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Allnatt, Judith
Judith Allnatt’s first novel, A Mile of River, was a Radio 5 live Book of the Month and was shortlisted for the Portico prize for Literature. Short stories have featured in the Bridport Prize Anthology, on Radio 4 and in the Commonwealth Short Story Collection. Her second novel, The Poet’s Wife, won critical acclaim in 2010. Judith lectures widely, freelance and for various universities. www.judithallnatt.co.uk

Arnold, Elizabeth

Elizabeth’s first book, The Parsley Parcel was published in 1995 and shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Award. It is now published by Back to Front. Her second book, Gold and Silver Water, was commended for the TES/NASEN Special Educational Needs Award. 2001. The third book in the series is A Riot of Red Ribbon. The trilogy became a television series called Gypsy Girl shown on CITV. The Gold-Spectre, a ghost story, was published by A & C Black. Elizabeth has contributed to several collections of stories including Higher Ground edited by Anuj Goyal, about child Tsunami survivors, the Wow! 366 Scholastic Collection and a collection to be published in 2011 by Bridge House Publishing in aid of Children’s Hospices. She also edited Soul-Fire a collection of stories written by children for children. With books and short stories under her belt, Elizabeth has diversified and written two computer game stories, Escape from the Asteroids, and Attack from the Asteroids, produced by Zarista Games and is at present working on two more story expansions. She is a huge believer in the story in any medium.

^ Bagnall, Becky
Becky Bagnell set up the Lindsay Literary Agency in 2008 having worked as a commissioning editor for Pan Macmillan and in publishing for 15 years. She represents a range of authors including Mike Lancaster, Gina Blaxill and Sam Gayton. Although she will consider any genre, she has a particular passion for literary, crossover and children’s fiction.

Bateson-Hill, Margaret
Margaret has worked as a storyteller for over 20 years telling stories in schools, museums and libraries, including running a story, songs and rhyme session for babies, toddlers and their parents and carers for the Children’s Discovery Centre in Tooting.

Batty, Craig
Dr Craig Batty is Principal Lecturer in Screenwriting at Bournemouth University. He is a writer and script consultant, and has worked on short film, feature film and television projects. He is co-author of the books ^ Writing for the Screen: Creative and Critical Approaches and Media Writing: A Practical Introduction, and author of the book Movies That Move Us: Screenwriting and the Power of the Protagonist’s Journey.

Bavister, Paul
Paul worked for Macmillan Publishers for many years and now teaches creative writing at Oxford University and Birkbeck College, London. He has published three books of poetry.

Belli, Lorella
Lorella has worked for various publishers and literary agencies before setting up her own agency in London's Notting Hill in 2002. She studied literature and languages and her MA dissertation was entitled ‘The Literary Agent as Businessman and as Promoter of Literature'. A member of the Association of Authors’ Agents and other trade organizations, Lorella runs publishing seminars for various organizations. Particularly interested in first-time authors, journalists, multi-cultural and international writing, and books about Italy, she represents several award-winning and bestselling authors of fiction and non-fiction. LBLA (Lorella Belli Literary Agency) handles full-length fiction (from literary to genre - in particular women's fiction, historical, crime and thrillers) and general non-fiction (humour, popular music, popular science, popular history, business, lifestyle, current affairs, memoirs, biography, autobiography, general self-help, travel, sport, women's issues, fashion, and food/wine). No children’s, poetry, fantasy or science fiction books.

^ Bennett, Keith
Keith is a Reader for The Literary Consultancy and a Mentor for NAWE. His poems have won prizes, his performances have won prizes. He founded the New Forest Poetry Society which has won prizes and runs workshops at which prize-winning poems have been written or performed. Keith says: “There’s more to poetry than winning prizes.”

Birch, Beverley
Beverley Birch has been in children’s publishing, on both sides of the fence, since joining Penguin in 1975. As editor, she has been commissioning children's fiction for Hodder Children's Books for nearly fourteen years, working with some of the most outstanding and award-winning children's writers; twice shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award for nurturing new talent, longlisted again for 2011. As author she has written novels, picture books, science biographies and retellings of Shakespeare. Her last teenage novel, RIFT, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for a number of prizes, and film rights sold. She has just finished a mystery thriller and love story set in Africa, SIRI, to be published by Egmont.

