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Our Writers

We offer writers at three levels of experience: Junior, Senior, and Premium. All our writers are talented journalists or authors, who have been selected and approved by our editors. You can browse their profiles using the tabs below.

Alex Grant

Alex Grant


Alex Grant has been ghostwriting biographies since 2015 and joined StoryTerrace in 2017. Alex specialises in political and legal biographies. Working with his brother, Thomas Grant, he helped to research the bestselling Court Number One: The Old Bailey Trials that Defined Modern Britain (John Murray, 2019). After studying English at Oxford, Alex was a journalist in both the US and the UK and then spent 16 years as a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Greenwich, chairing its planning committee in 2006-2010. Alex has lectured about the history and development of London at the City Lit and the Universities of London and Sheffield, and written for the Guardian and Building Design. He blogs about politics, history and architecture at http://www.alexgrant.me.


Amarpreet Basi

Greater London

Amarpreet enjoyed writing stories as a child, but somewhere along the line abandoned his writerly ambitions. In 2008, he read Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road and his passion for writing was rekindled. He’s been working on a novel ever since, and has acquired an MA in Creative Writing from City University whilst working for an investment firm in Canary Wharf.

Antoinette Tyrrell

Dublin, Ireland

Antoinette’s debut novel, Home to Cavendish, a blend of historical and contemporary fiction, was published by Poolbeg Press in 2019. Her second novel, The Secrets Left Behind, is due for publication in late 2020.

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Barbara Fox

South East England

Barbara seems to spend most of her time in the past these days! She worked in publishing and journalism for several years before having two sons. Since reading her mother’s old letters home from 1950s America, which became the book Bedpans & Bobby Socks (Hachette), she has made a career for herself as a writer and ghostwriter of memoirs.

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Bernard Bale

East England

An award-winning Fleet Street journalist and BBC broadcaster with many books published including autobiographies for a number of celebs. A very experienced interviewer and speaker who has worked with household names as well as ordinary people with a tale to tell. Bernard has appeared on many television shows, twice compered at the Royal Albert Hall, twice spoken at the Houses of Parliament and had many other major engagements. His secret is in being a people person and respecting client confidentiality – as well as being good at what he does.

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Carole Richardson

North West England

Carole has spent more years than she’ll admit to writing for newspapers and women’s magazines. To give you a clue, she was at journalism college with Jeremy Clarkson but says she’s definitely younger than him. After qualifying, Carole joined the Sheffield Morning Telegraph, Yorkshire Post and Lancashire Evening Post before turning freelance. She’s covered hundreds of national in-depth real life and celebrity stories and worked closely with the lovely, late Lynda Bellingham. Recently she ghost wrote her first book for Simon & Schuster which was a Sunday Times bestseller.

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Chris Neill

Greater London

Chris works as a comedian, performing stand-up, appearing on the radio and voice acting. Mainly, however, he writes. Chris’ writing life is varied: he writes national newspaper columns, magazine articles, television animation scripts and he’s also working on a book. In a previous life, Chris was a BBC Radio Comedy producer making sitcoms, sketch shows and panel games.


Clara Salaman

Greater London

Clara wrote Shame on You (Penguin) and The Boat (Head of Zeus). Both are fictional accounts of her life – the former about a girl who grew up in a cult and the latter about teenage adventures in the Mediterranean. Born and raised in north London, Clara has lived in Cornwall, Turkey and Spain, and may be most well known for playing DS Stanton in The Bill.

Craig Melvin

London and Málaga

Craig has written 1,001 stories with people from all walks of life. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex, and his novel, The Belle Hotel, is a family saga set at a seaside hotel over three generations (described as ‘a great read’ by Matt Haig).


David Smith

North West England

David started his career as a journalist in 1990, working on sporting titles and interviewing legends such as Jerry Guscott and Joe Montana. His freelance writing career has seen him work for the BBC, Sky Magazine, FHM and many other magazines and websites. He has written books for Osprey and his latest work, on the British general William Howe, will be published by Bloomsbury in June 2017.

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Ellen Aaku

South East England

Ellen never imagined she would become a writer; as a child she preferred to tell stories orally. But life happened, and today she is a prize-winning author. She has won the Commonwealth Short Competition, the Penguin Prize for Writing and the Macmillan Writers Prize. She has an MA in Creative Writing and has taught writing to adults and children across Africa.

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Emma Donnan

South East England

Emma has ghost-written numerous autobiographies, including several Sunday Times Bestsellers, for publishers like Pan Macmillan and Simon & Schuster. Incredibly versatile, her clients range from private commissions for real life stories to celebrities looking to top the charts with their autobiographies (Nanny Pat, anyone?).

Felicity McCall

Northern Ireland

After 20 years in radio and television news journalism with the BBC, mostly reporting the Conflict in Northern Ireland, Felicity McCall moved to full-time writing. She has 22 published titles, including literary fiction, non fiction and young adult; 4 screenplay credits; and 12 plays for the professional theatre as well as numerous awards including 7 from the Arts Council . Her work is often interview based and includes chronicling miscarriages of justice, local history, social issues, and providing a voice for the voiceless. She is based in the North West of Ireland.

Frances Hubbard


Frances has 30 years’ experience of writing features for national papers, including the Times, Mail and Mirror, and magazines. The nicest people she ever interviewed were Sir David Attenborough and Sue Townsend, creator of Adrian Mole. The most inspiring: the oncologist who resigned his job to found a charity for the holistic care of cancer patients. But it is the stories of supposedly ordinary people caught in extraordinary situations that are always the most moving. She is married, has three grown-up sons and may be about to acquire another dog.

Francis Wade


Francis used to be found roaming Southeast Asia, where he lived and worked as a journalist for six years, writing for The Guardian, TIME and others. He published his first book in 2017, on the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and now lives back in London where he continues to write. He has a deep love of the craft of storytelling, and uses journalism as an excuse to sit for hours and talk with people about the worlds they inhabit.

Garth Cartwright


Garth Cartwright is a New Zealand-born, London-based, award winning journalist and author. Widely travelled and conversant with people from all walks of life, Garth contributes to The Guardian, The Telegraph, The New European and many other publications. His books include GOING FOR A SONG: A Chronicle Of The UK Record Shop; MILES DAVIS: The Complete Photographic History and MORE MILES THAN MONEY: Journeys Through American Music. Garth loves to work with people to tell their stories, noting that one of his skills is being “a good listener.”


Gordon Thorburn

East England

Gordon’s work has been published by Simon & Schuster, John Blake, Constable, Robson/Anova, Pen & Sword and more – over 25 books, including the ground-breaking Men and Sheds and the one with the most Amazon reviews (185 and rising), Cassius, the biography of an exceptional police dog. Subjects of other biographies and ghosted autobiographies have been TV presenters, an undercover investigator, World War Two soldiers and airmen, an RSPCA Inspector, the British High Street and a police horse. Gordon has written many magazine and newspaper articles and commercial film scripts; awards include London BISFA ‘Best Scriptwriter’ and Los Angeles ITVA ‘Golden Reel’.

Helena Drakakis


Helena is never bored. She started her career in publishing as a non-fiction editor before becoming a journalist contributing to both regional and national titles including the Guardian and Independent. Now, as a freelance journalist and The Sunday Times No 1 bestselling ghostwriter, she divides her time between discovering what makes the world tick alongside helping others bring their stories to life. Having reported from America, India, Africa and Europe, she loves travel, food, politics and the arts, in particular theatre and dance.

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Ian McCurrach

Greater London

After university, Ian trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and worked as an actor. He ran a new-writing theatre company at The Young Vic Studio, writing and directing ten plays, and wrote a book based on this experience: Special Talents, Special Needs. Journalism was next, and Ian quickly became a successful writer working for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal et al.

Jason Johnson

Northern Ireland

Jason is a novelist, journalist and best-selling ghostwriter. He is a career storyteller with plenty of experience in bringing memories, ideas and personalities to light. Before turning to professional ghostwriting, he worked with national UK and Irish newspaper titles and penned comedy sketches and factual script for regional BBC TV and radio. His ghosted memoir Slave was an Amazon best-seller and the primary source for a 2018 primetime BBC drama. You’ll find Jason easy-going, creative and absolutely committed to helping you tell your story your way.

