Meet Your Instructors:

Bernardine Evaristo is the author of seven books of fiction and verse fiction. She also writes short stories, essays, literary criticism, drama and for BBC radio. Two of  her novels have been adapted into BBC R4 plays. She was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009. www.bevaristo.com

Emma Henderson is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Keele University and an award-winning novelist. She has worked, in the past, as a blurbs’ writer for Penguin Books, as the manager of a ski-lodge in the French Alps and as a water bailiff in the Outer Hebrides. https://emmahendersonauthor.wordpress.com/

Courttia Newland is the author of seven books. His latest, The Gospel According to Canewas published in 2013. He was nominated for the Edge Hill Prize, The Frank O’ Conner award, and numerous others. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4. www.courttianewland.com.

Louise Welsh is the author of eight novels, most recently No Dominion (John Murray 2017). Louise has received numerous awards and international fellowships, including an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/critical/staff/louisewelsh/

Gill Lewis is an award winning children’s author who writes about animals and our relationship with the natural world. She draws upon her travels and her work as a vet for the inspiration behind her stories. She can be found scribbling away in her tree house in the company of spiders.  gilllewis.com  



Colin Grant is a BBC producer, historian and author of four books including a history of epilepsy called A Smell of Burning. His memoir of Caribbean life in 1970s England, Bageye at the Wheel, was shortlisted for the Pen/Ackerley Prize 2013.: http://www.colingrant.info/

Tim Parks is author of eighteen novels, including EuropaDestiny and In Extremis. Novelist, essayist, and translator based in Milan, he has translated works by Moravia, Calvino, Machiavelli and Leopardi. His critical work includes the essay collection Where I’m Reading From and, most recently, The Novel, A Survival Skillhttp://tim-parks.com/

Susan Tiberghien, author of four memoirs, the acclaimed One Year to a Writing Life, and soon published Writing Toward Wholeness, has taught workshops for twenty years at writers’ centers and conferences in America and Europe. She lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where she directs the Geneva Writers’ Group. www.susantiberghien.com

Wallis Wilde-Menozzi writes and teaches looking for words that must be said.  She’s presently finding them for a new book for FSG, who published her two memoirs. The earlier, Mother Tongue, is being reissued. Forty years of Italian life have also led her into translation, poetry and fiction. www.walliswilde-menozzi.com

David Rivard’s Standoff was awarded the 2017 PEN/New England Prize and was listed by the New Yorker as one of its “Books We Loved in 2016.” Rivard is the author of five other books of poetry: Otherwise ElsewhereSugartownBewitched PlaygroundWise Poison, and Torque. He teaches at the University of New Hampshire. www.davidrivard.net


George Szirtes was born in Hungary and published his first book of poems,The Slant Door, in 1979. It won the Faber Prize. Has published many since then,Reel (2004) winning the T S Eliot Prize, for which he has been twice shortlisted since. His latest book is Mapping the Delta (BloodAxe 2016). http://georgeszirtes.blogspot.ch
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