Amy Wu

Amy Wu is a writer for the women’s ag and agtech movement. She spent over two decades as a professional journalist and has reported for the USA Today Network, and written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Worth and Forbes. She is a documentary filmmaker and author of the book From Farms to Incubators: Women Innovators Revolutionizing How Our Food Is Grown. Amy has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Jeremy Beale

Jeremy Beale is the publisher of Harbour Books.

Lesley Bown

Lesley Bown is a novelist, playwright, journalist and translator with a special interest in comedy.  Her novel Going Through the Motions won the Peter Pook Humorous Novel competition and she is the author of The Secrets to Writing Great Comedy.

Deborah Brooks

Deborah Brooks is an arts critic and features journalist and an aspiring novelist. She is also the founder of Writing Parents  – – who run creative writing groups for parents, online and across London.

Alison Burns

Alison Burns is a reviewer, editor and teacher. 

She has reviewed for the Hampstead and Highgate Express and for The Times.

Alison Coles

Alison Coles is a writer, editor and journalist. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and the Evening Standard. She is the author of six children’s books and worked for a number of years with the Maggie Noach Literary Agency. She is currently working on the first draft of her novel, Sinner.

N.J. Cooper

N. J. Cooper is a novelist, critic and broadcaster.  Her latest crime novel, Vengeance in Mind, was published by Simon & Schuster in July 2012. She is

the international guest of honor at Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis in October 2016.

Zoe Fairbairns

Zoe Fairbairns is a novelist, short story writer, journalist and teacher of creative writing. Her latest book is Write Short Stories and Get Them Published.


Lesley Glaister

Lesley Glaister is the author of twelve novels, many short stories and drama for stage and radio.  She lives in Edinburgh and teaches Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews.


Rachael Hanel

Rachael Hanel is a nonfiction writer, freelance journalist, and university professor. Her book, We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter, was published in 2013.

Elizabeth Hilliard Selka

Elizabeth Hilliard Selka is an arts and features journalist and author of some dozen-and-a-half non-fiction books. She has reviewed and written about a range of subjects including art, theatre and television for the Independent, Guardian and Daily Telegraph newspapers, Arts ReviewVogue, Tatler and Interiors.

Rachel Hore

Rachel Hore is the author of eight novels, the most recent of which is The House on Bellevue Gardens (Simon & Schuster 2016).  Her ninth will be published in March 2018.  She lives in Norwich and teaches Publishing and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

Catherine Jones

Catherine Jones is an author and journalist. Her first novel, Wonder Girls, inspired by the female Channel swimmers of the 1920s, is published by Simon & Schuster.

Hilary Laurie

Hilary Laurie worked for many years in publishing.  She was a commissioning editor at Chatto & Windus and then at Weidenfeld & Nicolson before taking charge of the Everyman paperback list and, subsequently, of Penguin Classics.

Elsbeth Lindner

Elsbeth Lindner has spent a long, largely happy professional life in the publishing and book business, mainly as an editor and publisher. She was editor-in-chief of newbooks magazine for five years, and previous roles include Managing Director of The Women’s Press and membership of the Orange Prize Management Committee. She is also a book reviewer and author.

Sara Maitland

Sara Maitland is a short story writer by preference, but also writes novels and non-fiction, most recently A Book of Silence (Granta 2008).  Her new (non-fiction) book Gossip from the Forest will be published by Granta in November 2012 and is about fairy stories and natural history.  She lives alone on a moor in S.W. Scotland.

Jessica Mann

Jessica Mann was the author of more than  20 crime novels, several non-fiction books and a wide variety of journalism. She reviewed fiction for the Sunday Telegraph for many years and is The Literary Review‘s crime fiction reviewer.  The Fifties Mystique is a combination of memoir and polemic about the 1950s.

Sian Miles

Sian Miles is a writer and translator whose work includes Simone Weil: An Anthology, George Sand: Marianne, Paul Valery: Cahiers/Notebooks and Guy de Maupassant: A Parisian Affair and Other Stories. She has taught at a number of universities world-wide and currently does so at the University of Warwick.

Charlotte Moore

Charlotte Moore is an author and journalist.  Hancox, her portrait of Victorian and Edwardian life based on her family archive, is published by Penguin.  George and Sam, her account of life with her autistic sons, was recently updated and reissued by Penguin.  She has also published four novels and four historical books for children.

DC Morrison

DC Morrison is a journalist and a founding member of the Guardian Review, the newspaper’s Saturday books section.

Caroline Sanderson

Caroline Sanderson is a writer and journalist, and the author of four non-fiction books, the latest of which is Someone Like Adele, a biography of the chart-topping singer. Her articles and interviews have appeared in The Times, Mslexia, newbooks and Books for Keeps. She is also a regular contributor to The Bookseller, the UK book industry’s magazine.

Debbie Taylor

Debbie Taylor is the founder and editor of Mslexia, the quarterly magazine for women writers ( She is also a novelist,  author of narrative nonfiction, and a creative writing tutor. Her books include My Children, My Gold (Virago), a travelogue about single mothers in seven countries; and The Fourth Queen (Penguin), a novel set in a harem in eighteenth century Morocco.

Shirley Whiteside

Shirley Whiteside has been writing book reviews and features for fifteen years and in that time has contributed to the Glasgow Herald, Sunday Herald, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The List, The Independent on Sunday and Mslexia.  She has a particular interest in Scottish writers, female authors, crime and historical novels, biography and history. She is currently working on a novel.

Daphne Wright

Daphne Wright’s Threaded Dancesseries of novels, set between World War II and 1968, are reissued by Bello –

Lucy Yates

Lucy Yates is a writer, freelance journalist and university lecturer. She has published short stories (most recently in Comma Press’s Parenthesis) and is currently completing her first novel, From the Mountains Descended Night, about the eighteenth-century forger, James Macpherson.