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UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ruth Eastham can no longer attend the Festival. The memory objects workshop will now be delivered by Sian Evans.

Workshop leaders

Raffaella Barker was born and brought up in the Norfolk countryside. She is the author of nine acclaimed novels including Come and Tell Me Some Lies, Hens Dancing, Summertime, A Perfect Life and Poppyland. She has also written a novel for young adults, Phosphorescence. She is a regular contributor to The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph, and teaches on the Creative Writing Programme at UEA.


Matt Dickinson is an award-winning writer and film-maker first became famous for his films about his explorations and adventures. He is one of the very few film-makers who have ever filmed on the summit of Mount Everest, and in 2016 he was back on Everest as writer in residence with Jagged Globe’s South Col Expedition. His books, such as his acclaimed teen thrillers Mortal Chaos and The Everest Files, are equally thrilling and offer twists and turns galore.


Sian Evans is a playwright, screenwriter and librettist.  Her plays and translations have been produced widely including at The Sheffield Crucible, Liverpool Playhouse and The National Theatre and have been published by Parthian Books and Faber and Faber. Her extensive television and radio writing includes Dancing on The Turf and Blown Away, Insect Life and Tide Race as well as episodes of Peak Practice, Touching Evil, Where The Heart Is, Casualty and Holby City and a six-part original series for ITV,  Hereafter. In 2017 her libretto Hirda, was produced by Noise Opera and her new libretto, Navigate The Blood, will premier in Glasgow in November 2018. She also teaches script writing at UEA. 


Claire Hynes teaches Literature and Creative Writing at UEA. She writes fiction and theatre pieces and her work includes ‘In Her Her’ published in the Bath Short Story Award anthology and ‘How It Feels To Be…’ and ‘Welcome to the Freakshow’ performed at The Contact Theatre in Manchester. Claire previously had a career writing creatively for national newspapers and television.  


Antoinette Moses is the Producer and co-founder of FLY.  She is a playwright and author who has worked in the arts and as an editor for many years. Her published writing includes over twenty-five award-winning novellas, and she lectures in creative writing at UEA. She contributed to Body of Work:  40 Years of Creative Writing at UEA, and her first memoir excerpt was published in the 3rd Anthology of Words & Women and in the 2018 Compendium.


Benjamin Scott is the author of eleven books, including eight under secret identities. He's taught writers of all ages in a range of schools and organisations, including for Oxford University Continuing Education, the Writers’ Summer School and the Uppingham Summer School. He is currently exploring a world full of aliens and incompetent heroes.