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Authors and Guest Speakers

Ann Barwood

Ann Barwood has been head of Exeter Cathedral’s Library and Archive Service since 2003. Prior to retirement in 2001 she had worked for the final 13 years of her professional life as a senior manager in both local and central government. She served as a Chapter Canon, and following that period of office, was in 2009 made a Lay Canon and Canon Librarian.
She is responsible for supporting the professional members of the Library and Archive Team and has facilitated the team in working towards among other things achieving National Archive Accreditation in 2013/16 and recommending the Exeter Book for Inscription on the UK Memory of the World Register in 2016. She is currently leading the team in their main tasks of cataloguing, contributing to major research projects and supporting readers and visitors.
Ann was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the Cathedral Library and Archives in the New Year’s Honours list 2013.In January 2018 it was announced that she had been appointed an Honorary Associate Research Fellow in the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter in recognition of her work in strengthening the academic links between the University and the Cathedral.

Anne is appearing at Decoding the Exeter Riddles

Maura Beckett

Maura Beckett is a debut novelist, working through the final edits of her book, The Daneton Affair, due for publication in 2019. Set in North Devon, the story is a cosy mystery drawing on Maura’s love of her childhood home and her experiences as a primary school teacher for over fifteen years.
She is currently a stay-at-home mum, fitting in writing around three school-aged children.

Maura is a member of Exeter Authors Association and Twyford Writers, based in Tiverton. Her first short story submission resulted in a third place at the Tiverton Literary Festival competition in 2016, which inspired her to expand her ambitions and write a full-length novel.


Maura is appearing with Exeter Authors Association

Gundel Bonfield

Born in East Berlin, Gundel discovered fairy stories early on in life as both her grandparents and parents were fond of reading them  to the children in the family. This early interest turned into passion throughout her teenage years, when she started collecting the stories intentionally and broadened to international narratives  and tales that ventured from the pure retelling of folklore to poetical and stylistic reworking by writers of various literary periods and countries. Gundel studied Art and Literature at Ernst-Moritz- Arndt University Greifswald, Germany and later completed a Master of Arts in Education at London University.  She currently leads the Arts faculty in an International school and has taught art, languages and literature throughout her career.

Gundel is appearing at The Universal Influence of Literature.

Sue Bristow

Su Bristow is the author of Sealskin, which is based on the ancient Scottish legend of the selkies, or seals who can turn into people. It won the first Exeter Novel Prize award in 2013. 
She grew up in Surrey, before gaining a place at Girton College, Cambridge, where she studied Archaeology and Anthropology.
A consultant medical herbalist by day, Su is a keen drinker of tea, a choral society member and rower of many miles in front of the television. She has also written two books on herbal medicine, and two on relationship skills.



Sue is appearing at Writing from Legend

Rob Casey

Rob Casey is a stand-up poet, writer and performer. He was the Bard of Exeter in 2016/17 and was commissioned by the BBC to produce a poem for Devon on National Poetry Day. He is also the current Bard of Exeter City FC, the club’s poet in residence, and is part of the comedy/poetry band, The Least Worst Candidates. He lectures at Exeter College and is Programme Manager for the Foundation Degree in Creative and Professional Writing, as well as being a regular event organiser and host with Apples and Snakes and the Apothecary spoken word night in Bridport.


Rob is hosting and appearing in Haiku Slam! and Spoken Word Showcase

Megan Cavell

Originally from Canada, Dr Megan Cavell studied and worked in Toronto, Cambridge, Durham and Oxford before moving to the Midlands to take up a post as lecturer and research fellow in medieval English literature at the University of Birmingham.
She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Riddle Ages: An Anglo-Saxon Riddle Blog (www.theriddleages.wordpress.com), which aims to bring the Old English riddles of the Exeter Book to life through modern English translations and occasionally witty (she thinks) commentaries. 
She is also the author of an academic monograph,Weaving Words and Binding Bodies: The Poetics of Human Experience in Old English Literature (University of Toronto Press, 2016), as well as a number of articles and notes on a range of topics from Old English poetics to the literary history of arachnophobia. 
She is currently co-editing a book of essays about the Anglo-Saxon riddle tradition with Dr Jennifer Neville (for Manchester University Press), and writing a second monograph on predators and inter-species conflict in early and high medieval literature. While she loves the Exeter Book an inordinate amount, she does think its lack of riddles on wolves and other fierce beasts is something of a drawback.


