Authors at a glance

In 2017, we attracted a fabulous array of authors and speakers to the Penzance Literary Festival. Click on ‘read more’ for a profile and featured books.

  • Adrian Rodda

    Adrian Rodda interprets Cornish history and folklore through his verse. He has performed at festivals and open mic sessions and leads guided walks in Penwith to present his verses in their original inspirational landscapes.
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  • Amanda Jennings

    Amanda Jennings writes psychological suspense and is the author of Sworn Secret, which was published in the UK, US and Italy. It was an Amazon kindle Top 5 bestseller in the UK, a Top 100 bestseller in the US, and reached the number 1 spot in Italy. Her second book, The Judas Scar, was published […]
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  • Andrew Lanyon

    Born 1947. Aged 11, Andrew won a camera in a comic competition but failed 11-plus. Worked for Stanley Kubrick and as assistant editor of Ambit Poetry Magazine. Winner of film, painting and book awards. Inventor of a character who discovers art is a visually transmitted virus and who isolates integrity, marketing it as a paste. ‘Lanyon […]
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  • Andrew Miller

    Andrew Miller was born in Bristol in 1960. He has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland and France, and currently lives in Somerset. He is the author of six novels; his fiction has been translated into over 30 languages. His new novel is The Crossing. Set in the present day, he sees a blossoming relationship between […]
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  • Anna McClary

    For the past seven years, Anna has been the one and only bilingual tour guide specialising in Penzance and Mousehole, travelling with cruise ship visitors on coaches through Penwith and hoping to entice them to return for a longer holiday. This year, she presented her virtual coach tour through Cornwall to a German Landfrauen (WI) […]
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  • Anne Taylor

    Anne Taylor is a writer, journalist, teacher and workshop facilitator. She co-tutors the online Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing course for the Professional Writing Academy ( and has a healthy interest in all things to do with medicine and literature – oh, and she loves throwing herself in the sea.
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  • Bookshop Band

    The Bookshop Band
    Now in its sixth year, and with an ever-growing reputation, the Bookshop Band makes a welcome return to the Litfest with a new programme of songs inspired by books – some of them by authors appearing at this year’s event. Fans of the Band’s unique sound won’t want to miss this. And if you’re new […]
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  • Bridget Holding

    Bridget Holding founded ‘Wild Words’ and ‘The Society of Writers-In-The-Wild’ in 2011. She is a writer and UKCP registered psychotherapist. She has been a tutor of creative writing for the Lifelong Learning Department of The University of Exeter
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  • Colin Stringer

    Colin Stringer was born in St. Ives but has come a long way since; all the way to Heamoor, via Huddersfield. After three successful shows at Gulval Mead, he moved up North to become a rock star in the all-Cornish, Anne Gwirder. Eighteen months and two unsuccessful shows later he moved back to Penzance and […]
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  • Colin Taylor

    Sergeant Colin Taylor has been in the police force for over 20 years. The last six years he has spent policing the Isles of Scilly where he lives with his family. He also runs the Isle of Scilly Police Facebook page where he regularly posts the dramatic events as they unfold on the Island. His comedic […]
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  • Des Hannigan

    Des Hannigan is a travel writer and journalist. He came to Cornwall from Scotland in the 1960s and worked as a resident singer at the famous Count House Folk Club at Botallack. He then worked as a fisherman for fifteen years and later worked as a news reporter for Cornish newspapers and the Press Association. […]
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  • Duncan Yeates

    Duncan Yeates is a poet and academic. His work can be found in Wave Hub: New Poetry from Cornwall and his own limited edition poetry pamphlet series entitled  Lallocropia. Duncan is currently completing a PhD focusing on the work of the Camborne miner poet, John Harris.
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  • Gavin Knight

    Gavin Knight’s first book, Hood Rat, about gun and gang crime in the UK’s cities, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the Crime Writer’s Association Non-fiction Dagger in 2012. To research it, he spent two years with criminals, frontline police units and gang members from the inner cities of Britain. His work has appeared […]
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  • Gill McNeill

