Luke Wright writes bawdy bar room ballads about small town tragedies and Westminster rogues. His fast paced, witty poems are crammed full of yummy mummies, debauched Tory grandees, maudlin commuters and leering tabloid paps. His live shows are enjoyed by thousands of people across the world every year, Since 2006 he has written and performed eight one man shows, touring them to top literary and arts festivals from Australia to Scotland via Hong Kong and Bruges. In 2015 his debut play (in which he also starred) What I Learned From Johnny Bevan won a prestigious Fringe First Award at The Edinburgh Fringe, also bagged Luke The Stage Award for Acting Excellence. What I Learned From Johnny Bevan tours throughout 2016. His poems are often on the radio, generally BBC Radios 3 & 4, sometimes further afield. He is a regular contributor to the Sony Award-winning Saturday Live. He’s also got to review records on 6 Music. Luke hosts and co-programmes all the poetry for The Latitude Poetry Arena, one of the biggest and most popular poetry events in Europe, with over 60 poets performing for 40 hours. He is also co-founder of poetry collective Aisle16. He lives in the unfashionable bit of Suffolk with his wife and two sons. “His lexical acrobatics are astounding, often motor-mouthed and breathtakingly honest…Go for the wordsmithery, stay for the painful poignancy.” The List “One of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation.” Johann Hari, The Independent “He must be on some kind of dope.” John Cooper Clarke “Visceral, poignant and riotously funny” The Scotsman “Cool poems” Patti Smith www.lukewright.co.uk
rian Moses taught for 13 years and has been a professional writer in schools, libraries, theatres and festivals since 1988. He has given over 2500 performances of his poetry and percussion show and run countless writing workshops. Over 1 million of his poetry books and anthologies have been sold by Macmillan Children’s Books. He was commissioned by CBBC to write a poem for the Queen’s 80th birthday which was then performed live on air. He was invited by Prince Charles to speak at Prince’s Summer School for teachers, at Cambridge University in 2007. He has been a keynote speaker at International School conferences in London & Madrid and is Reading Champion for the National Literacy Trust & Co-director of the Able Writers’ Scheme he founded in 2002. Brian has published over 200 books from publishers such as Macmillan, Hachette, Puffin, OUP, Collins, Longman, Heinemann & Frances Lincoln. www.brianmoses.co.uk
Dave McKean Dave McKean went to Berkshire College of Art and Design from 1982-86 and, before leaving, started working as an illustrator. In 1986 he met author Neil Gaiman with whom he has collaborated on many projects since. In 1995 he produced the image to launch The Sony Playstation, and in 1996 was one of four photographers chosen by Kodak and Saatchi’s to launch their new colour film with a book, video and global ad package. He has also produced campaigns for Smirnoff, British Telecom, 3dfx Voodoo, BMW/Mini and Nike. He has won various awards including the international Amid Award for the best album cover of the year. He has exhibited in America and Europe including solo shows at The Four Color Gallery, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid, and The Maritime Museum, Carlisle. In the last few years Dave completed his first children’s books. The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Walls (NY Times Illustrated Book of the Year) both written by Neil Gaiman, and Varjak Paw (Smarties Gold Award) written by SF Said. Dave is currently finishing a book of paintings (Nitrate), more travel sketchbooks (Perugia, Bilbao and Venice) and a new graphic novel (Caligaro). www.davemckean.com
Julian Clary and David Roberts Comedian, entertainer and writer Julian Clary and award-winning illustrator David Roberts introduce you to their latest book, The Bolds to the Rescue, a brand new adventure about a family of hyenas living in an ordinary suburban street. An unmissable event packed with wildly hilarious readings in Julian’s unique style, live-drawing from David and lots of laughter.
Vanessa Nicolson Vanessa Nicolson is the granddaughter of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West. Her memoir ‘Have You Been Good?’ was published by Granta in 2015. She has worked as an art historian and journalist, and lived in Sissinghurst for 30 years. She donated the woods around Sissinghurst Castle to the National Trust after her father’s death in 1978.
Abegail Morley Abegail Morley’s fourth collection, The Skin Diary is published by Nine Arches Press. Her debut collection, How to Pour Madness into a Teacup was shortlisted for the Forward Prize Best First Collection. She is a co-founder of EKPHRASIS commissioning poets for events at The Royal Academy and the British Library, and co-founder of The Poetry Shelf: pop-up poetry gigs. She has been Poet in Residence at Scotney Castle and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens. She is currently Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year. Her website is The Poetry Shed.
