We offer writers at three levels of experience: Junior, Senior and Critically Acclaimed. All our writers are talented journalists or authors, who have been selected and approved by UK Managing Editor Louise! You can browse their profiles using the tabs below.
Amanda Revell Walton
North East England
For the past 18 years, Amanda has been providing the national press with hard-hitting news stories and in-depth features that chart the inspirational true-life stories of ordinary people. A journalist at heart, she has written hundreds of articles for publications like Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Woman’s Own and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Claudio was born in Chile in 1966, grew up in The Netherlands and in The United States, and currently lives in Amsterdam. He speaks Spanish and Dutch, but his writing language is English. He is an all-round creative, being also a translator, producer and documentary filmmaker. His debut novel The Hand of Yemanja came out in 2013.
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.
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?).
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
South East England
Mary Alexander is a writer, journalist, mother, dog owner and very bad cook. She has written four non-fiction books on health issues, and ghosted a memoir for a middle class mother who became a call girl; this became a Sunday Times Bestseller. Following a Masters in Creative Writing, she now also writes fiction. Her first collection of short stories has recently been published. She has also written a novel about Penelope Betjeman, the wife of the famed poet laureate John Betjeman.
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.
Nicola Monaghan won a Betty Trask Award, the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and the Waverton Good Read for her first novel, The Killing Jar. She also wrote The Troll, The Night Lingers and other stories, Starfishing and The Okinawa Dragon and has been published widely in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. Her short films have starred household names like Steven Arnold and Brendan Coyle. She teaches Creative Writing at De Montfort University.
Phil Hamlyn Williams
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Alex is a trained journalist who has been ghostwriting since 2015. Alex has spent 16 years of his career in politics as a councillor and has spent time lecturing at universities. Currently he maintains a blog about politics, history and architecture at www.alexgrant.me and is writing a book about contemporary development in London and other areas. His hobbies include hill-climbing, architecture and drama.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Carline works as a journalist, translator and ghost-writer. She writes for various charities, arts and media programmes, as well as individuals and organisations. Having travelled extensively with charitable ventures and for personal growth, she has developed a thirst for understanding cultures that are lesser known or endangered.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dayna wanted to be a writer from the moment she wrote her first word. Her older, wiser sister informed her that the only thing a writer needed to do to be a good writer was to “Go experience everything.” So when Dayna was 19 she set off to do just that. She has since lived in six countries, learned four languages, forgotten four languages, and gotten lost (and then found) at sea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born and raised in the U.S., Jennifer worked in Hollywood in Broadcast Television graphics before moving to the UK in 2011. She has an M.A. in Japanese Studies and wrote her dissertation on Japanese cinema. She has written treatments, screenplays and movie reviews and currently has a blog focusing on film and women’s issues.
Originally from Hong Kong, Jingan holds a BA in English with Film Studies from King’s College London and an MSt in Creative Writing from Oxford University. She was the first playwright commissioned in English by the Hong Kong Arts Festival and writes and produces for stage and screen in London. She has written for The South China Morning Post, The Guardian, London Review of Books Blog and more.
Jo is a published author who started writing professionally while reading English and Drama at the University of Cape Town. Her books, short stories, features and award winning radio work have been published and broadcast internationally. She was Head of Creative for several media groups in South Africa the UK and now lectures in Creative Writing. She is equally at home writing marketing or non-fiction material for corporate clients or fiction and memoir for private individuals.
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.
South East England
Julie has been a wordsmith for nearly 50 years. She has an MA in Creative Writing, and has written short stories (one of which was published by Walker Books), two novels, and a fiction based on a women’s outdoor pursuit group. Julie continues to dare, read, write, and travel as a freelance feature journalist, occasional outdoor swimmer and burlesque dancer.
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.
South East England
With an Anglo-Indian father and German mother, Katarina was surrounded by fascinating life stories from an early age. After graduating from the universities of Southampton and Surrey, she made a career out of listening to people tell her about themselves, as a health journalist and researcher.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Luke Lyon Wall
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.
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.
Margarita Mitchel Pollock
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Teresa’s short stories have won numerous awards and appeared in publications including The Guardian and several international short story collections. Known for her pared-down and powerful writing style, the acclaimed writers Ali Smith, Jon McGregor and Maggie Gee have all selected her work for publication. Teresa is an experienced life writer whose work as a biographer feeds her passion.
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.
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.
A graduate of Oxford & UCL, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Victoria Princewill is a former management consultant turned freelance writer & debut novelist. She has worked in the private & public sector, at Accenture, Demos & the Financial Times, and for a number of tech startups. As a writer, her work has been published by titles including BBC News, the Guardian, the Independent & the London Review of Books. She has spoken on various panels for schools, conferences, salons and the BBC World Service on race, gender, art and contemporary culture.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Daniel studied Journalism and Media at Coventry University, covering all kinds of news stories. During this period he self-published his own novel, which is a story of friendship, and set up his own freelance writing and PR business to help other businesses and individuals tell their stories. When he’s not writing, Daniel is a keen badminton player and avid film-watcher.
Dizz Tate is a writer currently living in London, after growing up in Orlando, Florida. She has been previously published in the Wrong Quarterly, Squawk Back, Arachne Press, and Femmeuary. She has written a short play as part of the London Design Festival, and took part in the Young Writers Workshop at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith in 2014. In 2017, she has been featured in 3:am magazine, No Tokens Journal, and Corda. She is currently working on her first novel Stillness which deals with grief, loss and spiritualism in a small Florida town. She is represented by Harriet Moore at David Highams Associates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harry is a freelance writer with a BA in English. He has interviewed bestselling writers Iain Banks, Anthony Horowitz and Val McDermid for Writers’ Forum magazine. Other credits include The Guardian, The Huffington Post and Your Family Tree magazine. History is Harry’s passion; he has traced his own family tree to the 16th century.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.