Authors

11th August: Line up

Margaret CahillMargaret Cahill

I started writing by accident and now can’t imagine my life without it. In 2013 I started a blog to help me stay in touch with friends during treatment for lymphoma, and loved doing it so much I’ve carried on. I used the first year of it as the basis for my first book, ‘Under Cover of Darkness: How I Blogged My Way Through Mantle Cell Lymphoma’, then thought I’d try my hand at fiction for a bit of light relief – ‘It Could Only Happen At Sea’ is the result. Due to popular demand a sequel is planned!

Blog address: www.margaretcahill.wordpress.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thewessexastrologer

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Robert Brown

I started writing at the age of 47, my first novel, ‘A Song for The Silence’, took about seven months to write, although the story had been on my mind, on and off, for a decade or more. The story is set in London and Dorset, the two places that I probably know best. I’ve since written another novel, about a completely different subject and am over halfway through a third. I use a lot of my experiences in life in my writing, and I would describe it as in a contemporary style. Writing influences include Nick Hornby, David Nicholls and Tony Parsons.

https://olympiapublishers.com/books/a-song-for-the-silence

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Sue C Medcalf

An Accidental Author of the Itchybald Scratchet books
(Author & Guest Speaker)

The series of books came from a conversation with my sister, who had badgers digging up her back garden and asked me if I knew how to discourage them from digging!! I did some research on badgers and became hooked!

The name Itchybald Scratchet was a surprise, it suddenly came to me when I was putting a plate in the dishwasher! I think it was sent to me to make people smile, it’s certainly memorable!

Itchy’s adventures introduce a wide range of wildlife from around the world so that children can learn about the animals, geography and current day issues.

I will be launching my sixth book Blown Away at the festival.

www.itchybaldscratchet.co.uk

 

 

 

Jenny Hunt 2Jennifer Hunt

Jennifer is a writer and illustrator based in Dorset. Since receiving an MA in Creative Writing (distinction) from Bath Spa University she has run regular workshops and courses. She writes a blog for the BBC Wildlife Magazine. Her poetry has been published in various poetry publications and she has had success in several writing competitions. Her botanical illustration work has been exhibited locally and in London. Sea wallTwo years ago she published a book of poetry, Sea Wall, about the South Dorset Ridgeway, illustrated with her linoprints. She is currently working on a sketchbook of Chesil, to be published soon.

http://archaeopteryx-imprint.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/seashed/

www.seashed.co.uk

Glynn HollowayG K Holloway

After graduating from Coventry University with an honours degree in history and politics, G K Holloway worked in education in and around Bristol, where he now lives with his wife and two children. After reading a biography about Harold Godwinson, he studied the late Anglo Saxon era in detail and visited all of the locations mentioned in the sources. When he had enough material to weave together facts and fiction he produced his novel. 1066 What Fates Impose, is the product of all that research – and some imagination.  A sequel is on its way.

Angela DearloveAngela Dearlove

Polly Allsorts journey began from the love of making. Owner, designer and creative director Angela spends most of her day crafting away. Angela aims to provide inspiration and encourage craft mindfulness.

New ideas and crafts will be shared with you throughout the year.

Erich Hoyt Author Photo (Forest-MedRes) copyErich Hoyt

Erich Hoyt is a whale researcher, conservationist and author of 22 nonfiction books for adults and children, mainly on whales, dolphins, and the deep sea. His recent books are Creatures of the Deep and Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, published by Firefly Books in the US and Canada, distributed in the UK. As Research Fellow with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (England), he studies orcas and other whales in Russia, Iceland and other countries. He is a Canadian-American dual citizen, resident in the UK for 25 years and living in Bridport since 2013 with wife Sarah and their four children.

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Carya Gish

Carya has a degree in English and American studies and has trained as an English literature teacher in France before gaining a PGCE in MFL at the Institute of Education in London.

Carya has been a teacher, an editor in educational publishing and a music journalist. She has recently gone back to teaching after moving to Dorset from the South East. In 2012, she founded the independent imprint Arcane Publishing and published her debut novel, I Am a Muse, in 2013. Her second novel, The Book of Thoth, was published in 2015.

Carya is currently working on her third novel, The Right Place, set in Abbotsbury and inspired by the PJ Harvey song The Wind. It will be followed by a Dorset-based detective/rural Noir story.

www.arcanepublishing.net

www.missgish.com

ChrisforWeb_12Christopher Legg

Chris has written and self-published two historical novels. In Fields of Gold and Red and In Time of Duty. He is currently working on the third novel in the series.

