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Authors and Guest Speakers

Anne Allen

Anne Allen lives in Devon by her beloved sea. She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby.  Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.
By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, seven having been published. The books form a series, but each one is a standalone story with links to other books and characters. Although not originally planned, Anne is, in effect, writing a saga of Guernsey; featuring numerous characters and stories covering the German Occupation, Victorian Guernsey and the present day.

Anne is appearing at The When and Where of Storytelling

Website at anneallen.co.uk/


Roselle Angwin

Roselle Angwin is the author of a dozen books. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction has won many awards and also been supported by Arts Council England. She’s undertaken residencies, often outdoors, here and abroad. As director for 28 years of the Fire in the Head holistic writing programme and recently also of The Wild Ways, a programme for the ecological imagination, she’s a much-loved tutor whose courses have been featured in both The Guardian and The Telegraph (which recently described her ‘Islands of the Heart’ retreat on the Isle of Iona as ‘one of the world’s [ten] best creative writing holidays’). Her current book is about our relationship with trees.

Roselle is appearing at Eco-poetry: Writing poems of remembrance, loss & celebration

Website at roselle-angwin.co.uk

Virginia Baily

Virginia Baily is the author of three novels: Africa Junction, Early One Morning and The Fourth Shore

Virginia Baily is co-editor with Sally Flint of Riptide journal

Virginia is appearing at
Cradle to Grave Riptide Anthology Launch

& Lest we Forget – Hidden Histories and Forgotten Lives

Website at www.virginiabaily.com/

Ethan Bamber

Ethan signed a professional contract with Middlesex Cricket Club in 2018. He made his first-class debut for Middlesex in the 2018 County Championshipon 17 August 2018. Prior to his first-class debut, he was named in England's squad for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, where he was England’s joint top wicket taker.   Bamber also toured South Africa with the England Young Lions.

He is also a third year student of Theology at Exeter University!

Ethan is appearing at Sporting Heroes

Kirsty Barker

With a day job as a Landscape Architect, a passion firmly rooted in being on land, rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic seemed unlikely a few years ago!  Last December, Kirsty and the Row For The Ocean adventure team from Exeter undertook the feat, spending a total of 43 days at sea in order to raise awareness of ocean plastics and the brilliant work being undertaken by Surfers Against Sewage.

As part of local adventure team Row For The Ocean - Ros, Kirsty, Laura and Kate, were brought together by a passion for adventure and rowing.  In December 2018 they took on 3000 miles of the Atlantic in order to raise awareness of the ocean plastics crisis, and through their work with Surfers Against Sewage; inspire a Plastic Free Generation and create a Plastic Free Exeter by 2020.

Kisty is appeariing at Sporting Heroes



Chris Barnes

Chris’s performing life began as a chorister at Westminster Abbey. After graduating in music from Durham University, he went on to perform at the Young Vic, the National Theatre, the West End, the Old Vic, the Donmar Warehouse, The Traverse in Edinburgh, on Broadway, off Broadway, South America and across Europe.  On film, he has appeared in Much Ado About Nothing, Frankenstein, The Grotesque, Greenfingers and Amazing Grace. Numerous television appearances include most recently Britannia with featured roles in the dramas The Ebbtide, Hornblower and Ivanhoe.


Chris is performing Hanging Hooke


Margaret Barnes

Margaret Barnes is a retired barrister who splits her time between Notting Hill in London and Exton in Devon.  During her career Barnes represented many defendants in high-profile cases including the death of fashion designer Ossie Clark, who was murdered by his lover Diego Cogolato in a drug induced psychotic state of paranoia. Barnes also represented Janet Griffiths who abducted a baby from St Thomas’s hospital. She studied for an MA in Creative Writing course at Exeter University, where she was encouraged to write crime novels. She lives with her husband, Alan, and an over energetic Springer Spaniel. When she isn’t writing she enjoys walking, the theatre and travel and, of course, she reads a lot.

Margaret is appearing at The Lawyer and The Chemist Turn to Crime

Website at scribblingadvocate.com/


Gill Barr

Gill Barr read with Picador poet Annie Freud and New Faber poet Elaine Beckett at the Bridport Literary Festival in November 2018. At the 2017 festival, she read her prize winning short story Skylight. Gill’s novel Pier Terrace was long listed for the Exeter Novel Prize in 2016 and her monologues have been performed in Cambridge and at RAMM’s Spinning Yarns event in Exeter. Gill has spoken about the poetic process to the Pater Society at Brasenose College, Oxford, and has read her work at Slader’s Yard, the prestigious contemporary gallery in West Bay, Dorset. She gained an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2008 and is a vastly experienced English teacher. Several of Gill’s poems have been published by the Erbacce Press and she is working towards a first collection.

Gill is appearing at Whose voice is it anyway?

