Meet Our Guests

2021 Festival

Headliner

Diana Evans

Diana Evans is the author of Ordinary People, which won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. Her previous novels are The Wonder and her bestselling debut 26a, which won the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers. Her journalism, essays and criticism appear in Time Magazine, the GuardianVogue and Financial Times among others. She is an associate lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Masterclass

Ruth Brandt

Ruth Brandt is a creative writing tutor and writer. Her short stories and flash fiction have been widely published. She won the Kingston University MFA Creative Writing Prize, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Write Well Award and Best Small Fictions Award. Her short story collection No One has any Intention of Building a Wall will be published by Fly on the Wall Press in 2021. She lives in Surrey with her husband and has two delightful sons.

More guests to be announced soon.




Previous Guests:

2020:
Andy Brown
Lulah Ellender
Julie Evans
Peter Fiennes
David Gange
Kari Gillespie
Genevieve Grant-Thompson
Beth Miller
Jacq Molloy
Jane Puddicombe
Monica Suswin

2019:
Sophie Mackintosh
Erinna Mettler
Beth Miller
Jacq Molloy
Courttia Newland
Jeremy Page
Kate Potts
Alison Rumfitt
Stephanie Saulter
Azad Sharman
Monica Suswin
Keston Sutherland

2018:
Melissa Addey
Gemma Connell
Jonathan Crewe
Marek Czubala
Stewart Ferris
Jennifer Good
Catherine Graham
Peggy Hughes
Tom Jenks
Ellie Kerr-Smiley
Charlotte Ledger
Holly Luhning
Jeanette Lynes
Rachel Marsh
Steven O’Brien
Kylie Rolle
M.E. Rolle
Michael Roke
Broc Silva
Jas Smith
Paul Vlitos
Laura Williams
Lydia Yeoman