The novels are historical fiction, with action, adventure and romance. Inspiration first came from an old black and white picture that was hanging in the foyer of The Marquis of Lorne pub in Nettlecombe. This was the village where Chris was brought up in the seventies and the beautiful landscape provides many of the backdrops for his novels.

Chris has been lucky to be accepted on to Bath University’s Masters in Creative Writing which he is very excited to be starting in September 2018.

Chris founded the Bridport Book Fest to help raise money for the Children’s Hospice Southwest and to give authors of all types and genres the chance to sell their work.

When not writing he loves to explore new places, by foot or by bike or campervan and he has journeyed through much of Europe.

website: www.curious-writer.com

twitter: @chrislegg2

FB:www.facebook.com/christopherBlegg


7th April: Line up

HC&Woofbot5Heather Chamberlain

Helen worked as a primary school teacher for 22 years, during which time, initially, with the help of Chris de Burgh, she wrote school musicals.

Inspired by a radio interview with a Major Payne and the place name – Happy Bottom, in 2016 she completed the humorous, rhyming, Major Payne in the Happy Bottom, trilogy. Tales of the hapless Major and the numerous going on at Happy Bottom, beautifully illustrated by Robin Edmonds, have been designed to engage children of all ages!

Heather visits schools and libraries and other social events, with her books and puppets. At the present time, she is working on a novel which she hopes to publish later in 2018.

Louise HodgsonLouise Hodgson

Louise has spent most of her life in the West Country and has a particular love for West Dorset. Her two best-selling books – ‘Secret Places of West Dorset’ and

‘More Secret Places of West Dorset’,  published by local publisher Roving Press, are sold in Waterstones, among many other book shops..

Louise loves the land and in 1976 she travelled with a pack-pony and greyhound along bridle tracks, starting from Stow-In-The-Wold and continuing through Wiltshire and Dorset to end her trek at Butleigh near Glastonbury. She runs a successful tour company,’ Secret Landscape Tours’.

Liz PoulainLiz Bennett

Liz runs Fuzzypig Books, a new childrens’ books imprint based in Dorchester and founded in late 2017. The first three titles launched in March 2018. She has worked in publishing for more than 20 years, with experience spanning writing, illustration, design, copy editing, print buying and sales. Fuzzypig Books titles are targeted at younger readers, and include a counting book, a story about an inept magician and book about an unlikely adventure based in a suburban house.  She works with an array of authors and illustrators. The books celebrate colour, humour, diversity and the natural world. www.fuzzypigbooks.com.

Sue WorthSue Worth

Sue is a Performance Poet and Story teller.  Her poetry has been published in The Countryman, an Arts Council Anthology and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Solent Radio.

The Cows Who Played Bingo and the children’s story Scuz Williams and The Giant Amazonian Squirgle Worms have been published by Fuzzypig books.

Sue was born 1951 into a Dorset awash with stories and and is married to Andy. They have 3 children, including Naomi Price, whose artwork is included in ‘The Cows’.

Sue worked in West Dorset Hospitals latterly as Manager of a clinical system in an I.T. Department.

Paul CudePaul Cude

Paul is a husband, father, field hockey player and aspiring photographer. Lost without his hockey stick, he can often be found in between writing and chauffeuring children, reading anything from comics to sci-fi, fantasy to thrillers. Too often found chained to his computer, it would be little surprise to find him, in his free time, somewhere on the Dorset coastline, chasing over rocks and sand in an effort to capture his wonderful wife and lovely kids with his camera. Paul Cude is also the author of the Bentwhistle the Dragon series of books.

Website: http://www.bentwhistlethedragon.co.uk/

Twitter: @paul_cude

MichaelMichael Forte

Michael left school at sixteen and drifted aimlessly for years before finding a job as a stage hand on the Harry Worth Summer Show. This led to regular work in theatre and a course at the London Film School which eventually enabled him to blag his way into the BBC. There he wrote for Lenny Henry, Tracey Ullman and Russ Abbott amongst others as he climbed the slippery slope to producer.

In 1989 Michael went freelance and worked with stars including Ricky Gervais, John Cleese, David Mitchell and Larry David before retiring from television to write and paint full time.

Digital CameraDevina Symes

My love of Dorset’s history set me on my writing path, and the poetry flowed.

After working at Corfe Castle I penned the first of my three History and Mystery guide books.

My passion for William Barnes and Thomas Hardy inspired me to write and produce stage plays about their lives.

In 2015 I published my first novel, ‘Stronghold of Happiness’, which is set in Dorset in WWII, and also produced it as a stage play; and this autumn my first children’s book, ‘Every Second Counts’ is to be published by Fuzzypig books.

