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 (Please note that details of writers giving talks and readings who are also offering workshops can be found under Writers and Contributors.)


Chris Astwood

is a Bermudian poet, currently working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. His writing has appeared in various publications, including moko, World Literature Today, and The Rialto. His teaching experience includes work with both undergraduate and high-school aged students – and a previous workshop with FLY.


Michael Bernadin

is a an actor and director with many years  experience in the UK and abroad. His West End credits include Blood Brothers and The Beautiful Game. He also appeared at the Royal National Theatre in The Duchess of Malfi and Edward Bond’s Lear. Screen credits include Krakatoa for Channel 4 and HBO, and Ende der Hoffnung for Sat1 in Germany. As Artistic Director of Fervent Theatre Company, Mike directed and produced over thirty productions in his six years. He has worked extensively in Germany, and has taught in Drama Schools and Studios across Europe. Mike is a Drama lecturer at UEA.


Sara Helen Binney

is originally from Scotland and now lives in Norwich. She has a creative and critical writing PhD from UEA, and is writing her first novel, a contemporary retelling of the Celtic legend of the kelpie. Many of her short stories and essays have appeared online. When she isn’t writing, she teaches, and plays music.


Susan Burton

spent fourteen years in Japan, lecturing as an associate professor in Japanese universities. She has co-authored several academic books, and has written for Times Higher, the Telegraph and Going Down Swinging. A non-fictional story from her time living in Japan was published last year in the 3rd Anthology of Words & Women.


Rosy Carrick

is a writer, performer, compere, actor and academic based in Brighton. She gives talks, lectures and performances of her own work at events, conferences and festivals around the world, and develops collaborative projects with other creative artists around the UK. In 2016 Rosy completed a PhD on the Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky at Sussex University. She teaches English literature, critical theory, poetry and performance skills at schools, Universities and community settings around the UK.


Tim Clare

is a poet, author and musician. In 2005 he presented the Channel 4 series How To Get A Book Deal and has performed his work on extensively on BBC radio and has written for many national newspapers. His Edinburgh Fringe shows have been widely praised, and How To Be A Leader won a Brighton Fringe Best Show award. He is creator of the Poetry Takeaway, the world’s first mobile poetry. His first collection, Pub Stuntman, is published by Nasty Little Press, and his memoir We Can’t All Be Astronauts, won Best Biography/Memoir at the East Anglian Book Awards. His first novel, The Honours, was published last year to critical acclaim.


Clare Connors

reads, thinks and writes about, and teaches, a wide range of literature, from the eighteenth century to the present. She is particularly interested in the way that reading can open up big philosophical questions - about meaning, and existence and politics. She is also keen to explore creative and experimental ways to write about literature, and with her colleague Stephen Benson, has recently edited an anthology of inventive critical writing, called Creative Criticism: An Anthology and Guide.

Victoria Draper

graduated with a degree in history in 2000, before joining the Norfolk Record Office in 2001.  She has been working in Archive Education and Outreach for the past 14 years, and has led many workshops on how to carry out research in the archives.  During this time Victoria has worked with other professionals on projects using archives for inspiration, both for creative writing and art.

Abby Erwin 

received her MA in Creative Writing from UEA in 2015. Since then, she has been working as an Archive Assistant at the Norfolk Record Office while also completing her first novel. She has taught creative writing sessions at the NRO, using documents from the archives as inspiration. She is interested in exploring the relationship between historical research and fiction, and bridging the gap between original archival material and the imagination.


Jennie Farman-Walker

graduated in Visual Art: Sculpture from Camberwell College of Art in 2002. She worked as an art teacher in secondary education for 12 years in London before moving to primary teaching. She currently lives and works in Norwich and is lead teacher of art and  philosophical enquiry in a unique studio at a local school .


Alexander Gordon Smith

is best known as the author of the ‘Escape from Furnace’ series, and is also the author of The Fury and two creative writing handbooks, Inspired Creative Writing and Writing Bestselling Children’s Books, a number of screenplays that are currently in development, several non-fiction books and hundreds of short stories and articles. The founder of Egg Box Publishing, an independent, non-profit imprint designed to publish and promote talented new writers and poets, he is also co-owner of a film production company filming its first feature.  In 2009 he was named by the Courvoisier Future 500 as one of the most promising young entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom. He is also Patron of FLY. 


Mark Grist

is an artist and educator based in Peterborough. Mark writes poems and live shows that tour all around the world. Recent commissions have included work for The Royal Institute,  BBC Radio 1, Radio 1 Xtra, Channel 4, Film 4, Red Bull, The National Maritime Museum and Google. When he’s not writing commissions, touring or playing board games, he’s working on new poetry vids for his Youtube channel.


Rachel Hore

worked for many years in London book publishing, latterly as Senior Editorial Director at Harper Collins, and now teaches publishing modules and creative writing at the UEA as well as project-managing the annual MA Creative Writing anthologies. She is the author of eight best-selling novels spanning past and present, the most recent of which is The House on Bellevue Gardens. Her fourth novel, A Place of Secrets, set partly in eighteenth-century Norfolk, was picked for the Richard and Judy Bookclub in 2010.


Linda Horsnell 

started her working life as a scientist but her love of literature brought her back to university and she is now studying for her PhD in English Literature and tutoring undergraduates.  She aims to pass her enthusiasm for her subject on to you!