Website at gillmbarr.weebly.com/

Elaine Beckett

Elaine Beckett won a Faber New Poet award in 2016 with her pamphlet Faber New Poets 13. She has read for BBC Radio 3's The Verb and at festivals including Cambridge Literary Festival and Ledbury International Poetry Festival. Her poems have been published in various magazines including The New European, The North, and Ambit Magazine.

Elaine is appearing at Whose voice is it anyway?


Su Bristow

Su Bristow’s first novel, Sealskin, is set in the Hebrides, and it's a reworking of the Scottish and Nordic legend of the selkies, or seals who can turn into people. It won the Exeter Novel Prize 2013, and was shortlisted for the Paul Torday Memorial Prize in 2019.

Su has also written two books on herbal medicine, and two on relationship skills with psychotherapist Malcolm Stern.

Su is appearing at Fantasy and Imagination

Website at subristow.weebly.com/

Rob Casey

Rob Casey is a character based on an author of the same name. He is a stand-up poet, writer and performer, the official club poet for Exeter City FC and the poetic half of ‘The Least Worst Candidates‘

Rob is a former Bard of Exeter and frequently hosts spoken word events, including Bridport’s Apothecary, which he co-organises, as well as The Lyric Theatre‘s Scratch and Spit. He also lectures in Creative and Professional Writing and English at Exeter College and is a big fan of Toblerone.

Rob is appearing at Haiku Slam and Spoken Word Showcase

Website at robcasey.wordpress.com/

Dr Filiz Çelik

Filiz Çelik is a researcher and independent consultant on Collective and Historical Traumas in Turkey and also a trainee psychotherapist.  She has a degree in International Relationships from Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus and Psychology and Counseling from Swansea Metropolitan University in Wales, UK. She has completed her PhD in 2014 in Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, and University of London, examining the effects of the 1937-1938 Dersim Massacre on current second and third generations from the psychosocial perspective.  The aim is to understand how the Massacre may have influenced both the lives of individuals – survivors and later generations – and the related collective, social, and institutional formations.  Through her PhD research her research interests in multigenerational effects of the traumas – their impact on ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural identities in  diverse Anatolian population both in Turkey and in Diasporas  as well as developing culturally appropriate psychotherapeutic tools aiming towards healing of the wounds of these traumas continues.  She is also interested in migration, impact of different migration trajectories and status on people, issues of gender, development of cultural identities as well as cultural and social capital. She conducted intensive fieldwork for the paper in March-September 2017, as the Research Assistant on the Swansea University strand of the multi-institutional, four-year project ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’, funded by the Open World Research Initiative of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2017-2020).

Dr Çelik is appearing at The Poetics of Kurdish Resistance

Anna Chant

Anna Chant is a South Devon author of historical fiction novels set across medieval Europe. Her work includes the Women of the Dark Ages series as well as Quest for New England.

Anna is appearing at “The Shadow of Hastings: Tales of Anglo-Saxons after the Conquest”

Website at darkagevoices.wordpress.com/

Annie Chave

is a Guerilla Cricket Commentator, cricket writer & has appeared on BBC television and radio talking about cricket.  She is the Somerset County Cricket candidate for The Cricket Supporters Association & a Somerset CCC Member.  In Devon she is secretary of Erratics Cricket Club (which is Exeter University’s Staff team).

Annie is appearing at Sporting Heroes

Paul Cherrill

Paul’s first book, Ten Tiny Terrapins (Methuen) was commissioned from work included in his final degree show. This was just the start of a successful career in children’s book design and illustration, taking him through various roles to Design Manager, before working freelance as Paul Cherrill Creative Design.
He has illustrated a variety of published work including Bedtime Little Monsters (Little Tiger Press 2002), Loo in the Zoo (Scholastic 2015) and Robo-Snot (Scholastic Oct 2016)
and is the co-founder of Jambo Cat - Children's Cards and Gifts. 

A great combination of expressive line, vibrant colour and textual elements make his irrepressible characters bounce off the page with humour and style. His understanding of layout and graphics make for exciting compositions.

Paul is appearing at Bookworms

Website at www.paulcherrillillustration.com/

John Wedgwood Clarke

John Wedgwood Clarke is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Exeter. He has published two full collections of poetry Landfill (2017) and Ghost Pot (2013).


John will be reading Here


Lindsay Clarke

Whitbread-Award winning author of 7 novels, 2 volumes of verse, 3 non-fiction works. Teacher of creative writing.

Lindsay is appearing at Fantasy and Imagination

Website at lindsayclarkeauthor.com/

Drew Davies

Drew Davies was born in London and grew up in New Zealand. 
He attended the Unitec School of Performing Arts in Auckland and won a Playmarket New Zealand Young Playwright of the Year award in 2000. After a brief stint on a kiwi soap, he has worked in Search for the past 15 years. 
Drew's other claim to fame is that Stephen Fry once called him droll. Either that, or he got his name wrong. He now lives in Wanstead, London.