    Gill  has been teaching and directing Drama and Theatre in London and more recently Penzance for many years. After two Edinburgh Shows and major Community Theatre productions up country, she now leads the regular Acorn Accolades Adult Drama workshops on Tuesday mornings.
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  • Gray Lightfoot

    Gray Lightfoot… dreamer, poet, bus driver Gray is a performance poet who lives in Penzance. His job as a bus driver allows him to play with words in his head as he drives past bus stops full of angry, waving passengers. As the first Lightfoot of his bloodline to be born out of Cornwall for well […]
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  • Grevel Lindop

    Grevel Lindop
    Grevel Lindop lives in Manchester, where he was formerly Professor of English at the University. His books include Travels on the Dance Floor (a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and shortlisted for Authors’ Club Dolman Best Travel Book 2009); A Literary Guide to the Lake District (a Lakeland Book of the Year); and […]
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  • Jak Stringer

    Jak has lived in West Cornwall for 37 years. “If you cut her open,” she says, “I would have Penzance printed inside me, like a stick of rock.” For ten years Jak worked as a local music promoter, bringing to Cornwall national and international new music artists. The NME described her as part of the […]
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  • Jane Moss

    Jane Moss is an author and writing tutor who grew up in Cornwall and returned here, permanently, three years ago. One of her earliest memories is of being swept off her feet by a wave at Porthcurno. She survived and now runs The Writing Retreat near Lamorna Cove –
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  • John Crace

    John Crace is the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer and author of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. He writes the Digested Read for G2.
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  • John Martin

    John Martin is a former librarian and lifelong crime fiction reader. He spent 30 years working in public libraries before leaving Leicestershire Libraries in 2012. He was a member of the judging panel for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award from 2009-2012, and is a regular speaker on crime fiction. His first book, Crime Scene […]
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  • John Phillips

    John Phillips was born and presently lives in St. Ives. For many years, he lived in Slovenia. His most recent publication is Heretic. His other books include What Shape Sound and Language Is. His work has appeared in several anthologies, as well as many magazines in the U.K. and abroad.
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  • John Sutherland

    John Sutherland is the Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at UCL, and has spent most of his academic career working up to that august post. ‘Emeritus’ is the Latin for ‘without merit’. John has written many books on many subjects (including Is Henry V a War Criminal—OUP) and most recently, Stars, Cars and Crystal Meth […]
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  • Julie Myerson

    Julie Myerson
    Julie Myerson is the author of Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House and nine novels, including the best-selling Something Might Happen, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize. In the words of the Observer, she ‘has a talent for making the unthinkable readable. The results are riveting.’
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  • Juliet Pickering

    Juliet Pickering is an agent at the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. She worked for Waterstones as a fiction buyer before joining A P Watt in 2003, and become an Agent in 2007.  Juliet moved to Blake Friedmann in 2013
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  • Karen Sullivan

    Karen Sullivan is publisher of Orenda Books, a small independent founded in late 2014 to publish literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, about half in translation. Karen will discuss how and why she started Orenda Books, which was shortlisted for the IPG Nick Robinson Newcomer Award, the ideology behind the list, and the […]
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  • Katharine Norbury

    Katharine Norbury
    Katharine Norbury was abandoned as a baby in a Liverpool convent. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she grew into a wanderer, drawn by the landscape of the British countryside. One summer, following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine sets out – accompanied by her nine-year-old daughter, Evie – with the idea of following a […]
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  • Kathryn Aalto

    Kathryn Aalto is a writer, designer, historian and lecturer. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world.  She is the author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired […]
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  • Katrina Naomi

    Katrina Naomi
    Katrina Naomi’s poetry has appeared in The TLS, The Spectator and The Poetry Review, and has been broadcast on Radio 4. Her second collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me, has just been published by Seren (2016), following the pamphlet Hooligans, (Rack Press, 2015). Previous publications include: The Girl with the Cactus Handshake (Templar Poetry), […]
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  • Laurie Garrison

    Lauie Garrison has had successful careers in two disparate fields: lecturing in Victorian literature and digital marketing. She now combines her expertise from both these fields to help writers use the online world to complete, publish and promote their books
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  • Lisa Woollett

