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.
G 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
Anthony Holt MBE, FCMI MNI
Anthony Holt was a Fleet Air Arm Pilot and seaman officer in the Royal Navy. Later he ran two of the major ‘Gentlemen’s Clubs in Piccadilly and St James’s Square, London. He is a long term Dorset resident, public speaker, yachtsman, coastwatch volunteer, school governor and author. His works include ‘Spoofy’, ‘At Least We Didn’t Sink’, ‘Privateer’, and three volumes of short stories. His latest work, ‘Harry’s Revenge’ a thriller set in Dorset, is about to be published. He has travelled to over 100 countries and uses this experience in his writing.
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
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.
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.
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.
Lucy, 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.
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 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.