Ged DuncanGed Duncan

Ged enjoys telling lies to children and adults, both as a performer and a writer.

He’s the author of six humorous books for children: the Sydney the Smuggler trilogy, Don’t Eat the Hoomans, and two in the Cedric Fartlebottom series.

His forthcoming novel Askerton Kiss (Autumn 2018) is set in a fictionalised Bridport in 1912. Ged is co-founder of Apothecary and Flaming Loincloths, two spoken word events for local authors and storytellers.

As well as winning prizes for his stand up poetry and short stories, his non-fiction writing and short-form poetry have been published widely in journals and collections.

Website: www.gedduncan.info

Jenny HuntJennifer Hunt

Jennifer is a writer and illustrator based in Dorset. Since receiving an MA in Creative Writing (distinction) from Bath Spa University she has run regular workshops and courses. She writes a blog for the BBC Wildlife Magazine. Her poetry has been published in various poetry publications and she has had success in several writing competitions. Her botanical illustration work has been exhibited locally and in London. Sea wallTwo years ago she published a book of poetry, Sea Wall, about the South Dorset Ridgeway, illustrated with her linoprints. She is currently working on a sketchbook of Chesil, to be published soon.

http://archaeopteryx-imprint.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/seashed/

www.seashed.co.uk

Simon FairfaxSimon Fairfax

I have been a Chartered Surveyor for over 35 years and live in Hampshire, I have turned my hand to writing crime thriller adventure stories set against the world I know and inhabit.
It has its fair share of heroes and villains, and interesting characters. I set my books against this world running from 1983/88, then 1990/91 and my third book (which I am writing) in my ‘Deal Series, is set in 1995/96. Each book is related to world events that happened and I weave these into my stories. The same main hero Rupert Brett features in each book.
They are adventure stories; my wish is to entertain and transport the reader for the time they read them. One kind critic wrote that I am doing for commercial property what Grisham in The Firm and Suits did for the law. I would be delighted if that were the case.

www.simonfairfax.com

info@simonfairfax.com

Screenshot 2018-03-20 15.20.27Shelagh Mazey

Shelagh, born in Chichester in 1948, went to school in Dorset and now lives with her husband in a thatched cottage in Hardington Moor, Somerset. Since retiring she has been writing an ongoing saga of regional historical romantic novels, commencing in 1830 and currently leading up until 1872.

Brandy Row is set on Portland. Dawn to Deadly Nightshade is set in the Yeovil area. Legacy of Van Diemen’s Land involves both areas, plus Tasmania and South Australia. All published by Matador, the fourth book, The Golden Fleece, is set in the Wincanton area, available in July this year.

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/historical/brandy-row/

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/historical/dawn-to-deadly-nightshade/

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/historical/legacy-of-van-diemens-land/

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/historical/the-golden-fleece/

Ryan FitzgeraldRyan Fitzgerald

Ryan Fitzgerald is a semi-retired groundsman and gardener, who works summer seasons only, with an interest in crime, fact and fiction and is an avid reader on any wars from both viewpoints.

The author is a published poet in poem compendium and this is his first foray in writing a crime fiction story.

Being a gardener he has an interest in growing organic fruit and vegetables, and understands about plant defences and toxicology with the use of companion plants. His hobbies include reading and now writing, along with walking coastal paths in any weather. Whilst spending the last ten years restoring an ex-military land rover. His favourite authors include Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tom Sharpe, Ben Macintyre, Antony Beevor, James Herriot, H.H. Kirst, Bill Tidy and Stephen E Ambrose.

Robert BrownRobert Brown

I started writing at the age of 47, my first novel, ‘A Song for The Silence’, took about seven months to write, although the story had been on my mind, on and off, for a decade or more. The story is set in London and Dorset, the two places that I probably know best. I’ve since written another novel, about a completely different subject and am over halfway through a third. I use a lot of my experiences in life in my writing, and I would describe it as in a contemporary style. Writing influences include Nick Hornby, David Nicholls and Tony Parsons.

https://olympiapublishers.com/books/a-song-for-the-silence

Anthony HoltANTHONY HOLT MBE

Anthony is a world travelled former naval officer, pilot and CEO of two famous London Clubs. A Dorset resident for over 40 years with Dorset ancestry traced back to 1600.  Author of seven books – “Spoofy”-   An Australian ‘Alpha Dog’ with a flying boss, “At Least We Didn’t Sink” –  funny, true  antics in an aircraft carrier, “Privateer” – fast moving adventure in the world of modern pirates,  “Four of Clubs”, “Nine Stories of the Sea”, “Twelve of a Kind”,  – 27 true stories and two that could be, and “Harry’s Revenge” – just published crime thriller set in South Dorset.