    After a degree in psychology Lisa studied documentary photography at Newport School of Art. She then worked as a freelance photographer for 12 years – past clients include The Independent on Sunday, Barnardos, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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  • Livia Morant

    Livia Morant will understudy Rose-Mary Harrington’s readings of The Ivy House Diary. Livia has been involved in amateur drama in the area for many years and is currently an active member of the St. Peter’s Players, Newlyn.
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  • Lucy Cooper

    Lucy Cooper is a writer with a love of folklore, fairy tales and mythology. She grew up in the wilds of West Penwith. Her fascination with tales from cultures around the world has taken her from the temples of China to the back roads of Bulgaria, and lots of places in between. She is the […]
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  • Luke Thompson

    Dr Luke Thompson is a writer and editor from mid-Cornwall. This year, he publishes a debut pamphlet of poetry, the clearing (Atlantic Press), a full-length biography of Cornish poet Jack Clemo, Clay Phoenix (Ally Press), and a sequence of illustrated short fiction (Guillemot Press). Early 2017, his non-fiction work A Noctuary will be published by […]
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  • M J Logue

    Writer, mad cat lady, re-enactor, and 17th century historian. Been slightly potty about the clankier side of Ironside for around 20 years, and lists amongst her heroes in this unworthy world Sir Thomas Fairfax, Elizabeth Cromwell and the revenge playwright John Webster (for his sense of humour.) When not purveying historically-accurate cake to various re-enactment […]
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  • Martin Banks

    Martin trained at the New College of Speech and Drama and then gained an MA in Theatre Studies at Warwick University. He has worked as a professional actor, director, administrator, lecturer and examiner. His best selling book, The Mysterious Loss of the Darlwyne : A Cornish Holiday Tragedy, has been the subject of both ITV and […]
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  • MCMC Spoken

    Since leaving University, MCMC Spoken has gone from strength to strength, carving out her reputation as a poet, working with local producers and rappers to make hip hop tracks, hone here freestyling skills and perform at spoken word gigs both locally and across the UK and Europe. Her love of poetry has led her to […]
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  • Michael Smith

    Michael Smith is an authority on Polar exploration who has written nine books, appeared in TV and radio documentaries and lectured at many literary festivals and other prestigious venues, including:  The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Royal Geographical Society, National Library of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland, Princess Grace Memorial Library Monaco, Queen’s University Belfast, the […]
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  • Mike Sagar-Fenton

    Mike Sagar-Fenton
    Mike Sagar-Fenton was born and bred here in Penzance. He is a regular columnist in the local press, author of eight published books on local themes, and also spent four years as director of Penzance’s Golowan Festival. He combined his love of writing and theatre by having his satirical play The Rise and Fall of […]
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  • Patrick Barkham

    Patrick Barkham
    Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a Natural History writer for the Guardian where he has worked for the last 10 years, reporting on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was shortlisted for the 2011 Royal Society […]
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  • Penwith Local History Group

    Formed in 1990, PLHG is a friendly group with a serious intent: we research and write up local history. We use old documents, oral history, books in and out of print, and investigate the landscape. Our books so far have included In and around Penzance during Napoleonic Times, Treasures of the Morrab based on Morrab […]
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  • Rachel Joyce

    Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into 36 languages. Rachel […]
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  • Rachel Lambert

    Rachel Lambert is a forager, wild food guide and author. Based in Penzance, she has been teaching foraging since 2007 and is passionate about sharing these skills and edible de-lights with others. She is the author of the sell out book; Wild Food Foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (2015) and her new […]
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  • Raymond Tallis

    Raymond Tallis
    Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic, and a retired physician and clinical neuroscientist. For the last decade Tallis has been a full-time writer. He has published fiction, poetry, and 25  books on the philosophy of mind, philosophical anthropology, literary and cultural criticism. His most recent book –  The Black Mirror. Fragments […]
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  • Robin Lenman

    Until his retirement in 2003, Robin was Senior Lecturer in History at Warwick University, specialising in German and European political and cultural history and publishing on the German 19th-century art world. He was commissioned to compile the Oxford Companion to the Photograph after his interests turned to photographic history. Robin has lived in Penzance since 2000, and in 2008 […]
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  • Sarah Turner

