About Us


Dr Todd Gray

Chair of the Trustees

This is Todd’s description


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.


Cathie Hartigan

Programme Coordinator

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


Su Bristow


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.


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.