Brindy WilcoxBrindy Wilcox

Born in Settle, North Yorkshire, more years ago than I care to remember, my love of books started at an early age. I had a long career in Accountancy but always wanted to write a book and so, five years ago, I sat down and started writing.

Through Time to London is the first in a series of children’s time-travel adventure novels, set against the Great Plague of London in 1665. It was published in September 2016. Currently, I’m working on the second novel in the series, which is set in Cheddar Gorge in 13500bc, and is to by published later this year, ‘Through Time to Cheddar’ mixes the caveman era with modern day heroics.

Website: www.brindywilcox.co.uk

Twitter: @BrindyWilcox

P D MitchellPeter Mitchell

After a long career as an electrician in the construction industry, Peter now works as an Estates Officer for the NHS. He began writing after taking a creative writing course and based his first novel around Shoreham Harbour, where he grew up.

In the 1960’s the harbour was a huge playground for Peter and his friends and they spent many hours in rowing boats out on the water. Having lived most of his life in Sussex he moved to Somerset 11 years ago. ‘The Ghost of the Fishersgate Mariner’ was published in November 2017 and he is currently working on his next book, ‘The Ghost of Copperas Gap’ which is due for publication in April 2019

Website: http://www.pdmitchell.co.uk

Twitter: @ghostlystory

Glynn HollowayG K Holloway

After graduating from Coventry University with an honours degree in history and politics, G K Holloway worked in education in and around Bristol, where he now lives with his wife and two children. After reading a biography about Harold Godwinson, he studied the late Anglo Saxon era in detail and visited all of the locations mentioned in the sources. When he had enough material to weave together facts and fiction he produced his novel. 1066 What Fates Impose, is the product of all that research – and some imagination.  A sequel is on its way.

ChrisforWeb_12Christopher Legg

Chris lives in Bridport, Dorset. He has had various occupations and jobs, from Retail Manager, Stockbroker, Painter and Decorator, to Farm Labourer.

His first novel ‘In fields of Gold and Red’ was self-published in June 2017 and he is busy working on the second in the series ‘In Time of Duty’ which is due out in early 2018. The novels are historical fiction with action, adventure and romance, all inspired by an old black and white picture that he found hanging in a village pub.

When not writing he loves to explore new places and has travelled extensively in Europe, on one trip he drove all the way to Croatia and back.

website: www.curious-writer.com

twitter: @chrislegg2

FB:www.facebook.com/christopherBlegg


Caroline JardineCarole Jardine

Carole spent the years between 1966 to 1987 in show business singing in the U.K. and around the world in theatres, hotels, nightclubs, also for British forces including thirteen tours to Northern Ireland during the “troubles” and entertaining members of the Royal Navy and other members of the forces in the South Atlantic following the Falklands war of 1982.

Eventually writing a memoir of those years entitled “Not Quite Famous”.

Carole enjoyed writing so she joined a writing group and now writes short stories, flash fiction and poetry, recently winning 1st prize in a Bridport story slam.

Maria Donovan bioMaria Donovan

Maria Donovan is a native of Dorset and has strong connections with Wales and Holland. Past career choices include training as a nurse in the Netherlands, busking with music and fire around Europe and nine years as a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan.

Her short fiction includes a collection of flash fiction, Tea for Mr Dead, and a collection of short stories, Pumping Up Napoleon. Her debut novel, The Chicken Soup Murder, is published by Seren and was a finalist for the Dundee International Book Prize.

Website: www.mariadonovan.com
Twitter: @mestreet
FB: http://facebook.com/mariadonovanauthor

Helen MathewsHelen Matthews

Helen Matthews is the author of suspense thriller ‘After Leaving the Village’ published in October 2017 by Hashtag Press. The novel won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers’ Festival. Described by Peter Snell, owner of Barton’s Bookshop, Leatherhead as ‘probably the most important book I’ve been involved with launching in 20 years as a bookseller’ the plot deals with contemporary themes of human trafficking and slavery.

The leading anti-slavery charity, Unseen has appointed Helen as an Ambassador and she donates a percentage from book proceeds to the cause.

Helen has won prizes for short stories and been published in the Guardian, lifestyle magazines and had columns broadcast on BBC radio.

Screenshot 2017-12-04 14.35.17Andy Miller

Andy Miller was born in Weymouth in 1946 and lived there until 1969. He has worked for two British universities as a professor of educational psychology. As well as 10 academic works, Andy had also published 4 books covering topics such as rock climbing, mountaineering, long-distance walking, diary writing, memoir, music, families and relationships. He now lives with his wife in the Peak District.

