Abie Longstaff

Abie Longstaff is a children’s writer. Her books range from picture books to middle grade fiction (spanning roughly ages 2 to 11) and she is published by Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Hachette, Templar and others. She also writes school readers for a range of educational publishers. You can find her on Twitter under @abielongstaff

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is the founder of the multi-award-winning writing resources website Writing.ie, The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the Murder One International Crime Writing Festival. She is Ireland’s leading literary scout. Vanessa conceived and developed the National Emerging Writer Programme for Dublin City of Literature, and was the lead consultant and presenter for WritersWebTV. Vanessa is the Chair of…

Simon Cann

Simon Cann is the author of thirty-plus books; fiction and non-fiction, conventional and self-published, and with some ghostwriting thrown in. Before turning to writing full-time, Simon worked as a management consultant for one of the global consulting firms. simoncann.com

Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is an author of nineteen novels in varying genres, including Chocolat, two collections of short stories, a Dr. Who novelette, various stage musical projects and three cookbooks. Joanne’s books have been published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She succeeded David Donachie as Chair of the SoA’s…