Meet the Writers

100 days
100 lives
100 words

Amanda
Edmiston

Watching Scotland’s Waves

Storyteller preoccupied with plants, aspiring to spill spoken words onto paper. Being part of the tale of a tiny WW1 lead-ship brought me to this shore!

Andy
Milligan

Love lost. Life gained.

Andy has authored several business books, including Brand It Like Beckham and the award-winning BOLD, as well as the Dark Angels Collective novel, Keeping Mum.

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Angus
Grundy

The Chauffeur’s Turn

Angus Grundy moved to Prague over 20 years ago to become a writer. He now writes for brands internationally. He’s (still) working on his first novel.

Ann
Gorecki

Unsung hero

A parent, partner, daughter and lecturer, she also delves into hidden family history.
Her ‘work-a-day’ writing is academic; unshackled, she usually writes short fiction, sometimes poetry.

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Becca
Magnus

Forgot My Socks

Becca is a brand writer and designer-in-training. When she's not manically scribbling, she's geeking out over type, packaging and covertly correcting poster punctuation. Twitterholic @beccamagnus.

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Bert
Preece

Though you are of the border, I am of the woods

Poggie in Chesterfield. Rob to the uni lot. Bert to most. At my best with a brief to beat, a story that needs to be told.

Beverley
Moore

Safe on shore

Beverley is a copywriter specialising in business-to-business and services web content. She also provides business and science writing workshops plus individual writing skills coaching.

Bridget
Waters

In arduis fidelis

Bridget is a writer and fundraising consultant. She helps charities and nonprofits to tell compelling stories and win support. Her work is largely fuelled by tea.

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Carol
McKay

Front Line by Carol McKay

My motivation in writing is to explore and craft stories about individuals facing challenges thrown at them by society. I also write poetry and creative non-fiction.

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Caroline
Hopper

A Suffragette joins the Women’s Police Force

Caroline’s a writer at the agency Quietroom, where she tackles gritty subjects like pensions and healthcare. This 26 project is her grittiest writing subject by far.

Charlotte
Mackenzie

Change some plates

Ex-journalist, digital writer and frustrated creative, Charlotte currently works in London. She has spent the last decade flitting between Colombia and the UK, writing, dreaming, exploring.

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David
Baty

Below the front

David Baty has a background in research, consulting, and change communications. Beyond the commercial world, his writing interests are in unusual travel tales, and historical fiction.

David
Bickerton

The lost boys of London

Thoughtful communicator. Hybrid model with corporate, consulting and academic background. Current Director of Communications at BP where he puts words in others’ mouths. Father of two.

David
Mathews

Ddôl Germans*

A psychologist, David researched and wrote about work. Now he writes stories, some about his native Wales, but all about our daft and heroic human condition

Douglas Howatt

One Woman Quietly Changes the World

I’m a Dark Angel and copywriter in the Silicon Valley. Outside work, I still write, read and play with words. Oh, and I carve stone sculptures.

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Ed Prichard

Catching the train from Abertridwr to Gallipoli, 1952

Ed Prichard helps people find the right words, tone of voice and ideas to express their brand effectively and make it sing clearly through every communication.

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Elen
Lewis

A Gentler Feeling

Elen is a writer, editor and ghostwriter. She writes novels about robots, lightning girls and foundling boys. She runs marathons slowly and plays the cello badly.

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Elise
Valmorbida

Two sides

Elise Valmorbida is an Italian-Australian writer, designer and teacher of creative writing. Her latest novel, The Madonna of the Mountains, is published by Faber & Faber.

Ezri Carlebach

To resist war

Ezri Carlebach started out as a bass player, then spent twenty years in public relations and corporate communications, and now writes, lectures and plays the mandocello.

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Faye
Sharpe

The Unknown Warrior

Faye is retired. That is to say, she has ceased doing and is now being. She once did (and was) many things. Now she’s a writer.

