Reading Retreat

guest Authors



Guinevere Glasfurd

Guin's short fiction has appeared in Mslexia, The Scotsman and in a collection from The National Galleries of Scotland. She lives on the edge of the Fens, near Cambridge. Her first novel, The Words in my Hand, was written with the support of a grant from Arts Council England and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award, 2016.

Last year she was awarded a Fellowship at MacDowell Colony (an artists' colony in New Hampshire), and has just returned from from a 6 week stay where she was  working on her second book.  Guin joined us in Suffolk in November 2017






Penny Hancock

Penny is the author of the best-selling Tideline, a Richard and Judy 'Summer Read' in 2012. She has written two further novels, The Darkening Hour, (a Good Housekeeping thriller of the month) and A Trick of the Mind.   As well as writing, Penny teaches creative writing, and has worked as a Royal Literary Fellow, a primary school teacher and a teacher of English as a foreign language.  Penny is working on her fourth novel, due to be published by Mantle (an imprint of Pan Macmillan) in January 2019. Penny is joining us in Thorpeness in February 2018.



Giselle Green

Giselle is a contemporary, women’s fiction author, who enjoys creating emotionally-gripping story-lines about family and relationships. 

After her debut novel Pandora's Box won the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writer's Award in 2008, Giselle’s third novel, A Sister's Gift was a number one bestseller on Amazon's kindle chart in 2012. Her books have been translated into German, Italian, Turkish and Hungarian.

Her latest novel Dear Dad has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Novel of the Year award (2017). Set in  Rochester, Dear Dad is a heart-warming love story that develops when a determined 9-year-old, desperate to find his father, starts sending letters to the wrong guy ...

Giselle lives in Kent with her husband and their large family and is currently working on her seventh novel.  Giselle is joining us on our Midweek retreat in Kent in March.



Alice Jolly
Alice Jolly published a memoir in 2015 called ‘Dead Babies And Seaside Towns’ which won the Pen / Ackerley Award.  One of her short stories won the 2014 V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, awarded by The Royal Society of Literature.  She has also published two novels with Simon and Schuster and four of her plays have been produced by the professional company of the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham.   She teaches creative writing on the Master of Studies course at Oxford University and will soon be publishing her fourth novel ‘Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile’ with Unbound in June 2018.     Alice is joining us for our midweek retreat in Somerset in April 2018.  



Chris Ewan

Chris Ewan is the critically acclaimed author of many crime and thriller novels, including the major bestseller SAFE 

HOUS(shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award), DEAD LINE, DARK TIDES (an Observer "Thriller of the Month") and LONG TIME LOST. He’s also the author of the popular GOOD THIEF’S GUIDE TO … series of mystery novels featuring globetrotting crime writer and burglar-for-hire Charlie Howard. In 2011, he was voted one of America's favourite British authors by a Huffington Post poll and in 2017 he was longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library. After many years living on the Isle of Man, Chris recently returned home to Somerset where he lives with his wife and two children.  Chris is joining us for our weekend Retreat in Somerset in April 2018.


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