Kornel Kossuth Of Hungarian extraction, born in Germany, Kornel moved to England when he was five and quickly fell in love with the country and its language. Since then he has written prose and poetry and explored English in all its forms. After years spent studying and practising law in Vienna, Austria, Kornel finally moved back to his spiritual home in 2005. Here, as Dr. K, he teaches English in Hawkhurst and works on a range of projects involving art and writing. A number of Kornel’s poems have been published in magazines (e.g. acumen, the SHOp), Among his authorial projects are a picture-book about having a first child, a script for a series of comics about an armless princess, short stories about the forgotten majority (that's arthropods) as well as a sonnet sequence to rival Shakespeare and a modernization of Ovid's Metamorphoses. In the summer of 2014 Kornel started poetry busking on the Southbank in London with a beautiful Remington typewriter from the 1930s, writing poems on the spot for passers-by, who give him a word or topic to start the creative process. And that is what Kornel is going to do at the Cranbrook Literature Festival. www.kkossuth.com www.facebook.com/The-Poetry-Busker-686780734740769/
Many Cranbrook residents will remember John and his family as they lived in Cranbrook from 1978 until 2008 when he and his wife Clare moved to Cumbria. He has published 13 collections of poems for both children and adults and he has given poetry/storytelling performances in over 2,000 schools, libraries, arts centres, theatres and festivals. His poetry has been included in over 300 anthologies and educational books in the UK and abroad, as well as being featured regularly on BBC radio and television. Shortly after he moved to Cumbria he was appointed Scottish Arts Council’s Poet-in-Residence from 2008-2010 in Glasgow during the 250th Robert Burns centenary celebrations. John founded and directed the Kent Literature Festival from 1980 to 1990 and during his 30-year career in the arts in Kent and the south-east he organised thousands of events, exhibitions and festivals. www.poetjohnrice.com
Lou grew up on a windy sheep farm in Devon. It often rained and I had a hole in my wellington boots … so I liked to hide in the dry hay barn and make up stories. Now I live in London with my family, my dog and two cats. I don’t have a hay barn anymore but I still like to make up stories – especially funny ones that I hope make children laugh. Sometimes I even write about sheep – like these ones (brilliantly drawn by Jill Newton for my AESOP’S AWESOME RHYMES series). www.loukuenzler.com
Tom Palmer I am a father, husband, author, football fan and a reader. In fact, it was reading about football that changed my life. I wasn’t keen on reading when I was young. My mum was worried about me because I didn’t do very well at school. She encouraged me to read about football in newspapers, magazines and books. Gradually I came to love books. And, from that point, my life changed. I wanted to know everything about books. I went to night school to do A levels when I was 21. Then I did a degree in European Literature when I was 24. It was brilliant! After I had graduated, I went to work in a bookshop, then a library, then I managed book festivals. All that time I was writing: stories, poems, diaries and books for adults. Then – after a few years – I was lucky enough to have one of my football books for children accepted by Puffin. www.tompalmer.co.uk
Gyles Brandreth and Benet Brandreth Former MP,Gyles is best known these days as a reporter on ‘The One Show’ and a regular on ‘Just A Minute’ and his books include ‘Word Power’ and the ‘Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries’. Gyles will be appearing alongside his son, Benet. Benet is a barrister, RSC rhetoric coach, and performer as well as a novelist whose latest book is entitled ‘The Spy of Venice’, a William Shakespeare adventure, on the challenges and surprises involved in creating fiction using real characters. Gyles and Benet will be presenting ‘Oscar Wilde & William Shakespeare: the Cranbrook Quartet’ at the festival. http://www.gylesbrandreth.net www.benetbrandreth.com Hilary Wilce Hilary Wilce is a writer, journalist and coach whose short stories have won numerous awards both here and in the United States. They have been widely published in anthologies such as the Bridport Prize Anthology, the Bristol Prize Anthology, the New Delta Review and the Mechanics Institute Review She has written nine romantic fiction novels, and three non-fiction books on parenting. For many years she was journalist specialising in education, working as a senior editor on The Times Educational Supplement and as The Independent’s education feature writer and advice columnist, and she is also a trained personal development coach working with clients facing turning points in their lives. She teaches Developing Writing and Writing For Wellbeing workshops at Smallhythe Studio, Tenterden, and believes that writing is both a wonderful art and a powerful tool for growth and self-development. She has a degree from Cambridge University and an MA in creative writing from London University. www.hilarywilce.com
Alex Preston Alex Preston was born in 1979. He is an award-winning author and journalist who appears regularly on BBC television and radio. His most recent novel, In Love and War, was released to critical acclaim in 2014 and featured as BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime. He writes for GQ, Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country Magazine as well as for the Observer's New Review. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Kent and regular Guardian Masterclasses.
Sarah Raven Sarah Raven is an inspirational and passionate teacher, running cooking, flower arranging, growing and gardening courses at Perch Hill, her farm and garden in East Sussex, and around the country, since 1999. Sarah has presented on BBC Gardeners’ World, and written for twenty years for The Daily Telegraph, as well as writing regularly for Country Living, Gardeners’ World Magazine, The English Garden magazine and Grow Your Own. Her gardening and cookery books have won her a number of awards including Best Specialist Gardening book for The Cutting Garden and Cookery Book of the Year for Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook, which has sold 75,000 copies. Her latest book Good, Good Food was published in May.
Ali Sparkes Ali Sparkes will be Cranbrook Library's author in residence in the morning on Saturday 1st October, writing her new book, Sleepless (out summer 2017). At 12.30pm she will lead a lively Meet The Author session, sharing her thoughts on writing and research - and reading from a brand new chapter written an hour or two beforehand. Writing just doesn't get any fresher...
From left to right John Rice, Luke Wright, Brian Moses