Megan is appearing at Decoding the Exeter Riddles

Helen Chaloner

Helen Chaloner is Chief Executive of Literature Works, the regional literature development agency for South West England.  Helen moved to Devon after a decade working in publishing PR in London.  For five years she ran the Arvon Foundation, known for its residential creative writing courses, followed by ten years at Farms for City Children, which connects inner city children to the countryside through a week on a working farm. 
Literature Works is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation dedicated to engaging people with the social benefits and pleasures of creative writing, reading, stories and words.  Literature Works partners on projects with a wide range of organisations, from the National Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society, to the Poetry Archive and libraries around the region.  Literature Works also provides opportunities for writers to develop their craft and supports them to sustain a living through their writing.


Helen is appearing at Sharing Ideas on Exeter's Literary Future

John Wedgwood Clarke

John Wedgwood Clarke is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter. His most recent collection of poems Landfill (2017) arose from a ‘residency' at a local landfill site and time spent working with marine biologists. TV credits as presenter includes the documentaries The Books that Made Britain (2016) and Through the Lens of Larkin (2017), both for BBC4. His first collection of poems Ghost Pot (2013) was described as a ‘masterpiece that rewards continual reading’ by Bernard O’Donogue.



John is appearing at Decoding the Exeter Riddles


Teresa Driscoll

Teresa Driscoll is a former BBC TV news presenter and now international #1 bestselling author. Her debut psychological suspense I Am Watching You hit Kindle #1 in the UK, USA and Australia. Her second thriller The Friend also went straight into the UK and USA Kindle bestseller charts.
Teresa's novels have been sold for translation to 15 countries. She also writes women's fiction; Recipes for Melissa was auctioned at the Frankfurt book fair between seven German publishers and her second women's fiction title is Last Kiss Goodnight.
During her long career as a journalist, Teresa worked for newspapers, magazines and television, including 15 years presenting the BBC TV news programme Spotlight. Covering crime for so long, she was deeply moved by the haunting impact on the relatives, the friends and the witnesses and it is those ripples she explores now in her darker fiction.
Teresa lives in glorious Devon with her family and blogs regularly about her "writing life" at her website - www.teresadriscoll.com.

Teresa is our celebrity guest at the Festival launch
(Please note that the launch is by invitation only)

Elizabeth Ducie

Elizabeth has been writing for thirty years; initially producing audit reports, text books, articles and training modules for the international pharmaceutical industry. In 2012 she gave up the day job to concentrate on fiction. She has so far published four novels and three collections of short stories.  But she has also run her own small business since the 1990s. As a scientist, she thrives on spreadsheets. But few writers she meets feel the same way. She writes her Business of Writing series to provide a toolbox of skills, allowing writers to spend minimal time getting their business systems right and releasing them for the creative work they love. She regularly lectures at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School and elsewhere.
Elizabeth believes self-publishing is an exciting opportunity and not merely the choice of last resort. In the past seven years, she has published fifteen titles under her own imprint, Chudleigh Phoenix Publications.


Elizabeth is presenting The Business of Writing.

Sophie Duffy

Sophie Duffy is the author of The Generation Game (2011), The Holey Life(2012), Bright Stars (2015) and Betsy And Lillibet (2018). Her work has won the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Luke Bitmead Bursary, and has been nominated for the Guardian Not the Booker and the Harry Bowling Prize.

She is a writer and creative writing tutor and mentor for CreativeWritingMatters, as well as an administrator for the Exeter Novel Prize.
Sophie also writes as Lizzie Lovell: The Juniper Gin Joint (2018)


Sophie is appearing at How to be Published and Banned Books

Stella Duffy

A highly acclaimed novelist and theatremaker, Stella Duffy has twice won a prestigious Crime Writers’ Association Dagger for her short stories. She has also won Stonewall Writer of the Year twice.
A co-director of the Fun Palaces campaign for greater access to culture for all, she was awarded an OBE for services to the Arts in 2016.