Francesca
Baker

To go home

Curious and creative, Francesca Baker loves to explore the world, and write about it. She writes personally and professionally, and, sometimes, both. Find her online @andsoshethinks.

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Gemma
Cantelo

One of One

Gemma helps organisations communicate their ideas to politicians and the public. She has worked in the charity sector for 15 years, and writes mainly about health.

Gillian
Colhoun

I KNOW YOU BY YOUR NAME

Belfast native in a perpetual writing continuum of procrastination, agony and joy. Works with organisations, big and small, to express ideas worth sharing. Happiest when skiing.

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Gillian
McKee

Let Him Go

Last 20 years spent persuading companies that doing good is good for business. Still trying. Need new stimulus. 26 projects keep my head and heart alive.

Gita
Ralleigh

Distant drums

Gita Ralleigh is a medical consultant and writer. Her work has appeared in Wasafiri, Bellevue Literary Review and in anthologies by Freight and The Emma Press.

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Hannah
Riley

Peace needs work

Hannah is a senior freelance copywriter for brands big, small, established and new. She also writes about mumhood when not running, or running after a toddler.

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Heather
Atchison

Plus ça change

A Euro-Yank who loves helping people create a better brand experience through their words: I develop brand language, write, train – and dabble with the odd poem. enoughsaid.co

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Henrietta
McKervey

In search of Kingsley

Dublin-based design & advertising copywriter turned fiction writer. My new novel Violet Hill (publ. June by Hachette) features two highly unusual detectives, separated by a century.

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Hester
Thomas

Thomas Whitehead

Hester is a copywriter and trainer in writing skills for business people. Mostly enjoying retirement, she continues to work for a handful of much loved clients.

Irene
Lofthouse

Invisible Man

Writer. Creative catalyst. Gardener. Storyteller. Dog trainer. Actor. Decorator. Playwright. Facilitator. Writer in Residence. Irene wears as many hats as costumes depending on the day/project.

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Jacob Sam-La Rose

The King Said All Englishmen Must Go To Join The War

Jacob Sam-La Rose is a poet and creative technologist, deeply engaged with poetry's power to connect, communicate, deconstruct and transform. He facilitates poetry programmes for educational and cultural institutions.

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Jamie
Delves

Autumn ‘18

Jamie’s a copywriter who works between the twin capitals. In Edinburgh he works for the lang cat; in London he works for the British Heart Foundation.

Jamie
Jauncey

Hunters

Jamie Jauncey has spent 30 years helping organisations and individuals to find their voices and tell their stories. He is also a blogger, novelist and musician.

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Jan
Dekker

Two times nein

Jan helps banks, consultants, telecoms titans and more to find their voice, tell their stories and share their thoughts. All without leveraging synergies or aligning competencies.

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Jane
Berney

White Lie

A blonde copywriter. Devoted enunciator. Finds gold hiding in jargon. Keeps lofty memory notes. Occupies places quaintly rustic. Senses that uncurtailed, video will extinguish youth’s zeal.

Jayne
Workman

WRITE HOME FIRST

An English writer now living and working in New Zealand, tackling the challenges of global branding during the week and an unruly ‘lifestyle block’ at weekends.

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Jerome
Cain

The Black Death

Jerome is a thirty something, Hertfordshire born, Lambeth living, agency working, spare time writing, movie enthusiast. He’s inspired by people, and people that write people well

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Jill
Hopper

Dead Man’s Pennies

Jill Hopper is a freelance writer for organisations large and small. Currently obsessed with narrative non-fiction, last year she wrote one book and read 92 others

Joan
Lennon

Except …

Joan Lennon is a Canadian Scot, living and writing in the Kingdom of Fife, with a fine view of rooftops, trees, Dundee and the silvery Tay.

John
Allert

Private Angel

John Allert is Chief Marketing Officer of McLaren Technology Group, the iconic Formula1 racing team. An Aussie based in UK, he writes and lectures on branding.

