Philip Womack

Philip Womack is the author of seven critically acclaimed books for children, including The Arrow of Apollo. His first non-fiction book for adults, How to Teach Classics to Your Dog, was published in October 2020. He is a Royal Literary Fellow at the Royal College of Music in 2020-21. He contributes to many newspapers and magazines, including Literary…

Margaret Skea

Margaret Skea is an award-winning author of three historical novels, a two-book fictionalised historical biography and numerous short stories. Growing up in Ulster at the height of ‘The Troubles’ it was perhaps inevitable that much of her writing is set in the context of conflict. But whatever the period or place, her passion is to…

Anne Rooney

Anne Rooney writes non-fiction for all ages from 5 to adult on a huge variety of topics and for all markets. She focuses on science and the history of science, with a big soft spot for dinosaurs, evolution and space — which happily overlaps with the interests of many 8-year-olds. She occasionally writes fiction for…

Hugh Roberts

Hugh is an academic non-fiction author and business director involved in urban infrastructure. Hugh’s career focused on master planning of new communities and urban infrastructure across more than 30 countries. He was a director of several consultancies, but is now retired and engaged in a range of advisory roles for built environment developments in UK…

Katharine Quarmby

Katharine is an award-winning writer and investigative journalist. She has written three full-length non-fiction books, along with shorter fiction, books for children and non-fiction. She works as engagement lead for the UK based not-for-profit media organisation, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She worked previously as a producer on flagship programmes for the BBC, as well…

Woodrow Phoenix

Woodrow is an illustrator, graphic designer, typographer and author. Woodrow is very interested in using comics to extend the possibilities for narratives, both factual and fictional. His book Rumble Strip (Myriad Editions, 2008), exploring the problematic relationship of people to their cars, was called “an utterly original work of genius” by The Times. His most recent experiments include…

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

Dorothy Koomson

Dorothy Koomson is the award-winning author of 15 novels and has been making up stories since she was 13 when she used to share her stories with her convent school friends. Dorothy’s novels have been translated into over 30 languages, and a TV adaptation loosely based on The Ice Cream Girls was shown on ITV1…

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…

Samantha Collett

Sam Collett is a bubbly author and property entrepreneur. Having published two books off the back of her award-winning property blog, she decided to try her hand at fiction and making stuff up. Eternal Forever is her debut novel. She recently joined the SoA management team having successfully founded the Herts SoA regional group.

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…