Booth, Stephen
A former newspaper journalist, Stephen Booth is the creator of young Derbyshire police detectives DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in 11 crime thrillers, all set in the Peak District. The Cooper & Fry series has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and in 2003 the Crime Writers’ Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for “the author whose books have given readers most pleasure.” The novels are sold all around the world, and have been translated into 15 languages. The most recent title in the series is The Devil’s Edge.

Bryers, Paul
Paul has written and directed many fact-based dramas for television, radio and theatre including ‘Nelson’s Trafalgar’, he is a finalist for the Grierson Award, ‘The Line’, one of the Bafta-nominated ‘Seven Wonders of the Industrial World’ for BBC2 and the PBS series ‘Queen Victoria’s Empire’, winner of the outstanding achievement award at the New York Film Festival. Writing as Seth Hunter, he is the author of three historical novels set during the time of the French Revolution - The Time of Terror, The Tide of War and The Price of Glory, the success of which has led publisher Hodder Headline to commission three more titles.

^ Burns, Carole
Carole is the author of Off The Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings and Everything in Between (Norton 2008) which is based on interviews she conducted for washingtonpost.com with writers including Martin Amis, A.S.Byatt and Paul Auster. She is programme leader for the MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Winchester.

^ Butt, Maggie
Maggie Butt is an ex-journalist and BBC TV documentary producer, whose poetry has escaped from the page onto internet, radio and festivals. Her collections are 'Petite' 2010, 'Lipstick' 2007, and Quintana Roo, 2004. She is an Associate Dean at Middlesex University and is Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education.

Cain, Sandra
Sandra is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing and Public Relations at Southampton Solent University. She is the author of ten books and numerous articles. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, The Author’s Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her most recent publications include Key Concepts in Public Relations (2009) and Media Writing: An Introduction (2010) co-authored with Dr Craig Batty, both published by Palgrave Macmillan.

^ Carradice, Phil
Phil is a novelist, poet, historian and broadcaster. His most recent books are The Black Chair and Saving SS Shannon (both Gomer/Pont), The Great War (Amberley) and a biography of the writer Herbert Williams for the University of Wales Press. He presents The Past Master, the BBC Radio Wales history programme, and regularly broadcasts on TV and radio.

Carolyn, Caughey
Carolyn has worked for many years at Hodder & Stoughton, where she is now a Consultant Editor. She loves all kinds of popular fiction, from love stories to fantasy stories by way of thrillers and detective fiction. Her authors currently include – in no particular order – such varied writers as Mandasue Heller, Anthony Riches, Lisa Jackson, Jill Paton Walsh and Jessica Stirling. She hopes to find one new bestseller this year and publish it in 2012.

Chamberlain, Mary

Mary Chamberlain worked as a freelance editor for various prestigious book publishers. For five years until 2010, she read and assessed submissions from aspiring novelists for Macmillan New Writing. She is currently a part-time lecturer for the University of Winchester’s Creative Writing BA, looking at strategies for getting published.

^ Chris, Teresa
Teresa has been an agent for best-selling authors and wannabes for many years. She sells books internationally and ‘in her stable’ she numbers many successful graduates from the Winchester Writers’ Conference including Debby Holt, Lesley Horton, Jane Bidder/Sophie King, Ally Spencer and Jane Wenham Jones. Always on the lookout for another’ gem’, she is happy to work with those showing great potential.

^ Churchill, Julia

Julia joined the Greenhouse Literary Agency in January 2009 after six years at the Darley Anderson Literary Agency. She specialises in children’s books from 5+ up to young adults and is on the lookout for new storytelling talent. The Greenhouse is a children’s book agency with agents in the UK and US. With an emphasis on working creatively with clients, Greenhouse can help writers develop their unique voice, focus their work and be their advocate, ambassador and long-term partner through the whole publishing process and beyond.

^ Clay, Daniel
Daniel Clay’s debut novel, Broken, was published by HarperPress in 2008.   He has also had short-stories, articles and poetry published and worked as a creative writing tutor for Writers’ News.  He is presently finishing his second novel and also runs Daniel Clay Writer (http://danielclaysblog.blogspot.com/) a blog aimed at all writers submitting to slush-piles that offers free, constructive feedback on slush-pile submissions.

Condon, Donna
Donna is commissioning editor at the Piatkus list at Little, Brown Book Co. She works across the wide ranging list, with particular focus on supernatural fiction.