Andy has been successful in national poetry competitions and has also published articles and essays about climbing and mountaineering, travel, music and relationships. These pieces have been collected together in the anthology While Giants Sleep.

website: www.andycmiller.co.uk

FB: www.facebook.com/andychristophermiller

Erich Hoyt Author Photo (Forest-MedRes) copyErich Hoyt

Erich Hoyt is a whale researcher, conservationist and author of 22 nonfiction books for adults and children, mainly on whales, dolphins, and the deep sea. His recent books are Creatures of the Deep and Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, published by Firefly Books in the US and Canada, distributed in the UK. As Research Fellow with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (England), he studies orcas and other whales in Russia, Iceland and other countries. He is a Canadian-American dual citizen, resident in the UK for 25 years and living in Bridport since 2013 with wife Sarah and their four children.

website: www.erichhoyt.com and www.erichhoytbooks.com

Twitter: @ErichHoyt

SteveZelda2Steve Belasco

Marine photographer and writer, documenting the waters of the Jurassic Coast exclusively from offshore. Jurassic Coast Trust Ambassador.

Author of Dorset From The Sea, with new book, The Jurassic Coast From The Sea, due for publication in spring 2018.

Recently made redundant, benefactors welcome.

Ralph HoyteRalph Hoyte

Ralph Hoyte is a Bristol-based writer, declamatory poet, spatial poet and GPS-triggered media for the smartphone producer. His work ranges from dystopic novels about AI and the future of humanity (‘Something Needs To Be Done About The Humans’), through epic length Gothic ballads (e.g. the 3 ½ hr ‘Christabel-Released’) to GPS-triggered soundscapes (e.g. the ‘RomLitScape’, re-imagining the Romantic poets and geo-locating their voices across the Quantocks and North Exmoor Coast) with his new media company, SATSYMPH. He previously worked in community relations with Bristol City and Lambeth Councils (and before that as a biologist).

websites: http://3s10.uk/ and www.ralphhoyte.com/

and http://satsymph.co.uk/

Paula Harmon Nov 2017Paula Harmon

Paula Harmon was born in London but has lived in the country since babyhood. She studied English at Chichester University before settling in Gloucestershire, then moving to Blandford Forum in 2005.

She is married with two teenage children and works full-time, writing whenever she can. Her stories may be serious or thought-provoking or humorous.

She took up writing seriously in 2015 and since then has published three books, all of which include elements set in the West Country and is working on a thriller set in Dorset. You can find out more at www.paulaharmondownes.wordpress.com

Screenshot 2017-12-04 14.56.01Tony Weston

Retired to Bridport after 50 years as a potter
Tony Weston has been able to allot more
time to making stories and poems—less hard
on the back and hands, but in some ways the same.
You know when a pot won’t do, when it’s shape
is poor, the bottom too thin and the only thing to
rescue it is the bin—so too with poems.
With stories it’s more like packing a kiln. You find that pieces that were the big reason for the firing don’t fit or take up too much room. A story has a  mind of its own.

Anne DenhamLucy, Anne, Carlos

Lucy Goodison worked as a journalist, archaeologist and masseur before she turned to writing fiction.  She is a mother of two and lives in Bridport.

Anne Denham was a nurse and health visitor in London and Oxford.  She retired to West Dorset ten years ago to be near her family.  She is a member with Lucy, of a local creative writing group.

Carlos Guarita was for many years a professional photographer covering current affairs for newspapers and magazines internationally.  A chance sighting of a one hundred year old photograph led him to his research into two undiscovered early local photographers.

Screenshot 2017-12-04 15.06.05Virginia Moffat

Virginia Moffatt was born in London, one of eight children, several of whom are writers. Her eldest brother has written a theology book, one sister is a poet, a second, a translator and her twin is a successful author.

Virginia has always been a writer, but only began to take it seriously in 2004, when she first had the idea for Echo Hall. In 2009 she set up her blog, ‘ A Room of My Own ‘ where she publishes flash fiction, short essays, and reflections about writing and reading.

Anita Rowe

Anita Rowe has written three teenage novels which have been translated into German, Dutch and Slovenian, all under the name Anita Davies. She has contributed news features to local and national newspapers and had shorts stories, fiction serials and articles published in several teenage and women’s magazines. Some of her poems have been published in Envoi and she is currently working on a novel set on the Llyn Peninsula at the beginning of the last century and studying for an M.A in Writing at the University of Wales, Bangor.

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