Authors, Speakers & Workshop Leaders

Audrey Niven. Audrey is a Scottish writer, editor and creative coach living in London.  She’s won prizes, commendations and a Pushcart nomination for her flash fiction and is published in the Bath Flash Fiction Anthologies 2020 & 2021, NFFD Anthologies 2021 & 2022, Lunate, Ellipsis Zine and Reflex Press amongst others. @NivenAudrey

Bea Hitchman. Beatrice is the author of two novels, Petite Mort (Serpent's Tail, 2013) and All of You Every Single One (Serpent's Tail, 2021; Abrams, 2022). Her work has been translated into multiple languages and adapted as a Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama; she has been nominated for the Polari Prize and the Authors' Club Best First Novel Prize. She works as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Brighton. 

Cate West. Cate graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019. She lives and works in the Midlands and was selected for Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 scheme in 2021. She teaches Creative Writing. Recent publications include short stories with Nightjar Press, Lunate, The Amphibian, and Janus Literary (selected for Best Small Fictions 2022). Shortlisted for the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for short fiction in 2022, Cate is currently editing a collection while writing her debut novel. @c8west

Dan Wale. Daniel is a young poet from Kenilworth. He is a two-time winner of the international Foyle Young Poets award and is currently Warwickshire's Young Poet Laureate through a scheme run by Warwickshire Library Service. He is in Y12 and studies English, Music, Spanish and Classics at KES Stratford.

El Rhodes. El is an archaeologist who lives in Wales and Wiltshire. She writes a range of long and short form prose and has featured in forty anthologies, has placed in sixty competitions, and has won twelve. She’s the prose editor at Twin Pies Literary, reads nonfiction for Variant Lit, and has read for or judged half a dozen competitions over the last year. She teaches creative nonfiction for the Crow Collective.

Emily Davis, Warwickshire County Libraries. Emily is a Reader Development Librarian for Warwickshire Libraries. Previous to this role she was a Library Assistant and before that she was a bookseller, so books are central to her life. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies and an unofficial Masters in book buying and borrowing from the library. 

Emily Hunt. Emily is a young writer from Warwickshire. She won the Guernsey Literary Festival 'Poems on the Move' competition 2021 and the Guernsey Lit Fest 2022, the Solstice Poetry Prize 2021, Best Nature Poem - the Betjeman Poetry Prize 2019 and was highly commended in Live Canon Children's Poetry Competition 2021. Emily mainly writes about nature, she also has a nature blog and loves photography - find her as @em_loves_nature_ on Instagram and at .

Gwyneth Box. Writer, translator and award-winning poet, Gwyneth leads workshops, mentors non-fiction writers and poets, and appears regularly at open mikes. Her latest venture, The Grounded Spirit Project, provides writing support, resources and publishing services for those who write for spiritual, social or local communities, as well as for personal development.

Hugo Kerr. Hugo is a retired vet. He’s been involved in ‘literacy’, practically and theoretically, for decades. He’s written and spoken widely on some of the wilder reaches of the subject. His work on dyslexia (chapter 8 of his online book) was used in evidence at a parliamentary hearing. He welcomes argument.

Jenefer Heap. Jenefer is the author of two collections of short stories: ‘The Woman Who Never Did’ and ‘Women in Shorts’. She has also hosted many evenings of Live Literature and a number of creative writing workshops. Her alter-ego, Jenny Heap, writes stories and songs about poorly pythons and flying to the moon for a younger audience.

Jeremy Atkins, Fernhurst Books. Jeremy is owner of Warwickshire-based independent publishing house Fernhurst Books. He self-published his first book in 1984 at a time when few of us had computers and when printers literally set the type on the press. In 2009 he self-published two more books and became a ‘proper’ publisher when he acquired Fernhurst Books in 2013. Self Publishing House is a division in Fernhurst Books which enables authors to craft, create and self-publish high-quality, bookshelf-worthy books.

Joanne Stubbs Joanne lives and works in the Bristol area. She studied biochemistry at Wadham College, Oxford and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. When not writing she spends her time walking, knitting, and trying to grow vegetables in the garden. The Fish is her first and best novel.

Jolyon Summerfield. Jolyon (he/him) is a queer, 17-year-old poet and all-around-nerd from South Warwickshire. He has participated in only two poetry events thus far in his life; the Warwickshire Inter-School Poetry Slam of 2019 where he won the Poem of the Day prize, and the Warwickshire Young Poet Laureate Scheme 2020 where he achieved the title of runner-up. In his poetry (which contains many references to his Buddhist faith, the occult & esoteric and mythology & folklore) he writes about LGBTQ+ identity and love, nature, and life as a neurodivergent person. He is in Year 12 and is currently studying French, Spanish and Portuguese at Myton School in Warwick.

Kathy Hoyle. Kathy is a writer of short fiction and her work has appeared in a variety of literary magazines including Ellipsiszine, The Forge and Reflex Fiction. She  won The Crossing the Tees Short story Award and the Retreat West Flash Fiction Competition, came second in  The Edinburgh Award for Flash Fiction and took third place in The Cambridge Flash Fiction Prize. 

Lynn Macwhinnie. Lynn is in the non-fiction author of Emotional Wisdom with Bach Flower Remedies, which is published in five languages. She’s an aspiring short story writer and would-be novelist drawing on memories of travelling and working in different countries. Lynn has an abiding interest in spirituality, healing and the esoteric. 

Paula Greenlees. Paula is an author of historical fiction living in Warwickshire. She has previously lived in the Peak District, Singapore and America. Her debut novel, Journey To Paradise, is set in Singapore in 1949 and is out both as both paperback and ebook. Her second novel, The Forgotten Promise, is released as an ebook in September and as a paperback in December 2022.  

Peter Coombs. Peter worked for a number of years as an antiques dealer he has drawn on his knowledge of the trade to form the background of his first novel, Friday the Sixteenth. He has woven many seemingly unrelated people into a thrilling mystery but it is definitely not the Antiques Road show! Peter has enjoyed a varied working life including being a TV and film extra and also gives talks to many organisations including U3A. Now retired he lives and writes in Leicestershire.

Terri Daneshyar. 
Terri has been writing for children and Young Adults for some years. Her published works include such things as an archaeological adventure in Lebanon and fossil hunting in Dorset. The Light Stone Series for YA readers features were-spiders and were-snakes as well as some more familiar mythical creatures. A self-confessed chocoholic, when not writing she is either lost in someone else’s book, watching cricket or tuned in to the sublime Test Match Special.

Festival Organisers

Jacci Gooding. Writer, reader, likes to organise things. Likes it even more when things organise themselves.

Jenefer Heap. Writer and live lit enthusiast.

Lynn Macwhinnie. 
Serial organiser and do-er.

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