John
Burwell

Bissonnet Street

John Burwell helps small businesses communicate using media and technology. He prefers black coffee, black shirts, black hearts, and Oxford commas. John doesn't believe in moose.

John
Sills

First World Problems

John is, like most writers, addicted to people watching. He particularly enjoys writing about those wonderful moments of humorous human behaviour seen during his weekday commute.

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John
Jordan

Business Log: July 18, 1919

I'm a copywriter by trade and a poet by hobby. Small details can tell stories. I look for those details and mine the stories behind them.

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John Simmons

Jessie, Jessie and Ce By John Simmons

Co-founder 26 and Dark Angels. Highly regarded business writer/trainer. Has written the book(s) on brand writing. Novelist: next The Good Messenger (First World War background)

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Jonathan
Barnes

Dead Marshes

Jonathan writes stories of gothic transformation - in the novels The Somnambulist, The Domino Men and Cannonbridge and in adaptations of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Invisible Man

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Kartik Kompella

Belief Betrayed

Kartikeya Kompella is a brand consultant and author/ editor of books on branding. His first novel, a romcom is due to be launched in June 2018.

Katie-Rose
Comery

Unannounced

I’m a writer and consultant at The Writer. Before that I was at Sage, writing speeches for the CEO. Once scripted a conversation for a robot.

Lisa
Allen

148

I have a Professional Writing MA and 20 years of business writing experience, but it’s the 26 projects that challenge and inspire me.

Lisa
Andrews

In service of humanity

Freelance writer, editor and stationery obsessive currently sending my first novel out to agents. I am also the co-editor of digital arts and literary magazine www.allthesins.co.uk

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Lou
Steggals

Lucky Bean by Lou Steggals

Lou Steggals does comms/PR by day and stays sane with creative writing by night. This is her third 26 project (26 Writers in Residence, 26 Lies)

Lucy
Beevor

Botanical

Worked in the arts for 20+ years; her current focus is writing. Has zig-zagged the globe thanks to work, study and family; currently lives in Belfast

Lucy
Fletcher

To an isolated theatre of war

Lucy Fletcher is a freelance copywriter and translator living in Edinburgh. Her writing is influenced by years spent working and travelling between Scarborough, Scotland and Spain.

Lucy Furlong

Votes For Women

Lucy Furlong is a writer, poet and walking artist, who teaches and facilitates walking / writing workshops for all ages. She performs her work nationally.

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Maia
Swift

The Rounds

Maia is a freelance writer, namer and thinker from south-east London. She’s written about everything from body butter to investment banking, mental health to mobile phones.

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Mandy
Lee

Canary

Award-winning screenwriter and writer of other things, inspired by the things that drive us (and keep us stuck fast). Loves words - all of them.

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Marc
Boothe

Heads up  B3 Media - a creative arts network. He also produces Talentlab - an innovative, creative arts lab which supports BAME emerging artists, filmmakers and digital storytellers.

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Margaret
Webster

Mrs Amy Beechey, 10th April 1918

Margaret Webster is a senior copywriter who writes large complex corporate communications. She also teaches people how to write compellingly so they can share their ideas. www.margaretwebster.co.uk

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Martin
Lee

Marjorie Cornell

By day, Martin co-runs an agency called Acacia Avenue. By night, he dreams. And in the times between, he writes for a life, not a living. 

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Michael
Longley

CITATION

One of Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poets, Michael Longley CBE is renowned for the quiet beauty of his compact, meditative lyrics. Recipient of Wilfred Owen Award.

Michelle
Nicol

White Ribbons

Copywriter, brand storyteller and writer of words that attract attention. A former BBC journalist, when she’s not scribbling in notebooks, Michelle also enjoys running and triathlon.

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Mike
Gogan

Jack Gogan, tea-taster, Dublin, 1916

"Of Dublin.
Its river bridged by Irish writers’ names.
Born under the shadow, shelter and shenanigans of the tower at Sandycove where James Joyce’s Ulysses opens."

