Authors and Speakers

Michael Arditti

Writer and critic

First winner of the Waterstone's Mardi Gras award

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

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'

Michael Loveday

Flash and short stories

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

Medieval history specialist

Respected author, teacher and historic interpreter

Allison Pearson

Novelist and columnist

Author of 'I don't know how she does it'

Marnie Riches

Crime panellist

Author of 'Born Bad'