Meet the Writers
Amanda 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 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.
Angus 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 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.
Becca 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.
Bert 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 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 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.
Carol 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.
Caroline 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 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.
David 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 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 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 HowattOne 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.
Ed PrichardCatching 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.
Elen 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.
Elise 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 CarlebachTo 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.
Faye 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 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.
Gemma 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 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.
Gillian 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 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.
Hannah 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.
Heather 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
Henrietta 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.
Hester 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 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.
Jacob Sam-La RoseThe 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.
Jamie 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 has spent 30 years helping organisations and individuals to find their voices and tell their stories. He is also a blogger, novelist and musician.
Jan 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.
Jane 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 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.
Jerome 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
Jill 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 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 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 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 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.
John 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.
John SimmonsJessie, 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)
Jonathan 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
Kartik KompellaBelief 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.
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.
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 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
Lou 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)
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 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 FurlongVotes 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.
Maia 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.
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.
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.
Margaret 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
Martin 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.
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 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.
Mike Jack Gogan, tea-taster, Dublin, 1916
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 DickinsonWaiting 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.
Monika 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.
Neil 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.
Nicki 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.
Olly 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.
Paul 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.
Peter 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.
Philip 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.
Raph 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 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 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.
Rishi 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.
Rob 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.
Robin A Good War
Robin Harries is a writer at communications and marketing agency Quietroom. He lives in London.
Roger 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.
Ronnie 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 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 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.
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.
Samantha 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
Samuel ‘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 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 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
By day, Sophie is an in-house copywriter for the NSPCC. She also helps to edit 26’s newsletter and recently launched Beings magazine.
Sophie OlszowskiConscience 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 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 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 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.
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
Sue 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.
Susannah 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 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 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.
Therese 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.
Tom 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 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
Tony 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 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 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.