Having completed her BA in English studies: Creative writing and critical practice at Ruskin College, Oxford, Francesca is currently studying for an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths University. She has spent several years teaching creative writing with Over and Above the Line, an Oxford charity, as well as having experience in teaching practical music skills with homeless charity, Crisis. Francesca also teaches English as a foreign language to adults and children and used to write and perform in a band in venues across Oxford and London.
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 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.
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.
Anna Dempsey is an American-born writer and teacher based in London. She received an MA in Children’s Literature and Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College, and an MA in Education from Touro College in NYC. She moved to London after several years of teaching in Brooklyn. When she’s not writing, she can be found tossing a frisbee in the park or cycling in the south-east, likely on her way to coffee!
Reuben is a master’s student at the London School of Economics, studying Politics and Communication. He has a strong writing background, having specialised in essay-based subjects from A Level onwards, choosing English Literature, History and Sociology before discovering Politics at degree level. He is currently writing a sci-fi novel and has been tutoring with inkhead for the last 6 months. He has experience teaching English both abroad and in this country and has worked with children in a charity setting.
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.
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 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.
Liza Frank’s first book, My Celebrity Boyfriend was published by Bloomsbury in 2007. Since then she has studied Creative Writing and Children’s Literature at The Open University for her degree, and then again at Goldsmiths for her Masters. Liza taught literacy at Hove Park Secondary School as well as helping to run the creative writing club and the reading mentoring scheme. She is currently writing a gothic comedy as well as ghostwriting.
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.
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 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 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 is a recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and holds an MA in Twentieth Century Literature from Goldsmiths University and a BA in Philosophy. For the last eight years she has taught GCSE English and Creative Writing in alternative education provisions and for charities who work with inner city schools. She has extensive experience writing non-fiction books and journalism, and has written children’s storybooks for Nickelodeon.
She is currently working on her first collection of interrelated short stories set in East London, where she works and lives.
Ben has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. While studying, he lectured on BA courses and ran creative writing summer schools at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. He also worked with the Arts Council, teaching writing workshops across Northern Ireland, including a course for members of the Irish Traveller community in West Belfast. Since returning to his home city of London, Ben has gained extensive experience tutoring ages 6-18 (inc. 7+, 11+, Common Entrance, Scholarship, GCSE and A-Level) for a number of agencies. He also writes and tours one-man storytelling shows for children, as well as performing with his band across the country.
Olivia Dunnett is a prose writer with a particular interest in genre fiction. She graduated from King’s College London with a First in Philosophy, and has just completed her Masters in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths University, for which she received a Distinction. She is keen to explore the individual gifts of each student and believes that no one is without potential. Olivia is currently working on her first novel.