Jennifer Upton

Greater London

Jennifer Upton will write your book in your voice. As a premium-level ghostwriter, she has interviewed and written the memoirs of dancers, war veterans, trauma survivors and business professionals of all ethnic backgrounds and age groups for Story Terrace UK. A sucker for cultural studies and history, she moved to the UK from Los Angeles in 2011 to pursue an MA at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where she received an MA in Japanese Studies with Merit in 2012. She is working on The Ex-Pat Survival Guide: UK Edition and writes about women’s issues on her blog womanycom.wordpress.com. A former professional in the broadcast television and motion picture industries, she was a member of the Art Director’s Guild for 15 years and contributes film reviews ‘that make you want to see the film immediately’ for bandsaboutmovies.com and horrorandsons.com. As a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, she has provided freelance proofreading and editing services for clients in the U.S., Canada and closer to home in in UK. She resides in Wimbledon near a family of Tawny owls who love to interrupt her writing with their noisy calls of twit-twoo on calm, moonlit nights.

John Anderson

South West England

There are very few subject areas that John hasn’t written about in a career that goes back to the early 1970s. Starting out as a general assignment newspaper reporter, he went on to specialize in covering white collar and organized crime. Moving to New York City in the early 1980s, he served as the Editor of the Economic Affairs Department at the Dun & Bradstreet Co., before moving on to a variety of senior communications positions with various investment banks in New York, London and the Middle East. In 2009, he served a temporary assignment as the speechwriter for the US Ambassador to the UK. He currently writes for several London-based magazines that concentrate on investment banking and capital markets.

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John McDonald

South England

John McDonald was born in Southern Ireland in 1948, and educated at St. Mary’s Academy and later at London South Bank University. He has been a professional writer for twenty years. He has written six novels and ghosted eight memoirs with the likes of Penguin and Simon & Schuster. He also recently adapted Shakespeare to graphic novel format with Classical Comics. He is currently working with Random House and Gatecrasher Books, as well as Story Terrace. His work has been widely reviewed in the press; reviews and samples of his work can be viewed on his website: http://www.johnfmcdonald.co.uk


Johnny Acton

South West England/Greater London

Johnny is a highly experienced author and journalist who has written or co-written 17 published books under his own name. He has also ghostwritten for everyone from Prince Charles to a celebrity Thai chef. An ex-Times obituarist, he is equally at home capturing the essence of a person’s life and character in a few paragraphs or writing an 80,000 word biography.


Julie Abrams-Humphries

South East England

Originally from the North West and now living in the South East, Jools is the recipient of an Arts Council award, The Writer in Residence for Talliston House and a writer for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She writes stories, short and long, for adults and children. One of her short stories was published by Walker books and another won the Wasafari International Life Writing prize. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck and has been working as a ghost writer for several years. She has written three novels for children, two Young Adult and one Middle Grade, and a novel based on the life of her nan in Manchester at the turn of the last century. She has performed her short stories in London and local spoken word events. Jools used to be a teacher, and now works in a historic house and continues to adventure with She Who Dares, a group of ordinary women doing extraordinary things.

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Kerrin Cocks

South West England

Kerrin Cocks ghostwrote Mzee Ali: The Biography of an African Slave-raider Turned Askari and Scout and co-authored I won’t be home next summer about a wartime pilot. As an experienced traveller with an ear for a good story, Kerrin has written for the South African magazine Noseweek and keeps a regular blog about the trials, tribulations and sensitivities of being a modern-day mum.

Michael Rose


Michael Rose writes spy thrillers that win new readers year after year. He is a former journalist, broadcaster and foreign correspondent. He draws on his years of experience in exotic locations around the world for his stories and characters.

Nick Craven


Nick has been in national journalism for more than 30 years, winning three prestigious press awards along the way. Most of his career has been spent as a reporter or feature writer on the Daily Mail and more recently, The Mail on Sunday. He’s done his share of reporting from world trouble spots, including Iraq and Afghanistan, but admits he would be more circumspect about returning to either these days. He is married with three grown-up sons and lives in Norfolk. He loves playing golf, albeit badly, as well as decent wine and the buzz of good gossip.

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Nick McGrath

Greater London

People’s stories have always fascinated Nick. University in Liverpool, then a Lancashire journalism postgrad led to his first job as a reporter on a northern weekly. Since then he’s interviewed many a celeb and explored a diverse range of subjects for The Guardian, The Observer, Daily Telegraph, The Times and more.


Paddy Magrane

South West England

Paddy has written for the Guardian, Observer, Independent and Telegraph. He was born in the Middle East, an experience that led to an insatiable wanderlust that’s seen him live in New York and travel to destinations as far flung as Eritrea, Ethiopia and Syria. These days, with two daughters, he’s more likely to be found in Devon, working on the third in his series of conspiracy thrillers (published by Fahrenheit Press), or practising as a psychotherapist. As a counsellor, Paddy’s a great listener with a deep interest in what makes people tick.

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Phil Hamlyn Williams

East England

Phil was awarded an MA in Professional Writing at University College Falmouth in 2009. In September 2016 The History Press published his book, War on Wheels, telling the story of the thousands of ordinary men and women who together worked to mechanise the British Army in WW2. In December 2016, Story Terrace published the book he wrote in collaboration with Phil Jeffs, the son of the sole survivor of the crash in WW2 of The MacRobert’s Reply. He has just completed Ordnance, a prequel on WW1, which is to be published in June 2018. He also writes regularly on contemporary issues for a number of periodicals. He has been writing for fifteen years, having spent much of his career in professional services and the not for profit sector. Follow this link to his Amazon author page http://amzn.to/2yaWPva

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Rebecca Coxon

Greater London

Rebecca is a writer and documentary-maker. She is enchanted by the power of great storytelling and was one of the first writers to join our pool. Alongside writing, she directs and produces observational documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. While studying English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, she trained as a helpline counsellor and worked as a journalist for a mental health magazine, a subject she is very passionate about.

Rebecca Dalton


Rebecca has been a journalist since she was a teenager, starting out on a weekly local paper but spending most of her career at the BBC. During a break to concentrate on bringing up her family she passed a degree in English with Creative Writing with First-class Honours. She returned to work, joining the press office at Citizens Advice. A change of direction, but one which continued her journalistic interest in trying to give a voice to those who sometimes find it difficult to be heard.


Rhiannon Hart

Greater London

Rhiannon is a published author with Penguin Random House and worked in non-fiction publishing for many years before becoming a freelance editor and ghost-writer. History enthrals her, from Regency sea captains’ diaries to stories of the social fallout from 20th century conflicts. Since learning about her Cornish and German ancestors who arrived in Australia in the nineteenth century, and great-grandparents who lived in India during the British Raj, she’s been fascinated by family histories. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, she now lives in London.

Richard Tomlinson


Richard’s latest book, out this autumn, is a true crime mystery about the French World War One serial killer Henri Désiré Landru. As an author and journalist, Richard has roamed far and wide, from writing an acclaimed biography of the cricketer W.G. Grace (2015) to spending five years as a foreign correspondent in China in the 1990s. The common thread connecting all his work is an interest in people and the stories they have to tell. He would love to hear from you.


Rick Broadbent

South West England

Rick is an award-winning author and journalist for The Times. He has interviewed celebrities ranging from Usain Bolt to Sir Bobby Charlton, and has also developed a literacy scheme to get young people reading and writing. Rick has written nine books of his own for major publishers including Penguin, Hodder and Random House. These have included ghosted autobiographies of Jessica Ennis-Hill, the Olympic champion, and Jeremy Keeling, a maverick who built an ape sanctuary

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Sara Walden

Greater London

Sara’s career has taken her from The Sunday Times Insight team to Miami and Washington DC researching and writing investigative non-fiction books. ‘The Cocaine Wars’ (a New York Times bestseller, nominated for an Edgar Award) and ‘Hunting Marco Polo’ were published worldwide. Her next book, ‘Living in Provence’, sold 250,000 copies in ten territories. Now back in London, she continues to find stories that excite and inspire her.


Theodore Brun

Greater London

Prior to his career as a wordsmith, Theo worked as a lawyer in London, Moscow, Paris and Hong Kong. Now he is fully devoted to writing short stories, travel articles, screenplays, historical pieces and a historical fiction series. Theo has a degree in Archaeology and a master’s in Modern History, both from Cambridge University.

