Clare Morgan is a fiction writer, literary critic, and founder of the MSt in Creative Writing. Her most recent novel, A Book for All and None (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), was shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best Novel award. She has published a collection of stories, An Affair of the Heart, and her short fiction has been widely anthologized, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her book, What Poetry Brings to Business, was published by University of Michigan Press. Clare is a member of Oxford University’s English Faculty and Director of the Kellogg College Centre for Creative Writing, where she is convenor of a popular seminar series. She is former Chair of the Literature Bursaries Panel of the Arts Council of Wales, Literary Mentor for Southern Arts and Literature Wales, and literary assessor for the Welsh Books Council. She is an Academician for the Rathbones-Folio Prize Academy, and reviews occasionally for the Times Literary Supplement and other periodicals. She is currently working on a new novel and publishing on creative writing and on poetry and business, in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group. Her chapter 'Poetry and Business: Thinking Beyond the Facts' appears in Humanizing Business (Springer, U.S.A. 2020).
Senior Course Tutor: Amal Chatterjee, MA, MLitt
Amal Chatterjee was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Kolkata/Calcutta, India. The author of a novel, Across the Lakes, and a historical study, Representations of India, 1740-1840, and editor and contributor to Writers on Writing, he has had a Scottish Arts Council Writers Bursary, and was short-listed for the Crossword India Best Novel Award and for a Creative Scotland Award. Amal has also written short plays, staged in London in 2017 and 2018. Currently based in Amsterdam, he has reviewed for the Dutch newspaper Trouw, and advises the literary festival of the Hague. Amal is currently working on short and long fiction, and drama.
Senior Course Tutor: Kate Longworth
Kate Longworth was born in Manchester, where she spent her youth acting and later teaching with community drama groups. She studied theatre to doctoral level, whilst working at the Oxford Playhouse and watching everything from student productions to touring plays from across the world. Kate went on to work as Senior Editor for Oberon Books, one of the foremost publishers of new writing for the theatre, recently bought by Bloomsbury. She is a champion of new writing for the stage, and has judged new writing competitions, arranging for publication and agent representation where possible.
Senior Course Tutor: Julie Wheelwright, PhD
Dr Julie Wheelwright is the author of several history books, including Amazons and Military Maids (1989), The Fatal Lover: Mata Hari and the Myth of Women in Espionage(1992) and Esther: The Remarkable, True Story of Esther Wheelwright (2011). Her most recent publication Sisters in Arms: Women Warriors from Antiquity to the New Millennium (2020) has been short-listed for the British Army Military History Book of the Year. A broadcaster and print journalist, she has often written about women in conflict and the challenges servicewomen face in male-dominated fields. She received her doctorate in journalism in 2014, and was director of the MA in narrative non-fiction at City University, London until 2020.
Senior Associate Tutor: Jane Draycott, MA
Jane Draycott has a particular interest in combined arts and collaborative work. Her most recent collection is The Occupant (Carcanet, 2016), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, containing work written during her time as Writer in Residence in Amsterdam. Previous collections include Over (shortlisted for the 2009 T.S. Eliot Prize),The Night Tree, Prince Rupert’s Drop and, from Two Rivers Press, Tideway and Christina the Astonishing (with Peter Hay and Lesley Saunders). Nominated three times for the Forward Prizes for Poetry, her translation of the medieval dream-vision Pearl (2011) was a Stephen Spender Prize-winner. Other awards include the Keats Shelley Prize for Poetry, the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, and several awards for her audio work with Elizabeth James. Storms Under the Skin (Two Rivers Press), her 2017 translations from the work of artist-poet Henri Michaux, is a PBS Recommendation. She is an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund.