Drew is appearing at Indie Published to Best Seller

Website at www.drewdavies.co.uk

Katerina Diamond

Katerina is the author of the Sunday Times Best Selling Exeter based crime thriller series - starting with The Teacher and followed by The Secret, The Angel, The Promise and Truth or Die. Katerina is currently working on her seventh novel which is a standalone.

Katerina is appearing at The Crime Panel

Website at www.facebook.com/katerinadiamondauthor/

Elizabeth Ducie

Elizabeth Ducie is a scientist by education and spent many years working in the international pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Her work took her to Russia and the former Soviet Union countries; Africa; the Middle East and Latin America: all places where the industries were struggling to achieve modern standards and where counterfeiting and other drug-related crimes were rife. When she decided to make a complete change of direction and write fiction for a living, she found she had a rich seam of experiences to mine. Elizabeth lives in Devon with her husband, Michael, in a converted granary by the side of, and occasionally in the centre of, a picturesque stream.
In addition to her fiction, she also writes about and lectures on business skills for writers.

Elizabeth is appearing at The Lawyer and The Chemist Turn to Crime

& Can’t You Just Make It All Up?

Website at elizabethducieauthor.co.uk/

Dan Eatherley

Dan Eatherley is a naturalist, writer and environmental consultant based in Exeter. Since 1995 he has made wildlife documentaries for the BBC with Sir David Attenborough; written on natural history and science for outlets such as Scientific American, New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, The Guardian and the New York Post; and conducted many research projects on environmental sustainability issues for the UK government, the European Commission and the UN Environment Programme. Dan is also the author of Bushmaster: Raymond Ditmars and the Hunt for the World’s Largest Viper.

Dan is appearing at Re-Wilding – is it the Future for Britain?

Website at www.daneatherley.com/

Claire Empson

Claire Empson worked as a staff writer on national newspapers covering everything from collapsing merchant banks to tea with the late Barbara Cartland (everything pink including the cakes). Eight years ago, she moved to the West Country and founded the arts and lifestyle blog countrycalling.co.uk.

The idyllic setting inspired her first novel, which reveals the darker side of paradise. Clare lives on the Wiltshire/Dorset border with her husband and three children.

Claire is appearing at The Crime Panel

Website at www.clareempson.com/

Helen Evans

Helen began her working life as a journalist, taking up gliding as a hobby. Between 1999 and 2008 she edited the sport’s national magazine, Sailplane & Gliding, and was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Royal Aero Club for her work. Her debut pamphlet, Only by Flying, was published by HappenStance Press in 2015 and shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. In 2010 she gained an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of St Andrews and from 2011 to 2016 worked each year as a tutor on the University’s Creative Writing Summer Programme. She has come third in the Manchester Cathedral prize and has appeared in various magazines, including The Rialto and The North. She is currently exploring the relationship between creativity, spirituality and the natural world. Her website is www.helenevans.co.uk

Helen is appearing at Whose voice is it anyway?

Website at www.helenevans.co.uk

Sally Flint

Riptide Journal is edited by Virginia Baily and Sally Flint.

Sally Flint is a poet and creative writing lecturer. She is working with scientists on climate change poems and stories.

Sally is appearing at

Cradle to Grave Riptide Anthology Launch

More information Here

Jan Foale

Jan Foale has over 40 years’ experience in education, having taught young children and tutored student teachers in English and drama. Throughout her career, Jan has aimed to foster a love of poetry, making it accessible to children through performance and complimentary art forms. She has co-written two books based on her classroom experience: Exploring Poetry 5-8 and Creative Approaches to Poetry for the Primary Framework for Literacy.

Jan is appearing at Pop-up Poetry in the Library

Helen Fry

Helen has written and edited over 25 books. Her works cover the social history of the Second World War; British Intelligence and the secret war; spies and espionage; and MI9 escape and evasion.
Helen continues to bring fresh insight into the clandestine operations of WWII, including widespread coverage of the greatest deception of the war: the bugging of Hitler’s generals at Trent Park, North London.
Helen lives and works in London.
She is an ambassador for the Museum of Military Intelligence at Milton Bryan in Buckinghamshire.
Because of her expertise in British Intelligence in WW1 and WWII, she has been involved in a number of documentaries – including David Jason’s Secret Service.
She has conducted advisory work for TV and drama; something which she particularly enjoys, as well as numerous radio broadcasts.
Helen has also written extensively about the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain in WWII.

Helen is appearing at A Very Secret War: Bugging the Nazis in WWII

Website at www.helen-fry.com

Kate Furnivall

Kate Furnivall didn't set out to be a writer. It sort of grabbed her by the throat when she discovered the story of her grandmother - a White Russian refugee who fled from the Bolsheviks down into China. That extraordinary tale inspired her first book, The Russian Concubine. From then on, she was hooked.
Kate feels drawn to write about moments of crisis within a community and how they impact on individuals. She likes to peel away the façade of her characters to find what lies beneath when a moment of history comes crashing down around them.
Kate is the author of twelve novels, including The Survivors. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been on the Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller lists.