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Zoe Apostolides

Greater London

Zoë’s writing has been published in a variety of print and online media. She currently works as a book reviewer for the Financial Times, at a literary agency and as a freelance writer. She is deputy editor at Erotic Review magazine, and is working on her second novel. Zoë has a degree in English Language and Literature from St Peter’s College, Oxford, and was born and raised in southwest London before moving to Paris. She enjoys pretty much all sport, comics and cooking.

Aileen O’Brien

South East England

Aileen O’Brien has always loved stories. From a book-obsessed child, she went on to a career as a magazine journalist. She has been privileged to be allowed into the lives of the famous and non-famous as they shared their experiences. As well as writing for magazine titles from Hello! to Ideal Home and TVTimes, she is an experienced book editor and has also co-written a book about Irish Antarctic explorer Tom Crean. Aileen is a trained actress and has worked in theatres all over the country. Half Irish, she grew up in the Peak District and now lives in Hastings. She loves dogs, laughing and early morning swimming in the sea.

Alexandra Singer


Alexandra is a prize-winning novelist, translator, and former corporate lawyer. She adores speaking Italian, writing, and, above all, dogs. Widely travelled, she spent years living abroad, including in Rome, which she considers the most mysterious city of all. She has the lawyer’s talent for picking up on the concerns at the heart of the story combined with an endless listening capacity. With an endless curiosity for people and life, she desires to tell stories as yet untold, and discover the truths at the heart of human nature that we reveal in our ordinary lives.

Amanda Thomas

South West England

Amanda started her career in newspapers, then moved on to medical journals in the UK and Middle East. As well as writing short stories for women’s magazines in the UK, she worked for the Royal Mail, the UK Police Force and the NHS on their in-house magazines and has taught creative writing in prisons. Amanda’s clients range from a former MI5 agent to a brain tumour sufferer, with whom she works to tell their stories. Amanda loves meeting new people and has a passion for helping them tell their own unique stories.

Amy Lavelle


Amy is a freelance journalist, writer and subeditor who has been working in the industry for the last 10 years. She has written for publications like Telegraph, Independent, Metro and Red, covering everything from quirky personal stories to celebrity interviews. She’s also converted a knitting hobby into a column for Simply Knitting magazine. In her spare time, she loves swimming, reading and brewing her own cider in the kitchen.


Amy Schofield

South East England

Amy is a journalist, author and ghostwriter who has created beautiful things with words for 17 years, since having an epiphany at Clapham Station and deciding to train as a journalist. Currently she’s developing a TV screenplay and writing a novel. In her spare time she sings in an acapella band and hangs out with her family and super furry animals.

Andrea Marechal Watson

South West England

Andrea was educated abroad, as her father was a diplomat. After returning to England she studied history and theory of art, and later worked for David (now Lord) Puttnam as a film researcher while writing on Islamic art for Sotheby’s. After her two sons were born, she moved into journalism. She is now a freelance writer reporting to BBC Culture, the Financial Times, the Telegraph and other titles on subjects ranging from looting of antiquities by Islamic State to Japanese textiles. Her passions include piano and photography. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). You can view her portfolio at www.orchardtimes.com.


Andrew Lowe

Greater London

Andrew is an experienced magazine journalist turned author-publisher and book editor. He’s worked with titles like GQ, Vogue, Total Film and Vanity Fair, and written for The Sunday Times, The Guardian and short-lived humour website Bubblegun. His debut novel The Ghost, a psychological thriller, was published in 2015. He’s an FA-qualified youth football coach and stays fit – and sane – by cycling and running.

Andy Boot

Greater London

Andy Boot would still like to be the 1930’s film comedian Will Hay when he grows up, but as this is never likely to happen, he’ll settle for the kind of life he has experienced; and it’s not been bad.
Starting work as a writer back in the late 1980s, he worked on music magazines and national dailies before moving into books, where he was responsible for the ghosting of dream psychic Chris Robinson’s memoir as well as books on true crime, psychic phenomena, and British horror film history. He has written two novels under his own name, and 28 under house names for thriller and sci-fi series. He has lately worked on documentary series and has also taught creative writing.
He likes stories, and he likes people. He especially likes people with stories to tell… which is mostly everyone, really.

Angela Hindle

North Yorkshire

Angela developed a listening ear as a teacher and as a hospital volunteer. She enjoys hearing people’s life experiences, believing we should all cherish what makes us unique.
Her short stories have been published in Prima, Fiction Feast, Kookie, Yours and in anthologies plus articles published in The Times Educational Supplement, Stella (the Sunday Telegraph) Woman Alive, The People’s Friend, The Dalesman, Writing Magazine and newspapers.Endeavour Press published two novels.


Brian Beard


Brian has written most things in a three decade career, from two-paragraph press releases to 80,000-word autobiographies, and many in between. Trained as a teacher at Newman College, Birmingham he went on to interview many of the giants of football, from George Best to Pele and others in between. His hobbies include football, writing, a good movie and the spectrum of humour from Morecambe and Wise and Les Dawson to MASH, and not a lot in between.

Bridget Arsenault


Originally from Nova Scotia, Bridget Arsenault holds a master’s Degree from Oxford University and a BA honours in English and Women Studies from Mount Allison University. A longtime journalist, she worked for Vanity Fair UK for over eight years, ending her time there as Associate Editor and London Correspondent for VanityFair.com. Bridget is the London Editor of Air Mail, a new weekly publication founded and edited by Graydon Carter, the former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Bridget is also a Lifestyle Editor at Forbes.com, and the UK and London Editor for Equestrian Living.

Caroline Pearce

South of England

Caroline found her writing niche while working on her MA in Biography & Creative Non Fiction at UEA. She has written about a 1930s Barnardo’s child, the discovery of a GI baby’s American family, an Auschwitz survivor’s relationship with her tattooed prisoner number, and a Polish woman’s childhood years in Siberia.

Cathal Coyle


Cathal is a teacher-librarian. He is passionate about libraries and literacy, including the promotion of the ‘Young News Readers’ campaign in his school to create better awareness of Critical Literacy. Cathal has also written articles on cultural and educational issues for a range of publications such as Irish America and Ireland’s Own over the past decade, including three books with The History Press: The Little Book of Tyrone, The Little Book of Donegal and The Little Book of Irish Landmarks.
After completing his first degree in English and Modern History at Queen’s University Belfast, Cathal worked as a genealogist for Irish World Heritage Organisation, interviewing clients and researching online records to trace their family history. This interest led to him interviewing a diverse range of people with their own stories to tell, for a successful weekly series in The Dungannon Observer.
Cathal has also delivered seminars at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace to aspiring non-fiction and biography writers who wish to further their writing careers.


Chris Marshall


In over a decade in journalism, Chris has written for many newspapers and has interviewed figures ranging from cabinet ministers to notorious gangsters. After completing his degree in history at Edinburgh University, he studied Russian in the hope of becoming a foreign correspondent before deciding he really rather liked living in Scotland.


Christopher Davies

Greater London

Christopher is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience in award-winning television, journalism, editorial and digital work. He’s contributed to publications such as The Telegraph, Wired and The Escapist among others. He is always working on something new and is a sucker for a great story.

Claire Middleton

West Midlands

Claire has been writing professionally for 13 years. After graduating from the University of Derby with a BA in English, she trained as a Journalist and worked for local newspapers

Claire Savage

Northern Ireland

A journalist of more than ten years, Claire has interviewed everyone from politicians to celebrities and has written for publications including the Belfast Telegraph, Culture NI, Local Women Magazine and the Coleraine Chronicle. Also a copywriter and published children’s author, short story writer and poet, Claire was one of Lagan Online’s 12NOW (New Original Writers) for 2016/17. In 2017 she received a grant from the Arts Council NI to support her writing. Claire loves books and hosts the new Giant’s Causeway Book Club. She also enjoys baking, walking her dog and playing the violin.

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Clare Pugh

South West England

With considerable experience as a ghostwriter, Clare prides herself on adapting to people from all walks of life, and all ages, with compassion and a big fat sense of humour. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing, and has been longlisted and shortlisted for international short story competitions.