Rebecca Abrams is the author of six works of fiction and non-fiction. Her novel, Touching Distance (Picador, 2009) was shortlisted for a McKitterick Prize for Literature and won the MJA Open Book Award for Fiction. Her most recent publications include Jewish Treasures of Oxford Libraries (co-editor, Bodleian Libraries, 2020), The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 objects (Ashmolean Museum, 2017) and When Parents Die (Taylor & Francis, 2012, 3rd edition), shortlisted for a MIND Award. Rebecca has taught creative writing at Oxford University since 2008. She was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford from 2017-2020, Honorary Teaching Fellow on the acclaimed Writing Programme at Warwick University from 2005-8, First Story Writer-in-Residence at Larkmead School in Abingdon from 2010-12, and Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence from 2013-14. A former columnist on the Daily Telegraph, she is also a journalist of many years’ standing, the recipient of an Amnesty International Press Award, and a regular literary critic for the Financial Times.
Lucy Atkins is a feature journalist, Sunday Times book critic and the award-winning author of seven non-fiction titles and four novels. Her debut novel The Missing One (Quercus 2014) was a UK bestseller and The Night Visitor (Quercus 2017) has been optioned for television. Her latest novel is Magpie Lane (Quercus 2020). Lucy has written features and criticism for newspapers including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Express, The Times Literary Supplement and many UK magazines. She judged the Costa Book Awards in 2017 and chairs events at literary festivals such as Cheltenham, Charleston and Oxford.
Caroline Bird is a poet and playwright. She has five collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her most recent, The Air Year, was published in February 2020. Her fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot Prize and The Ted Hughes Award. A two-time winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002 when she was 15. She won a major Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001 and the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 and 2010. She was one of the five official poets at the 2012 London Olympics.
Wendy Brandmark, MA
Wendy Brandmark is a novelist and short story writer. Her collection of short stories, He Runs the Moon: Tales from the Cities, was longlisted for the 2017 Edgehill Short Story Prize. She won first prize for the short story in The Bridport Prize in 2016. Her short stories have appeared widely in anthologies and journals, including Riptide Journal, North American Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Stand Magazine. She has been a recipient of an Arts Council award towards the writing of short fiction. Her last novel, The Stray American (Holland Park Press, 2014), was longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Her novel, The Angry Gods (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2003), explored racism and difference in New York City in the 1950s and 1970s. She has had writing residencies at the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany, the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts, and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. Her fiction reviews have appeared in a range of magazines and newspapers, including the Times Literary Supplement, The Literary Review and the Independent. She is former director of the creative writing programme at Birkbeck College’s Faculty of Continuing Education. She now teaches fiction writing at the City Lit. She is currently working on a short story collection and a new novel.
Ben Brown, MA
Ben Brown read Law at Worcester College and taught at Brasenose and Balliol before his first two plays were produced by Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. His play, Three Days in May (national tour and West End), won the Whatsonstage Best New Play Award and, translated as 3 Dias En Mayo, the Mexican Theatre Critics Best Play Award in 2016. His other plays include All Things Considered (Hampstead Theatre and productions in Paris, Heidelberg and Sydney), Larkin With Women (TMA Best New Play and Express Play of the Year) and The Promise (Orange Tree Theatre). He also works as a screen consultant for Cuba Pictures, the production arm of Curtis Brown.
Mary Jean Chan, MA, MPhil, PhD
Dr Mary Jean Chan is the author of Flèche, published by Faber & Faber (2019). Flèche won the 2019 Costa Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted in 2020 for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize, the Jhalak Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Poetry Prize, and is currently a 2021 Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. In 2018, Chan was selected as the winner of the Poetry Society Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. She was shortlisted for the Forward Prizes in the Best Single Poem category in 2017 and 2019, and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2019. Her reviews have appeared in The Guardian Review, with criticism published in The Journal of American Studies and The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. In Spring 2020, Chan served as guest co-editor alongside Will Harris at The Poetry Review. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chan is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University.
Meaghan Delahunt is a short story writer, novelist and essayist. She was born in Melbourne and has lived in Edinburgh since 1992. Awards for her work include the Flamingo/HQ National Short Story Prize (Australia), a regional Commonwealth Prize, a Saltire Award and a nomination for the Orange Prize. Her work has been widely translated and anthologised. Her latest novel is The Night-Side of the Country.
