Speakers 2014

                             Speaker Profiles 2014
Guest Speakers:

Alex Wheatle is the author of several novels. His first book, Brixton Rock (1999), tells the story of a 16-year old boy of mixed race, in 1980s Brixton. In 2010, he wrote the one-man autobiographical performance, Uprising. Alex Wheatle was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008.

Caitlin Davies is the author of five novels, including The Ghost of Lily Painter (2011), which is based in part on a true story - two Edwardian baby farmers who were hanged at Holloway Prison in 1903. Caitlin has also written five non-fiction books, and several short stories. 

Rosie Fiore is the author of two bestselling novels and a novella, all published by Quercus, and two novels published by Struik in South Africa. Her novels This Year’s Black and  Babies in Waiting were both long-listed for the Sunday Times Literary Awards in South Africa.

Miriam Halahmy is an author an a poet. She has published novels and short fiction for children, teens and adults as well as two collections of poetry, articles and book reviews. Her cycle of three teen Y.A. novels, Hidden, Illegal and Stuffed are published by Albury Books. Miriam runs creative writing workshops and mentors developing writers. www.miriamhalahmy.com

Lil Chase is the author of two books; Boys for Beginners and Secrets, Lies and Locker 62. Her latest series - The Boys' School Girls - will be out in July 2014.

Gina Blaxill grew up in Finchley and has been writing all her life. Her first novel, Pretty Twisted, an e-book bestseller, was published by Macmillan in 2011, and she has since written two other crime thrillers for teenagers, Forget Me Never (winner of the Oldham Brilliant Books Award 2013) and Saving Silence.

Maggie Butt poetry collections are the sumptuously illustrated Sancti ClandestiniUndercover Saints, the poignant Ally Pally Prison Camp, the pocket-sized Petite and the many-shaded Lipstick.
Maggie is an ex journalist and BBC TV producer; now a creative writing academic at Middlesex University. Her poetry is widely published.www.maggiebutt.co.uk

Allen Ashley is an award-winning writer and editor as well as a prize-winning poet. He has had ten books published as author or editor. He runs five writing groups across north London including Clockhouse London Writers. A supporter of last year’s Greenacre Writers Festival, he is back doing even more this time around! www.allenashley.com

Theresa Musgrove is a writer and blogger, usually hiding behind the alias of Mrs Angry and the Broken Barnet blog.

Gillian Stern is an Editor and Ghostwriter working mainly for Bloomsbury.

Cari Rosen writes for a number of publications and websites (including The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The Express) and the author of two novels: The Secret Diary of a New Mum (Aged 43 1/4) and The New Granny's Survival Guide.

Mary Musker is a graphic designer specialising in web applications, and in her spare time is Chair of the Garden Suburb Theatre.

Sarah Holding is author of the children’s eco-adventure series The SeaBEAN Trilogy, will run a creative writing workshop for kids aged 8-14, in which she will also read an extract from SeaBEAN and answer questions about writing in the new genre of clifi (aka climate change fiction).

Greenacre Writers:

Rosie Canning lives in London. As co-founder of Greenacre Writers she runs ‘Start That Novel' workshops and writers’ retreats. Her short stories have been shortlisted and published, the most recent being a 100 word flash-fiction Uncoupled on the Café Lit website.

Anna Meryt has been writing poetry all her life and had her first poem – about the Vietnam War – published in her convent school magazine in Wales. 

Katie Alford writes sci-fi, fantasy and steampunk, has won several short story competitions and has had short stories published in the Kingswood Writers Anthology and the Greenacre Writers Anthologies volumes 2 and 3. Her first novel Atlantis and the Game of Time is due for release on 29th August this year (2014) by the publisher Kristell Ink.

Bettina Von Cossel writes novels and short stories, mostly in German. Her crime novels are modern versions of the traditional whodunit. In other words, Miss Marple with a mobile phone.

Helen Barbour completed her first novel, The A to Z of Normal, with the support of Greenacre Writers and plans to bring this out in 2014.  

June Armstrong-Wright came to fiction writing via many years of working in radio for Radio Television Hong Kong, Public Broadcasting Service in America and the BBC in London.

Linda Louisa Dell writes articles and short stories and has had several printed in magazines such as: The Lady, Prediction, Yours, Fate and Fortune, Here's Heath, and Holistic Health and Healing, magazines along with three novels. 

Liz Goes has recently published three fictionalised memoirs Fusion, The Cosmopolites, and The Not Quite English Teacher, as Eliza Jane Goes.  Her latest manuscript ‘Cyber Spooks’  is aimed at 9-12 year old readers.

Ruth Cohen has written short stories and flash fiction, and been published in the first two Greenacres Anthologies. After reading English at UCL she became a careers adviser with the ILEA, subsequently heading up services in the University of the Arts and City University.

Lindsay Bamfield is a co-founder of Greenacre Writers. She has completed her first novel, and is working on her second.

Emily Benet is an author and blogger. Her books include Shop Girl Diaries, Spray Painted Bananas, Short Stories for Busy Adults and Blogging for Beginners. She runs Blogging and Social Media workshops and has contributed to several publications including Mslexia, The New Writer  and Publishing Talk.

A L Michael is an author and a creative workshop facilitator from Mill Hill. She runs classes in writing and wellbeing, as well as teen and kids creative classes. Her first book, Wine Dark, Sea Blue, was published by Stairwell Books in May 2013.

Mike Gee is a founder member of the Greenacre Project and a regular contributor to The Greenacre Times. He has charted and photographed every green space  in the area and regularly gives talks and slides shows as well as leading walks.

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