Corfe, Robert

Robert has been a publisher for 11 years after a lifetime in senior management in industry, and has seen and adapted to more changes in the publishing industry since the year 2000 than the industry has experienced in a generation. He has a long fiction list, launching new writers and working with those already established, and also publishes social science and travel books.

Cunningham, Barry
Barry is always interested in the business of publishing – how to market books to gain the attention of children and adults. Barry Cunningham spent his early years at Penguin Books, including formative stints as a giant costumed character – the Fat Puffin that roamed bookfairs and shop signing sessions. Barry has always claimed it was this experience that introduced him to the ‘secret world of children’. As Marketing Director of Penguin, where his grown-up responsibilities included the launching of books by Hilary Mantel and Martin Amis. He became closely associated with the success of Roald Dahl before being asked to set up Bloomsbury Children’s Books. It was here that he started pioneering new writers for children, most famously JK Rowling and the Harry Potter series. Leaving Bloomsbury at the height of this success he moved to Somerset and launched his own publishing house, The Chicken House. This company has become one of the modern industry’s success stories – publishing under The Chicken House imprint around the world – with such leading authors as Cornelia Funke and bestsellers like The Tunnels series. The Chicken House’s latest venture is the launch of its own imprint in Germany. Barry Cunningham’s award of an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List – for services to the publishing industry, recognizes a lifetime devoted to bringing the best books to children.
“If it wasn’t for Barry Cunningham, Harry Potter may still be languishing in his cupboard under the stairs. I doubt if any of the writers with whom he has worked could be any more grateful to him.” J.K.Rowling

^ Darbyshire, Bobbie
Bobbie Darbyshire’s debut novel Truth Games (2009) was runner up in one of Cinnamon Press’s regular competitions, whereupon they offered to publish. She met Sandstone Press while networking on Facebook to promote Truth Games; twelve days later Sandstone offered to publish Love, Revenge & Buttered Scones (2010). She’s doing regular Waterstone’s signings and her sales and visibility are growing. Bobbie won the 2008 Fiction Prize at the UK’s National Academy of Writing, and her story Something Missing can be found in their anthology Finding a Voice. Her piece Beads on a String won the New Delta Review Creative Nonfiction Proze 2010. Bobbie has worked as barmaid, mushroom picker, film extra, maths coach, cabinet minister’s private secretary, and as a care assistant, as well as in social research and government policy. She hosts a writers’ group and is a volunteer adult-literacy teacher.

Dines, Adrienne
Adrienne studied English and Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin before moving to the UK to teach. After her novels, Toppling Miss April, The Jigsaw Maker and Soft Voices Whispering were published she establishing herself as an after dinner speaker in the UK and Ireland. Her play, In the Arms of a Child was performed in 2007. She is currently working on her sixth novel as well as running regular writing workshops and giving talks. Ever the teacher, she welcomes the opportunity writing affords her to meet and encourage new and struggling writers.

Elliot, Rose

Rose is Britain’s foremost vegetarian cookery writer and her books have won her acclaim all over the world. She has written over 60 books with sales in excess of 3.5 million copies and she contributes to national magazines, radio and TV. For more about Rose, see her website www.roseelliot.com

^ Evans, Jude
Jude Evans is Publisher of Little Tiger Press, an independent publishing house specialising in award-winning, best-selling picture books and novelty books for 0-7-year-olds. Previously she has worked on young fiction, teenage fiction and non-fiction.

Farnell, Gary
Gary Farnell is a lecturer in English at the University of Winchester. His publications have appeared in a variety of journals and periodicals, including ^ New Formations, Gothic Studies, and Literature Compass. He was the adjudicator of the 2010 Hampshire Chronicle Short Story Competition, ‘Compromising Situations’, the winners of which are awarded a complimentary place at the Winchester Writers’ Conference.

^ Fergusson, Lorna
Lorna offers writing courses and editing, critiquing and mentoring services. She teaches Creative Writing on Oxford University’s Summer School Programme and is Head of English at Cherwell College, Oxford. A past Ian St James Award winner, she has judged several short story competitions. Her novel, The Chase, is published by Bloomsbury.

Field, Victoria
Victoria is a writer and poetry therapist.  She has published two collections of poetry, the latter, ^ Many Waters was based on a year-long residency at Truro Cathedral and published short fiction.  She has co-edited three books on therapeutic writing, most recently Writing Routes (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010). She is an Associate Artist at Hall for Cornwall who have produced two of her plays.