Kate is appearing at Lest we Forget – Hidden Histories and Forgotten Lives

Website at katefurnivall.com/

Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight and educated at Winchester and Oxford. In 1988 he moved to Cornwall where he lives with his husband, the farmer and sculptor, Aidan Hicks, on their farm at Land’s End. He is a keen cellist, gardener and artistic director of the North Cornwall Book Festival.

In addition to his sixteenth, Take Nothing With You, his novels include  Rough Music, A Sweet Obscurity, Friendly Fire, Notes From an Exhibition, The Whole Day Through, A Perfectly Good Man and A Place Called Winter.

In 2017 his Man in an Orange Shirt was screened by BBC2 as part of the Gay Britannia season, which also featured the documentary All Families Have Secrets – the Narrative Art of Patrick Gale. Continuing to be broadcast regularly around the world, it won an International Emmy for best miniseries. He is currently working on a feature film adaptation of a Rose Tremain short story, a television adaptation of A Place Called Winter and two early 20th century classics…

Patrick will be talking with Judi Spiers at Take Nothing With You

Website at www.galewarning.org

Photo by Markus Bidaux.

Dr Farangis Ghaderi

Dr Farangis Ghaderi obtained her PhD in Kurdish Studies from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter under the supervision of Professor Christine Allison. Her her doctoral research examined the development of modern Kurdish poetry from the late nineteenth century to the 1940s. During her doctoral studies, she taught at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. She has published articles at peer-reviewed journals and is currently working on her monograph based on her doctoral dissertation.

She works as an independent Middle East consultant and expert witness. Her research interests comprise comparative literary studies, Kurdish literature, Modern Kurdish history and nationalism, and gender in the Middle East.

Dr Ghaderi is appearing at The Poetics of Kurdish Resistance

Cherry Gilchrist

Cherry Gilchrist is an established author on diverse topics such as personal relationships, feminine archetypes, Russian mythology and family history. She has taught life writing for over ten years, giving workshops and tuition in contexts ranging from hospice to cruise ships, and as a tutor of creative writing for the Universities of Exeter and Oxford. Cherry lives in Topsham and is vice-chair of Exeter Writers. www.cherrygilchrist.co.uk

Cherry is appearing at Writing your Memoir

Website at www.cherrygilchrist.co.uk/


Miranda Gold


Miranda Gold 's first novel, Starlings, published by Karnac in December 2016, reaches back through three generations to explore how the impact of untold stories about the Holocaust ricochets down the years. Before turning her focus to fiction, Miranda took the Soho Theatre Course for young writers, where her play, ​Lucky Deck​, was selected for development and performance. ​A Small Dark Quiet ​is her second novel. Miranda is currently a creative writing tutor for Skylight, Crisis.

Miranda will be talking about A Small Dark Quiet


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 (co-authored with SueJackson,) 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.

Website at www.stevensbooks.co.uk/todd-talks.html

Todd is appearing at Desert Island Documents



Sarah Gristwood

After leaving Oxford, Sarah Gristwood became a journalist, and featured in most UK leading newspapers writing about the theatre and specialising in film interview. Turning to history she wrote two bestselling Tudor biographies, Arabella: England’s Lost Queen and Elizabeth and Leicester; and the eighteenth century story Bird of Paradise: The colourful career of the first Mrs Robinson which featured as a Radio 4 Book of the Week.

Her recent non-fiction books on Tudor times include Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe (2016) and Blood Sisters: the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses (2012), as well as the historical novels, The Girl in the Mirror and The Queen’s Mary (2017).

Sarah has also written several books for the National Trust, an anniversary companion to the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, as well as co-authoring The Ring and the Crown, a book on the history of royal weddings.

She has contributed to a number of television documentary series on cinema and fashion, as well as on history and the monarchy, notably The Royal House of Windsor, and Inside Balmoral.

A Fellow of the RSA. she has been shortlisted for both the Marsh Biography Award and the Ben Pimlott Prize for Political Writing.


Sarah is appearing at "The Whore and the Virgin: Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I"

Website at http://sarahgristwood.com/

Aidan Hamilton

Aidan Hamilton was born in Taunton. As a 13-year-old, over Easter 1971, he travelled down by train to watch two games at St James' Park, both 0-0 draws. In the mid-1990s, he wrote his first articles for the Exeter City programme, and he joined the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust in 2004. A member of the club’s history group and a trustee of the Exeter City Museum, he is the author of Have You Ever Played Brazil? The Story of Exeter City’s 1914 Tour to South America (2014). He has taught English in Brazil, China, and France, where he currently lives.

