Speakers & Authors

Ann Cleeves

Sunday Times bestseller, Ann Cleeves, has written 30 novels and is translated into as many languages. With over 1.5 million copies sold worldwide, Ann Cleeves is one of Britain’s most successful crime fiction novelists and her bestselling books are loved... Read more

David Mark

David spent more than 15 years as a journalist, including seven years as a crime reporter with The Yorkshire Post – walking the Hull streets that would later become the setting for the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy novels. His writing... Read more

Julia Churchill

Julia joined A.M.Heath in 2013 as Children’s Agent, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where she started the children’s book side of the list. She... Read more

Catherine Richards

Since joining Pan Macmillan in 2009, Catherine has worked with some of commercial fiction’s biggest brand authors and rising stars, including Jeffrey Archer, Ann Cleeves and Lucinda Riley. She is excited to have launched debut crime novelist Michelle Davies this... Read more

Michael Chaplin

With a background in newspaper journalism and television documentary, Michael Chaplin began to write for television, radio and the theatre in the late 80’s and over the last 30 years has gathered many credits in all three media. He has... Read more

Sean O’Brien

Sean is a poet, fiction writer, critic, anthologist and editor, Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His sixth collection, The Drowned Book (2007), won the Forward and T S Eliot... Read more

Jason Cook

Jason is the writer of sitcom “Hebburn” which was commissioned by the BBC for a full series on BBC2 and has earned him a Royal Television Society Award, the Journal Culture Award for “Best Writer” and National Television Award nomination. Be... Read more

Ian Smith

Ian Smith (BBC3’s Sweat the Small Stuff, BBC2’s Popatron) is an award-winning comedian. Ian has performed three critically acclaimed Edinburgh solo shows, as well as appearing in the award-winning “underground comedy hit of the fringe” (Guardian), ‘Waiting for Gaddot’. His 2015... Read more

David Callaghan

From BBC Radio’s Jesting About, BBC New Comedy Awards 2012, 2013, 2015: ‘One of my highlights of the fringe’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Far more original than many big comedy names’ **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). ‘He really hits the mark, and scores’... Read more

Hal Branson

One third of award winning sketch group Hot Gulp and one whole of himself, Hal supported Carl Hutchinson on his recent tour, and was Director of the Press Play Festival. “An understated comedy gem” – The Huffington Post “Hal Branson has... Read more

Martin Longstaff

Martin Longstaff, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Sunderland, records as ‘The Lake Poets’. Mojo magazine described Martin as “Somewhere between Bright Eyes and John Martyn. Something Special” and BBC 6 Music called his work “Beautiful and quietly devastating – Stunningly heart-breaking music”.  Martin’s music... Read more

Natasha Haws

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Laura Degnan

Laura is an emerging writer/director working in film, who has worked in development roles at Kudos Film and TV, RS Productions and the BBC. In 2015 Laura wrote and directed The Lost Girl, which is an official selection at the... Read more

James Harris

James has written/made stuff for the BBC (Shooting Stars, Comedy Shuffle, Scallywagga, Fresh Animation On 3, Spacehopper, Teethgrinder, Parsons and Naylor’s Pull Out Sections), Channel 4 (4mations), Dave (Totally Viral) and ITV (Cobravision). James is a mentor and workshop leader... Read more

Alan Parkinson

Sunderland born Alan is the author of two novels set in his home city, Leg It and Idle Threats. Leg It, a humorous tale of children growing up in the eighties and adjusting to adulthood, has sold over six thousand... Read more