Stella is appearing the Crime and Thrillers Panel

Emma Dunn

Emma Dunn is an arts and heritage educationalist who is currently the Programme Manager at the Devon and Exeter Institution (DEI).    
She was previously Programme Manager at the Geffrye Museum, London and Education and Development Coordinator at the Holburne Museum of Art, Bath.  Emma has programmed many events for World Book Day at a regional and national level and has run a programme of events for the Bath Literature Festival.  She has worked closely with children's illustrators at The House of Illustration, London and runs several literature groups for all ages at the DEI.

Emma is Hosting Bookworms make Books and Voyages of Discovery at The Devon and Exeter Institution

Clare Elsom

Clare Elsom is an illustrator based in the UK, working mainly in children's publishing. She is the creator of Horace & Harriet, a young fiction series which is her debut as both author and illustrator. Four books will be released throughout 2018, published by Oxford University Press.
Other projects include illustrating the Flying Fergus series, written by Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy and Joanna Nadin, and Furry Friends, a series from bestselling author Holly Webb. Clare has also illustrated dozens of other children's titles, worked with CBeebies, illustrated weekly columns in the Independent newspaper and created animated e-books for Persil.
She studied a BA in Illustration at Falmouth University (lots of drawing) and later completed an MA in Children's Literature at Roehampton University (lots of writing). Besides freelancing in illustration, she also worked for five years as an Illustration Agent.
Clare grew up in Oxford, lived in London and then ran away to beautiful Devon where she spends her free time tap-dancing, paddle boarding and drinking cinnamon lattes.


Clare is appearing at Bookworms make Books

The Exeter Kurdish Translation Initiative

The Exeter Kurdish Translation Initiative was launched in May 2018 following a translation workshop supported by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq and the Centre for Kurdish Studies. It gathers St Andrews and Exeter scholars in Kurdish and Arabic Literatures, Creative Writing, and Translation Studies.

The Exeter Kurdish Translation Initiative is presenting Women's Voices in Kurdish Poetry

Jan Foale

Jan Foale spent her professional life in education, first as an infant teacher before becoming a head-teacher and subsequently an associate lecturer. During this time, she co-wrote two books advocating creative approaches to teaching poetry and was an enthusiastic champion of drama in education.

On retiring she set up a drama group for older adults and subsequently an amateur Reminiscence Theatre Group, the ‘Pastime Players’, which existed for seven years from 2010-2017.

In her latest book, Jan has written about the exploits of this group and appended the scripts of the shows they performed.

Jan is presenting Memories are Made of This

Clare Girvan

Clare has won prizes in many short story competitions and is published in anthologies by the Asham Award, Ian St. James, Fish Historical and University of Hertford.  Her most recent success was with a historical version of The Terminator, which appears in the new Jane Austen Society anthology.

Originally trained as a theatrical designer, she keeps in touch with her thespian roots by writing plays.  She has written about seventy plays, varying in length from one minute to two hours.  Her one minute plays can be seen on YouTube, and her one-acters have been performed in and around Exeter and also in London, Birmingham, Harrogate, Cambridge, Wales and various other venues around the country, as well as on radio.
To read more, visit website - www.claregirvan.co.uk

Clare is an author for West Quarter Pop-Up Stories


Todd Gray

Dr Gray is a historian of Devon, long based at Exeter University.  He is the author of more than 40 books on various aspects of Devon’s history including most recently with Sue Jackson, St Martin’s Island, a study commissioned by Historic England. He is Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Exeter and former chairman or president of the Devonshire Association, Devon & Cornwall Record Society, Friends of Devon’s Archives and Devon Family History Society.


Todd is hosting Great Exeter Books

Ting Guo

Ting Guo is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages, University of Exeter. She is the author of Surviving Violent Conflict: Chinese Interpreters in the Second-Sino Japanese War (1931-45) (2016). Her research interests include translation and history, Chinese cinema and modernity and sexuality. Her research focuses on the pivotal role of translator in the reproduction and dissemination of knowledge as well as in social and political changes. She is particularly interested in how Western scientific and literary discourses on sexuality were translated to China in the early twentieth century, and how Anglophone queer films have been translated by Chinese online translation communities and participated in the LGBT right movement in China. Her AHRC-funded project “Dancing in Her Seven Veils: Revisiting the Salomé Craze in 1930's Shanghai” examines the production and reception of the first Chinese Salomé play and explores how the image of Salomé was transformed into a cosmopolitan cultural product attractive to the middleclass audiences in Shanghai.


