Our Teachers

    Maria Young

    Maria is a recent History graduate from Pomona College, CA, where she received the equivalent of a First. She started teaching literacy to young readers in 2011 and has been tutoring ever since. She has worked with children in UK and US schools, as well as homeschoolers, and particularly enjoys helping students who are transitioning between educational systems. Maria teaches maths and writing, and loves helping students discover their own interests in poetry and short stories.

        Ross Montgomery

        Ross published his first novel Alex, the Dog & the Unopenable Door in 2013 and it was nominated for the Costa Children’s Book of the Year and the Boase Award. He has published two more children’s book since and a picture book with Faber & Faber. Ross has been called “A remarkable new comic voice” by the Sunday Times and we were inspired when he came to talk about his books in 2013. We feel very honoured that he’s now going to deliver a course for us.

            Jenna Conway

            Jenna writes short stories, novellas and particularly scripts. She received first class honors in her Creative Writing and English Literature BA from the University of Westminster in 2016 and is currently enrolled in the Creative and Life Writing MA at Goldsmiths. She has worked closely with Tripwire Productions, a start-up film company, editing scripts which have later been produced into short films. She has also taught creative and CV writing in Zimbabwe with children aged 5-18 and was responsible for documenting the work of the local charity for homeless children by writing weekly blogs and articles. She is currently writing a novella to be converted into a script for Tripwire.

                Ellie Ruscombe-King

                Ellie recently graduated from the National Film and Television School where she undertook a two-year MA in screenwriting. One of her graduation films, a stop-motion piece, largely animated in wool, has shown as far away as New Zealand, South Korea, New Orleans and Montreal, picking up several prizes along the way. She has worked with young people of all ages on a variety of creative endeavours, previously assisting on Bigfoot’s drama workshops for children aged 4 to 11, as well as mentoring on this past year’s BFI Film Academy, a program for young film-makers aged 16 to 19, the results of which were screened at the BFI’s cinema on the Southbank.

                    Emily Scurrah

                    Emily is a campaigner and published writer with several years experience tutoring English to a range of ages and abilities in the UK and in Latin America. She studied English Literature at the University of Warwick, where she received a First, and graduated from SOAS in 2015 with an MSc in International Politics. She regularly blogs and is currently involved in several projects, including producing a zine and running workshops in schools aross the UK.

                        John Sheil

                        John Sheil is a fiction writer and recent graduate of the BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from University of Warwick, where he received a First. He tutors and runs workshops for children across London and is now writing his second novel, (not that the first one was published). He has recently completed a cultural studies MA at Goldsmiths and is working as a freelance journalist, as well as tutoring and running an after school enrichment programme at Grazebrook Primary school for inkhead. John’s tutoring skills and commitment to his tutees has received excellent commendation from parents.

                            George Hadwen

                            George is a recent graduate of Goldsmiths’ College where he obtained an MA in Cultural Studies. He studied at the University of Liverpool, receiving first class honours for his final year dissertation. He works in a school in South Wimbledon, running interventions with mixed ability children to help with their SATs preparations. He is starting his NQT training in September. George also works at an art radio station called ResonanceFM, writing and producing radio shows. He writes children’s short stories, one of which is being published in the next few months.

                                Alistair Roberts

                                Alistair Roberts has an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. Over the last 20 years he has written plays and novels. His plays have appeared on the London “Fringe” circuit; other work has been broadcast on radio. He is now writing a novel. Alistair has extensive experience running writing and drama workshops in schools and libraries. Alistair ran a very successful after school club on Mondays at the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill for inkhead for five years, until the library was closed recently.

                                    Rae Stoltenkamp

                                    Rae Stoltenkamp is a writer, blogger and former English teacher. She has worked on a collaborative short story collection called Chasing The Hypotenuse which links Maths and English. She studied writing at City Lit under the tutelage of the poet Caroline Natzler and has published a novel, Six Dead Men, for e-readers. She has written a children’s book, The Lonely Dragon, which is available from inkhead and has run two very popular after school clubs at Blackheath Prep school for the last three years. Rae is also much in demand as a private tutor.

                                        Alexandra Finch

                                        Alex is currently studying an MA in Modern Literature at Goldsmiths College. She likes to find the fantastical in the mundane and believes no thought is not worth thinking about and no oddity not worth exploring. She is currently working on a novel about maintaining independence in a transient and socially-demanding world. Alex enjoys tutoring both reluctant and enthusiastic writers for inkhead.

                                            Zoë Bolton

                                            Zoë Bolton is a short story writer and recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA, where she received the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Bursary. She has facilitated creative writing workshops for schools across Norfolk and Dorset, for the mental health charity MIND and most recently for the Norfolk and Norwich Blind Association. Zoë is currently working on a collection of short stories set on a remote Japanese island, Okinoerabu, where she worked as an English Language teacher for two years. Zoe has been teaching in a secondary school for the past three years but still finds time to run holiday workshops for inkhead.

                                                Louise Pearce

                                                Inkhead founder Louise Pearce writer, journalist, editor and critiques novels for a publishing company. She has been writing fiction for 15 years and in 2005 completed an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College where she worked on a novel. She set up inkhead in January 2006, devising writing exercises and courses to show children how to write fiction. She has been teaching creative writing in schools and privately since 2006 and is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing for the Open Univeristy.

                                                    Dizz Tate

                                                    Dizz Tate is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright. She received a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College, and is currently studying there for an MA in the same subject. In 2013, she was long-listed for London’s Young Poet Laureate, and became a part of the Podium Poets collective. She has taken part in the Lyric Theatre’s Young Writers Programme, and wrote a short play as part of a showcase at the London Design Festival. She has had work published with The Wrong Quarterly, Squawk Back, Femmeuary, National Writers in Education, Arachne Press, and forthcoming in 3:am magazine. In 2015, she was long-listed for the Bare Fiction and Bristol short story prizes. She is currently working on a novel based in her hometown of Orlando, Florida.

                                                        Helen Donahue

                                                        Helen Donohoe is a recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at City University, London, where she received the PFD Prize for Literary Novels. Her first novel Birdy Flynn will be published by Oneworld in March 2017. She has twenty years experience of campaigning across the charity sector, devising and delivering workshops on how to influence change. She has also volunteered extensively in schools and is training to become a  life coach. She has two daughters, aged seven and nine.

                                                            Emma Gosnell

                                                            Emma has a BA in English language and literature from St Anne’s College, Oxford, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University. She worked as a features editor on The Sunday Telegraph for 14 years and continues to write and edit on a freelance basis. She loves writing and singing songs, and performs in a band.