Jacob Huntley

is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at UEA. His fiction has been published in a number of journals and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.  As well as writing fiction, he is interested in the Gothic, horror fiction, ghost stories and also comics and graphic novels and teaches modules at UEA looking at these things.


Kate Christine Jones        

is an Associate Tutor in the School of Literature Drama and Creative Writing at UEA and teaches literature. She has previously taught GCSE English and Media Studies and her current research is on the ‘evil child’ figure in modern British literature and culture.


Isabelle King 

is a writer, performer and producer based in Norwich, though her work takes her across the UK and abroad. She is the author of the children’s book The Norfolk Storybook, and frequently does performance storytelling sessions from the book at museums, book shops, libraries and schools throughout Norfolk. The founder of Social Enterprise Books Talk Back, Isabelle has worked for Attitude is Everything and organised a family-friendly mystery trail of Norwich for last year’s Noirwich Crime Writing Festival. Isabelle trained with the National Youth Theatre and East 15 and worked in classical theatre, film and voiceover for many years.


Michael Lengsfield           

is a screenwriter and lecturer at UEA, with a particular interest in the theory and practice of dramatic adaptation.  A native of the United States, Michael has written screenplays for Disney, Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions, Lot 49 and others. He wrote and directed Short Term Bonds, a segment for the "HBO Director's Workshop".  The film was later screened at the Sundance Festival and was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle.  As a story analyst, Michael worked for Imagine Entertainment, Icon Productions, Initial Entertainment and Showtime Networks.


Anna Metcalfe  

published her first collection of stories, Blind Water Pass, with JM Originals in 2016. Her work has appeared in The Best of British Short Stories 2014, Lighthouse Journal and the Words and Women Anthologies. She has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA.


Antoinette Moses

is the co-founder of FLY. She is a playwright, author and former arts festival director and magazine editor. She has published over twenty award-winning and best-selling short works of fiction and five of her stage plays have received rehearsed readings and performances in Norwich, Cambridge, London and Paris. She is a lecturer in creative writing and literature at UEA, where she gained a creative critical PhD in documentary theatre.  She contributed to Body of Work:  40 Years of Creative Writing at UEA, and her first memoir excerpt was published in 2016 in the 3rd Anthology of Words & Women.


Molly Naylor

is a highly successful writer, performer, poet and theatre-maker. She writes about things, people and places that inspire, interest, bewilder or amuse her. Her solo show, debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was toured around the world. Her adaptation of the book of Malachi was staged at The Bush as part of Sixty-Six Books and she has recently published her her first poetry collection Badminton.  She performs and reads at festivals and events worldwide. Her advice to all poets is to get started and “never write in a way you think someone else wants you to.”


Jeremy Noel-Tod 

is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. He regularly reviews new poetry books for journals and newspapers, and is especially interested in experimental writing. His revised edition of The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry was published in 2013.


David Nowell-Smith

 is Senior Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics at UEA. He has written on philosophies of art and literature, on contemporary British poetry, and most recently on the concept of the poetic voice.


Harry Radcliffe

is in his third year as an undergraduate at UEA. He has been working on performance poetry for many years and is a regular competitor in performance poetry competitions both inside and outside of the university. FLY 2017 is his professional debut.


Jos Smith

is a poet and teacher of literature, especially literature concerned with nature in our environmentally troubled times. He has had work published in The Rialto and Poetry Wales and was recently featured on Radio 4’s The Echo Chamber.


Kirstin Smith

is a Lecturer in Drama at UEA. She has worked extensively as an actor and dramaturg, and more recently as a fiction writer. She studied English at Cambridge University, did an MA in Text and Performance Studies at RADA and King’s College, London, and a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London. Kirstin’s postgraduate research analysed the history of stunts.


Joy Taylor 

loves words in all their forms – whether they’re fictional or factual. She studied them at school and university before seeing where her fascination for words could take her in her work. She’s written scripts for television, been a professional speechwriter, and worked as an advertising copywriter. Joy completed the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2001, and she’s taught writing to undergraduates at UEA and University Campus Suffolk.


Steve Waters

 is a leading playwright whose plays have been staged at the Donmar Warehouse, the Sheffield Crucible, Hampstead Theatre and the Bush Theatre. They include the recent plays: Limehouse, Temple, Europa  staged at Birmingham Rep/Zagreb Youth Theatre/Dresden Staatspielhaus/ Bydgoscsz Teatr Polski  in 2013 and Little Platoons, 2012 His many radio plays include Bretton Woods and From Fact to Fiction and  The Air Gap,  His plays are published by Methuen, Nick Hern Books and Faber& Faber and Steve is also the author of The Secret Lives of Plays. He is a Senior Lecturer in creative writing at UEA.


Nonia Williams Korteling 

currently teaches undergraduates at UEA. She has worked as a school and university teacher for the last ten years, and recently completed a PhD at UEA on the life and literature of the little known 1960s British writer Ann Quin. Her research is a mixture of literary criticism and life writing, and she is particularly interested in how a person's work and their life influence and shape each other.


Philip Wilson 

teaches Literature and Philosophy at UEA after many years of teaching Modern Foreign Languages in comprehensive schools. He has published Translation after Wittgenstein and The Bright Rose, a selection of poems translated from German, plus many poems in magazines. He is particularly interested in how poetry can make us laugh.