Fisher, Geoff

By trade Geoff Fisher is a trained hot-metal compositor and book designer. He started in the printing trade in 1966 where he worked until the mid-70s when he moved to publishing. After spending a decade in publishing he then moved back to the world of print sales. He is currently employed as Sales Manager for CPI Group UK, Europe's largest book printer. His specialist area with CPI is self-publishing and is responsible for guiding new authors and publishers through the production jungle and offering advice and help to all aspiring self-publishers.

Gebbie, Vanessa
Vanessa is author of two collections of short stories: Words from a Glass Bubble and ^ Storm Warning, and contributing editor of Short Circuit – a Guide to the Art of the Short Story (all Salt Publishing). She teaches writing. Her first novel, The Coward’s Tale, completed thanks to an Arts Council Grant for the Arts, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury UK and Bloomsbury USA.

Gilbey, John
John is a professional writer and photographer living in rural West Wales. An environmental scientist and computer science lecturer by training, his stories and images have appeared in a range of publications including ^ Nature, The Guardian (where he is a contributor to the Country Diary column), International Herald-Tribune, New Scientist, Times Higher Education, The Independent – as well as more unusual titles such as the Journal of Unlikely Science and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, a local paper in Alaska.

Glister, Tim
Literary agent Tim Glister represents a broad range of fiction and non-fiction, with clients including noted historians, journalists, and novelists. He is interested in both literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, and particularly new and inventive voices working within and across genres. He represents Elly Griffiths, whose first novel The Crossing Place was nominated for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award and Paul Magrs, author of the Brenda and Effie Mystery series.

Hansen, David

David has enjoyed a successful career as a screenwriter, with projects he has written having won BAFTA, ACE and Golden Rose of Montreux and other awards. Based in London, New York and Hollywood his experience includes working with Lenny Henry, Jasper Carrott, David Walliams and many other actors and performers, writing for ground-breaking series such as “Not The Nine O’Clock News”, co-creating and writing the TV character Max Headroom and scripting US television and film projects for ABC HBO and Universal Pictures. He has now created the London School of Film, Media & Performance at Regent’s College in central London, where students enjoy intensive training from a team of creative industry specialists.

Harrett, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Harrett teaches at the University of Glamorgan.  As a former classroom teacher she has extensive experience of working with children of all ages.  She now encourages students and teachers to motivate children to write for pleasure.  She has published in the TES as well as academic journals and her resource book for teachers, 'Exciting Writing', won the 2007 UKLA Author Award.

^ Hawksmoor, Sam
Sam is the author of the ghost story Mean Tide and the flu pandemic novel Another Place To Die. He has a book deal with Hodder Children’s Books for publication this year. He is Editor of the long running web magazine Hackwriters.com

Headley, David
David started the D. H. H. Literary Agency, progressing his passionate support and interest in the promotion of new and talented writers. He is looking to represent wonderful writers who tell a story which is different, unconventional and something that may challenge. He currently represents a diverse client list including the likes of Adrian Magson, (crime & thriller writer) Paul Doherty, (historian and crime writer) Colin Mace, (actor and author) Nigel Jones (historian and thriller writer) Brian Kirk (award-winning short-story novelist) Charlotte Phillips, (psychological crime writer) & Sean Walsh (children’s author). He is also a Crime Writer’s Association member and an Ian Fleming Steel Dagger judge and reviews fiction for national newspapers.

^ Heley, Veronica
Veronica Heley celebrates her 67th book publication this year, writing two series of gentle crime. She has also written book reviews, articles, resource books, and stories with a Christian background for children of all ages. She provides short stories for the Methodist Recorder on occasion, and material for other writers’ blogs on request.

Herbert, Jo
Jo Herbert has worked in publishing since 1996. She has worked for three mainstream publishers in various editorial roles, most recently at A&C Black for the past eight years as Editor of the ^ Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook.

Holden-Brown, Heather
Heather was an editor for more than 20 years, 15 of them at BBC Books and Headline. She worked with a range of fascinating people on their autobiographies, including Barbara Windsor, Sue McGregor, Kate Adie and Hilary Clinton. She now runs her own agency representing writers of commercial non-fiction, in particular journalism, history, politics, contemporary autobiography and biography, entertainment and television, business, family memoir, food and cookery.