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Corinne Moore

South East England

Corinne’s early travels led her to Hong Kong, where she lived and worked for almost two decades. From special reports for the South China Morning Post and The Asian Wall Street Journal, to hotel press kits and in-depth interviews for lifestyle magazines, her versatile writing style enables her to communicate with a wide variety of audiences.

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David Lewis

Greater London

David spent his twenties working between Cairo, Moscow, Seoul and Paris in a heady mix of English teaching, tour guiding and trying bizarre foods. For the past five years he has been freelancing in broadcast and print journalism for BBC, The Independent, The Daily Mail and Huffington Post.

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The ‘Drama In Real Life’ section of his mother’s Reader’s Digest first got David hooked on ordinary people who experience extraordinary things. During ten years as a writer and editor at national newspapers he was privileged to meet many fascinating interviewees, from alien abductees and cult escapees to the last living survivor of the Titanic disaster. Formerly shortlisted for the Society of Editors Interviewer of the Year, David now works as a freelance copywriter for corporate clients.


Deborah Cicurel

Greater London

Deborah is a freelance journalist with a Creative Writing degree. She’s written for The Telegraph, Stylist, Glamour, The Daily Mail, The Metro, Marie Claire and many more, on subjects ranging from travel and fashion to real-life and business. Deborah loves finding out and writing about where people came from, where they’re going and everything in between.

Diana ben-Aaron


Diana ben-Aaron has a two-track mind: STEM and stories. As an engineering student, she was the student newspaper editor. Later she covered minicomputers for InformationWEEK and manufacturing and telecoms for Bloomberg News. She loves music and spent a year reporting on music instruction in the New York City schools while completing her master’s in journalism.

Don Mort

North East England

Don Mort is an award-winning journalist with 12 years’ experience and has written for the Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group, the Yorkshire Post and inews.

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Emily Richards


Emily recently returned to the UK to study for an MA in Writing at Warwick University, after having spent two years living, teaching and sweating in Saigon. She balances out her love of all things sedentary by completing outlandish physical challenges; this year she ran the Amsterdam Marathon, trekked in Japan and Nepal and climbed Mount Fansipan in her pyjamas.

Erica Witherington


Erica didn’t just leave Oxford with a degree in English, but a blue in ballroom dancing, and, one day – when she’s not chasing after three little girls – wonders if she might just dust off her sequins once more.

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Eve Goodman

South West England

Eve Goodman is a singer-songwriter from the North Wales coast. Her writing took her South to Cardiff, where she studied a degree in English Literature and joined a band. She now lives in Cornwall where she writes and performs. Her musical roots and love of poetry gives her writing a lyrical, visual quality.

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Fae Gilfillan

East England

Fae graduated with a 2:1 in Politics from Kent University, where she learnt that a life at Westminster was too slippery a career for her. Since then, she’s become a magazine journalist with eight years’ experience, writing about everything from food to pop music. She specialises in interviews, and prides herself on her friendly interview style and warm writing tone.

Gouri Sharma


Gouri has 15 years’ experience in the international media industry, working across TV, print and radio. She spent five years working on the production desk for Al Jazeera’s weekly media review, The Listening Post, tracking and reporting on media stories from across the globe, including China, Thailand and Bangladesh. A keen traveller, Gouri has spent the last years exploring – going from Madagascar to Myanmar to to the hills of Medellin in Colombia. Workwise, she has also spent time in Malawi and often reports from India, where she has written on culture and the rise of the hip-hop scene. Currently based in Berlin, Gouri has been covering culture, current affairs, migration and race for international sites like Al Jazeera English, Deutsche Welle and Middle East Eye. Gouri loves reading, has recently discovered a passion for cooking and is currently learning German and her mother-tongue Punjabi.

Hannah Nemeth


As well as being a skilled writer, Hannah is a fan of Marie Kondo and is getting ‘decluttering’ down to a fine art. Having caught the gardening bug during lockdown, she is enjoying her first crop of tomatoes. Her day job is writing about anything from personal finance and wedding fashion to homes and property. She has written for publications including the Sunday Telegraph, Jewish Chronicle, Ideal Home, House Beautiful and Moneywise, and has interviewed a whole host of people from top chefs to CEOs of building societies.

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Harry Cunningham


Harry is a freelance writer specialising in history and travel. He holds a BA in English from Loughborough University and an MA in Early Modern History from the University of York. He has been lucky enough to interview some of his favourite writers, including the late Iain Banks, Anthony Horowitz and Val McDermid for Writers’ Forum magazine. He’s also written for Take a Break, All About History, History Today, Discover Your Ancestors, Your Family Tree, the Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’ section, the Huffington Post, and Media Magazine. Travel is another of Harry’s passion: he has spent 18 months traveling across Asia, writing for Culture Trip and local hotel chains, as well as the Caribbean, USA, and parts of Europe.

Howard Tinker


Born at a surprisingly early age, Howard has achieved major international obscurity as “HP Tinker”, the almost entirely non-existent short story writer. Since his first publication – a letter in Beatles Monthly, aged 11 – like Bob Dylan he has simply never looked back. The author of two books of fiction, his experimental “comedy” prose has appeared in Ambit, 3:AM Magazine, Best British Short Stories, Best British Crime, and countless other journals and anthologies. (Quite literally countless as he’s never counted them.)

Ian Shine


Ian has written about books, food and drink for the FT, music for The Independent, and won the London round of The Stage newspaper’s New Theatre Critic Search 2016. In his spare time he writes fiction, and his short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines. One of his stories was read out at legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company as part of its New Shapes of Publishing event, and he is currently seeking a publisher for his first collection of short stories.

Isy Loynes


Having written her first story when she was six (albeit it a brief one) Isabelle settled upon a life-long relationship with the written word. After completing a degree in English Literature she embarked on a career as a journalist, seeking unusual, uplifting and courageous real-life stories that she could turn into front-page articles. Having spent over ten years writing for the biggest national newspapers and magazines in the UK Isabelle has watched her stories become international sensations and even BBC documentaries. More recently Isabelle has worked as a ghostwriter and recently completed a non-fiction book for an international publishing company. In her spare time (as well as raising a family) Isabelle is passionate about writing fiction and has been longlisted for the Mslexia novel competition.

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James Hendicott

Republic of Ireland

James writes about exploration which is reflected in his life. He currently lives in Dublin, but is originally from England and previously lived in South Korea where his love of writing was sparked. His writing explores life and travel outside the comfort zone, including getting back stage with rockstars and visiting North Korea.


Jamie Maclean

Greater London

Educated at Edinburgh College of Art, Jamie subsequently worked for Sotheby’s where
he ran the Victorian paintings department before setting up his own commercial art
gallery, for which he produced many catalogues. He wrote a monthly column for House
and Garden for seven years. He has also written for the Observer, Evening
Standard and New Statesman.

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Judy Brown


Judy is a freelance writer and editor. As well as writing biographies and ghosting other people’s memoirs, she writes and edits feature articles for various journals and helps overseas students with their English. When she’s not writing or looking after her family and assorted animals, she’s usually out walking in the Peak District.

Julia Howe

East Sussex

A professional copywriter and scriptwriter with over 22 years’ experience, Julia loves building rapport with people so she can craft compelling stories. Her varied experience has ranged from serving as PA to the Director of BBC Books on household names including Delia Smith, before an advertising career with brands including BT and NatWest. As a versatile writer, Julia has written a number of sitcoms, dramas and animations, and took her play, ‘Up Your Prana’ through the 2019 Brighton Fringe Festival. She’s interested in spirituality, business and biographies.

Juliet England

South England

Former journalist Juliet England is a writer, editor and proof-reader who has earned her living through words for 25 years. Credits range from Woman’s Own to the Guardian and Berkshire Life. She’s the author of two non-fiction books, graduated from Winchester University’s Creative Writing MA and has won or been placed in various writing competitions. She was bitten as a child in Sri Lanka by Arthur C Clarke’s monkey, but has since recovered from the experience. Other adventures have included cycling across Cuba and spending the night on a Land Rover roof in Costa Rica.

