About Us

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Dr Todd Gray

Festival Chair

Dr Todd Gray MBE is a historian and Honorary Fellow at Exeter University.  He is the author of more than 45 books mainly on the history of Devon.

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Dr Kate McCormick

Festival Director

Kate McCormick is an independent author and publisher who writes fiction and creative non-fiction under the pen name of Elizabeth Ducie.

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Cathie Hartigan

Programme Coordinator

Cathie Hartigan is an author, musician, and founder of Creative Writing Matters.

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Su Bristow

Secretary

Su Bristow’s debut novel Sealskin won the first Exeter Novel Prize. She has also written two books on herbal medicine and one on relationship skills. She is a consultant medical herbalist, and currently Chair of Exeter Writers.

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Karen Huxtable

Committee member

Senior Supervisor at Exeter Library, Karen has  been involved with hosting events for the last two Exeter Literary Festivals. 

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Helen Chaloner

Committee member

Helen is Chief Executive of Literature Works, the regional literature development agency for South West England. After graduating from UEA with a BA in Comparative Literature and French she worked as a publishing PR in London. This was followed by five years as Deputy National Director and then National Director of Arvon, which is known for its residential creative writing courses. Helen is principal short story reader for the Bridport Prize.

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Jolyon Tuck

Publicity Officer

Jolyon has joined the Exeter Literary Festival committee this year as Publicity Officer. His writing life has included everything from a community interest column in his local newspaper, through theatrical reviews to having contributed to a number of science fiction and horror anthologies. When he is not publicising the ExeLitFest he is a solicitor and enthusiastic amateur actor.