Andrew Caldecott is a QC specialising in media, defamation and libel law, as well as a novelist and occasional playwright. His first produced play, Higher than Babel, was described as 'Assured and ambitious . . . deeply impressive debut' by Nick Curtis in the Evening Standard and 'Vivid and absorbing and grapples with big ideas without being dry, difficult or patronising' by Sarah Hemming, in the Financial Times, but informed by his love of history, which he studied at New College, Oxford.
Hayley Barker is a debut author who has until recently taught English in a secondary school in Essex. She is a huge YA fiction reader and fan – particularly loving books with a feminist stance. YA characters don’t have to worry about monotony and the daily grind of life. For them, it’s all about the big issues: about finding oneself, about intense relationships, about exciting adventures. That’s what makes us look back on our teenage years with such nostalgia and, for Hayley, what makes YA novels the most escapist reading, and writing, of all.
Liz Flanagan writes for children and young adults. She’s currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University. Liz lives in Hebden Bridge with her husband, two daughters and assorted animals. Till recently she was Centre Director at Lumb Bank, the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, hosting creative writing courses all year round. Before that, she lived in London and Brighton, and worked in children’s book publishing.
Matthew has worked in the IT industry, where he spent all day writing and editing, just not the words that most interested him. Prior to that he worked in Spain as an English teacher and translator. He has co-authored seven published academic articles, ranging in topic from the ecological impact of mining to the construction of a marble pipe organ. Until very recently, Matthew also sang in a rock band. Matthew lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and their two daughters.
Sarah Tolcser lives in New Orleans, where she wrangles iPads and rogue computers at her day job as an elementary technology teacher. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she double majored in writing and philosophy. She enjoys video games, NBA basketball, and books about girls who blow stuff up. Sarah writes young adult fantasy and science fiction. She is married, with three cats.
Tamsin Winter studied English Literature and Creative Writing before working in advertising, travelling and teaching in Singapore for a year. She now works as a secondary school English teacher in Leicestershire and lives with her young son.
Mahsuda Snaith is the winner of the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2014 and Bristol Short Story Prize 2014, and a finalist in the Mslexia Novel Writing Competition 2013. She lives in Leicester where she leads writing workshops and teaches part-time in primary schools. Mahsuda is a fan of reading (obviously) and crochet (not so obviously). This is her first novel.
Patricia Wilson was an entrepreneur and a workaholic so, when she moved to Crete, she was worried how she’d cope with the slower pace of life. To keep herself busy she set herself a challenge to learn a new skill each year: to sail, play guitar, paint, belly dancing, sailing, photography and writing – which she developed a passion for. Island of Secrets is her debut novel.