Katarina Sherbourne

South East England

With an Anglo-Indian father and German mother, I was surrounded by fascinating life stories from an early age. After graduating from university and working in the health and charity sectors, I went on to make a career out of listening to people telling me about themselves, as a writer and researcher. Now, with Story Terrace, I have returned to my life story roots, working with people from all
walks of life. I’ve helped a grandmother who wanted a book about her childhood in war-torn Berlin; a businessman who was keen to recount his travels around the world; a loving mother who wished to preserve family stories about bringing up her children. I’ve written about a radar operator in the WAAF, a Filipino nurse, a suburban housewife, life in a strict boarding school, being evacuated to the wilds of Scotland, a honeymoon in Africa…there are amazing stories wherever you look. I look forward to working with you to tell your story.

Kate Rose


Kate Rose has a First class degree from King’s College, London and a Masters degree in Creative and Life Writing (biography) from Goldsmiths University. As a journalist, Kate has written articles on travel, food and health. Kate has previously worked as an editor for an independent book publisher. Kate has jointly published a non-fiction book on heart disease and stroke. She is also a fiction writer and her short stories have won prizes and appeared on various websites. Her historical fiction novel was long-listed for the Aurora Metro International Women’s Novel Competition. Kate loves long walks, good food and reading. She lives in London with her husband, daughter, dog, hamster and several thousand books.

Katie Da Cunha Lewin


An early photo of Katie shows her at 6 months old supported by pillows reading a book – albeit backwards and upside down – to herself. Since then, Katie has not stopped reading and writing and her love of the written word led her to be a student of literature for many years. She completed a PhD in contemporary literature in 2018 and is an expert in the work of Don DeLillo. She has edited a book for Bloomsbury entitled Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives, and also produced a biography on him for the Dictionary of Literary Biography. She is also an enthusiastic and experienced teacher, and has taught literature, visual culture and theory at a wide range of institutions. Her writing has been widely published including The Times Literary Supplement, The White Review, Irish Times and Los Angeles Review of Books.


Lee Henry

Northern Ireland

Having edited the arts website CultureNorthernIreland.org for almost a decade from Derry, Lee now operates as a full-time freelancer, writing features for the Sunday Times and the Belfast Telegraph, along with a monthly column for Northern Women Magazine. (The disguise worked a treat!) His passion for Radiohead is only equalled by his obsession with history. He spends his evenings gorging on Netflix with his wife and his weekends swinging on swings with his son.

Liam Hodkinson

Greater London

Liam is an experienced journalist, writer and researcher. He has written for national newspapers, magazines and literary journals, and was named Travel Writer of the Year by the Independent in 2015. Liam has written profiles of famous footballers, politicians and artists, but has a particular passion for telling the stories of everyday life – for extracting the rich narratives which reside in all of us.

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Liam Thompson

South West England

Liam has been writing professionally for the last five years and as an amateur for as long as he can remember! His work has appeared in publications including The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Independent, Vice, Huffington Post and the Lancet. As a journalist he has interviewed everyone from former prime ministers to Russian dissidents. He is currently working on his first novel.

Linda Innes

North East England

Linda Innes lives in Northern England, where a sense of humour comes with the territory. She used to be a high-school English teacher, but she’s recovered now. She’s been an arts manager, education officer, bid-writer, life coach, spiritual channel and NLP trainer. She was even a stand-up comedian, but now sits down a lot. A published novelist, poet and produced screenwriter, Linda has been a full-time professional ghostwriter for 10 years. She’s particularly interested in changing the world one person at a time. Or all at once.

Lisa de Silva

West Sussex

Lisa has always loved stories. Listening to stories, telling stories and creating stories, so it’s no wonder she works as a journalist and writer of memoirs. Everyone has a story inside them and Lisa enjoys nothing more than hearing about the life experiences and anecdotes of others. A published author, when she’s not writing, Lisa can be found either reading or playing poker – but that’s another story.

Liz Rougvie

Kinross, Scotland

Liz started her journalistic career almost by accident. Having had a somewhat itinerant childhood that cost her significant chunks of her education, she abandoned school altogether at the age of 17 with no idea where her future lay.

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Luke Lyon Wall

Greater London

Luke completed a Masters in Feature Film Screenwriting at Royal Holloway University, and has written for BBC Radio 4 comedy shows Newsjack and Show What You Wrote. He produces content for Storylogue and teaches literacy to pupils with special educational needs. He grew up by the sea and enjoys surfing, snowboarding and performing in bands.

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Margaret Rooke

Greater London

Margaret has a special interest in listening to people’s memories and getting them down on paper. Her latest book Creative, Successful, Dyslexic includes interviews with Darcey Bussell, David Bailey, Lord Richard Rogers, Zoe Wanamaker and others. She also interviewed countless interesting personalities during her many years of magazine writing.

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Margarita Mitchel Pollock

Greater London

Margarita has written for The Sunday Times, National Geographic and The Times. She has a BSc in Psychology and Creative Writing and her former book agent is Stephen King’s UK Editor at Hodder. She loves exploring new places, yoga and teaching children and adults’ creative writing. Margarita is an emotive, descriptive writer with a genuine love of words and meeting new people.

Matt Dyson


Matt is a freelance writer and copywriter from Reading. He’s written about music, art, film, comedy and travel for the likes NME, VICE, Dazed and Confused, The Big Issue and The Guardian. He’s also worked with a number of high-profile B2B businesses on their branding and digital projects. He’s currently working on his second novel – and likes to relax by largely doing all the things he writes about.

Martin Daley

North West England

Martin caught the writing bug after researching the life of his great-great grandfather (a nineteenth century soldier). After finding out so much information about him, he thought it might make for an interesting book. The book was well received and Martin’s writing career was underway! Now, with over ten fiction and non-fiction books to his name, as well as his family history, Martin lists his home city as one of his great inspirations. “Carlisle has over two-thousand years of history dating back to the Romans – if you can’t find something there of interest, there’s no hope for you!”

Mary Gold

South East England

After training as a journalist on local newspapers in Birmingham, Mary Gold moved to London where she spent five years at the Daily Telegraph and 17 years at The Timesas a writer and editor. She gave up her career in the capital in 2007 to raise her baby daughter, adopted from an orphanage in Russia. Mary still writes extensively for newspapers and magazines about family dilemmas, women’s issues, adoption and human interest stories. She has written several life stories for friends and family, often to commemorate milestone birthdays and wedding anniversaries.
She lives near Canterbury, Kent.

Masimba Musodza

North East England

Masimba Musodza is a screenwriter, novelist, essayist and blogger. He was born in Zimbabwe in 1976, and moved to the UK in 2002, settling in the North East England town of Middlesbrough. He has been published all over the world, mostly in the speculative fiction realm. In the real world, he takes a keen interest in international and local history, culture and society, politics, and, of course, biography. He believes that everyone has a story waiting to be told and preserved for future generations, and is always ready to work with people who are ready to tell theirs.

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Megan Welford


Megan was a features writer and then editor on national women’s weeklies for nine years, and is now a freelance journalist and digital content writer. She worked for a long time in real life stories, and has heard and retold thousands of shocking tales of the horrible things people do – yet she still likes people. She also likes reading, Scandinavian crime fiction and badminton.


Mike George

South East England

A retired army officer and well-travelled, much-published writer who can also strum a ukulele and recite poetry, Mike is a confident and amusing public speaker who enjoys reading, writing and classical music, history, geography, the Antiques Roadshow and a good wine, while also being one of the few blokes in England who doesn’t play golf or follow football.

Natalie Denton

South East England

Natalie has a long career in editing and writing for a range of publications. She is currently freelancing, which has provided her with the opportunity to interview A-list stars like Natalie Portman and Carey Mulligan. As well as being a magazine writer, subeditor and editor, Natalie has also written a photography book and has almost finished her first fiction novel.

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Neil Edwards

North England

Neil grew up as an actor and went to film school, where he worked on almost a hundred feature films. He’s never been able to escape his love of theatre, literature, or adventure, and has written for film, theatre and radio (running Liverpool Playwrights from 2003-2007) and been nominated for a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award twice.


Neil Root

Greater London

Neil has published five true crime books, with publishers including Random House. He writes for several national newspapers and websites, and is a member of the National Union of Journalists as well as the Crime Writers’ Association. He has also worked as a freelance English teacher and has worked abroad in several countries.

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Nick Hagan

Greater London

Nick Hagan is a writer and journalist who specialises in capturing the extraordinary in everyday stories. He has a diverse body of work and has been published by The Daily Telegraph, Vice and The East End Review. He has also written for some of the biggest companies in the world, including RBS, Microsoft, Virgin and DHL.