Land of Grecian Glory – The Story of Exeter’s St James’ Park

Adam Hart-Davis

I am a freelance writer and photographer, I have written many books about Science and History. I do some broadcasting on radio and television. I like working from home, often with a cat helping on my desk. When I have to travel I try to do it by bike and train and I greatly  enjoy cycling around on my new electric bike.

Adam is appearing at The Weird and Wacky World of Heath Robinson

Website at http://www.adamhd.co.uk

Cathie Hartigan

Cathie Hartigan grew up in London but has lived in Devon ever since studying music at Dartington College of Arts. She taught the piano at Exeter School for many years, but a series of short story competition successes led to swapping keyboards and taking a life-long love of writing more seriously. For several years she lectured in creative writing at Exeter College, and her experience there led to setting up CreativeWriting Matters.co.uk and the Exeter Novel Prize, with novelists Margaret James and Sophie Duffy. Cathie co-authored three writing guides including the best-selling The Creative Writing Student’s Handbook. Her debut novel, Secret of the Song, was shortlisted for the Dorchester Literary Festival Prize and was briefly a No 1 bestseller on Kindle. Her latest novel Notes from the Lost is set in contemporary Exeter and the Italian mountains during WW2.

Cathie is appearing at Can’t You Just Make It All Up?

Website at cathie-hartigan.html

Lucy Hay

Lucy V Hay is a script editor for film and an author of fiction and non-fiction. Publishing as LV Hay, Lucy’s debut crime novel, The Other Twin, is out now and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspaper, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Her second crime novel, Do No Harm, is an ebook bestseller. Her next title is Never Have I Ever for Hodder Books. 

Lucy is appearing at The Different Faces of Crime

Website at www.lucyvhayauthor.com/


Alec Hepburn

Pprop forward Alec Hepburn joined Exeter Chiefs in 2014-15 season having previously playrd at Wasps Academy and London Welsh. he has played internationally for England Saxons, England under 20s and made his full England debut in the 2018 Six Nations Tournament.


Alec is appearing at Sporting Heroes

Tim Kendall

Tim Kendall is Professor of English Literature and Academic Director of Special Collections at the University of Exeter. He has published many books, and was producer of the BBC2 documentary Sylvia Plath: Life Under the Bell Jar in 2018.

Tim is presenting Unlocking the Archive: A Tour of the Literary Manuscripts


Lizzie Lovell

Lizzie Lovell is the author of The Juniper Gin Joint published by Allen and Unwin in 2018. A story of family, friendship, and gin. The West Country Winery was published in July 2019. She lives by the seaside in Dawlish, Devon and also writes under the name Sophie Duffy for Legend Press. 

Lizzie is appearing at the Romantic Comedy Panel

Website at lizzielovell.com/


Hamish Marshall

Hamish is the News and Sports reporter/producer/presenter for BBC TV and Radio. Based in south west of England, he covers local news for BBC Spotlight, BBC News Channel, BBC Radio Devon, and BBC Radio Cornwall. 
His national sport including work on Final Score and BBC Radio 5 Live.
He has covered five summer Olympic Games and three Winter Olympic Games, two Commonwealth Games and one Paralympic Games.

He lives in Exeter

Hamish is appearing at Sporting Heroes

Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

Nicola is appearing at Indie Published to Best Seller

Website at www.nicolamay.com

Siobhán Nicholas

Before training as an actor at the Drama Centre, Siobhán graduated from London University with a BA Honours in History.
She has written five plays: Sam & I (the story of Elizabeth Pepys), Hanging Hooke, Dolce Via (a play inspired by Fellini’s La Strada) Stella, a story of women, their men and astronomy and White Feather Boxer. Hanging Hooke was short listed for the Meyer Whitworth prize and Stella was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn award.

Siobhán is the writer and co-producer of Hanging Hooke


Terri Nixon

Terri was born in Plymouth in 1965. At the age of 9 she moved with her family to Cornwall, to the village featured in Jamaica Inn  (North Hill) where she discovered a love of writing that has stayed with her ever since. She also discovered apple-scrumping, and how to jump out of a hayloft without breaking any bones, but no-one's ever offered to pay her for doing those. 
She writes in two distinct genres: Historical Saga and Mythic Fiction (a sub-genre of fantasy) and is one of the growing breed of "hybrid authors," who both self-publish and write for publishers. She is currently under contract to Little, Brown, for the Penhaligon Saga, while continuing to self-publish The Lynher Mill Chronicles.
Terri also writes under the name T Nixon, and has contributed to anthologies under the names Terri Pine and Teresa Nixon.

Terri is appearing at The When and Where of Storytelling

Website at www.terrinixon.com/

Wendy O'Shea-Meddour

Wendy is an internationally best-selling children’s author and creative writing lecturer at Exeter University. She regularly appears at international book festivals but is excited to be joining us at the Custom House.


