Chris Blount has been an active member of the Oxford Writers’ Group for over 25 years, concentrating on adult fiction. He has contributed a story to 4 of the 5 published anthologies, providing the title story for The Lost College.Chris has also had two children’s books published, ‘Gaspar the Goal’, and ‘Rug, the Little Brown Rugby Ball’. These are both available for purchase from him directly via firstname.lastname@example.org. Blue Cinnamon, his first full-blooded novel, was published in April 2019 and is available through Amazon or any mainstream bookseller. Chris is proud to have been involved with the Oxford Writers’ Group, which has offered him great support and encouragement throughout his writing career.
Jane Stemp Wickenden
Jane Stemp published two young adult novels, Waterbound and Secret Songs, with Hodder while working as a librarian for the University of Oxford. Secret Songs was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize; both books are are now out of print, but Jane hopes to re-publish them soon. Since 2001 she has been a rare books librarian for the Royal Naval Medical Service, so spends much of her time cataloguing or carrying out research and enquiry work for other people (and occasionally writing historical articles). Despite this, and an 80-mile weekly commute, she still writes fiction in her spare time, and is delighted to have had a story in each of the Oxpens anthologies.
Angela Cecil Reid
Angela Cecil Reid has been a member of the Oxford Writers Group for many years. She has contributed stories to each of the five Oxpens anthologies. Currently she is working on a biography of her Egyptologist ancestors. The Victorian setting of her novel for Young Adults Nile Cat (2020) was inspired by her great grandmother, May Tyssen-Amherst’s memoir of childhood winters spent in Egypt. Her short story, Arthur’s Boy, was commended in the Sid Chaplin Short Story Competition. Angela was previously a teacher, working with dyslexic children, and now divides her time between writing and shepherding her rare breed Cotswold sheep on a farm outside Oxford.
Sheila Costello has had two children’s novels published by Oxford University Press under the name Anne Lake. The Cats’-Eye Lighters (1991) and The Box That Joanne Found (1995). She is a contributor to the OxPens short story anthologies. Her interest in writing probably started at primary school where in her last year she regularly won the class prize of chocolate for the best story. Apart from writing, Sheila enjoys music, dancing, walks in the country and reading.
Gina Claye’s book Don’t Let Them Tell You How To Grieve is used by Cruse Bereavement Care to help those who are grieving. Upright with Knickers On: surviving the death of a child, deals with how to get through the traumatic grief, and live life again with hope and meaning. Gina has had children’s poems published in anthologies by Scholastic and Oxford University Press, and has published a book of poetry, English Spelling is Bonkers, helping children remember different ways of spelling the same sound. Her latest book is A Walk on the Soft Side: poems to make grandparents smile.
Liz’s first six novels were published by Choc Lit. The Road Back (US Coffee Time and Romance Book of the Year), A Bargain Struck (RoNA shortlisted for the Best Historical Novel). They and Evie Undercover, The Art of Deception, A Western Heart and The Lost Girl were shortlisted by the Festival of Romantic Fiction. Liz’s latest novels, The Dark Horizon and The Flame Within, are Books 1 and 2 of The Linford Series.
A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Historical Novel Society, Liz gives talks and workshops at conferences, and regularly speaks to WI and book groups. Her website is www.lizharrisauthor.com
John Kitchen’s first book, Nicola’s Ghost won the New Generation Publishing Prize and ‘The Writer’s Digest Best Self-Published Young Adult Novel’. His second book, A Spectre in the Stones was published in June 2013 and a third, Jax’ House, in 2015. He has also written a picture book, Kamazu’s Big Swing Band, and in 2020, under ‘lock-down’ published an autobiographical novel for adults, Fragments of Springtime. Born in Cornwall, he graduated from London University, and became a teacher. Writing plays and musicals for children, until, in 2001 he left teaching to write full time, specialising in fiction for young people.
Barbara Lorna Hudson
Barbara Lorna Hudson studied languages at Newnham College Cambridge and then trained in social work. She was a psychiatric social worker for several years before becoming a social work lecturer. After retiring she took up fiction writing and completed the University of East Anglia Certificate in Creative Writing. She began with short stories e.g. Click to Click: Tales of Internet Dating, a Kindle e-book. Her first novel Timed Out (Driven Press, 2016) is about an older woman trying to turn her life around. Her second novel Makeover (Fantastic Books Publishing, 2019) features an Oxford don and a personal shopper.
Radmila May was an undergraduate in Oxford in the 1960s and then worked for a legal publisher. She returned to Oxford in 1987 and lived there until 2010 and for a time also in The Hague in the Netherlands. She has contributed articles to the literary journal Contemporary Review. Three of her short stories were published in the Oxford Writing Group Anthologies. She reviews crime fiction for the online ezine journal Mystery People and also crime fiction events including the St Hilda’s College annual Crime and Mystery Conference.
Margaret Pelling has lived in Oxford since she arrived in the city as a physics student in the nineteen sixties. Her two published contemporary novels are A Diamond in the Sky (Honno) and Work For Four Hands (Starborn Books). She has recently finished an historical novel, Trafalgar’s Other Admiral, which explores the experiences of the French commander-in-chief as a prisoner of war in Britain. Margaret came back to her first love, writing fiction, along a roundabout route involving research astrophysics and then the Civil Service, but after she began a novel (just for the hell of it) ‘Yes, Minister’ became ‘Goodbye, Minister’ and she took to writing full time.
Heather Rosser’s writing career began with Jounalism and Educational writing.
Her first novel, In the Line of Duty, is based on her grandfather’s experiences as a seaplane pilot in the First World War. It was published in 2014 and short-listed for the RNA Joan Hessayon award in 2015.
Growing up in the Mandara Mountains of Nigeria was published in 2018. A sequel, Coming of Age in Botswana, will be published in 2021.
Sylvia Vetta is best known in Oxfordshire for her long running Oxford Castaways series.The 120 interviews were turned into three books. Her first novel Brushstrokes in Time (Claret Press), set against real events in China, was inspired by the artist Qu Leilei, a founder of the courageous Stars Art Movement (Beijing 1979). The Meridian Society made a series of video interviews about it. It has been published in German as Pincelstriche
Her second novel Sculpting the Elephant is set in Oxford and India and the audiobook was recorded by Hollywood actor Mujahid Kamal Khan. Her latest novel Not so Black and White is co-authored by Nancy Mudenyo Hunt whose life inspired it.
To see all her books, go to: www.sylviavetta.co.uk