About Us

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

Our Mission

Check out the interview below with our festival director for details on how previous festivals have been designed. Full mission statement coming soon!

Liz Bahs: Festival Director

Stephen Mooney: Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Surrey

Bran Nicol: Head of the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Surrey

2021 Festival Team

2021 Blog Writers

Tenikah Beveney

I am a Creative Writing MA student. I’m overseeing the festival’s Instagram account and website. I tend to write across various forms but predominantly poetry, theatre scripts and young adult fiction. My favourite book is The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde and I have a passion for all creative arts alongside creative writing. Mainly theatre, dance and photography.

Gigi Bushell

As a Creative Writing MA student at the University of Surrey, I spend most of my time writing (big surprise) educational articles on taboo subjects. I love writing for The Stag magazine and I strive to share stories that can help everyone. Whether it be about mental health, sexuality, or simply how to make the most of spending so much time at home – it’s all very zoom and gloom right now. I also find writing a charming and hopefully hilarious bio very difficult.

Sarah Callow

Despite studying Law, graduating in 2014, going on to take the New York Bar examinations, I developed an all-consuming passion for video games and an overwhelming desire to pen fan fiction. This led me to the MA in Creative Writing at Surrey. I am looking forward to learning all about games writing in the fascinating new module in 2021. Some of my favourite authors are Terry Pratchett, George RR Martin, and Jorge Luis Borges. Next on my reading list is Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline.

Chiara Fumanti

I am currently doing the MA in Creative Writing at University of Surrey, and I am loving it! I enjoy reading and writing in a variety of different genres, particularly drama, children’s and young adult, poetry and mystery fiction. Alongside my passion for books and reading is my acting career. I am thrilled to be part of the 2021 SNWF team! 

Sharron Green

I am studying for an MA in Creative Writing. Known as @rhymes_n_roses on Instagram I am a published poet and enjoy taking photos of flowers and scenery. I attended the Surrey New Writers Festival in 2019 and 2020 and I am looking forward to writing and assisting with the online version in 2021.

Leon Lynn

I’m a final year Creative Writing Undergraduate currently working in video games during a gap year, and my favourite authors are Iain Banks, Derek Landy, and John Keats. I am also your Assistant Festival Director for SNWF 2021! I can’t wait for you to see everything we are planning for you all.

Laurs Oakley

I am currently doing the MA in Creative Writing at Surrey and am adoring spending all my time with books and words, what a joy! Alongside being very studious, my favourite book to read is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, but I also love to get my teeth into dark dystopias, both to read and write. If I’m not at a laptop or in a book, I’m dancing, improvising, performing in very cheesy musicals (or dreaming up a world where such a thing can happen), and overseeing this festival’s Twitter and website!

Emily Wootton

I am in my final year of English Literature with Creative Writing (undergraduate). I enjoy writing dystopian fiction and poetry, and reading fantasy and dystopian fiction – one of my favourite books being Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale! In my spare time, I’m practicing painting and digital art.

Past Festival Teams



2017 – 2018