2019 Tutors


We work with a variety of tutors but each of them is of a high calibre,  qualified as tutors and published authors or poets. Our aim is to offer you access to high quality, talented writers who will a nurture you and provide a positive teaching experience. It is important that all writers leave feeling encouraged, supported and inspired.

Pippa Goodhart

Saturday, 23rd March 2019

Everything you need to know about writing for children

Pippa Goodhart Author Childrens books

Pippa began her children’s book career as a bookseller at Heffers Children’s Bookshop, then became an advisor to children’s publishing editors before beginning to write books herself.  She’s now had well over a hundred titles published, some of them award-winning.  They range from picture books such as the million-plus selling and award-winning ‘You Choose’ books illustrated by Nick Sharratt, through early reader books such as the ‘Winnie the Witch’ storybooks (written under the fake name of Laura Owen) to historical novels for 8-12 year olds such as Northern Book Award shortlisted ‘Raven Boy’. 

Pippa teaches courses in children’s book writing, and provides manuscript critiques, via Jericho Writers, and also teaches at Cambridge University’s Institute for Continued Education.   She also does lots of school visits.

When not doing book-related things, Pippa is busy with family and village life … including appearing as an extra in the ITV murder mystery series ‘Grantchester’!

Pippa’s website can be found here.

Rosemary Hayes

Saturday, 23rd March 2019

Everything you need to know about writing for children

Rosemary Hayes, Children's Book Writer, Author

Rosemary’s first novel for children, Race Against Time (Penguin) won a national award. Since then she has written over forty books for children in a variety of genres but she particularly enjoys writing both contemporary and historical fiction for young adults.  Forgotten Footprints and The Blue Eyed Aborigine are among her recent historical novels and The Mark, Taken, Loose Connections and Payback are stories set in the here and now.  She is currently working on a fantasy trilogy for a 9+  readership.

Rosemary worked for Cambridge University Press and then for some years ran her own company, Anglia Young Books, which produced curriculum related historical stories for primary schools.

Now, as well as writing for children, she also runs creative writing courses for adults.  She is Patron of Reading at Saffron Walden County High School.


Gillian McClure

Saturday, 23rd March 2019

Everything you need to know about writing for children

Gillian McClure Author, Children's books

Gillian McClure’s first picture book was published by Andre Deutsch in 1974. Since then she has been published by many UK and overseas publishers and for six years ran her own publishing company, Plaister Press. Several of her books have been short-listed for awards; one was highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and another, Selkie, won the US Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Books.

Gillian has served on the CWIG committee, and the PLR Advisory committee, been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Kent and Essex Universities, and a judge and mentor for Escalator, New Writing Partnerships.

 Two of her books have been Recommended Books on the National Curriculum and others she uses in the workshops she gives to children and student teachers.

 Gillian has seen great changes in the publishing industry since the 1970s but she has never lost her delight in writing and illustrating beautiful books for children.

Gillian’s website can be found here

Sophie Hannah

Saturday, 30th March 2019

Dream Author

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Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in forty-nine languages and fifty-one territories.

In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Hannah published a new Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a top five bestseller in more than fifteen countries. She has since published two more Poirot novels, Closed Casket and The Mystery of Three Quarters, both of which were instant Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers.

In 2013, her novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards.  She has also published two short story collections and five collections of poetry – the fifth of which, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A Level and degree level across the UK.

Most recently, Sophie has published a self-help book called How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment – The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life

She lives with her husband, children and dog in Cambridge, where she is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.


Tim Hayward

Saturday, 18th May 2019

Consider The Larder

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Tim Hayward is a writer, broadcaster, restaurateur and unrepentant food geek. He writes a column and criticises restaurants for the Financial Times and his features have appeared in the FT, Guardian, Observer Food Monthly, Delicious, Olive, Waitrose Food Illustrated and Saveur, amongst others. 

He is also a regular presenter on The Food Programme and a panellist on The Kitchen Cabinet, both broadcast on BBC Radio 4

He is the Guild of Food Writers Food Journalist of the Year 2015 and was the Fortnum and Mason Food writer of the Year for 2014 and has also held their awards for Best Food Broadcast and Best Food Magazine for Fire & Knives quarterly which he edited and published

Tim’s first book, Food DIY is a handbook of smoking, curing, preserving, baking and other manly pursuits was published in July 2013. His second The DIY Cook takes a deconstructive and nerdy approach to culinary classics.

Tim is proprietor of Fitzbillies, a ninety-year-old bakery and restaurant in Cambridge


Sue Burge

Saturday, 10th August 2019

Jump Start Your Muse!

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Sue Burge taught at the University of East Anglia for over twenty years and is now a freelance creative writing and film studies lecturer based in North Norfolk.  Her short stories and poems have been published in a wide range of journals and magazines including Mslexia, The North, Lighthouse, Under The Radar, Magma, The Interpreter's House, Orbis etc Her pamphlet of poems inspired by French cinema, Lumière, is due out in November with Hedgehog Press and her full collection In the Kingdom of Shadows will be published in October with Live Canon. 

For more information see www.sueburge.uk

Julia Webb

Saturday, 7th September 2019

Liberating the Past (Poetry)

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Julia Webb graduated from UEA's poetry MA in 2010. She lives in Norwich where she works for Gatehouse Press, is a poetry editor for Lighthouse and teaches creative writing. Her first collection Bird Sisters was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016.  Her second collection Threat is published in by Nine Arches in May 2019her poem 'We is in the bank" won the 2018 Battered Moons poetry competition.

To find out more: http://juliawebb.org/ She blogs at: http://visual-poetics.blogspot.co.uk/ and tweets: @Julwe1