^ Holt, Debby
Debby Holt began her writing career by producing short stories for magazines. She met her agent, Teresa Chris, at the Winchester Writers' Conference and since then has written six novels, the latest of which, Friends, Lies and Alibis was published by Simon & Schuster in January, 2011.

Horton, Lesley
Former teacher Lesley Horton was discovered by Teresa Chris at the Winchester Conference. Since then she has written five John Handford police procedurals and is now working on her sixth. As well as writing, she loves helping would-be authors with their novels and speaking at various events.

^ Jahans, Keith
Keith is a writer and microbiologist. He formed Peatmore Press as an on-line magazine in 1996 to publish and promote his writing. In 2008 he left his microbiology job at Defra’s Veterinary Laboratories Agency and established Peatmore Press as a Limited Company the following year. His first novel, Cogrill’s Mill was self-published as an ebook in March 2006 and as a paperback in April 2009. His second Victim of Compromise was launched in February 2010. He has gained considerable experience and expertise in the world of self publishing.

James, David
David has taught English at universities in England, North America, Morocco and the Gulf. IN 1965 he was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship and in 1978 a British Academy Fellowship. Years later, after writing sundry plays, stories, articles and reviews, he self-published three novels. A fourth, The Confessions of Becky Sharp, was commercially published by Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie last January.

Jenkins, John

John Jenkins is a former night editor of The Daily Telegraph. From Fleet Street he established two publishing companies, edited 22 books, wrote three biographies and founded the magazine Writers’ Forum. He has sold articles and stories to more than 300 titles all over the world and lectured at several universities. His latest work is a text book for journalists entitled Essential Editing.

Johnston, Philippa

Philippa is Director of Writers’ Compass, a wing of the National Association of Writers in Education, with a specific remit for providing information and advice on professional development for all writers. She has had experience of helping a wide range of writers at all stage of their careers to move forward professionally.

^ Jones, Chas
In 2001 Chas Jones set up Writersservices to provide writers with access to the services of publishing industry experts. In 2004 he added WritersPrintShop to the website which has evolved from offering self-publishing to undertaking co-publication for suitable work. His non-fiction books have been published for 20 years and he edited an in-house publication for a government organisation for 3 years. He is currently building a platform to help writers prepare and publish their ebooks.

Judd, Jane
Jane handles general fiction and non-fiction, women’s fiction, crime, thrillers, literary fiction, humour, biography, investigative journalism, health, women’s interest and travel. She is looking out for good contemporary women’s fiction. She does not deal with scripts or gardening.

King, Catherine
Catherine is working on her twelfth novel and her seventh Yorkshire saga. All her sagas are available in hardback, paperback and audio formats. Some may be downloaded as e-books. She is a qualified teacher and regularly gives talks and workshops on her books and writing.

King, Sophie

Sophie has been a journalist for more than 25 years and contributes regularly to national magazines and newspapers including ^ The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Express. She has written five novels, The School Run, mums@home, Second Time Lucky, The Supper Club and The Wedding Party – all of which are best-sellers. She is published by Hodder & Stoughton. The Wedding Party was shortlisted for Love Story of the Year, an award given annually by the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

King, Zoë
An Associate Agent for the Darley Anderson Literary Agency, her interests range from cookbooks to narrative non-fiction and miscellany. She will work with any person or theme she finds interesting and where there is commercial appeal.

McKenna, Bernard
Bernard McKenna has been a professional scriptwriter for over 40 years and has written hundreds of scripts for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and HBO. He has co-written with John Cleese, Peter Cook, Douglas Adams and Graham Chapman. As a television producer he has worked with the actors Kate Winslet, Ray Winstone, Larry Lamb and Rik Mayall. He also wrote a pop video for Billy Joel and played several parts in the film Monty Python’s Life of Brian. He is currently a Lecturer in Scriptwriting at the University of Winchester.

Morrison, Crysse
Crysse is a published fiction writer, performance poet and playwright. Her three recent short plays have all been professionally produced in Bristol and she currently leads StageWrite, a group of dramatic monologue writers. Crysse is Spoken Word Coordinator for the Merlin Theatre in Frome and the south-west reviewer for Plays International

Murdoch, Judith

Judith worked as an editor before setting up the Judith Murdoch Literary Agency in 1993.  She specialises in quality commercial fiction and is always interested in new authors who have an individual voice and a strong story to tell.  Her authors include Trisha Ashley, Anne Berry, Frances Brody, Leah Fleming, Lola Jaye, Jessie Keane, Catherine King, Eve Makis, Jill McGivering, Kitty Neale and James Steel.