Ting is appearing at The Universal Influence of Literature.

J.E. Hall

J.E. Hall  is a writer of terrorist based thrillers set in England including -  IStanbul, Flashbacks, and Harry's Game.

Working with offenders as a young Probation Officer in Birmingham in the 1970s, he was in north London as a Senior Probation Officer at the time of the 1985 Broadwater Farm riots. Later, he became an Anglican Clergyman and served 9 years as a vicar in Edmonton, London. Subsequently he served in Coventry, as Diocesan Director for Social Responsibility, where he became the first Chair of the West Midlands Faiths Forum.

He was awarded a PhD at the University of Warwick for his understanding of race and racism. In recent years he has continued to take a special interest in inter-faith relations, especially relations between Christians and Muslims. In 2010 he moved to Leicester to become the Director of the St Philip’s Centre for study and engagement in multi-faith society. 


J.E Hall is appearing with Exeter Authors Association

Camilla Hampshire

Camilla Hampshire has worked for museums across Britain and has led the Royal Albert Memorial Museum as Museums Manager since 2001.  This year marks the 150th birthday of RAMM!


Camilla is appearing at Great Exeter Books.

Cathie Hartigan

Cathie lectured in creative writing at Exeter College before founding CreativeWriting Matters in 2011. 
She co-authored the #1best-selling Creative Writing Student’s Handbook (2014) with Margaret James, and independently published her novel Secret of the Song (2015) to much success. Cathie has won many prizes for her short fiction.
CreativeWritingMatters runs three international literary competitions a year including The Exeter Novel Prize and Trisha Ashley Award.


Cathie is appearing at Stories on a Postcard, How to be Published
and Banned Books.

Lucy Hounsom


Lucy Hounsom is the author of 'The Worldmaker Trilogy', the first book of which, Starborn, was shortlisted for the Gemmell Morningstar Award for best fantasy debut in 2016. She’s also a Waterstones bookseller and co-hosts the feminist podcast 'Breaking the Glass Slipper', which explores women in speculative fiction. Lucy lives in Devon with two cats and many dragons. You can follow her @silvanhistorian.


Lucy is In Conversation with Philip Reeve

Margaret James

Margaret was born in Hereford. She started writing fiction when her children were very small, and her first novel A Touch of Earth was published in 1988. Since then she has written fifteen more commercially-published novels, together with two textbooks on creative writing co-written with Cathie Hartigan. She has had short stories published in several anthologies and magazines.
Margaret’s most recent novels have been published by Choc Lit, a very successful and multi-award-winning independent publisher of women’s interest fiction. The Silver LocketThe Golden ChainThe Wedding DiaryMagic Sometimes Happens and Girl in Red Velvet make up a series of stories about the Denham family.


Margaret is appearing at How to be Published and Banned Books



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Daehee Jang

Daehee was born in South Korea, the youngest of a large family.
He studied History and English Literature at Key-Myung University, in Daegu South Korea,followed by his appointment as the president of private language institution in Korea.
He completed his Masters in MEd TESOL and MSc at the University of Exeter and is currently studying a PhD in Education at the same University.
His research for the PhD is to focus on the development of English foreign language learners’ oral skills by using mobile devices such as mobile phones and table PCs.

Daehee is appearing at The Universal Influence of Literature

Magdalena Janowska

Magdalena Janowska is a Primary teacher from Poland, now living in Exeter, where she was Headteacher of a weekend school for Polish children. Magdalena has a Masters in Late Renaissance and Early Baroque Literature.  

Influenced by her mother’s bedtime stories Magdalena became fascinated by literature and began to study worldwide literature, especially Slovenian languages and the renaissance and baroque as soon as she could.

Magdalena is passionate about human and woman’s right’s and is a member of Devon United Women and Human Rights in Exeter. 