Wendy is appearing at Stories for Children: Pebble Pals

More information Here


Alex Poulton

Award-winning and critically acclaimed English baritone and composer Alex Poulton has performed in recital in major festivals throughout Europe and in many of the world's leading concert venues from The Wigmore Hall and The London Palladium to The De Doelen, Rotterdam. Alex studied under Julian Pike and performed in masterclasses in Germany under the legendary Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. His core repertoire includes all three of Schubert’s song cycles.  He also sings art song for BBC television and has appeared on ITV, working in collaboration with Keith Cheetham, Robin Bowman and veteran Radio 3 broadcaster Piers Burton-Page.  At The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Alex won the Reginald Vincent Lieder Prize and was awarded a scholarship from the Joseph Weingarten Memorial Trust, to study Opera at the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest and lieder at the Weimar, Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt.

Alex is appearing at “Schubert’s Winterreise”

Website at alexbaritone.co.uk/

David Pugsley

David Pugsley was born in Tiverton. He was a European civil servant in Strasbourg for 3 years and taught law for 40 years in the universities of Southampton, Johannesburg, Bari and Exeter. Since 1993 he has been the Hon Archivist of the Western Circuit. He has a special interest in causes celebres in the West Country in the 19th century.

David is presenting David Pugsley. Was Jane Austen’s Aunt a Shoplifter?

Helen Rappaport

Dr Helen Rappaport is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author and historian specialising in the period 1837–1918 in late Imperial and revolutionary Russia and Victorian Britain.

She has written 14 books covering her broad range of historical knowledge, and is a regular contributor to history and documentary programmes for TV, radio and online media such as Netflix. As a historical consultant she most recently worked on the first two series of the ITV drama Victoria.

As a linguist with a degree in Russian Special Studies, she has also worked for many years as a literal translator in the theatre, specialising in the plays of Anton Chekhov.

In 2016 Helen was awarded an Honorary D.Litt by her old alma mater, Leeds University, for her services to history.

Helen is appearing at

The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War

Website at helenrappaport.com/

Susan Ronald

Born and raised in the United States, Susan Ronald has lived in England for more than twenty-five years. She has consulted for five British government departments and The National Trust as an historian and commercial advisor on Britain's historic built environment. As the keynote speaker at the Richard III Society's Annual General meeting in 2011, she put into context the Tudor world view of Richard III as expressed in Shakespeare. She is the author of six history books ranging across the ages, with her latest book Hitler's Art Thief - Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazis and the Looting of Europe's Treasures (2015) being her first foray into the twentieth century. She is also the author of Heretic Queen: Queen Elizabeth I and the Wars of Religion, Shakespeare's Daughter (a novel), The Pirate Queen, The Sancy Blood Diamond, and France: Crossroads of Europe. She also owns a film production company, and is a screenwriter and film producer.

Susan is appearing at Hitlers Art Thief

Website at susanronald.com/


Dr Clemence Scalbert-Yucel

Member of the Centre for Kurdish Studies at IAIS

Dr Scalbert-Yucel studied geography at the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail, and political geography at the University of Marne-La-Vallée and Paris IV (France).She gained my PhD in Political Geography at the University of Paris IV- Sorbonne in 2005. Her PhD thesis addressed the question of the development of a Kurdish field of literature in the context of language conflict in Turkey. She also graduated in Kurdish Language and Civilisation at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris in 2003. She taught geography at the INALCO from 2003 to 2007, when she joined the University of Exeter.

Dr Scalbert-Yucel is appearing at The Poetics of Kurdish Resistance

Judi Spiers

Judi was born in Plymouth and now lives in Exeter. After training as an actress and working in the theatre for a couple of years she began her broadcasting career at Westward television. After 10 very happy years she moved into national television as a presenter on BBC One's daily magazine programme Pebble Mill interviewing some of the biggest names in the world of theatre, film, music and books, and covering the Oscars and the Cannes Film festival.
She also hosted her own Saturday morning BBC Radio Two Show for several years again interviewing celebrities of the day, before moving back to Devon and joining BBC Radio Devon for 15 years.
As a freelance presenter and broadcaster she is now much in demand as a host for the region's many award ceremonies and festivals, writes regularly for Devon Life and has a weekly column in the Western Morning News and Plymouth Herald.
She was recently presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Devon Community Honours for her work as Ambassador and Patron for many of the region's charities.

Judi will be talking to Patrick Gale at Take Nothing With You

Website at www.judispiers.biz/

Bernie Steadman

Bernie Steadman is the author of The West Country Crime Mysteries (Bloodhound Books), a trilogy set in the city of Exeter and the surrounding Devon towns, coast and countryside. The books introduce DI Dan Hellier and his team of detectives as they dig beneath the picturesque scenery to expose murder, revenge and obsession.
Bernie lives in Axminster with her husband and two cats. When she’s not writing she is a trustee of a local animal sanctuary and a fan of yoga, walking, gardening and reading.