    Sarah Turner lives in Devon with her husband and their two boys. She has written for The Telegraph, The Daily Mirror, MumsNet,, The Huffington Post, and has a regular column for Exeter Life. She won awards for Best Writer and Best Baby Blog at the MAD Awards 2015.
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  • Seth Hampshire

    I’m a beat poet, well that’s one defenition. When I was at university I quietly started writing poetry, but always for myself. For one of my project I was meant to hand in a book with images and text in but instead I handed in a book with a CD in the cover. The photographs in the […]
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  • Sophie Buchan

    Sophie Buchan, Senior Commissioning Editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson Fiction  
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  • Spencer Smart

    Born in Suffolk in 1966, Spencer Smart headed for a life in west Cornwall many years ago where he lives with his family. He has worked as a technical author and marketing consultant since the late 1980s. Spencer’s first thriller No Regrets introduced Dutch detective Pieter van Es, who fled Amsterdam for a not-so-peaceful new […]
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  • Spokes

    Spokes was originally set up by three creative writing students from Falmouth University. Their monthly nights at Penryn Town Hall have been drawing large audiences who are treated to a diverse range of material from storytelling, poetry, spleen venting, music and even the occasional interpretive dance.
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  • Steph Haxton

    Steph Haxton, historian, author and wordsmith, is always inspired by place. Pendennis Castle is a site she worked at for many years, finding forgotten facts that begged to be put into stories. Her historical novels have all been nominated in the Cornish Gorsedh Holyer an Gof Awards, with To Untie A Sealed Knot being a […]
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  • Sue Kittow

    Sue Kittowsays, ”My Cornish roots have always been very important to me, ensuring I returned from working in London for 14 years. Since becoming a journalist at the age of 50, I have interviewed many authors including Bill Bryson, Ian Rankin, Lionel Shriver and Rosamunde Pilcher for the international writing magazine, Writers’ Forum, and have […]
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  • Tom Stockley

    Tom Stockley is an organiser, performer, writer, designer and occasional statue based in the South West. Informed by a century of counter-culture, his practice is parasitic and flirts with the humour, beauty and sadness of every day life by any means necessary (including spoken word as t.s. idiot, video based collaborations and DIY venue Space 37). Among his influences […]
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  • Wyl Menmuir

    Wyl Menmuir
    Wyl Menmuir was born in 1979 in Stockport. He lives on the north coast of Cornwall with his wife and two children and works as a freelance editor and literacy consultant and is also writer in residence at Richard Lander School, Truro. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him out on the water or up […]
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Alan M Kent

Dr Alan M. Kent was born in St Austell and lectures in Literature for the Open University and is Visiting Fellow in Celtic Studies at the University of La Coruna. His latest works include the stage adaptation of The Mousehole Cat and The Festivals of Cornwall: Ritual, Revival, Reinvention. He has published extensively on the literature of Cornwall and is […]

Alex Wade

Alex Wade was born in west London, grew up in Devon and, after working as a lawyer in London, began a westward drift that led to living west Cornwall since 2007. Now based in Penzance, Alex has written non-fiction books on surfing and boxing, has been short-listed as sports feature writer of the year and […]

Alexandra Aerlinn

Alexandra Aerlinn is based in Cornwall and has been performing for nine years. Her songs are primarily inspired by the lands and waters of the places she feels a spiritual connection with, sense of place and heritage. They are based upon contemplative immersion in nature, sacred spaces and dream excursions.

Andrew Fentham

Andrew Fentham is poet-in-residence at the Charles Causley Trust in 2017, Causley’s Centenary year. With Pen, a pamphlet of poems on WS Graham and the St Ives School will appear from The New Fire Tree Press as part of the programme of events for Graham’s Centenary year in 2018. Project, a creative response to the […]

Anna Cathenka

Anna Cathenka is a Cornwall-based poet interested in conceptual and experimental poetry. Her first pamphlet, Dead Man Walking, which uses the body of David Bowie to explore grief, celebrity and the death of analogue culture, will be published by New Fire Tree Press in the autumn. She also produces podcasts, runs workshops and writes/performs as […]