Frank Egerton, MA
Frank Egerton studied English at Keble College, Oxford, and from 1995 to 2008 reviewed fiction for publications that included The Times, TLS and the Financial Times. He is interested in both the close examination of fiction and how technologies such as ebooks and print-on-demand have changed the publishing industry, offering fresh opportunities to writers. He is a member of the Society of Authors and AWP, and is a former editor of the Oxford Writer. He was chair of Writers in Oxford from 2008 to 2010. His first novel, The Lock, was published in paperback in 2003, the ebook version having been an Independent e-Book Awards finalist in Santa Barbara in 2002. His second novel, Invisible, was published in 2010. Also in 2010, he founded the micropublishing imprint StreetBooks. In 2016 he was co-investigator on a digital project looking at narrative shapes, and has recently completed a memoir entitled ‘Trust: A Family Story’. Events from ‘Trust’ form part of justthoughtsnstuff.blogspot.com, a blog he wrote between 2010 and 2020, now a self-contained born-digital work about the past ten years of his life. He is a member of Common Room at Kellogg College. As well as teaching creative writing, he is a librarian and subject consultant with the Bodleian Libraries.
Jonathan Evans has written more than a hundred and fifty commissioned scripts, from children's animation and live action family comedy, through continuing drama for adult audiences to feature films. His writing for children includes the BAFTA and RTS-winning Tracy Beaker Returns. His comedy feature film script, Act Your Age, was developed with the UK Film Council after winning their national ‘25 Words’ competition. He has written many 11-minute animation episodes across various series for European television. Jonathan has worked as a television story-liner for Freemantle, Grundy and Hewson International, and has assessed feature film scripts for Buena Vista.
Roopa Farooki, MBBS, MA Oxon
Roopa Farooki is the author of six critically acclaimed novels (The Good Children, The Flying Man, Half Life, The Way Things Look to Me, Corner Shop, and Bitter Sweets) published with Headline and Pan Macmillan. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and the Muslim Writers’ Awards, and also been longlisted for the Women’s Prize (twice), the DSC South Asian Literature Prize and the Impac Dublin Literary Award. Her books have been published internationally in thirteen countries across Europe, and in the US, and she has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times. In 2013 she was awarded the John C. Laurence Award from the Authors’ Foundation for writing which improves understanding between races, and an Arts Council Literature award. She is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and her sixth novel, The Good Children, was called ‘the outstanding novel of the year’ by John Harding of The Daily Mail, in their Books of the Year feature. Roopa is also a recently qualified Junior Doctor working for the NHS in London and Kent. Following her 2016 shortlisting for the Commonword Prize for Children’s Fiction, Roopa is currently working on diverse fiction for young people. Her new children’s series, The Double Detectives Medical Mysteries, was launched by Oxford University Press in 2020.
Colin Grant is an historian and author of five books, including Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey and the memoir Bageye at the Wheel, which was short-listed for the PEN/Ackerley prize 2013. His latest book, Homecoming: Voice from the Windrush Generation was published in October 2019.
Kirsty Gunn writes novels, short stories, and essays, and is published by Faber and Faber and internationally. Her latest novel is Caroline’s Bikini. She is Research Professor at the University of Dundee and was visiting research fellow at Merton College, where she is now Associate Member.
Marybeth Hamilton, PhD
Marybeth Hamilton is a writer and cultural historian and the author of two non-fiction books: In search of the blues (2007) and When I'm Bad I'm Better: Mae West, Sex and American Entertainment. She is an associate member of the History faculty at Oxford University and an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. A longtime member of the editorial collective of History Workshop Journal, she also serves as Coordinating Editor of HWJ’s digital magazine History Workshop Online and as producer and presenter of the History Workshop Podcast and has written and presented several documentary features for BBC Radio.
Beatrice Hitchman is a novelist and academic. She is the author of Petite Mort (Serpent's Tail, 2013) and All of You Every Single One (Serpent's Tail, 2021) and her work has been translated into several languages and adapted as a Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama. Petite Mort was nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Author's Club Best First Novel Prize, the HWA Debut Prize and the Polari Prize. Her scholarly interests include the endings of novels, queer theory and fiction, the Gothic and representations of the remote past.
