The Speakers

Here are this year's group of wonderful speakers

Erin Kelly


Erin Kelly was born in London and grew up in Essex and has written six acclaimed novels.

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Debi Alper


Debi's first novels, Nirvana Bites and Trading Tatiana, were published by Orion. She writes contemporary urban thrillers, set among the sub-cultures of SE London. These days, Debi spends most of her time helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, courses, Book Doctor sessions and creative writing workshops.

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Clare Quinlivan


Clare Quinlivan works as Editorial and Rights Manager at No Exit Press. She is responsible for acquiring new novels for No Exit's crime list (both commercial and literary) as well as selling international rights to foreign editors.

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Lesley Mace


Lesley Mace is the winner of the 2015, Crime Writers' Association, Margery Allingham, Short Story prize and has had more than sixty pieces of work published.

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Morgen Bailey


Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a freelance writer, editor, tutor, blogger, speaker, and competitions judge.

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Liesel Schwarz


Liesel Schwarz is the award-winning author of A Conspiracy of Alchemists, the first book in her Chronicles of Light and Shadow Steampunk series.

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Mark Keegan


Mark graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with an MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media.

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Toby Frost


Toby Frost is the author of four comedy science fiction novels, published by Myrmidon Books.

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Lisa Eveleigh


In 2012 Lisa Eveleigh founded the Richford Becklow Literary Agency. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Durham and a Masters from the University of East Anglia.

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Lou Treleaven


Lou Treleaven was plucked from the slush pile by Maverick Arts Publishing in 2015 and is now looking forward to her fourth picture book coming out later this year. She also writes junior fiction and early reader titles.

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Steph Broadribb


Steph is an alumni of the MA Creative Writing at City University London, and trained as a bounty hunter in California.

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AK Benedict


A K Benedict read English at Cambridge and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. She writes in a room filled with mannequins, clowns and teapots. Her debut novel, The Beauty of Murder (Orion), was shortlisted for an eDunnit award and is in development for an 8-part TV series.

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BK Duncan


Ruth Wade (AKA BK Duncan) has been a full-time time writer for 20 years. Ten of those engaged in teaching the skills and craft of creative writing in Cambridge and Oxford colleges and academies.

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Steve Bicknell


Steve Bicknell formed Maverick Children’s Books in 2009. Maverick specialise in working closely with their authors to develop ideas and texts into unique picture books.

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Liz Barnsley


Liz Barnsley has been an ardent book reviewer since 2013 when she set up her own website, Liz Loves Books, hoping to get the word out on all the great books she had enjoyed.

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