Magdalena is appearing at The Universal Influence of Literature

Jenny Kane

“I’m a big fan of Jenny Kane.” Katie Fforde

Costa’s writer in residence in Tiverton, Devon, Jenny Kane is the author of the following romantic comedies; Romancing Robin Hood (Littwitz Press, 2018),  Abi’s Neighbour, (Accent Press, 2017),  Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016),  the bestselling, Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the bestselling Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015).
Jenny also writes historical crime as Jennifer Ash. The Outlaw’s Ransom and The Winter Outlaw, were published in March 2018 by Littwitz Press.
Recently, Jenny wrote three audio scripts for the revival of ITV’s 1980’s television series, ‘Robin of Sherwood.’
Jenny began her career as Kay Jaybee. In 2015 she won the ‘Best Erotica Writer’ award from the Erotic Trade Organisation.


Jenny is appearing with Exeter Authors Association

Rachel Lyons

Deputy Lord Mayor Councilor Rachel Lyons represents Pennsylvania Ward.

She trained as a nurse and has a long standing interest in working with mental health issues.

Rachel is appearing at Great Exeter Books.

Johnny Mains

Johnny Mains is an award winning editor, author and horror historian. He co-edited two volumes of the critically acclaimed Dead Funny with multi-award winning comedian Robin Ince. Mains has also written the introduction to Stephen King’s 30th Anniversary edition of Thinner. He is the author of three short story collections and editor of ten horror anthologies. He lives in Plymouth.


Johnny is appearing at Fright or Fight: The Response in 19th century Ghost Stories

Ian Maxted

Ian Maxted was Devon Local Studies Librarian based at the West-country Studies Library in Exeter from 1977 to 2005. He has had a life-long interest in the history of books, with publications on Devon, London, Normandy and Wiemar printing and publishing, and maintains the Exeter working papers in book history and Devon bibliography websites.

Ian is appearing at Great Exeter Books.

Jennifer Neville

Dr Jennifer Neville studied in Canada at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto before pursuing a PhD at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic.  She is currently a Reader in Anglo-Saxon Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she has received a number of prizes for her teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students, in particular for the integration of creative work into the study of medieval literature.  

She has organized the London Anglo-Saxon Symposium, a conference designed to bring together academics and members of the general public, for the past three years.  Her first book,Representations of the Natural World in Old English Poetry, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1999.  

She has also published a number of articles on a range of topics, including astronomy, women in Tolkien’s fiction, heroic narrative, out of body experiences, foreigners, horses, the assumption of the Virgin, the representation of plants, chronicles, monsters and criminals, law codes, the seasons, and, recently, the riddles of the Exeter Book, about which she is currently writing a monograph.


Jennifer is appearing at Decoding the Exeter Riddles


Justin Newland

Justin was born in the tenth ember of 1953, making him a Capricorn. Hey, someone has to be one. Today, he lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills, in Somerset, England and writes historical, fantasy and speculative fiction with a supernatural bent.
His literary influences are eclectic and he enjoys all genres and forms of literature from poems, plays, short stories and novels.
An avid reader of both exoteric and esoteric non-fiction, he has researched the mythologies and philosophies of Ancient Greece and Rome, as well as an in-depth and prolonged study of Ancient Egypt.


Justin is appearing at Why Ancient Egypt is called 'The Mother and Father of All Things.'

Mark Norman

Mark Norman is a folklore researcher and author. He is a Council member of the Folklore Society and the creator and host of The Folklore Podcast, a globally listened to internet podcast.
Mark's particular areas of interest are in the Folklore of Devon and in sightings of ghostly apparitions of black dogs, which have been recorded for nearly 1,000 years.
Mark has the UK's largest archive of accounts and traditions relating to black dogs and his book Black Dog Folklore, published by Troy Books, remains the only full length study of the subject by a single author.


Mark is appearing at Witch and Black Dog

Tracey Norman

Tracey Norman is an actress, multi-genre author and historian. Her play WITCH premiered at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle in 2016. The show has been touring ever since and currently features in two History degree courses at Bristol University. Tracey is an active member of the Exeter Authors Association and is currently working on a non-fiction based on the 1687 witchcraft trial that inspired the play, as well as the first in a series of High Fantasy novels.