James Hawes MA, PhD
James Hawes studied German at Hertford College, Oxford, before taking a postgraduate certificate in Practical Theatre and a PhD on Kafka and Nietzsche. He was a full time university lecturer for seven years until his first novel, A White Merc with Fins, was published in 1996. He has had two feature films released, starring Joseph Fiennes and Michael Sheen respectively, and was co-producer on both. His fifth novel, Speak for England (2005), predicted Brexit and has been adapted by Andrew Davies, though not yet produced. His sixth novel with Jonathan Cape, My Little Armalite, was published in 2008, as was his controversial biography Excavating Kafka, which became the basis of a BBC TV documentary. Englanders and Huns, a richly-illustrated re-telling of the cultural lead-up to WWI, which was shortlisted for the Paddy Power Political Books of the Year 2015. His latest book, The Shortest History of Germany (2017), has been translated into over a dozen languages, and was the official #8 UK non-fiction paperback bestseller of 2018. He is Director of Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University and has been External Examiner on many other creative writing programmes, including the MA at the University of East Anglia.
Ella is an award-winning writer whose work has been performed throughout the UK and abroad. Her most recent play, Swive, opened at Shakespeare's Globe in the autumn of 2019. Previously that year, Anna, played at The National Theatre. Oil opened at The Almeida Theatre in October 2017 and The Writer opened there in Spring 2018. She is developing new work for The National Theatre, The Old Vic and Manhattan Theatre Club. She is also developing various projects for TV and film. Ella was a Thornton Wilder Fellow, and has twice been a MacDowell Colony Fellow.
Belinda Jack, DPhil
Belinda Jack is Fellow and Tutor at Christ Church, University of Oxford. Her highly successful publications include The Woman Reader, George Sand: A Woman’s Life Writ Large and Negritude and Literary Criticism: The History and Theory of “Negro-African” Literature in French. The Woman Reader was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic 2012 title. As well as her six books, Professor Jack is widely published through her many articles, essays, chapters and reviews. Her recent articles and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Literary Review, Times Literary Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement, BBC History Magazine and Littérature. She is a regular on the BBC and international radio and television, as well as a frequent speaker at literary festivals throughout the British isles and beyond. Professor Jack was the Gresham Professor of Rhetoric from 2013 to 2017. Her latest book, Very Short Introduction to Reading (OUP), was published in April 2019. She is currently working on a biography of Colette.
Alice Jolly, MA
Alice Jolly graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Modern History in 1989. She has published two novels (What the Eye Doesn’t See and If Only You Knew) with Simon and Schuster. Her plays include Love Match and Before The Fire Burns Out, both of which were funded by The Arts Council and performed at the Cheltenham Everyman and the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. Her monologue A Blue Bonnet for Samuel has been performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre and at The Space, both in London. Alice won the V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize awarded by The Royal Society of Literature in 2014.
She published a memoir, Dead Babies And Seaside Towns, with Unbound in July 2014, which won the Pen / Ackerley Award in 2015.
Her novel 'Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile' was published by Unbound in 2018. It was on the long list for the Ondaatje Prize in 2019 and was also runner up for the Rathbones Folio Prize in 2019. 'Between the Regions of Kindness' was published in 2019 by Unbound and Alice is currently working on a new novel about Dr Asperger.
Marti Leimbach is the author of seven novels, including Waterstone's bestseller, Daniel Isn’t Talking, and the New York Times bestseller, Dying Young, which was also made into a film starring Julia Roberts. Widely translated, and published worldwide, Marti's upcoming novel, Dragonfly Girl, will be published by Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins in 2021.
