Authors and Speakers

Michael Arditti

Writer and critic

First winner of the Waterstones Mardi Gras award

Sioux Bradshaw

Workshop Leader

Sioux the bookmaker

Kevin Brooks

Panellist, children's fiction

Author of novels and stories for adults, young adults and younger people

Louise Buckley

Zeno Agents

Freelance publishing and editorial consultant

Sheila Bugler

Crime panellist

Author of the acclaimed series of crime novels featuring DI Ellen Kelly

Chris Curran

Crime Panellist

Author of psychological thrillers

Elizabeth Dale

Panellist, children's fiction

More than 60 children's books published

Katie Dale

Panellist, children's fiction

Author of books for children and young adults

Kathryn Evans

Panellist, children's fiction

Winner, Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award

Kaja Franck


Explorer of the literary werewolf

David Gaffney. Photo: Phil Rigby Cumbria Life 2013
David Gaffney


Flash fiction and short stories

Sophie Hannah

Prize-winning novelist

Author and poet

Jane Harris

Fiction and screenplay writer

Author of 'The Observations'

John Knowles

Workshop Leader

Writer / performer /producer

Michael Loveday

Flash and short stories

A Director of National Assoc. of Writers in Education

Kate O’Hearn


Author of children's fantasy fiction

Simon Mawer

Writer and biologist

Booker Prize shortlister

Pete May

Sports journalist and novelist

Workshop leader - Sports Journalism

Alison Moore

Prize-winning author

2 Observer Books of the Year!

Toni Mount


Author of the Seb Foxley series of medieval mysteries

Marnie Riches

Crime panellist

Author of 'Born Bad'

David Videcette

Crime Panellist

Crime fighter turned crime writer