Nigel Sharp

South West England

Boats have always been Nigel’s main passion. He first went sailing when he was just a few months old and hasn’t stopped. He spent thirty-six years working in the boatbuilding industry before deciding, in 2010, to pursue a new career as a marine writer and photographer. Since then he has had numerous articles – historical pieces, boat reviews, race reports, technical boatbuilding issues and light-hearted looks at the world of boating – published in a dozen different nautical magazines. He has also written five nautical books.

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Paul Dance

East England

After enjoying 20 years of being a chef – serving the Queen Mother, Paul McCartney and others – Paul went to university to study English Literature and Creative Writing. Now, he teaches Creative Writing in a prison and assistant edits an online magazine. In his spare time, he is learning Italian and recently published his poetry booklet Kings, Cats and Caius which is available on Amazon.

Rachel Nash

North Wales

Rachel is a prolific shoe-buyer, chocolate eater, and coffee guzzler. When she’s not busying herself with those activities, she’s a freelance journalist in her native Wales and ghostwrites autobiographies whilst surrounded by lush scenery and stunning valleys. She’s a former nurse, with a master’s degree in Medical Ethics and Law, who decided on a drastic career change in her mid-30s and became a journalist. Now, working as a freelance writer who has written articles for the national press, her passion is finding out people’s histories and writing compelling autobiographies for them to treasure.


Radhika Kapur

Greater London

Eleven years ago, Radhika quit her job as a Bollywood assistant director and jumped into advertising. She has since worked as a copywriter on brands such as Volkswagen, Coca-Cola and HBO. The Feminist Review and The Pioneer have published her work, and she recently won third place in the Euroscript Screenwriting competition. She is currently working on a screenplay and an anthology of short stories by South Asian writers.

Radmila Sarac


Radmila is a former Microsoft and Google engineer who fell in love with storytelling. Her writing experience ranges from computer code behind artificial intelligence algorithms, to presentations and demos for high-tech executives, to theatre plays produced on the London stage, to wedding speeches. Her favorite hobbies are surfing and pruning the vines in her parents’ vineyard near Belgrade, in exchange for pear brandy and barbeque ribs.

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Ram Venkatesan

Greater London

Ram is an author and graphic novelist who debuted in 2012 with a comic-book series in India. He’s written short fiction and comics for online publications and anthologies ever since. He wrote his first novel in 2015 as a part of a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from City University London. Before he was a writer, Ram was a chemical engineer whose work gave him the opportunity to travel all over the world.

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Rebecca Ferrier

South England

Rebecca spent her formative years in Gibraltar and Germany, as her father served in the RAF. She holds a degree in Multimedia Journalism and originally started working as an offshore and maritime writer before moving into regional reporting. Rebecca also writes historical fiction under a pseudonym for a Harper Collins digital offshoot. When not writing, Rebecca is usually found in the Wiltshire countryside in sturdy shoes with two muddy dogs, or volunteering for the National Trust.

Rebecca Jenkins

North East England

Rebecca was born in an ancient university town, the child of a professor and a teacher-activist. Her first career was in public relations but she soon specialised in helping other people get their stories into print. She lectures and has taught writing for over twenty years. She has published several books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her interests include the British theatre, true crime, the early Olympic movement, social history and working with people with Alzheimer’s.

Rebecca Hobson


Rebecca is a journalist, crafter and occasional event organiser – but first and foremost, she’s a writer. After a decade studying and working her way around the world, Rebecca finally settled down in London in 2010, where she qualified as an NCTJ-trained journalist.
Since then she’s upped sticks twice (a 20-month jaunt in India, covering South Asia news for The Times) and now lives in Bristol, where she writes for a mix of publications and spends her time walking, discovering new music and studying (read: drinking) wine. For Rebecca, a perfect evening requires little more than a good glass of a wine and a good yarn. What could be better?

Rod McLoughlin

Jersey, Channel Islands

Rod McLoughlin loves theatre, music, opera and Airdrieonians football club. Graduating with a First Class English degree from Edinburgh University, he was deputy news editor of the Jersey Evening Post where he also specialised in writing about the arts. This led to a career in arts management and the civil service though he has never lost touch with his journalistic roots, undertaking regular theatre, music and art reviews for a variety of publications in Jersey.

Robin Tudge

North East England

Robin has written about subjects ranging from conspiracy theories to global surveillance, ice-cream wars in Chicago to North Korean tourism. Originally from London, he’s lived and worked in Chicago, Moscow, Beijing, Hanoi and Pyongyang, and is also a professional actor and freelance tour leader in North Korea.

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Roma Felstein


After working as a social worker in London, Roma changed careers and began working in the media. Starting out in local radio and TV, she moved to London to work for the BBC as a journalist and producer. She spent three years developing satellite broadcasting as commissioning editor for lifestyle programmes, before returning to the BBC as a Radio 4 producer. She has also worked as a freelance journalist contributing to The Times, The Guardian, and the monthly magazines. She loves animals, walking with her dog, Pilates, reading, music and films, and she is a self-confessed news junkie.

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Ron Shillingford

Greater London

Ron is loving life in England again after eight years working in the Caribbean – despite London’s notorious chilly and changeable weather. He was a sports editor in the Cayman Islands but the lure of big city life again was irresistible, plus he is building awareness of his fitness workout Maxathon. A best-selling author and novelist, Ron’s now a sub-editor on national newspapers, writing assignments and ghostwriting memoirs.

Rose Segal


Rose Segal is a poet, singer and songwriter who was raised running barefoot in a Cotswold garden, with animals brushing past legs, and wagging tails twanging against guitar strings. After recently gaining a distinction in an MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, she now lives in Oxfordshire near the ancient Rollright Stones, writing and performing locally and training her young horses. She writes with a musical ear, and is fascinated by the craft of capturing moments.

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Rosia Curtis

South England

With particular interests in oral history and African history, Rosia has a First in History from the University of Sheffield and a Distinction in MSc African Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Her short fiction has been longlisted for Radio 4’s Opening Lines and for a Carve Esoteric Award, and she has won prizes for her travel writing.

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Sara Seddon Kilbinger


Sara has worked as a journalist, translator and copywriter for more than 15 years. She writes for various award-winning titles, including The New York Times and architectural magazines. She has also written for the WSJ and Grand Designs. She speaks French, German, Spanish and Italian, which has proven handy both for interviews and for sampling delicious food around the world! She is an accomplished interviewer who loves finding the common narrative that binds people together. She has a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Durham and an MA in Periodical Journalism from the London School of Printing.


Sarah Strickland

Greater London

Sarah is a trained journalist and has written for national newspapers and magazines including the Independent, <emGuardian, Daily Telegraph and Marie Claire. She has interviewed people from all walks of life, covering everything from education to foreign affairs (including how to ride an elephant). She recently completed an MA at King’s College, London, and has also worked for charities such as UNICEF and Comic Relief.

Shikainah Champion

South East England

When Shikainah is not practicing as a psychologist with the NHS, where she specialises in trauma and refugee groups and contributes to the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s global clinical practice network, she works as a freelance writer and theatre reviewer.

Shirley Garner


Writing has been a common thread throughout Shirley’s adult life. When she was a young mother of four she wrote multicultural children’s stories – three of which were published. Later, through her work as an environmental campaigner operating on a national and international stage, she wrote speeches, campaign documents, research papers, government reports and a newspaper column. Lately she’s been writing poetry and recreative fiction and recently took a MSt in creative writing at Cambridge University, just for fun.
She’s passionate about the natural world – loves walking in it, swimming in and when she’s feeling slightly less energetic, just looking at it. She also admits to having a long-standing love affair with the East, thanks to a father who spent the war in various parts of India, a lover who drove her from Lancashire to Pakistan on a bus, and a Hyderabadi husband.


Sophie Parkes

North West England

Sophie’s keen interest in music, particularly folk, traditional and indie music, has seen her contribute to the music press since she was 15 years old. Her first book Wayward Daughter, is the official biography of legendary musician Eliza Carthy MBE, and was published by Soundcheck Books in 2012. From Light To Dark, her ghostwritten autobiography of blind endurance athlete and charity fundraiser Dave Heeley, was published by Pitch Publishing in 2016. She is also a member of the Biographers’ Club.

