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Rising Writers

Anne Hawk

Anne Hawk grew up in the Caribbean, Canada and the UK. She and her family experienced the separation and upheavals of the Windrush Generation. Anne describes The Pages of the Sea as a novel of manners, as much as anything else; an exploration of the relationships between people living in a small community. The conventions and customs of her childhood echo throughout the novel, alongside the immense sense of loss and longing on the part of the central character. She has worked as a journalist, a paralegal and was for many years a secondary school teacher. She is married and lives in London. The Pages of the Sea is her first novel.

Instagram & X: @weatherglassbooks

Fríða Ísberg

Fríða Ísberg is an Icelandic author based in Reykjavik. Her books are the poetry collections Stretch Marks and Leather Jacket Weather, the short story collection Itch and her debut novel The Mark, which won the Fjara Literature Prize, The Icelandic Booksellers Award, and the P.O. Enquist Award. Isberg is the 2021 recipient for The Optimist Award, awarded by the President of Iceland to one national artist. Her work has been translated into 17 languages.


Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson is a British author, whose debut novel The Grief Doctor is due for release in June 2024. Prior to penning his first novel, Jack created the viral internet serial “Has Anyone Heard of The Left/Right Game?”, which he adapted into a hit podcast. An enthusiast for thoughtful and grounded thrillers, Jack's aspires to write gripping stories across the mystery, horror, and sci-fi genres, that stay with their reader long after the final page is turned.

The Grief Doctor

Jack Anderson



Lanisha Butterfield

Lanisha Butterfield is a lifelong book junkie, whose quiet ambition of becoming an author – long-held and nurtured with lunchtime trips to the local bookshop – were realised during lockdown, with a serendipitous, snap decision to join an online Penguin Children’s Book Workshop.

A woman of Black mixed race heritage, born and raised on a council estate in Oxford, to a hardworking single mother, she is very proud of her working class roots and hopes to challenge misconceptions of council estate life and remind readers – that, no matter where they are from, or what their family might look like, they are just as worthy of fairy-tale and magic, as anyone else. Her debut children’s picture book, Flower Block, publishes in 2024.

Instagram - @lanishanicole

Flower Block

Lanisha Butterfield



Mariel Franklin

Mariel Franklin lives and works in London. She has a MA in English from Edinburgh University and later went on to study Fine Art at Goldsmiths. After graduating, she spent several years working in data administrating in the tech industry. Bonding is her first novel.

Twitter - @marielmfranklin

Instagram - @marielfranklin

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Mariel Franklin



R.B. Egan

Dubliner R.B. Egan started out as an actor, working in London and performing alongside household names like Sinead O'Connor, Kevin Spacey and Celine Dion. Later he moved to Tanzania where he project managed the design and construction of a safari lodge outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area with his wife. Together they operated a hotel and safari business for some years before settling back in Ireland. R.B. Egan now lives in Dublin with his young family and writes.

Ruth Irons

Ruth grew up in Neath, South Wales, before studying music at Exeter University, specialising in classical singing and viola. Whilst at university she got the acting bug, and decided to combine her love of music and theatre by moving to London and completing an MA in Musical Theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama. As an actor-musician Ruth has performed in the West End, Edinburgh Fringe, Wembley Arena, and UK and European theatre tours. From 2009 she was Musical Director of Principal Theatre Company, who specialised in open-air Shakespeare productions, and has also worked as an MD for projects at drama schools including RADA and Mountview. Ruth is also a music teacher and workshop leader and has worked in schools across London, both freelance and for Southwark Music Service.

In 2019 she decided to finish a book she’d started to write ten years previously (before children), and this ignited a new creative flame, leading her to complete writing courses with The Writers Bureau and Curtis Brown Creative. After receiving encouraging feedback on her writing, and winning the I Am Writing Festival short story competition in 2022, she was thrilled to secure agent representation with her first psychological thriller. The Perfect Guest is her debut novel, and was inspired by a beautiful holiday home she visited in the summer of 2022. Alongside writing, she now teaches music in Kingston-Upon-Thames, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks won the Lucy Cavendish Prize in 2019. She works in East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds where she also helps run the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing. She has a PhD on monsters in classical Chinese ghost stories. She is also co-editor of Samovar, a bilingual online magazine for translated speculative fiction. Originally from Lancashire, she now lives in Leeds.

Instagram and X: @Sarah_L_Brooks