Currently Bernie is researching and writing a standalone novel about a family vendetta set in Crete (the research has been delightful, and essential, of course) and plotting a new crime series based on a fraud investigator who uncovers corruption, and danger, in unexpected places.

Bernie is appearing at The Different Faces of Crime

Website at www.berniesteadman.com/

Greta Stoddart

Greta Stoddart was born in 1966 in Oxfordshire. She grew up in Belgium and Oxford before going on to study Drama at Manchester University, then at the Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. There she co-founded the theatre company Brouhaha and for five years toured the UK, Europe and South America.

Greta has published three books of poems: At Home in the Dark (Anvil 2001); Salvation Jane (Anvil 2008) and Alive Alive O (Bloodaxe 2015). Her most recent work Who’s there? was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2017. Inspired by a care home for people with dementia, the work is an interweaving of word, sound and music.

Greta is appearing at Whose voice is it anyway?

Website at www.gretastoddart.co.uk/

Mark Stoyle

Mark Stoyle is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Southampton. He grew up in Devon, worked as an archaeologist in Exeter for several years after leaving school and was awarded his D.Phil at Oxford in 1992. He is the author of many books and articles on popular religion and politics in Tudor and Stuart Britain, including Soldiers and Strangers: An Ethnic History of the English Civil War (Yale, 2005) and The Black Legend of Prince Rupert’s Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War (Exeter, 2011).


Mark is appearing at Desert Island Documents

Nicola Tallis

Nicola Tallis has a first class BA (Hons) in History from Bath Spa University, and an MA in Public History from Royal Holloway College, University of London. Her PhD thesis investigated the jewellery collections of the queens of England between 1445 and 1548. Nicola has been passionate about English history all of her life, and has worked as a lecturer and historical researcher. She also worked as the Curator at Sudeley Castle, and featured prominently on BBC’s Countryfile in April 2013, guiding at Sudeley. She is currently the resident historian for Alison Weir Tours. Nicola’s debut book, Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey, was published in November 2016, and is the result of five years of research on the Grey family. Her follow up, Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester, was published in November 2017.

Nicola is presenting
Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch

Website at nicolatallis.com/

C.L. Taylor

C L Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and been published by a variety of literary and womens magazines. Cally works in Higher Education and has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology. She also loves knitting, Dr Who, Sherlock, Great British Bake Off and Margaret Atwood and blames Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected for her love of a dark tale.

C L Taylor is appearing at The Crime Panel

Website at cltaylorauthor.com/

Isabella Tree

Isabella Tree writes for publications such as National Geographic, Granta, The Sunday Times and The Observer. Her articles have been selected for The Best American Travel Writing and Reader's Digest Today's Best Non-Fiction, and she was Overall Winner of the Travelex Travel Writer Awards. 

She published her first book The Bird Man - a Biography of John Gould when she was 25.

Her latest book Wilding - the Return of Nature to an English Farm charts the story of the pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex where she lives with her husband Charlie Burrell.

Isabella is appearing at Re-Wilding – is it the Future for Britain?

Website at www.isabellatree.com/


Rachel Trethewey

Devon author Rachel Trethewey talks about her latest book Before Wallis, which tells the story of the other women in Edward VIII’s life before he met Mrs Simpson. Recreating the decadent atmosphere of the interwar years, the book follows the future king’s relationships with Rosemary Leveson-Gower, Freda Dudley Ward and Thelma Furness.
Rachel Trethewey was born and educated in Torquay. After leaving Torquay Girls’ Grammar school she read History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. While at university she won the Philip Geddes Prize for student journalism. Her subsequent journalistic career involved working on the women’s pages of the Daily Mail and Daily Express. When she returned to Devon she became education correspondent on Westcountry Television. After marrying and starting a family she went to Exeter University where she completed an MA in Victorian Studies and a PhD in English. Before Wallis is her third book; she has also written Mistress of the Arts and Pearls Before Poppies.

Rachel is appearing at Before Wallis: Edward VIII's Other Women

Website at rachel-trethewey

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner is an author, freelance writer and blogger living in Exeter with her husband and their three boys. Her first book, The Unmumsy Mum, was voted number 4 in Amazon’s Top 10 books of 2016 (as voted by Amazon customers) and was also shortlisted for Book of the Year (non-fiction, lifestyle) at the 2017 British Book Awards. The Unmumsy Mum A-Z is her third book.

Sarah is appearing at The Unmumsy Mum A-Z: An Inexpert Guide to Parenting

Website at www.theunmumsymum.co.uk/

Lewis Ward

Lewis Is Exeter City's first pick goalkeeper, having signed for the club on 1st July 2109, and played in 12 of the 17 games this season. He was formerly at Reading and played with Aldershot, Hungerford and Margate before being given his Football League league debut while at Forest Green Rovers.

Lewis also has a degree in Sports Journalism from the University of Staffordshire.