Stella Klein


Stella has a Masters degree with distinction in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. Her fiction, poetry and life writing has been published by The Mechanics Institute Review, Blue Nib, Pyramid Press, Southbank Poetry and theotherstories.org, and she is currently working on a collection of short stories. With a first degree in Linguistics with French, and a background in subtitling, teaching and copy editing, she has worked for many years as a writing coach and dyslexia tutor in higher education. From this mix Stella brings to story writing a special ability to find the most unique and interesting human material and distil it into polished, captivating text.
Stella has two grown-up children and lives with her husband in their empty nest in South-East London. She is a keen swimmer, sings in a soul gospel choir, and loves long, fast train journeys.

Steve Cummins


Steve Cummins is a journalist, editor and documentary maker with a particular skill in helping his interviewees tell their stories in a manner that will engage readers. His work has appeared in a range of Irish, British and US publications, including NME, Irish Times, Irish Independent, RTE and Nylon, among others. Over the course of his 15 years in journalism he has helped a range of people to tell their stories ¬– from well-known cultural figures such as Bob Geldof, Paul Weller and Billy Bragg, to those recovering from famine and drought, and those doing life-saving work in the health and charity sector. Steve is also a documentary-maker, recently completing an acclaimed documentary on the musician, Jeff Buckley, for RTE Radio One. The documentary was broadcast in Ireland, Canada and Poland. Steve holds two Masters degrees (International Journalism, Creative Digital Media) and a BA in English and History. He is based in Dublin, Ireland.

Susan Conley


Susan moved to Ireland from America for 12 months — almost twenty years ago. Having gained a Master of Philosophy in Irish Theatre Studies, she embarked on a career in theatre criticism, which expanded to coverage of visual arts and dance — and beyond that to feature writing and blogging. She is the published author of three novels; her own memoir, Many Brave Fools: A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency… And Horses debuts in autumn 2018.

Susan Gordon


Susan began her working life in sales and retail management, but wanted to learn more about business, so took the leap and started an accountancy training contract with a mid-tier firm. After qualifying, she spent six years in various finance roles.

Susannah Straughan

Greater London

Susannah is an experienced writer and editor who loves books, films, design, architecture, sport and apostrophes – though not necessarily in that order. She studied law but has always worked in publishing, and is still excited by the process of bringing stories into print. Susannah watched a lot of movies and met film critic Barry Norman during her 10 years as a staff writer and sub-editor at Radio Times magazine. She blogs as Notreallyworking and has edited two self-published memoirs by disability rights campaigner Jane Raca.

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Suzi Finlay


Suzi has been writing for as long as she can remember – completing her first novel by hand when she was twelve years old. She had inherited a typewriter by the time she studied for an MA at Edinburgh University. Her writing credits include seven self-published novels for children and young adults, and several short stories, she also exploits her love of good food by reviewing restaurants for a national restaurant guide.

Sylvia Akua Manfo


Akua believes that everyone has a story to tell. But not everyone has the ability or the will to tell theirs by themselves. And this is where she comes in. As a TV Presenter, Akua helped people tell their stories. From stories of overcoming adversity, to sharing life experiences, to famous people sharing their success tips, Akua has helped people bring their memories to life.

Tanya Weaver


Tanya writes, edits, keeps bees, runs, parents, bakes, reads… not all at once and some more than others. Having moved to the UK from South Africa in 2001 she soon found her niche writing for a magazine specialising in design and engineering. Her career has taken her from staff writer to the editorship of a number of publications in this field before embarking on a freelance career in 2018. She genuinely enjoys wrangling words and crafting copy, especially when it involves people and their stories.

Theo Hooper


Theo has been a writer and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from personal stories to social history to celebrity interviews. Starting as a music journalist, he has since written for the Evening Standard, the Big Issue, London Lite and other national and regional titles, as well as producing a radio show on alternative health.
A well-travelled, natural storyteller – his debut novel is almost finished – Theo has a great understanding of the many ways that lives can be lead, partly informed by his work as a Samaritans volunteer. In his spare time, he plays in a band, goes running and practices tai chi.

Tim Pettingale

South East England

Tim is based in Maidstone, Kent, has been helping others write their stories for more than a decade, and has worked on a wide variety of topics. He studied with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and worked in the commercial sector before becoming a freelance editor and ghost writer for publishers based in the UK and USA. His work has covered a broad spectrum: from acting as a publishing consultant on celebrity autobiographies, ghosting autobiographies for other public figures, commissions for private individuals, to commercial tender writing for charities like Save the Children and business groups such as King Power. In his spare time, Tim is a jazz musician and has studied guitar with world renowned jazz guitarist Martin Taylor.

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Alice McGuigan

South East England

Alice’s writing is driven by discovery. She recently travelled through India, Nepal and Thailand, sharing stories along the way in travel blogs, articles and photos. Since graduating from Queen Mary University of London with a degree in English and Drama, she has also written scripts and theatre reviews.


Alyson Kissner


Originally from Canada, Alyson has been living in the UK for the past four years. She graduated from university with a first in English and Creative Writing, where she also worked with esteemed writer Jon McGregor on his literary journal The Letters Page. Now, she’s on a scholarship pursuing a Master’s in Poetry. Alyson is also an avid singer and kick-boxer.

Barnaby Tydeman


As a poet, Barnaby knows how to do more with less; setting a scene with a handful of words, or bringing out a character with the right turn of phrase. He has been published in various poetry anthologies, and had his own chapbook released. He has been a professional writer for over a decade, working up to his current role with an international educational publisher. A UCL graduate, his experience as a secondary school teacher in East London, Italy and Greece brings an awareness of community to his work. He likes old films, cycling, and people.

Ben Plumb


Ben is, unashamedly, an optimist. It’s strange really, philosophy graduates usually emerge from all that introspection weary beyond their years. He didn’t. It’s a trait that’s served him well along the famously soul-crushing path of a freelance filmmaker, a career he pursues to satisfy his insatiable appetite for storytelling. It’s an urge that’s followed him throughout his life and the same one that prompted him to develop a career as a writer too (another world his optimism helps him navigate). He’s at his best telling stories about real people and their own quests to make sense of the world, striving to share some of those slices of human truth that show us how rich and wonderful life can be.


Charlotte Oliver

Greater London

Charlotte’s love for words began young, with a weekly subscription to The Beano comic book. But it was only after swapping “chortles” and “kapows” for Spanish and Latin literature at Cambridge University that she cemented her life-long love for literature, and its power to transport, transform and immortalise. After completing an MA in journalism, she became a news and features writer for a local newspaper, and has since turned freelance. She has been published by The Times, The Guardian, Woman, EasyJet Traveller, Now, You and The Jewish Chronicle; and, when no one is looking, she still picks up the odd comic book or two (chortle chortle).

Chris Watson

West Yorkshire

Chris is a writer and poet living in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He has a First in English Literature in Creative Writing (BA)hons from Chichester University. He has spent five years as a music journalist for the webzine Unpeeled, while also writing and performing poetry for the stage. I spent four years teaching disadvantaged and disengaged children in Braford before moving on to write full time. I have worked with organisations including Apples and Snakes, Hammer and Tongue and Yorkshire Dance, the latter being very rewarding as I created a play with a group of elderly people based on their experiences and stories. This play was performed in nursing homes around Leeds. I grew up in an Armed Forces family, which meant I moved around a lot as a child, and this gave me experience of different countries and cultures from an early age. It also meant I read a lot, as there often wasn’t any English speaking television channels where we were stationed. This gave me a life-long love of literature. Along with reading and writing, I am an avid painter and illustrator, play football for a five-a-side team and enjoy exploring the glorious Yorkshire countryside rock-climbing with my long-term girlfriend.

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Dizz Tate is a UK-based fiction writer. She has been published in various international magazines including The Stinging Fly, Dazed, The Tangerine, Five Dials, Prism International and No Tokens Journal. In 2018, she won the Bristol prize for short fiction. In 2019, she won the Best Original Fiction award from Stack magazines, and in 2020, she was longlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award.

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Eloise Wales

Greater London

Eloise is a freelance writer, researcher & editor who has been published in national magazines and journals. She holds an MA in Creative & Life Writing, and was the recipient of Plymouth University’s Creative Writing Award. She has travelled solo around the world, surfed in Indonesia, backpacked in Central America, and ridden a motorbike around much of Europe.