Tracey is appearing at Witch and Black Dog

Paddleboat Theatre Company

PaddleBoat Theatre Company believe that theatre is a space where imagination is brought to life.
Born from the vibrant city of Exeter, PaddleBoat Theatre is committed to delivering high-quality productions and workshops for children and families across the South-West. PaddleBoat believe in theatre which engages with the young minds of tomorrow – as well as reminding every adult that they too can rediscover their own imaginations.
PaddleBoat’s creative team blend passions for storytelling, live music, object play, physical theatre and unbounded imagination. Our distinctive storybook-sets create a world where every object holds the potential to share a story. With playful and engaging audience interaction, we invite our audiences into a space where performers and audience members alike embark on journeys, create adventures and get lost in magical worlds together.


Paddleboat Theatre are Presenting "According to Arthur"

Lee Rawlings

Lee Rawlings has worked in Libraries for nearly 25 years . 19 years in Exeter Central Library and five years running both St Thomas and Pinhoe libraries.

As well as a librarian Lee is also a professional walk about act 'Claude the Comedy Waiter', Radio DJ (Phonic FM /10Radio), Podcaster for a national Scifi Magazine 'Starburst' , author of short stories and Non-Fiction essays published for charity publishing, finalist in a national poetry competition, musician and songwriter, amateur actor and amateur voice actor. Lee is a writer of horror and Sci-Fi and Doctor Who Fan Fiction 'Seasons of War' and is in the process of writing his first full YA novel.Lee has also been an event organiser over the last decade working with venues such as The Bike Shed Theatre, The City Gate, Exeter Libraries, Exeter Phoenix, and various others.

Lee is hosting Fright or Fight: The Response in 19th century Ghost Storie
and Crime and Thrillers Panel.

P.J. Reed

Writer of warlocks and other magical creatures.

P.J. Reed is a writer and poet from England. She holds a BAEd from Canterbury Christ Church University,  an MA from Bradford University and has dabbled in psychology with the OU. She is an outrageously eclectic writer.
Her work has appeared in a wide variety of online and print magazines, books, collections, and podcasts. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the National Poetry Anthology award. In 2018, P.J. won the Forward Poetry 'Circle of Life' competition for her poem 'The Empty Chair.' Her haiku poetry collections include Frozen Haiku, Haiku Nation, Haiku Yellow, and Flicker. 
Her high fantasy novel The Torcian Chronicles is set in the kingdom of Torcia, a country desperately fighting for survival against the invading magically enhanced armies of the Mivirian horde. After decades of persecution, only one great warlock remains in Torcia. Will he stand and fight against the massed Mivirian armies or turn his back on a country that rejected?


P.J Reed is appearing with Exeter Authors Association

Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve  is a British author and illustrator of  childrens books. His first book, Mortal Engines, was published in 2001. It won the Smarties Gold Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award/ It will be released as a blockbusting movie by Peter Jackson this Christmas.
Four sequels to Mortal Engines followed, the last of which, A Darkling Plain, won both the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. There has also been a trilogy of steam-powered Victorian space adventures, Larklight, Starcross and Mothstorm, and a novel set in Dark Age Britain called Here Lies Arthur which won the Carnegie Medal 2008.
He has released books on goblins, sentient trains and pugs. It seems his imagination knows no bounds!


Philip is appearing In Conversation..


Graham Sclater

Exeter-based Graham Sclater spent many years living and playing Hammond organ in many groups in Germany and Scandinavia during the sixties. He returned to England in the early seventies where he worked as a session musician in many of the top London studios. An accomplished songwriter and musician, Graham has been featured in arts and musical programmes and performed and recorded with many artists including Jimi Hendrix, Fats Domino, Ritchie Blackmore, James Taylor, Elton John, Christine Perfect, Tony Ashton and many more name musicians.
Graham Sclater is now a successful author and scriptwriter and his first  novel “Ticket to Ride” set in Hamburg during the 1960’s was published in 2006 by Flame Books. Since then he has gone on to write and publish six more novels.
Graham can be heard regularly on the BBC and other radio stations around the UK and Europe where he does a monthly book review interview.  Since 2016 he has been delivering creative writing courses on international cruise ships as well as book readings in libraries and talks to writing groups around the UK.


