IMG_3861Emma Baxter-Wright is the best-selling author of The Little Book of Chanel (Welbeck) A specialist in Twentieth-Century fashion, beauty and fashion photography, Emma teaches Fashion Journalism on the MA course at UCA. She is currently working on a cultural history / memoir about the most famous art school in the world, Saint Martin’s School of Art, where she went to study fashion in 1979, finding herself amongst Mrs Thatcher’s most fashionable generation.

Sam Bleakley is a European Surfing Champion, author, academic and TV presenter. He lives above Gwenver beach, Sennen, Cornwall. He holds an MA in Geo­graphy from the Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge and is completing a work of non-fiction that celebrates the history of surfing and the morphology of waves. You can watch Sam in action and find out more about him on his web­site.

Lucie Brownlee’s grief memoir LIFE AFTER YOU, published in 2014 by Penguin Random House, was based on her award-winning blog WIFE AFTER DEATH (Blog North Awards 2013). It is a Sunday Times best seller and a Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club pick 2015.  Her pilot TV script WIFE AFTER DEATH – loosely based on her memoir – is in development with Objective Fiction. Lucie holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.

Renata Calverley was born in Poland in 1937. A retired English teacher, she has written an extraordinary account of her childhood in which she escaped the ghetto and, rescued by strangers, found salvation in books. Let Me Tell You a Story, is published by Bloomsbury UK and US and has been translated into several languages.

AdamAdam Critchley is a journalist and translator. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, he has lived in Spain and China, and is currently based in Tepoztlán, Mexico. His debut collection of short stories, set in Mexico, brings together the fates of foreign correspondents, drifters and retired surfers – and have formerly been published in The Brooklyn Review and El Puro Cuento.

Mikey 2New Yorker, Mikey Cuddihy was educated at AS Neill’s famous ‘free’ school, Summerhill, before later studying Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and Chelsea School of Art. Mikey’s acclaimed Summerhill memoir, A Conversation about Happiness, (Atlantic Books) is in development with director Eva Husson (Mothering Sunday). www.mikeycuddihy.co.uk.

IMG_2100Jonathan Franklin wrote Two Owls at Eton while still at school. It was published by Putnam & Co. Ltd in 1960 when  Jonathan was in his last ‘half’ (term) at Eton and became a top-ten bestseller for four weeks. It has now been republished (John Blake). Jonathan is passionate about Brazil where he managed a 55, 000 hectare ranch in the Amazon for 10 years. He is currently adapting Two Owls at Eton for TV. He lives in Suffolk. www.jonathanfranklin.name

ben07Ben Lyle is the author of the highly acclaimed spy thrillers, The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy, The Red Ribbon and The Year of the Gun (Hodder UK, Mobius US) They trade on his deep knowledge of London, his fascination with spies and his love of Sherlock Holmes. A former screenplay executive, he is currently working on the television adaptation of The Irregular with director Saul Dibb (The Salisbury Poisonings, Journey’s End)

Aziz Hakimi was born in Herat, Afghanistan, in 1973. He grew up in Iran where his family took refuge after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. In 1989, he returned to Afghanistan, living in Kabul during the civil war. He has worked for the BBC World Service and is a regular contributor to BBC Persia. He is the founder and editor of nebesht.com, the Persian Creative Writing Magazine. His debut novel, Trees Die Upright, has been published in Italy (Newton Compton). He is currently completing a collection of short stories, Kabul Blues.

IMG_1020James Moore is a film set tutor for companies such as Warner Bros, Paramount, and the BBC. He has also worked as a script consultant. He has a BA in English Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford, and is an alumnus of Curtis Brown Creative. He has recently finished his first novel, inspired by his love of George Orwell.

Headshot_SusanSavilleSusan Moore is the author of the Nat Walker 9-12 series, Crimson Poison and Emerald Secret, and Indigo Island (Nosy Crow). After many years in California working at Lucasfilm, Susan lives with her husband and daughter and wolf pup, Tigger, in Surrey. She received an MA with distinction in Creative Writing from Kingston University. www.susanmooreauthor.com

nell_smallNell Raven began her writing career as a news journalist in London before moving with her family to Asia. After freelancing for a year for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, she spent four years in Pakistan raising her daughter and corresponding for nationals including the Telegraph. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University and is completing her debut novel, America’s Mistress, a tale of love and danger set in Islamabad.

ss2Scott Savitt is a former Beijing correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and United Press International (in the latter capacity he covered the Tiananmen Massacre). His articles have been published in the Los Angeles TimesWashington PostWall Street Journal and New York Times. In 1994 he founded Beijing Scene, China’s first independent weekly newspaper. He is the in-house Chinese-English translator for numerous human rights organisations. Crashing the Party, his acclaimed memoir of two decades in China, is published by SoftSkull in the US. www.scottsavitt.com