Francesca Baker

South East England

Never happier than when in a library or clutching a notebook, Francesca Baker is a writer, reader and word lover. As Virginia Woolf said ‘my head is a hive of words that won’t settle.’ So she puts them to use, exploring the world and then writing about it. Passionate about creativity, communication and connection, she uses words herself and with others through story writing, journalism and workshops. Armed with pencils, coffee, headphones and a spring in her step, she likes to explore and scribble her way through life. Find out more at www.andsoshethinks.co.uk and follow her on twitter here https://twitter.com/andsoshethinks.

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Georgia Rajah

Greater London

After studying American Literature and History at Kings College London and the University of California, Berkeley, Georgia decided to pursue a career in film. She began working on drama productions, then moved across to making historical documentaries. She became an in-house Producer/Director for Jamie Oliver’s online video production team and currently works as an Assistant Producer for BBC Three. Having filmed the majority of their ‘Amazing Humans’ slate she is currently working on a documentary exploring grief in young people.

Georgina Love


Georgina Love is an Australian screenwriter who currently resides in the UK. Love was born in Orange, NSW and spent her childhood and teenage years growing up in the Blue Mountains. She became a trained Rural Fire Service volunteer at the age of 15 and terrified her parents with her love of dirt bikes. Love successfully auditioned for NIDA’s under eighteens acting program when she was 16 and quickly learnt that, although she enjoyed the theatre, her real passion was writing the lines – not delivering them.


Indya Saunders

Greater London

Indya is an aspiring documentary maker, passionate writer and lover of travel with a degree in English and Drama from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has lived in Milan, which sparked a curiosity about Italian culture, and has travelled around Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, a trip that inspired her to tell stories in different ways.

Iris Goldsztajn


Iris is a London-based freelance journalist, copywriter and aspiring novelist. Having grown up in France with a French father and Yorkshire-born mother, Iris moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, before landing in London in 2017.

Iris Mauricio

Greater London

Having moved to London from the Philippines to pursue a BA in Creative Writing, Iris is a writer who mainlines poetry, screenplays and short stories. Her works are often inspired by religion, mythology, water, and films. Consistently published and shortlisted in various zines and anthologies since 2010, Iris spends the majority of her time wrestling with her muses and participating at local literary events. Snacking is also a favourite pastime. Iris is currently finishing up her Masters in Creative Writing at Brunel University, and aims to begin her PhD soon afterwards.

Jack Cummings


Since graduating from the University of Westminster with a degree in Journalism, Jack has been a busy bee. With a successful hand in over 300 titles for a leading publisher, he’s no stranger to what makes a good book. Alongside this clinical ability to craft professional content, Jack’s writing is punchy, colourful and charged with feeling. More recently, he’s been following his passion for mental health, training as a counsellor and working with local wellbeing organisations. When he’s not helping people explore their stories, Jack enjoys hiking and camping — providing the weather holds up.

Julie Beniams


Skilled at enabling people to tell their stories, Julie has been immersed in Life Story for
almost three decades. Never happier than when she is creating a narrative from the raw
materials. She is often found immersed in the archives, swamped by books or trawling
through ephemera. She is a talented writer that is skilled at turning primary source material
into narratives that are accessible and enjoyable to all. She is currently writing the Life Story
of a Nineteenth Century Cumbrian Woman based on her original diaries.

Karen Rust

East Midlands

Studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester, whilst writing her second novel for young adults, Karen’s work features in national magazines, the regional press and literary journals. A BSc in Pharmacology & Chemistry led to an early career in pharmaceuticals followed by a detour into charity management, (Action for Children and The Motor Neurone Disease Association) before taking time out to have a family and write. Karen ski’s badly, takes great photos, adores her two dogs and enjoys singing and playing keyboards in a band.

Katherine Kruger


It was Flossie and the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack that first sparked Katherine’s compulsive trips to the local library. Since then the thick smell of old books has always been both a comfort and an inspiration. After finishing her degree in English Literature at the University of Sussex she spent the next few years continuing her studies in literature. Alongside her studies, Katherine worked in a number of libraries and taught English Literature and creative writing workshops at the University of Sussex. Katherine’s PhD explored a literary preoccupation with an elusive childhood knowledge located in child’s play and children’s toys. She has recently published an article on the child reader in Henry James’s novels and is currently writing a book on the topic of child’s play in literature.


Krishan Coupland

Greater London

Krishan Coupland is a graduate from the University of East Anglia’s MA Creative Writing programme. His writing has appeared in Ambit, Aesthetica, Litro and Fractured West. He won the Manchester Fiction Prize in 2011, and the Bare Fiction Prize in 2016. He has an ever-changing range of interests, which encompasses everything from Cold War civil defence publications to theme parks and game design.

Maryann Thomas

South West England

Maryann is freelance writer and editor with a persistent love for words and emotionally wringing stories. Armed with a Masters in Media & Communication from LSE, she has written extensively, from lifestyle and travel features to news articles and eBooks. She has worked at Google, as a lifestyle journalist for the New Indian Express and as a blog writer and editor in reputed education companies. Her work has been published in The Guardian, LSE’s student journal The Clare Market Review and The Hindu, a leading news daily in India. When she’s not embarking on new flights of fancy, she also enjoys cooking, travel and curating stories about music for her pet project, Songs of my Life.

Matthew Pearson


Matthew is a freelance writer and editor specialising in culture and storytelling. He has created guides to far-flung destinations and reviewed events and restaurants just a couple of minutes’ walk from his East London home. As a researcher in the television industry, he helped develop a wide range of TV programmes, from gritty prison documentaries to light-hearted comedy panel shows. Matthew writes with a creative and humorous edge. He knows a lot about music, less than he’d like about food and more than he should about football. His degree in politics has left him with a current affairs addiction. In his spare time, he’s written a novel, a number of short stories and a script which is under consideration at the BBC.

Olivia Dunnett


Olivia lives in London with three flatmates and a few ghosts. She completed her Master’s degree in Creative and Life writing at Goldsmiths University last year, receiving a distinction. Now she’s doing her best to write her novel whilst teaching creative writing and freelancing on the side. Her literary interests range from the classics to Stephen King and she prides herself on her open mind.

Paula Ugochukwu


Paula is a lifestyle content creator and Journalism graduate, who is passionate about people and their stories. This passion started at school where Paula first started a blog. It then drove her to the best Journalism course in the country at the University of Sheffield, where she thrived and continued using words in different formats to leave her stamp wherever she went. I say different formats because if Paula isn’t writing, she’s talking, tweeting, filming or recording something. The very exemplification of the Biblical notion: there is power in the tongue [in words].


Pauline Jérémie


Born and raised in France, Pauline holds a distinction-grade degree in English Language, History and Literature. She has lived in France, England and Australia, and is now living in Scotland, gaining her MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Her writing often explores the topics of gender, sexuality and feminism. Pauline is passionate about discovering new countries, and has written a number of published travel articles.

Sharlene Matharu


With over a decade of experience in language teaching and half a lifetime of language learning, it would be an understatement to say that Sharlene likes words. Her professional writing experience includes pieces for lifestyle and travel publications, a teaching resource book and editing academic articles on anything from mushrooms to heart valves. Born in London, she grew up listening to her parents’ stories of childhoods in Malaysia and Kenya. She believes that real life holds the very best stories that the world has to offer and relishes the chance to help you share yours with the people you love.

Susanna Martin


A lover of plants and prose, Susanna remembers as a child delivering her finished poems to the study for her Dad to review them. These formative moments of learning to write have stayed with Susanna and inspire her in her work with children to do the same. As an experienced teacher, she has promoted nature & the outdoors in primary schools for many years. When out of the garden, she is writing about it. Having studied English Literature & French at the University of Sussex, her love of language and reading continues to this day. She has worked as a copywriter for travel companies, and has published articles for the RHS and the British Council.


Temi Douglas-Scott

Scotland/Greater London

Temi went into Neuroscience hoping to learn about what makes us human, but after pursuing a BSci at King’s College London, she was no closer to unlocking these secrets. Neuroscience did teach her diligent research skills and to approach every challenge with determination and bravery, so after graduation she followed other dreams, including enrolling on a Creative Writing MSci course.


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