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Rising Writers

Luke Aylen

Luke has been telling stories for years. Alongside his writing, he is a multi-award-winning film-maker passionate about creativity, imagination and storytelling in all its forms. With a background in performing arts and speaking, Luke loves inspiring others to seek out their own ways of telling stories and embracing their natural creativity. He also talks about his own experiences of learning to deal with his dyslexia and see it not as a barrier, but as a strength.

Elise Valmorbida

Elise Valmorbida grew up Italian in Australia, but fell in love with London. She's a designer, writer and teacher of creative writing. In recent years, she produced a feature film.



Robert Scragg

Robert Scragg had a random mix of jobs such as bookseller and karate instructor before taking the dive into crime writing. He lives in Tyne & Wear, is a founding member of the North East Noir crime writers’ group and at Harrogate Crime Festival 2016, What Falls Between the Cracks was pitched at the 2016 “Dragon’s Den” of agents and editors and got 4 ‘yes’ votes. Robert is currently writing the second Porter and Styles novel.

Andrew Zurcher

Andrew Zurcher is Director of Studies in English at Queens' College, Cambridge, and a leading international expert on the works of Spenser, Sidney and Shakespeare. Twelve Nights is his debut novel, and it introduces a fantasy world that will transport readers - in the way Narnia does, the way Hogwarts does, the way the BFG's Dream Country does. Andrew Zurcher is an incredible new writing talent. A storyteller passionate about stories.

Twelve Nights

Andrew Zurcher



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