Miranda Dickinson

Waiting in Watson’s Portrait Studio, Leeds

Miranda Dickinson is the author of nine novels, six of which have been Sunday Times bestsellers. She has sold one million books worldwide, in fifteen languages.

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Monika
Lehner

The young survivor

I’ve lived in Austria, Japan, the UK and Germany. Writing helps me understand the world. I’m grateful that it has, over time, also become my profession.

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Neil
Baker

Those Shot at Dawn, By Neil Baker

Neil is a writer and communications consultant. He trains people to write better as a director of Dark Angels and is a board member of 26.

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Nicki
Letts

My Country by Nicki Letts

Nicki Letts is a writer and adventurer working from a ’73 Kombi in Australia. From her moving desk, she seeks stories that take people places.

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Olly
Davy

Für das Vaterland*

Freelance writer. Helping businesses communicate with precision and clarity. Flying the flag for plain English. Veteran of the War on Business Speak. Not sure who’s winning.

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Paul
White

Stop fighting children

Paul White is a copywriter. He writes poetry and short stories. The shortest story he’s ever written (160 words) was published in the UK magazine Flash.

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Peter
Noone

At Mannequin Hill

The 26 Armistice Project is new territory for Peter Noone. He usually works as a freelance writer helping businesses communicate in Plain English. He often succeeds.

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Philip
Parker

GOODNIGHT KISS

Philip is a writer, editor, researcher and project manager. Originally science trained. Worked for non-profit organisations. Now in the corporate sector. Endeavouring to keep creative.

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Raph
Adas

Mary U Ful A Grase – Raph Adas with Marc Boothe

Raphelita left rural Jamaica for the city with her little bag. Did all kinds of work. At 65 writes poems enjoy gardening and her grandson. Old-but-not-cold.

Rebecca
Dowman

Sister-in-arms

Rebecca Dowman is a writer, whippet-fancier, wild swimmer, wife, meditator, friend, boot sale enthusiast, Bruce Springsteen devotee, pro-refugee activist and Spurs fan. She lives in Arundel.

Richard
Pelletier

Én vagyok a mondot álom*

Child of industrial New England, frequent dreamer. Occasional doer. Restless. Writer for business, picture maker, lover of jazz, coffee, woods, sea, people, trouble.  Dark Angels wingman.

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Rishi
Dastidar

a mile a half of fire

Rishi Dastidar is head of verbal identity at strategic brand consultancy BrandPie, and also a poet - his first collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press.

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Rob
Briggs

The Red Baron’s Reflection

Rob is deeply passionate about business communications, people and how companies can best manage their reputations. He lives with a demanding dog and a loving wife.

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Robin
Harries

A Good War

Robin Harries is a writer at communications and marketing agency Quietroom. He lives in London.

Roger
Morris

The white feather

Roger Morris writes fiction as R. N. Morris. His books include a series of detective novels set in London before and during the First World War.

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Ronnie
Mackintosh

He Came Back

Ronnie’s primarily a screenwriter with several produced short films and three optioned feature scripts, one of which is in pre-production. More can be seen at www.ronniemackintosh.co.uk

Rowena
Roberts

Unwritten: Conflict in a dugout grave

Rowena Roberts, copywriter, works under the name Words Inspire, in honour of all emotions stirred, ideas influenced and actions motivated by simple scribbles across human history.

Sally
Harper

To do today

Writes mainly for charities. Guilty ex-history student who didn’t go to enough lectures. Now actively seeks out dusty books, decaying objects and stories about dead relatives.

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Sam
Knowles

Almost

I'm Sam, a storyteller for business. My purpose is to help companies sound human. Data anchors my stories, and I’m the author of Narrative by Numbers.

