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Rising Writers

Janet Ellis

I've got a varied CV up till now as an actress, a presenter, a broadcaster and a voice-over artist. And now I'm absolutely thrilled to add ‘writer’ to that list. The Butcher's Hook, my first novel, is a dark, twisted love story full of surprises, sadness and humour – and there's quite a bit of blood spilled, too. I've got three children, four grandchildren, a husband and a dog. I love them all; and also love cooking, walking, eating and more cooking. Writing means more to me than anything else I do. It's the most personal and the most important thing – and it's certainly what I like most to talk about.

Sarah Duguid

Sarah Duguid grew up on a farm in North Lincolnshire and was educated in Derbyshire and at Durham University where she read English literature. After university, she lived and worked in New York and South Africa before returning to London where she now lives with her partner and their son. she is currently working on a Masters in English at UCL as well as her second novel.

Look at Me

Sarah Duguid



C.J Fisher

C.J Fisher has a Master’s Degree in Film from Exeter University, since graduating she has worked as a video editor, movie critic, social media manager, and creative content producer, as well as presenting talks on new media to charities and brands. In her free time she is an avid writer, illustrator and online content creator. C.J vlogs as Ophelia Dagger, with over 30,000 subscribers on YouTube. Her first novel, When We Were Alive, was inspired by events in her own life.

When We Were Alive

C. J. Fisher



Meet Patrick Smith

Born in Ireland, Patrick Smith went to Sweden in the early sixties and was admitted to the Swedish Royal Academy of Art. He married and settled in Stockholm, had two children and worked as an architect, translator and writer, publishing novels and short stories in Swedish. After his wife’s sudden death in 1984 he went to live in a small village in France where he restored local houses until 1991 when he moved to Paris. There he remarried. At the age of seventy, started his first English novel. This became ‘In the Name of Love’. He is now at work finishing his second.