Jenny Lewis, MA, MPhil
Jenny Lewis is a poet, playwright and translator who teaches poetry at Oxford University. She has had seven plays and poetry cycles performed at major UK theatres including the Leicester Haymarket, the Royal Festival Hall, the Polka Theatre, London (for children) and Pegasus Theatre, Oxford where Jenny was a Core Writing Tutor for 20 years. Her first book of poetry, When I Became an Amazon (Iron Press, 1996) was broadcast on BBC Woman’s Hour, translated into Russian, made into an opera and first performed by the Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Company of Perm, Russia in 2017. Jenny has published three further collections Fathom and Taking Mesopotamia (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet, 2007/ 2014) and Gilgamesh Retold (Carcanet Classics, 2018) which was a New Statesman Book of the Year, a Carcanet Book of the Year and an LRB Bookshop Book of the Week on publication. Jenny has also published three chapbooks from Mulfran Press in English and Arabic with the exiled Iraqi poet Adnan Al-Sayegh – Now as Then: Mesopotamia-Iraq (2013), Singing for Inanna (2014) and The Flood (2017) which are part of the award-winning, Arts Council-funded ‘Writing Mesopotamia’ project aimed at fostering friendship between English and Arabic-speaking communities. Her translation (with Ruba Abughaida) of Al-Sayegh’s work, ‘Let me tell you what I saw…! Extracts from Uruk’s Anthem, is forthcoming from Seren in October 2020.
Harry Man, MA
Harry Man is a poet, editor and translator. His first book of poetry, Lift (Tall Lighthouse, 2013), won the Bridges of Struga Award. His work has appeared in Magma, Poetry International, Poems in the Waiting Room, and New Welsh Review, and at London’s Southbank Centre among other places. He has also been a Hawthornden Fellow, a TOAST poetry fellow and he has collaborated with contemporary dance choreographers, scientists and visual artists. He was an artist-in-residence at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Hurst Castle and a poet in residence at the Wordsworth Trust. Finders Keepers, a collaboration with the illustrator Sophie Gainsley was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. His most recent books are Thereafter (‘Deretter’) a book-length elegy written with Norwegian poet Endre Ruset, published by Flamme Forlag in Norway and Hercules Editions in the UK.
Malachi McIntosh is a widely published writer of fiction and non-fiction and the Editor and Publishing Director of Wasafiri magazine. Along with in his books Emigration and Caribbean Literature, and Beyond Calypso: Re-Reading Samuel Selvon, his writing has appeared in Fugue, the Caribbean Review of Books, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, The Guardian, The Journal of Romance Studies, Research in African Literatures, Under the Radar, The Independent, The Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature, and The Book of Birmingham. He is from Tampa, Florida; the Bronx, New York; and Birmingham, West Midlands.
Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955, lives in Oxford and has published seven books of poetry including The Marble Fly (1997), which won the Forward Prize, Out There (2012), which won the Hawthornden Prize and most recently Anomaly (2018). A selected poems, Sky Nails, was published by Faber in 2001 and a new Selected Poems was published in 2016. He edited The Faber Book of 20th-Century Italian Poems in 2004, and his translations of Giorgio Bassani’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles, The Smell of Hay, Within the Walls, Behind the Door and The Heron are published by Penguin Modern Classics. They are now gathered together in a single volume The Novel of Ferrara published also by Norton in the States. His translation of Valerio Magrelli’s poems, The Embrace, won the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize and the John Florio Prize. He has translated Pier Paolo Pasolini’s verse play Fabrication, and most recently Archipelago, the poems of Antonella Anedda, which also won the John Florio Prize. The Foreign Connection, a book of his writings on poetry and art, is due to be published in 2020.
Peter Moore is a non-fiction writer. His books Endeavour (2018) and The Weather Experiment (2015) have been Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers and his debut, Damn His Blood, was serialised as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. His work has been translated widely and The Weather Experiment was chosen as one of the New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2015. He freelances regularly for The Literary Review, presents a podcast called Travels Through Time and has been a writer in residence at Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire.
Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. Her first collection, Division Street (Chatto & Windus, 2013), won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Costa Prize. Her second collection, No Map Could Show Them (Chatto & Windus, 2016), is a PBS Recommendation. Helen is a former Poet in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust and Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at the University of Leeds and now lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first novel, Black Car Burning, was published in 2019 by Chatto & Windus.
Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987. After leaving university he founded the touring theatre company Up in Arms. His plays include ‘Nightfall’ (The Bridge Theatre); ‘While We’re Here’ (Up in Arms at the Bush and on tour); ‘Echo’s End’ (Salisbury Playhouse); ‘Eventide’ (Up In Arms, Arcola and on tour) and ‘Visitors’ (Up in Arms, Arcola and on tour – Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and nominated for an Evening Standard Award). He has also adapted Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and Lorca’s Blood Wedding. His novels The Vanishing Hours, Turning For Home and the bestselling Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain are published by Transworld, his non-fiction books The Wellspring: Conversations with David Owen Norris and To Bodies Gone: The Theatre of Peter Gill are published by Seren. He is a Martin Esslin playwright in residence at Keble College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Jamie Nuttgens, MA
Jamie Nuttgens is a writer, producer, director and editor with over 25 years’ experience in film and TV. He started in the theatre as Assistant Director at Sheffield Crucible, Soho Poly Theatre and Croydon Warehouse among others, before creating his own Arts Council-funded Touring Theatre Company. He also worked in commercial radio as an award-winning writer/producer. On graduating from the National Film & Television School he joined the BBC Drama department, to script edit Jimmy McGovern’s The Lakes and Casualty. He produced The Bill for ITV for several years and for Channel 4 he co-produced Red Riding, three films based on the novels of David Peace. He won the Raindance Best UK Feature Award for his work with UK Indian writer/director Smita Bhide. He is currently Head of Drama at Ten66 TV developing BAME shows and stories across several platforms, and is also currently Course Leader for MA Screenwriting at the Met Film School, Ealing Studios.
Tina Pepler, PhD
Tina Pepler is a dramatist who works in radio and television. She has written extensively for BBC radio – original plays, dramatizations, and drama-documentaries – which have been broadcast on Radio 4, Radio 3 and the World Service. Her television work includes Say Hello to the Real Dr Snide, an original play for Channel 4; a two-hour historical drama-documentary, Princes in the Tower (Channel 4); and several episodes of the Victorian/Edwardian investigative drama-documentary series A Most Mysterious Murder (BBC1), which she co-wrote with Julian Fellowes. She also co-authored with him an episode of his television series Downton Abbey (ITV). Recent radio work includes the drama-documentaries Forgiving, Crisis, and Syria: Bread and Bombs (all BBC Radio 4). Work in development includes a TV drama series about witness protection in the States, and a television adaptation of a novel by Joy Chambers. Her first podcast - a four-part drama - appeared on HistoryHit early in 2019 (and is still there!). She is a Consultant Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, and with RLF sponsorship has run a series of workshops with refugees in Bristol. Tina has a PhD from Bristol University Drama Department. Her thesis, Discovering the Art of Wireless, was a study of creativity at the BBC in its infancy, with a particular focus on radio drama up until 1929.
Sophie Ratcliffe writes memoir, biography, criticism - and things that are a mixture of all three. She is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford, and has published widely in the field of literature, emotion and histories of reading. Her first biography, P. G. Wodehouse: A Life In Letters (Hutchinson, 2011), took a relatively conventional approach to life-writing. Her recent and more experimental memoir The Lost Properties of Love: An Exhibition of Myself (William Collins, 2019) was named as one of Prospect magazine’s books of the year. A former judge for the Baillie Gifford and Wellcome Book Prizes, Sophie regularly reviews books for the national press. She is currently working on two projects: an academic book about libraries, children and gender – and something that might resemble a novel.
