heritage sites and museums, including residencies with the National Trust. She also works on a long-term project making poetry with people with dementia. She is co-editor of the award-winning press, Flarestack Poets.
She runs her own workshop programme, Making Poetry and is a tutor for the Poetry School. She has also led numerous workshops, for example at Ledbury Poetry Festival. She has mentored many poets who have gone on to achieve considerable success.
Jessica's debut novel, Luxury, was published by Headline Review in July 2009, which has been described as a 'decadent blockbuster for the 21st century.'
She has written two non-fiction books, 'Heroines: The Bold, The Bad & The Beautiful', and 'How Small Groups can Raise Big Funds', as well as screenplays, magazine articles and stories for children. Her latest novel is 'To Touch the Stars'.
As well as writing, Jessica works for and is a director of independent publisher Long Barn Books. As the daughter of a novelist and a Professor of Shakespeare, she's been around books and writing her whole life, and has had various jobs in the arts and media.
Fay is the author of numerous books for both adults and children.
Her work draws heavily on myth, the Arthurian legends, and the historical world of Celtic an d post-Roman Britain. Works for adults include the Morgan Le Fay series, The Island Pilgrimage and The Silent Fort.
Fay writes full time and lives in a Tudor cottage in the West Country.
Eve is the author of four thrillers and probably best known for her central character, Paul Tallis, a former firearms officer who works as an off-the books spook for MI5. Her latest novel, ‘Land of Ghosts,’ set in bleak, war-torn Chechnya, was published in 2010.
The Good Book Guide wrote, ‘Seymour is able to convey the excitement of the more straightforward brand of adventure thriller, while freighting in the subtle undertones of the more sophisticated novelists of the genre.’
In a ruthless bid to make her writing as genuine as possible, she has bent the ears of numerous police officers and developed contacts within the military, the United Nations, and various charities working with refugees and victims of war. She also once spent a memorable evening in a simulated laser suite with a firearms team at their secret headquarters and received a master class in weaponry. All of which only goes to prove that writers will do pretty much anything to recreate an authentic experience for their readers!
Rebecca was born in London in 1966 of Indian-English & Scottish parents, and spent most of her childhood in rural Surrey. She studied History at Southampton University and still lives in the city.
Southampton is the setting for her first novel The Bluebird Cafe (Bloomsbury 2001).
Her second, Happy Birthday and All That (Bloomsbury 2003), is set in Southampton, Winchester and Cornwall. Her third, A Bit of Earth (Bloomsbury 2006), is set in a botanical garden.
She is currently working on a collection of short stories, and a work of fiction for children.
Diana wrote her first novel – Bird of Paradise - while working for Rebecca West, the Grande Dame of British literature, whose archive she catalogued. With that first novel accepted and a second – The Indiscretion – commissioned, Diana became a full time writer. Five more novels followed, all published in both hardback and paperback and mainly by Random House in the UK.
She has also been published in the US and translated into German, Russian, Czech, Bulgarian and Romanian. Her 7th novel is currently under production by German television.
Veronica has fourteen books in the bookshops, all currently in print. Eleven of them feature Kate Ivory, a historical novelist living in Oxford who frequently – and often unwillingly – finds herself involved in a crime. The setting for these crime novels is Oxford, with its colleges, libraries, parks and waterways.
The Times has commented, 'Stallwood has fought her way to the top of the tree in British crime writing'.
She lives near Oxford, but has so far not solved any notable murders.
Katherine Stansfield grew up on the wilds of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall and moved to Aberystwyth in 2002 to study English and Creative Writing at university. She has been there ever since, completing her BA in 2005 followed by an MA in Creative Writing in 2006. She completed her PhD in Creative Writing, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, in 2011. The subject of her thesis was a fictional exploration of the point in Cornwall’s history when fishing was replaced by tourism as the main industry; she is now an expert on pilchards.
Katherine’s poetry has appeared in New Welsh Review, Poetry Wales, and anthologies from both Leaf and Cinnamon Press. More work is forthcoming in Poetry Cornwall. She was a runner-up in the inaugural New Welsh Review Poetry Prize, was long-listed for a Cinnamon Press first collection award, and is the winner of the 2011 Leaf Poetry competition. Her reviews of contemporary fiction and poetry have appeared in Planet and New Welsh Review, and are forthcoming in Poetry Wales.
Katherine is a member of the New Welsh Review board and has acted as a reader for the Welsh Books Council. She teaches creative writing at Aberystwyth University.
Jane’s first taste of astrology was in her teens, courtesy of Jackie magazine, but this didn’t offer a lot of scope so she began teaching herself ‘proper’ astrology. She also discovered tarot and palmistry, and began writing novels. Since then, she’s spent her entire career in publishing, first as an editor and now as a professional writer.
C M Taylor
Craig (who writes as C M Taylor) has published a commercially-oriented satire Premiership Psycho with Corsair/Constable and Robinson, and also two literary novels, Light and Cloven, a dark take on 2001's foot and mouth disease outbreak. Under the nom de plume Ed Lark, Taylor has published Grief, a dystopian fantasy which was nominated for the British Science Fiction Association Book of the Year, 2005. The BFSA wrote, "Grief is a magnificent novel… Ed Lark is certainly a writer to look out for."
Val is the author of two books for children, The Time Wreccas and The Time Apprentice. The first of these was shortlisted for the inaugural Ottakar's children's book prize, and was also the Ottakar's Book of the Month.
The second was praised by the Independent for its, 'clever pseudo-science, attractive characterisation and well-sustained suspense.'
Val was a teacher for twenty years, teaching every age group from five to eighteen.
She now writes full time and lives deep in the Welsh countryside.
Tricia was born in London in 1954 and grew up in south-east England.
She has been a secretary, a gardener and a designer. She began writing in 1998.
THE RIVER, her first novel, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, shortlisted for the Authors' Club Prize, and is currently on the longlist for Le Prince Maurice prize. She is working on her second novel.
She also teaches on the MA Creative Writing Course at Bath Spa University and has occasional teaching commitments in France.
Lawrence is the author of some three dozen novels of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and over a hundred short stories, including the Hugo-Award-winning "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers."
He is the recipient of two ASIMOV'S Readers' Choice awards, and SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE named his novel Dragon Weather the best fantasy of 1999, but his favorite comment on his work is from STARDATE's review of his science fiction novel Shining Steel: "...if it's a question of your buying this book or buying groceries, well, a few beans never hurt anybody..."
Andrew is an experienced editor, writer, and teacher of creative writing. He was managing editor and later senior editor at Little, Brown UK, acquiring, editing, and publishing critically acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction, and subsequently as a freelance editor worked for many of the industry’s most notable imprints. He has an MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University’s pioneering Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where he also taught workshops in creative writing and publishing.
He is a tutor for University College Falmouth’s MA in Professional Writing, and has also taught at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College and led seminars on publishing at Canterbury Christ Church University, City University, and Lancaster University. His own fiction and nonfiction have been published in anthologies Uncontained and Primal Picnics and in many literary magazines – more information at www.wille.org.
Philip was born in Chichester in the middle of a thunderstorm in 1982. He was educated at Lancing College, and read Classics and English and Oriel College Oxford.
He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Other Book and The Liberators.
The Liberators was a Children's Book of the Year for 2010 in The Times and The Daily Telegraph. He is a Contributing Editor to Literary Review and Port.
He now lives in London.