Rising Writers

Johanna Weaver

Jo Weaver had a career as a support worker in the non-profit sector before retraining as an illustrator. She completed an MA degree in Children's Book Illustration at the prestigious Cambridge School of Art in 2014, where she discovered a love of working in charcoal. Shortly afterwards she was shortlisted for the Association of Illustrator's newcomer's Awards. Jo lives with her young family in north London, and when she's not drawing she can be found escaping the city to walk and explore in the wild outdoors.

Little One

Johanna Weaver



Guinevere Glasfurd

Guinevere Glasfurd's short fiction has appeared in Mslexia, the Scotsman and in a collection from The National Galleries of Scotland. The Words In My Hand, her first novel, was written with the support of a grant from Arts Council England. She manages the Words and Women Twitter feed, a voluntary organisation representing women writers in the East of England.

Aga Lesiewicz

Aga Lesiewicz is a former TV producer and director. She came to England to study English literature but, having received her degree, abandoned the academic world and spent years working in radio and television. Rebound is her first novel and she is currently working on her second, Exposure. Aga came to write her first novel after being left immobile due to three knee surgeries. Stuck on the sofa with her leg up, she decided to put her knowledge of the media industry, her love of Hampstead Heath and passion for crime fiction to good use – and as a result we have Rebound.


Aga Lesiewicz



Tamsin Cooke

Born in Lancashire to a Polish mum and English dad, Tamsin spent lots of the first twelve years of her life in different countries. She learnt to walk in South Africa, roller-skate in Florida and synchronise swim in Hawaii. This has given her a great love of travel which she does whenever possible. She also adores having adventures and seeing wild animals. Since writing Cat Burglar, Tamsin has become fascinated with spirit animals. She’d like to think her spirit animal is a jaguar or a wolf. But her friends tell her it’s a Labradoodle.