The author of twelve plays, John Retallack’s work has been translated into several languages and performed all around the UK as well as in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Holland and France. He has toured and directed productions in many countries including India, Japan and America as well as throughout Europe. His work has been awarded several prizes, including an Olivier, two Herald Angels, two TMA awards and a Fringe First. From 1977–85 he was the founding director of the still flourishing Actors Touring Company (ATC). He was Artistic Director of Oxford Stage Company (at the Oxford Playhouse) from 1989 to 1999. From 2001 to 2011, he was the founding director of the London-based Company of Angels, which continues to produce new and experimental work for young audiences. Since 2010, John has been an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic. Six of his plays for Company of Angels are published by Oberon Books and two by Methuen. John’s play, Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland opened at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury in 2018 and is also published by Oberon Books. His adaptation of J.B. Priestley’s classic novel The Good Companions for Radio 4 was broadcast in the same year. He directed Unicorns, Almost, Owen Sheers’ play about the poet Keith Douglas for the Hay Festival and received outstanding local and national reviews for his production. Unicorns, Almost was revived for the 2019 Edinburgh Festival and broadcast on Radio 3 on May 10th, 2020. He is the Royal Literary Foundation Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford for the period 2019-21. He is currently writing The Splash, a modern take on Albert Camus' novel The Fall.
George Szirtes, FRSL
George Szirtes is a poet and translator. His fifteen books of poetry include The Slant Door (Secker, 1979), which was awarded the Faber Prize, Selected Poems (OUP, 1996), Reel (Bloodaxe, 2004), which was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize, New and Collected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2008), The Burning of the Books and Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2009) and Bad Machine (2013) both the last also shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. His latest book is Mapping the Delta (2016). A study of his work, Reading George Szirtes, by John Sears was published by Bloodaxe in 2008. He has edited many poetry anthologies, including New Order: Hungarian Poets of the post-1989 Generation (2010). His translation work includes books by poets such as Ágnes Nemes Nagy, Ottó Orbán and Zsuzsa Rakovszky and several novels by Márai, Krúdy, Krasznahorkai and others, for which he has received various prizes, most recently the Best Translated Book Award in the USA in 2013. His study of poetry and politics, Fortinbras at the Fishhouses, was published in 2010. His children’s book, In the Land of Giants (2012), won the CLPE Prize for best book of poetry for children. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2015 he shared the translator’s prize for his translations of the Man Booker International Winner, László Krasznahorkai, and, in 2016, was awarded the People and Poetry Prize in China. His memoir of his mother, The Photographer at Sixteen, was published to much praise by Maclehose in February 2019.
James Womack is a writer, translator and editor. He is the author of four books of poetry from Carcanet: Misprint (2012), On Trust (2017) (longlisted for the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the 2019 Ledbury Forte Prize for Second Collections), an anthology of verse translations from the Russian of Vladimir Mayakovsky, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Other Poems (2016, longlisted for the 2018 Read Russia Translation Prize), and a selection from the work of Manuel Vilas, Heaven (2020). He has translated fiction and poetry from Russian and Spanish, and won the 2018 PN Review Translation Prize for his version of one of Vilas's poems. A fifth collection of poems, Homunculus, is due out in September 2020. He is editor and co-owner of the publishing house Calque Press, which publishes translations of Spanish and Russian poetry and ecofiction.
Marian Womack’s writing features strange landscapes, ghostly encounters, and uncanny transformations through a variety of genres – experimental and hybrid fiction, speculative fiction, ecofiction, and fiction of the Anthropocene. She is interested in the intersection of storytelling with other media, and has collaborated with diverse initiatives, including art installations, video games, or activist campaigns, and she co-runs the publishing project Calque Press. Marian’s short story collection, Lost Objects (Luna Press, 2018), was shortlisted for two BSFA awards and one BSF award. Her novel The Swimmers (Titan Books, Autumn 2020) is a response to Wide Sargasso Sea set in a near-future Andalusia. She has co-edited the international ecofiction anthology An Invite to Eternity: Tales of Nature Disrupted (2019), and she is also the author of a series of gothic/environmental novels featuring female detective Helena Walton-Cisneros in fin-de-siècle London. The first instalment, The Golden Key, an uncanny tale of liminal spaces and environments tainted by human interaction, has just been published by Titan Books (2020). Marian holds a MSt in Creative Writing, and a PhD in Creative Writing and Environmental Humanities. She lives in Cambridge.