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Samantha
Chaplin

Today the enemy

Currently writing my first novel whilst studying creative writing at the University of Oxford. The Count’s butler in Somerset was my great great uncle, William Barrett

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Samuel
Crosby

‘One, another’

Copywriter and digital creative. Smug Cornwall resident. Putting in a shift, helping brands to be braver. One or two short stories and poems doing the rounds.

Sean
Julliard

Young Horace Iles

Words that sell, for a digital marketing company. I write about business. I’m big into early advertising. I don’t do Twitter and I still buy books.

Sinéad
Keegan

A Soldier’s Pistol

Sinéad Keegan is a poet, writer, editor and university lecturer currently living in London. Her work appears in print and online. She is co-editor of www.allthesins.co.uk

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Sophie
Gordon

Impression

By day, Sophie is an in-house copywriter for the NSPCC. She also helps to edit 26’s newsletter and recently launched Beings magazine.

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Sophie Olszowski

Conscience or Cowardice?

Sophie Olszowski is a medical writer with a beloved husband, cat, family, friends, running shoes, Jurassic Coast sea view and an occasionally-indulged love of writing fiction.

Stephen
Barnaby

C. Blythe, Spin Bowler

Stephen Barnaby hitherto wrote exclusively in bursts of 50 words, so tackling '26' projects of diverse lengths grievously challenges his balance and coordination. But he copes.

Stephen
Potts

Dismounted by Stephen Potts

Stephen Potts writes screenplays and children’s adventure fiction, specialising in historically set stories. By day he is a psychiatrist in Edinburgh's transplant unit. www.stephenpotts.net

Stuart
Delves

Last Ship Home

Stuart Delves writes poetry, short fiction and copy. Since 2014 he has been writing booklets for Scottish Government commemorating WWI. Elsie Inglis’story bowled him over.

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Sue
Burge

Souvenons-nous

Sue Burge is a chocoholic poet and freelance creative writing/film studies tutor based North Norfolk.  She loves walking, swimming and the cinema. More at www.sueburge.uk

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Sue
Evans

On his birthday

Sue Evans is a freelance writer and researcher working in design. She has rashly embarked on a two-year undergraduate diploma in Creative Writing at Oxford University.

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Susannah
Hart

Sister Currier

Susannah Hart lives in London where she works as a brand writer. She also writes poetry and her first collection will be published later this year.

Suzie
Inman

A Dream that Died

Suzie lives and writes in deepest Cornwall where she crafts creative copy for web and print as mightier.co.uk
And when she can she’s a fiction superhero…

Tamara
O'Brien

Old English Women to Shoot

Tamara O'Brien has spent a life in English language and literature. Was a student and teacher. Now a writer and promoter. Always a reader and lover.

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Therese
Kieran

Stitches in Time

From XMG, lives in Belfast - mother, poet, IWC XBorders: Accord 2018 participant, co-creator of Death Box. Has words - will travel: en route reading, learning, writing.

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Tom
Collins

The voice of a blackbird

Tom Collins OBE is an Irish journalist and academic. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Stirling where he teaches Communications, Media and Culture

Toni
Stuart

The unarmed soldier: remembering the cape coloured corps

Toni Stuart is a South African poet and performer, who uses poetry to excavate the buried and forgotten histories of the country's mixed heritage communities

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Tony
Clarke

Richardson’s Recruits

64 year old family man, now retired after 36 years in public sector (Housing and Education), vegan, tweeter, twit, aspiring writer, serial-contributor to 26 projects

Tracy Jo
Barnwell

Snow

Tracy Jo Barnwell has published poetry, fiction, and other stuff in books, journals, and elsewhere. In her spare time she plays bluegrass and fights imaginary dragons.

Vivien
Jones

Little Is Known

Vivien is a writer,editor, project leader and Literature Ambassador in the south of Scotland, where she writes poetry, short stories and plays.

Wendy
Jones

Laura

Wendy is a journalist, broadcaster, writer, teacher and all-round communicator. She toiled at the BBC for many years and (for most of the time) loved it.

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