Caroline Carver

Caroline Carver’s a National poetry prize winner, a Commended, and has won a number of other awards.  She’s a Hawthornden Fellow, and has lived in many countries including Jamaica and Canada.  She now lives by the sea near Falmouth, and is active in South West Cornwall poetry activities.  However she did spend some time across […]

Cassandra Parkin

Cassandra Parkin grew up in Hull, lives in East Yorkshire and is inspired by Cornwall.  Her writing has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies and her collection of short stories, New World Fair Tales (2011), won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories.  She is most well-known for her novels, The Summer We All […]

Charlotte Hobson

Charlotte Hobson’s first book, Black Earth City, is based on the year that she spent in a provincial town in Russia, studying Russian as the Soviet Union collapsed. Afterwards she returned to Edinburgh University and graduated with a first in Russian. With no very clear career plans, she took a bus back to Russia and […]

Chris Vick

I live near Bath with my wife, daughter and surf-rat-of-a-dog Toffee. I have worked in marine conservation for years. Though I live inland, work, writing and surfing take me to the sea pretty often. When I’m not working, writing or surfing I’m playing footy, reading, cooking, watching Game of Thrones, or listening to the Chemical […]

Cynan Jones

Cynan Jones was born in 1975 near Aberaeron, Wales where he now lives and works. He is the author of four short novels, The Long Dry (Parthian, 2006), Everything I Found on the Beach (Parthian, 2011), Bird, Blood, Snow (Seren, 2012), and most recently The Dig (Granta, 2014). His first novel won a Society of […]

David Devanny

David Devanny is a multi-media artist, writer and researcher. He is currently studying for a PhD in Digital Literatures at Falmouth University where he is a lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing. He has presented papers at a number of international peer-reviewed conferences including E-Poetry Kingston, ELO Bergen and the British and Irish International […]

David Horton

Devon-born David Horton is studying on the Masters Opera Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Scott Johnson., with the support of a scholarship from the RCS Trust. He graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2010. He then spent a year in Australia studying with Dr Rowena Cowley […]

David Tovey

David Tovey, who lives on the Devon/Cornwall border, has just published The Witty Vagabond – A Biography of Crosbie Garstin (1887-1930) – Author – Artist – Adventurer.  He is a leading Cornish art historian, who has written extensively on Cornish art (particularly the art colonies of St Ives, Newlyn and Lamorna) and is Editor of […]

Diana Dixon

Diana Dixon was born in Cornwall, into a family of poets – Daphne du Maurier was a family friend and a writing influence. Whilst at London University Diana joined the Poetry Society, reading and performing there, as well as at the Bush Theatre and the King’s Head, Islington Diana settled in West Penwith in 1996. […]

Ellen Phethean

Ellen Phethean is a founder member of The Poetry Virgins and Diamond Twig Press. Her work includes Wall, a novel in poems (Smokestack Books 2007). Her first poetry collection Breath (2009, Flambard), was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. A second collection is Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman (Red Squirrel […]

Gee Middleton

Gee Middleton is a tender twenty-something living in Cornwall. Interested in how she relates to the world around her, she considers in her work what it means to be human. With an affinity for stars, self-love, and kindness, poetry is her love letter to humanity and her way of exploring her place in the universe.

Horatio Morpurgo

Horatio Morpurgo grew up in Devon and frequently visited west Cornwall as a child. Educated at Cambridge and Edinburgh, as a reporter he later covered oil-spills in Spain, revolutions in Ukraine, road-schemes in Dorset and pretty much everything in between. He has written longer essays on the history of Penguin Books, the Victorian polymath Samuel […]

Jacky Nowakowski

Jacky Nowakowski, presently a Principal Archaeologist with the Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Cornwall Council, has been working as a professional archaeologist in Cornwall for the past 30 years. A prehistorian, with considerable fieldwork experience across the county, the UK and abroad, Jacky was a member of the original West Penwith Survey team responsible for the detailed […]

Jane Corry

Jane Corry is a Sunday Times best-selling author, published by Penguin. She is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph and writes the Diary of a Modern Granny column for My Weekly magazine. Jane’s experience as writer in residence for a high-security male prison helped to inspire her books. She also writes award-winning short stories. […]