In the match On 5 October 2019against Crewe Alexandra Lewis Ward suffered a broken arm.The injury came in the 86th minute, and he continued until the end of the match.

Lewis is appearing at Sporting Heroes


Martyn Waites

Martyn Waites was born and raised in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has written nine novels under his own name and five under the name Tania Carver. He has been nominated for every major British crime fiction award, has been chosen as a Guardian Book of the Year and has won the Grand Prix du Roman Noir.

Martyn is appearing at The Crime Panel

Website at www.martynwaites.com/

Gary Warren

The 34-year-old Grecian defender only spent a year at Yeovil having arrived there from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he won the Scottish Challenge Cup and finished runners up in the Scott League Cup during a six-year spell at the Caledonian Stadium.

Prior to that, Gary was at Newport County where he helped them to promotion from the Conference South, as champions with a record 103 points, in his first season at the club.

During Gary’s time in South Wales he was named Conference South Player of the year, represented Great Britain at the World University Games, where he picked up a bronze medal, and played for Newport County in the FA Trophy final at Wembley.

Gary is appearing at Sporting Heroes


Alison Weir

Alison Weir is the biggest-selling female historian in the United Kingdom since records began in 1997. She has published twenty-three titles and sold more than 2.7 million books - over a million in the UK and more than 1.7 million in the USA.

Before becoming a published author in 1989, Alison was in Civil Service management, then a housewife and mother. From 1991 to 1997, while researching and writing books, she ran her own school for children with learning difficulties, before taking up writing full-time.

Alison is an honourary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces, Patron of the Thames Valley History Festival and Patron of Anne of Cleves’ House, Lewes.

She is now working on two concurrent series of books: Six Tudor Queens, comprising six novels on the wives of Henry VIII and England's Medieval Queens, a quartet of historical works of non-fiction.

Alison is appearing at
The Whore and the Virgin: Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I

Website at alisonweir.org.uk/


A man who writes romance. I’m Exeter born and bred, although I lived abroad for ten years or so back in the mists of time. For many years I ran The International School (teaching English to overseas students) here in Exeter. I have written 18 books, some published by Harper Collins, the others by Canelo. My daughter reads all my books and she told me at the outset that she doesn’t expect any smut from her dad. As a result, one of my books recently reached number 1 in the USA in the Amazon “Clean and Wholesome Romance” category(!). I’m currently having some success with my “Dreaming of…” series.

T.A.Williams is appearing at the Romantic Comedy Panel

Website at tawilliamsbooks.com/

Anthony Wilson

Anthony Wilson is a poet, writing tutor, blogger and Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter.
He is the editor of the best-selling Lifesaving Poems (Bloodaxe, 2015), based on his blog of the same name. His prose memoir of cancer, Love for Now (Impress Books), was published in 2012.
He publishes two books in 2019: Deck Shoes, a collection of prose enthusiasms and influences; and The Afterlife, his fifth collection of poems.

He blogs at www.anthonywilsonpoetry.com

Anthony will be reading Here

Kitty Wilson

Kitty Wilson lived in Cornwall for twenty-five years having been dragged there, against her will, as a stroppy teen. She is now remarkably grateful to her parents for their foresight and wisdom - and that her own children aren’t as hideous.
She very recently moved to Bristol - for love - but is planning on moving back to the county she adores as soon as possible.
She spends most of her time welded to the keyboard or obsessing about the beach and has a penchant for very loud music, equally loud dresses and romantic heroines who speak their mind.
Do feel free to come and find her on social media, she’s very keen on distraction and is happy to chat.

Kitty is appearing at the Romantic Comedy Panel

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Martin Wright

Martin is a highly experienced speaker, writer and adviser on sustainability and positive futures. He is Chair of Positive News, the new media initiative dedicated to uncovering and reporting on progress and possibility, rather than doom and gloom.
Formerly Director of Forum for the Future (India) and Editor in Chief of Green Futures (now The Futures Centre), he now works independently with a wide range of companies and organisations.
He has spoken at and chaired events for the Hay Festival, The Guardian, the UK Government, the UN, the RSA and others in London, Hay-on-Wye, New York, Mumbai, Beijing and Beirut, and serves as MC at the annual World Sustainable Development Summit (Delhi) and the Responsible Business Summit (London). His TED talk on ‘The New Environmentalism’ topped the bill at TEDx in London (2014).

Martin is appearing at Re-Wilding – is it the Future for Britain?

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Angie Wooldridge

Angela Wooldridge lives in Devon, in a rackety old house with her husband and the railway children.
She always wanted to be a writer, ever since the early days of exploring Narnia with the Pevensies and eating sardine sandwiches with the Famous Five.
Her stories have appeared in magazines such as My Weekly and The People's Friend, in anthologies and been shortlisted in various competitions.

She is currently seeking representation for the first novel in her middle grade fantasy trilogy; The Merewoods Witches.

Angie is presenting You’ve written a short story – now what?

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