Graham is appearing at Ticket to Write

David J H Smith

David J H Smith was originally from Slough, Berkshire but is now living in Somerset. He graduated from Thames Valley University with an Honours Degree in History & Geography before going on to study History at Post Graduate level at Westminster University. Although working in various jobs such as an Immigration Officer, Retail Manager, Facilities Officer and in IT, his overriding passion is for writing. His first book was The Titanic’s Mummyfollowed by The Beast of Karlstad. He is now focusing on a series of
Historical / Supernatural stories under the banner of Sensational Tales.

Martin Sorrell

Martin Sorrell is a writer and  a translator of French poetry and drama. His work has been published by  Oxford University Press and Nick Hern Books, among others.
For BBC  radio, as well as features and documentaries, he has written a number of original dramas. One of  these, Trapped, concerned the catastrophic Exeter Theatre Royal fire  of 1887. He received an award for a radio play, and has won prizes  for some of his translations, as well as first prize  in the inaugural Creative Writing Matters flash fiction  competition. Until a few years ago, Sorrell taught French at Exeter  University.

Martin is appearing at " Writing a Memoir 'Paulette: French by Birth, English by Chance' "


Mark Stoyle

Having completed my undergraduate studies in History and Archaeology, I went on to undertake a DPhil thesis at St Peter’s College, Oxford. I then held a Scouloudi Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London and a British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Exeter before being appointed to my present post at Southampton. 
I specialise in early modern British history, with particular research interests in the British crisis of the 1640s; witchcraft; urban society; and cultural, ethnic and religious identity in Wales and Cornwall between 1450 and 1700. I have written a score of scholarly articles and seven monographs, including Soldiers and Strangers: An Ethnic History of the English War (Yale University Press, 2005); The Black Legend of Prince Rupert’s Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War (University of Exeter Press, 2011); and Water in the City: The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter (University of Exeter Press, 2014). 
I have also appeared on many local and national radio and TV programmes, including: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’; ‘The World at One’; ‘The Long View’; ‘Making History’; ‘The Great British Story’, ‘Inside Out’; ‘Word of Mouth’ and ‘The Roots of English’. 
I am a former member of the Council of the Royal Historical Society and I currently sit on the editorial advisory panel of BBC History Magazine.  In 2012, I received a Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award in recognition of my outstanding contribution to education at the University of Southampton.

Mark is appearing at Voyages of Discovery

Sun and Moon Theatre

Based in the South West, Sun & Moon Theatre formed in 2013, originally under the name, Midsummer Madness Theatre Co. The company are invested in delighting their audience with joyous and thought-provoking theatre, specialising in Shakespeare, intensive solo work, ensemble practice and working with First Folio scripts and Globe techniques.

Artistic Directors, Melissa Barrett and David Johnson trained with the Year Out Drama Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, and they are University of Exeter alumni. David studied Drama, while Melissa read English and gained a Master of Fine Art degree in Staging Shakespeare, which included training at Shakespeare’s Globe.


Sun and Moon are appearing at All The World's a Stage: A Night of Shakespear

Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor is the creator of the Time Team format and is its Series Producer. He began his working life in education, teaching for five years, including two years for VSO in Thailand. He has written a series of bestselling books on archaeology including The Time Team Guide to the Archaeological Sites of Britain and Ireland, The Time Team Guide to the History of Britain and, as co-author with Mick Aston, The World Atlas of Archaeology. He is a visiting professor for the Public Understanding of Archaeology at Bristol University. 


Tim Taylor and members of the Time Team are appearing at Time Team's Dig Village Guide

Simon Timms

After his childhood ambitions to be a jockey came to nothing Simon pursued a career in archaeology. He first developed his enthusiasm as a volunteer on excavations in search of 'King Arthur’s Camelot'  (on South Cadbury hillfort in Somerset). 

Simon has served as County Archaeologist for Devon and was later appointed Head of Culture for Devon County Council. A Life Member of the Oxford Union, he has a particular interest in encouraging public interest in arts and culture. He has given his time to the National Trust in a number of roles and is a former chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s SW Committee. 

A Devonian by birth Simon is currently a member of Exeter Cathedral’s Library and Archives Advisory Board. 