Jane Pugh

Jane grew up land-locked on the border of the Derbyshire moors. She lived in cities and then fled to the sea to gig row and swim. She watched her house become damper and damper and installed central heating. She dented her car by backing over a big stone bolder. The wind scares her. She finances […]

Jean Burnett

Jean Burnett lives in Bristol and has travelled extensively. She has lived in both North and Central America. Success in school essay competitions led to a passion for writing, although she did not achieve publication until quite late-“overnight success after 40 years.” She writes historical fiction and also travel articles. She was asked to edit […]

Jenny Balfour Paul

Jenny Balfour Paul, writer, artist, international lecturer and intrepid traveller, is the author of two books on Indigo, and numerous other writings. She was consultant curator for the Whitworth Art Gallery’s 2007 touring exhibition ‘Indigo, a Blue to Dye For’ and consultant for two documentary films. Jenny is an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter University; […]

Jenny Kane

Former archaeologist and medieval historian Jenny Kane is the author of a series of romantic novels set in Cornwall (Sennen, St. Just and Truro featuring) as well as several historical novels published under the name Jennifer Ash and two children’s picture books. She has recently produced four audio scripts for the revival of ITV’s 1980’s […]

Jerome Fletcher

Jerome Fletcher is Associate Professor of Performance Writing and the award leader for the MA Performance Writing at Falmouth University. His practice-led research is focused on a three year project into Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity in Practice (ELMCIP). This project brings together seven European universities researching various aspects of e-literature and networked […]

Jerome Knox

Jerome Knox is studying on the Masters Opera Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with his teacher Scott Johnson and coach Paul Plummer. He is grateful to be the inaugural recipient of the Gleneagles Scholarship at the RCS. Jerome is a Masters graduate of the Royal College of Music where he studied with Russell […]

Judy Brickhill

Judy Brickhill is a sailor, mother, erstwhile reviewer of dinghies and small sailing boats for yachting magazines, writer and poet. She and her family have owned Guide Me for 40 years, spending 10 years restoring her in a Cornish creek before sailing back to Cape Town via Brazil and returning by way of Surinam, the […]

Katrina Quinn

Katrina has recently returned to Brighton, where her performance poetry journey began at University 10 years ago. She spent the last three years living and working in Cornwall and then London. Whilst in Penzance (2013-2015) she got involved in the local writing community: performing at Studio Bar, the Benbow, Acorn and as part of Telltales (Falmouth), Cafe […]

Kirstie Newton

Louisa Young

Louisa Young was born in London and educated there and at Cambridge. She has published 12 books in up to 36 languages, and is half (alongside her daughter) of the children’s author Zizou ‘Lionboy’ Corder. Louisa’s first book was a biography of her grandmother Kathleen Scott, sculptor and widow of Scott of the Antarctic. Her […]

Lynne Jones

Lynne Jones is a child psychiatrist, relief worker, anthropologist and writer. She has spent the last twenty-five years establishing and running mental health programmes in areas of conflict or natural disaster including the Balkans, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda, post-tsunami Indonesia, post-Earthquake Haiti and most recently with migrants in France and Greece. Jones has a […]

Lynn Knight

Lynn Knight was born in Derbyshire and lives in London. The women of her family, who have passed on many stories along with beaded bags and buttoned gauntlets, fostered her interest in the texture and narratives of women’s lives. She is also the author of the biography Clarice Cliff (2005), and a memoir, Lemon Sherbet […]

Mac Dunlop

In 2007 Mac founded “The Poetry Point” –  a website portal and bespoke publisher that promotes poetry and spoken word events and information in Cornwall and the SW. Mac curates The Spoken Word Marquee during the monthly Parklive Festivals in Falmouth and hosted on The Roseland for eight years. He also produces podcasts, radio […]

MCMC Spoken

Poetry, rap and spoken word artist, MCMC Spoken uses her diverse skills to communicate views and visions of the world both as she sees it and through the eyes of others.  Her line up this year is the best yet including Glastonbury and Port Eliot! “Catch her if you can.” Looking for a local publisher, if […]

Megan Chapman

Since leaving University, Megan Chapman has gone from strength to strength, carving out her reputation as a poet, working with local producers and rappers to make hip hop tracks, hone here freestyling skills and perform at spoken word gigs both locally and across the UK and Europe. Her love of poetry has led her to […]

Megan Lee Yendell

“While just finishing English and Journalism, I rediscovered poetic hedonism. Life is filled with complexity but words helps us make sense of the punctuated perplexity.”

Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown is professor emerita of Medieval manuscript studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, visiting professor at University College London and Baylor University and senior researcher, University of Oslo, She was formerly Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts, British Library. She has taught, broadcast and published widely (over 30 books) and curated exhibitions […]

Nick Holland

Nick Holland is a best selling fiction writer, and now author of a critically acclaimed biography of Anne Brontë. Nick is a professional copywriter from Yorkshire, and fell in love with the Brontës after Wuthering Heights was the first book he read at University. He is a member of the Brontë Society, and runs the […]

Nicholas Pegg

Nicholas Pegg is a British actor, theatre director and writer. Author of ‘The Complete David Bowie‘. Probably the only Equity member to have played Hamlet, a Dalek and an otter.

Peter Fluck

Born in 1941 in Cambridge, Peter Fluck is well known for his founding role in the legendary Spitting Image satirical puppet television comedy show. One of the world’s most successful programmes, it was broadcast between 1984 and 1996. Now working full time as an artist, he lives in a remote part of Cornwall with his painter wife Anne […]

Rob Barratt

Rob Barratt is a Dudley-born comic poet, humourist and singer from North Cornwall. “This is not only clever but I think it’s very funny” (Mike Harding) “His head is well and truly located in ‘Planet Barratt,’ clearly a place of wonderfully bizarre inspiration. “(Coventry Telegraph) “Mind-bending poetry” (Twickfolk, London) “One of the funniest performers yet. His […]

Roy Phillips

N. R. (Roy) Philips was born of an old St Ives family in 1930 and has been writing since boyhood. Taking a lifelong interest in the natural world, especially the wildlife of Cornwall, Roy has led an overland party of Oxford University expedition to study birds of Afghanistan and Kashmir. In 1979, he spent three months alone in […]

Ryan Danes

Author of The Man Who Thought Outside of the Box Ryan appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking on Thursday June 29, follow the iPlayer link to listen again: Signed copies of Ryan’s book The Man Who Thought Outside The Box: The Life and Times of Dr Who Creator Sydney Newman will be available at […]

Sally Crabtree

Sally Crabtree is an author and creative literacy expert as well as an international performance poet/artist who has been described as “Profoundly original – one of Britain’s richest inventions.” She has been invited to prestigious International poetry festivals and performed at diverse venues and events including the UN’s Palais des Nations, the opening ceremony of […]

Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy has written fifteen novels including her latest, The Hidden Room, which Virago will publish in the UK in July 2017. She has written and devised fourteen plays and over sixty short stories, including several for BBC Radio 4. Her collected stories are published by Salt in Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined. She […]

Susan J Blackmore

Sue Blackmore is a psychologist, lecturer and writer researching consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She is a TED lecturer, blogs for the Guardian, and often appears on radio and  television. The Meme Machine  (1999) has been translated into 16 other languages; more recent books include Conversations […]

Terry Stiastny

Terry Stiastny is an author and journalist. Her first career was at the BBC, where she reported from around Europe for BBC News, including stints in both Brussels and Berlin, worked for The World At One and PM on BBC Radio 4 and was a political correspondent in Westminster. She left the BBC in 2012 […]

Tim Pears

Tim Pears is the author of ten novels, including In the Place of Fallen Leaves (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award), In a Land of Plenty(made into a ten part BBC series), Landed(shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2012 and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize 2011, winner of […]

Timothy Dean

Timothy Dean, whose family hails from West Cornwall, studied music at Reading University, and then piano and conducting at the Royal College of Music. He has been Chorus Master and Head of Music for Kent Opera, the first Music Director of British Youth Opera, conductor of the London Bach Society, Music Director of The Opera […]