^ Mussi, Sarah
Sarah Mussi is a teacher and author. Her first novel, The Door of No Return, published by Hodder, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, and went on to win the Glen Dimplex Children’s Book of the Year 2007.

Nash, Kate

Kate Nash is agent at boutique literary agency the Kate Nash Literary Agency representing commercial fiction. Her clients include Janet Woods, Jane Lovering and Mary Cavanagh. She is also a director of independent publisher Myrmidon Books and writes novels under the pen name Kate Allan.

^ Pelter, Stanley
Stanley is the author of many haiku, published across the globe. He published his sixth collection of illustrated haiku (prose/poetry) this year, his 75th. He is currently working on his next collection which will be the largest and the last in this genre. It will have generated more than 500 haibun, more than any other author in history. Stanley took part in the very first Winchester Writers’ Conference in 1980.

^ Regan, Linda
Linda is a successful actress who has always written alongside her acting commitments. Her first crime novel was published in 2005; her fourth Brotherhood of Blades is published this summer by Severn House. She has also written short stories, one of which won a WH Smith short story competition, and she has also written for radio. In 2008 she gained an MA in Creative Writing and currently writes columns for three magazines.

Robertson, Eileen

Eileen is the author of the crime novel 'Miss McGuire is Missing'. Her contract with Robert Hale publishers came about through a one to one appointment with crime writer June Hampson at the 2009 Winchester Writers’ Conference. She now has a three book agreement with Robet Hale Ltd. The idea for writing 'Miss McGuire is Missing,' came about as a result of a bet. A friend of hers said she thought she couldn't write a crime story that occurred on a coach trip, but Eileen thought she could, and did. Eileen's second book, Blackmail for Beginners is now close to completion.

Sandford, Patrick

Patrick is the Artistic Director of the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. He has worked closely with many living playwrights including Michael Frayn, Tom Stoppard, Claire Luckham, Claire Tomalin, Richard Harris and many others. His career has taken him from the West End to France, South Africa, Australia and most recently, Russia. The Nuffield handles 400 new scripts each year.

^ Sandham, Fran
Critically acclaimed author, Fran Sandham was an editor at Rough Guides for a number of years.  As a freelance author he has written for many newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Financial Times, Travel Africa magazine, the Holland Herald, Traveller magazine, Country Walking and Travel Namibia magazine. He has also been a guest on many local and national radio stations in the UK and elsewhere. His non-fiction book Traversa: A solo walk across Africa (the account of his solo trek from the Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean) was serialized in the Sunday Times and was one of the New York Times’ six recommended travel literature titles for summer 2008.

^ Shaw, Rebecca
Rebecca Shaw’s first novel The New Rector was offered to Orion in 1993 as a ‘one off’ but Orion decided they needed more, in consequence of which the sixteenth in the Village series, A Village Dilemma, was published this year, and the seventeenth novel is progressing well, illustrating that a contemporary English village provides a rich seam of material for novels. Rebecca Shaw has also written six novels about a veterinary practice in an English market town called Barleybridge giving further insights into the richness of life in the countryside.

Sheffield, Jack
Jack is the author of the best-selling Teacher series of novels. A retired Yorkshire headmaster, Jack’s first novel attracted the attention of a literary agent at the 2005 Winchester Writers' Conference. In 2006 he signed a contract with Transworld Publishers and his first four novels, Teacher, Teacher!, Mister Teacher, Dear Teacher and Village Teacher were Waterstone’s Books of the Year for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Village Teacher was the YORKSHIRE BOOK OF THE MONTH for September 2010 and his latest novel, Please Sir!, published earlier this year, is expected to follow his earlier novels into the international market. Jack is currently writing the sixth in the series along with his first teenage novel.

Spedding, Sally
Wringland, the first of Sally’s five crime novels, was published in 2001. ^ Strangers Waiting, her short story collection, in 2008. Her widely-published short stories have been selected for three recent CWA anthologies, including Best British Crime Stories (Vol7) in 2010. Sally is also an award-winning poet. Her latest supernatural crime novel, Cold Remains, set near the Cambrian Hills, is to be published by Sparkling Books.

