Emma Baxter-Wright is the best-selling author of The Little Book of Chanel (Carlton). Emma teaches Fashion Journalism on the MA course at UCA and is currently working on a memoir about the most famous art school in the world, Saint Martin’s School of Art, where she studied fashion.
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 bestselling grief memoir Life After You (Ebury) was a 2015 Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller for 9 weeks. It was adapted for TV by Georgia Pritchett under its original title Wife After Death and selected as one of the top twenty scripts by British writers (Brit List: TV 2018.) Lucie was a Northern Writers’ Award fiction winner 2018. www.luciebrownlee.com
Renata Calverley was born in Poland in 1937. A retired English teacher, she has written an extraordinarily moving 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.
Adam 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.
A New Yorker, Mikey Cuddihy arrived at Heathrow in 1962. She was educated at AS Neill’s famous ‘free’ school, Summerhill, in Suffolk before later studying Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and Chelsea School of Art. Mikey’s highly acclaimed Summerhill memoir, A Conversation about Happiness, (Atlantic Books) is in development with Pulse Films and Film4. www.mikeycuddihy.co.uk.
Jonathan Franklin wrote Two Owls at Eton while still at school. It was published by Putnam & Co. Ltd in 1960, when eighteen-year old Jonathan was in his last ‘half’ (term) at Eton and a top-ten bestseller for four weeks. It has now been republished (John Blake). Jonathan later moved to Brazil where he managed a 55, 000 hectare ranch in the Amazon. He is currently completing a novel Red Road Green, a love story set in the Rain Forest. He lives in Suffolk. www.jonathanfranklin.name
Ben Lyle has worked in screenplay development for the last fifteen years, primarily for Working Title. He holds an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Film and Television from UEA. He is the author of spy thrillers, The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy and The Red Ribbon (Hodder UK, Quercus US), that trade on his deep knowledge of London, his fascination with spies and his love of Sherlock Holmes. He is currently working on the television adaptation of The Irregular for See-Saw Films.
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.
Phil Miller is the Communications Officer for the Scottish government. Based in Edinburgh, he was formerly Arts Correspondent for the Herald . He is the author of two novels, The Blue Horse and All the Galaxies (Allen & Unwin) and is currently working on his third, Spook School, for which he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship.
Susan 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 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.
Scott 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 Times, Washington Post, Wall 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
Journalist Hannah Silver lives in London with her husband and three young daughters. In between school runs – and working at Wallpaper*, she is writing a memoir that explores motherhood in the digital age. @_hannahsilver_ is a stylish edit of her hectic home life, with snippets of wisdom and practical tips. Hannah proves that women don’t lose their sense of humour (or style) when they become mothers.