Simon is appearing at Great Exeter Books, and hosting Decoding the Exeter Riddles, Time Team's Dig Village Guide and Sharing ideas on Exeters Literary Future

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner is an author, freelance writer and blogger living in Exeter with her husband and their three boys. She started writing as ‘The Unmumsy Mum’ in 2013 after becoming frustrated with the lack of honest ‘warts and all’ parenting commentary available online. She has since written two books, The Unmumsy Mum and The Unmumsy Mum Diary, both of which are Sunday Times bestsellers


Sarah is appearing at the Barnfield Theatre on Sunday 18th November

Nicola Upson

Nicola Upson was born in Suffolk and read English at Downing College, Cambridge. She has worked in theatre and as a freelance journalist, and is the author of two non-fiction works and the recipient of an Escalator Award from the Arts Council England. Her debut novel, An Expert in Murder, was the first in a series of crime novels to feature Josephine Tey - one of the leading authors of Britain’s age of crime-writing. The book was dramatised by BBC Scotland for Woman’s Hour, and praised by PD James as marking ‘the arrival of a new and assured talent’.
Nicola lives with her partner in Cambridge and Cornwall, which was the setting for her second novel, Angel With Two Faces. The third book in the series, Two for Sorrow, was followed by Fear in the Sunlight and, most recently, The Death of Lucy Kyte.
Nicola will be here to discuss her latest book Nine Lessons which is due out in paperback and is the 7th in the Josephine Tey series.


Nicola is appearing at Exeter Central Library on Saturday 17th

Sarah Vaughan


Sarah Vaughan was brought up in Exeter and read English at Brasenose College, Oxford. She trained with The Press Association, and then joined The Guardian where she worked as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent for 11 years. She began freelancing after having her second baby and decided to write a novel the week she turned forty. The Art of Baking Blind, translated into nine languages, was published in 2014, less than two years later.
Anatomy of a Scandal is her third novel and draws on Sarah’s experiences as a political correspondent and as a news reporter covering high-profile court cases, as well as her time at Oxford. It will be translated into 21 languages and was a Sunday Times bestseller, and international bestseller in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Married with two children, she lives just outside Cambridge but misses Devon, and returns home as much as she can.


Sarah is appearing the Crime and Thrillers Panel

Susie Williamson

Susie comes from Yorkshire and started out as a science teacher, until catching the bug for travel. In the Sudan she taught English as a foreign language in universities in Omdurman and Khartoum, and at a children’s school. From there she moved to South Africa and spent three years teaching literacy to adults in a township in Kwazulu Natal. On returning to the UK, she moved to Exeter, where her childhood passion for creative writing was reignited. Inspired by the landscapes of Africa, she wrote her first fantasy novel, Return of the Mantra. She is currently working on two sequels. 



Susie is appearing with Exeter Authors Association

Angela Wooldridge

Angela Wooldridge writes short stories for magazines such as My Weekly and The People's Friend, and has had stories shortlisted in various competitions.

She is currently working on a YA Fantasy novel, The Merewoods Witches, which began life as a short story called An Alternative to Frog, but the characters kept coming back. You can read the original story on her blog at www.angelawooldridge.wordpress.com, or follow her on Twitter at @angwooldridge.

Angela is writing for West Quarter Pop-Up Stories


Zhiguang Yin

Zhiguang Yin received his Ph.D. from University of Cambridge in 2011. Before joining the University of Exeter as a Lecturer, he worked as an assistant professor at Zayed University in the UAE. His research interest lies mainly in the area of Chinese modern intellectual and legal history, 19-20 century history of international relations, and contemporary Sino-Middle Eastern relations. With a strong curiosity of understanding the formation of our modern “world-view” and the historical logic of contemporary world order, he enjoys investigating the complex stories behind the international travel of different “-isms”. He has published intensively in these fields in both English and Chinese languages. His book Politics of Art: The Creation Society and the Practice of Theoretical Struggle in Revolutionary China (Brill, 2014), evaluates these intellectuals in the context of Chinese revolution and elaborates their theoretical contribution to the Chinese Communist Party’s practice of “theoretical struggle” as a main driving force of ideological construction.
Zhiguang is appearing at The Universal Influence of Literature

The organisers reserve the right to make changes to speakers due to unforeseen circumstances.