Spencer, Allie
Allie is an author with many strings to her bow. Allie gained a B.A. in English and Related Literature and an M.A. in Medieval Studies before reading for the Bar.  She began writing seriously in 2003 and now has three published novels to her name.  Allie’s first novel Tug of Love won the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme prize for the best debut of 2009 and was also shortlisted for the 2010 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Her second novel, The Not-so-Secret Diary of a City Girl was published in April 2010 and her third, Summer Loving (published by Arrow) came out on 26th May this year.

Stannard, Julian

Julian has published two collections – Rina’s War (2001) and the Red Zone (2007) and a third – The Parrots of Villa Gruber Discover Lapis Lazuli – is published this year by Salmon (Ireland). His latest critical work is The Poetic Achievements of Donald Davie and Charles Tomlinson: Expanding Vision, Voice and Rhythm in Late Twentieth-Century English Poetry (Edwin Mellen, 2010). His work appears regularly in the TLS, Guardian, Spectator and Poetry Review. He was the winner of the 2010 Troubadour Poetry prize. He is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Winchester.

^ Stansbie, Stephanie
Stephanie Stansbie is Editorial Director at Little Tiger Press, an independent publishing house specialising in picture books and novelty books. She is also the author of a number of picture books and a non-fiction gift book.

Taggart, Caroline
Caroline has been an editor for 30 years and has recently compiled ^ The Novel-Writer’s Toolkit, the ultimate guide to writing and publishing a successful novel. She is also a best-selling author in her own right – books include I Used to Know That, My Grammar and I (or should that be ‘Me’?) and Her Ladyship’s Guide to the Queen’s English.

Trewin, Simon
Simon has been a literary agent for 17 years and runs the books department of United Agents. He represents an eclectic list of clients, (fiction, non-fiction and young adult) including Andrew Miller, Patrick Neate, Scarlett Thomas, John Boyne, The Estate of Ian Fleming, Robert Goddard, Andrew Motion, Nicci French, Jane Casey, Stephen Hall, Fiona Neil and Lucy Diamond. He loves reading the slushpile and has found many successes that way.

Waite, Judy
Judy writes for children and young adults. She has published more than 30 titles including picture books, educational fiction and series to young adult fiction. Her work has won awards in the UK and Germany. She has worked extensively in schools, run numerous workshops and residencies, and currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Winchester.

Wallis Simons, Jake
Jake is a novelist, journalist and broadcaster. His acclaimed first novel, The Exiled Times of a Tibetan Jew, was named by the Independent on Sunday as a Book of the Year. His second novel, The English German Girl — about the Kindertransport — will be published by Polygon in April 2011.He writes regular features for the Times, the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, the Telegraph, La Repubblica and other publications. He also writes and presents for BBC Radio 4. Born in London in 1978, Jake read English at St Peter’s College, Oxford, and went on to receive a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Jake is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

Wenham-Jones, Jane
Jane is an author and freelance journalist who has been widely published in women's magazines and the national press. She has published three novels and two non-fiction books - Wannabe a Writer? – a humorous look at how to get published and Wannabe a Writer We’ve Heard Of? - a guide to hitting the publicity trail. She has also contributed to several anthologies. She writes regular columns for the Isle of Thanet Gazette, Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special and Booktime and is the "agony aunt" for Writing Magazine. Jane gives talks and workshops and is regularly booked as after-dinner entertainment. She has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows and has presented for the BBC.

Wills, James

James was Secretary of the Association of Authors' Agents from 2009-2011 and looks after a dynamic and wide-ranging list of writers. He has a BA in English and Italian and an MA in 20th Century Literature from the University of Leeds and is passionate about reading and good writing. He is hugely enthusiastic about his authors' work and is always searching for new, exciting material.

Wray, Camilla

Camilla Wray is an Associate Agent at the Darley Anderson Agency. She joined the team in July 2007 and focuses on finding exciting new talent and future bestsellers. At the agency Camilla represents established and début authors, and specialises in crime, thrillers, mysteries and psychological suspense. She is always looking for exciting new talent and handles both commercial and accessible literary fiction. Camilla studied English Literature and Psychology at Cardiff University, specialising in Novel Writing. In 2003 she co-founded a successful business and worked on this until 2005. After gaining a distinction from the University of the Arts, Camilla went on to work for a national newspaper before joining the Darley Anderson Agency.

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