Stephen Booth

The International award-winning author of the Ben Cooper & Diane Fry crime series. Stephen was a guest speaker at our 2010 festival.

"One of our best story-tellers" - Sunday Telegraph

Elizabeth Chadwick

Elizabeth is an award winning author of historical fiction and a previous guest speaker.

"An author who makes history come gloriously alive" - THE TIMES

Kate Walker

Kate writes for the world's best-known publisher of romance, Mills & Boon. She has had over sixty novels published all over the world.

Su Pollard

Su is the patron of New Writers UK. In a career spanning over 40 years, she has worked in theatre, TV and music.

Amanda Bowman

The popular radio presenter, avid reader and keen writer. Amanda can be heard broadcasting on Radio Nottingham.

Karen Maitland

The popular crime writer, best known for her medieval thrillers (Penguin Books), appeared at our 2012 festival. Karen is also one of the writers in the Medieval Murderers series (Simon & Schuster).

"Laced with the sights, sounds and smells of the fourteenth century" THE TIMES review of Company of Liars.

Richard Spurr

A former voiceover artist, Richard is a wonderful impressionist but he is best-known for his radio show on the BBC.

David Belbin

David is the author of more than thirty novels, including the Nottingham-set crime series featuring Bone and Cane.

Pete Davis

Writer and professional storyteller; Pete is the founder of The Storytellers of Nottingham.

Dee Whitehead

Best known for her role in TV's Emmerdale, Dee has acted in many TV and theatre productions. She is a talented singer, has her own CD, and is working on a one-woman show.

Ian Collinson

An award-winning poet, Ian established Weathervane Press in 2009 with the publication of his own novel, I love Samuel Taylor.

Des Coleman

Popular television personality, Des Coleman, worked as a presenter, actor, weatherman, speaker, trainer, comic and singer. He presented the awards in our children's writing competition for two years.

Chris Day

The former actor and theatre director has spent a lifetime as a communicator. He is now a writer and jouirnalist and runs various media, marketing and publishing companies.

Michael Cox

Children's author of over fifty books and gifted public speaker. Michael spoke at the 2012 festival and helped present the prizes in our creative writing compatition for children.

Pewter Rose Press

Anne McDonnell founded the publisher, Pewter Rose Press, with her husband. They publish short fiction collections and literary fiction.

Frances Thimann

A talented writer of short stories for adults as well as children's fiction.

Roberta J Dewa

The author of several novels, her first collection of short stories Holding Stones was published in 2009.

Simon Heywood

Simon is an internationally acclaimed writer, storyteller, musician, composer and workshop leader.

"A gifted wordsmith who beautifully transposes story to song." Ben Heggary

Steve Bowkett

Steve is a full-time writer and creative writing teacher. He has run workshops for our younger visitors at several of our events.

Helen Hollick

Author of historical fiction and fantasy adventure; Helen's novels include an Arthurian trilogy and a pirate-based series.

"Helen Hollick has it all" - Bernard Cornwell

Stephen Wade

Stephen mainly writes non-fiction. His subjects include biographies, paranormal, genealogy and true crime.

Chris Nickson

Journalist and novelist, Chris Nickson, was a guest speaker at out 2010 festival. He is the author of The Broken Token.

Lucy Daniel Raby

Lucy is a hugely experienced children's writer. Her screenwriting credits include Shaun The Sheep, Angelina Ballerina and The Hoobs.

Eve Makis

Eve has worked as a radio presenter and freelance reporter but is known for her novels, including the award-winning Eat, Drink and Be Married.

Megan Taylor

Megan is the author of the literary thriller, The Dawning and the coming of age story, How We Were Lost

"Fearless writing, full of heart, and very very good" Caroline Smailes.

Mark Crossley

The former international goalkeeper released his autobiography is 2011.

Big Norm: Looking After No.1 is out now!

Nigel Pickard

The author of One and Attention Deficit, Nigel was also a published poet.

"Enthralling and original." Alan Sillitoe.

Maureen Newton

Producer of Hucknall Torkard Times, plus books and articles, all history-orientated. She organises fairs, workshops and open days, specialising in the history of Hucknall. Maureen is the Chair of the Hucknall Heritage Society.

Mike Sharland

Literary agent for film, television and theatre. He started in the film business, later writing on over 600 TV shows. Mike was a guest speaker at our 2010 festival.
Jeremy Lewis

Editor of Nottinghamshire Today magazine. New Writers UK, guest speaker and reviewer.

Samar Hammam

Literary agent. Formally with Tody Eady Associates, Samar founded Rocking Chair Books in 2011. Rocking Chair Books is a literary agency focusing on literary fiction, commercial fiction and general non-fiction for publication around the world. She was a guest speaker at our 2012 festival.

Raj Pathak

Another of our guest speakers, Raj is a film director and splits his time between Nottingham and Hollywood.
Bronwen Harrison

Bronwen is a talented musician, composer and singer. In addition to producing her own material she is writing the score for 1066 The Movie.