Our Teachers

    Tymek Woodham

    Tymek Woodham has been an English and Creative Writing tutor since 2014. He is currently finishing his PhD thesis at University College London, writing about American poetry in the twentieth century. Over the last few years, he has kept himself busy editing the literary journal Moveable Type, spending time as a Visiting Scholar at Yale University in the United States, teaching at various London universities and compiling his first poetry collection, A Puddle of Skin. Tymek has tutoring experience with all age groups, including but not limited to the 9+, the 11+, GCSE and A Level exams, the Cambridge ELAT and undergraduate level study.

        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.

            Naomi Ishiguro

            Naomi Ishiguro is a recent graduate of the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing MA programme, and is the author of two books: Escape Routes, a short story collection due to be published with Headline in February 2020, and a novel, currently titled Common Ground, scheduled for March 2021. Before starting to write seriously she worked in an independent bookshop, which gave her plenty of experience in encouraging younger readers to feel confident and enthused about books. Naomi has run creative writing workshops for primary school children and undergraduates, and she passionately believes that reading, writing, and storytelling are for everyone, and not just for those who are said to be good at English in school.’

                Alasdair Saksena

                Alasdair studied creative writing at Bath Spa university and theatre at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris. He has written and worked on several critically acclaimed productions including King Lear with Sheep, Carabet and BBC Radio Drama’s ‘Tommies’. For the last 6 years he has been teaching theatre, voice and clown to adults and children. He is currently working on his first poetry collection.

                    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.

                        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 University.

                                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.

                                    Max Wilkinson

                                    Max is a playwright from London. He’s had plays professionally produced at the King’s Head Theatre, Theatre 503,The Platform Theatre, the Courtyard, The White Bear and many others across London. He’s also collaborated abroad with The Wooster Group in New York, The English Theatre Berlin and at home with the British Museum (Shakespeare Staging The World) as a dramaturg and performer. He was recently commissioned by the Lyric Hammersmith in July as part of theirDevelopment Lab Programme and shortlisted for the Papatango Prize for New Writing. He studied playwriting at Central Saint Martin and has a place on Goldsmith’s MA Programme (Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance).

                                        Gemma Reeves

                                        Gemma Reeves graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University with distinction, and also holds an MA in Twentieth-Century Literature from Goldsmiths University. She has been teaching for over a decade in mainstream schools and alternative education provisions, specialising in Creative Writing and GCSE English. She is also an academic mentor for charities who work with underserved inner-city schools. She has extensive experience co-writing and ghostwriting non-fiction books and journalism, and has written children’s storybooks for Nickelodeon. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize, and the Bridport Prize.

                                        Gemma’s first novel, Victoria Park, will be published by Atlantic Books in January 2021. She’s been working for Inkhead since 2017.