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Kate Harrison

Kate Harrison has had seven women’s fiction novels published by Orion. Her latest is The Secret Shopper Unwrapped, and she’s currently working on her eighth book. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance for The Secret Shopper's Revenge. She is also the founder of The New Romantics, a group of best-selling women’s fiction authors. She worked for the BBC as a reporter, producer and finally a programme developer, using creative techniques to generate and formulate new TV ideas. She has taught groups as diverse as sixth-formers, TV executives in Shanghai, undergraduates, and established novelists!




Kathryn Knight

Following her graduation from her English Literature course at Oxford University in 1993 Kathryn was lucky enough to get a job on a national newspaper almost immediately, landing a three month stint as a diarist on The Times. From there she became a full-time researcher on the paper for three months before being awarded a place on one of their graduate traineeships in 1994, where she cut her news teeth alongside some of the country's most experienced reporters. After four years at The Times she moved to The Daily Express where for three years she worked as a feature writer, as well as, latterly, a weekly columnist. She moved to Associated Newspapers in 2001, initially as a feature writer on The Mail on Sunday before moving in 2002 to the Daily Mail features department, where she specialised in first person interviews and profile and investigative pieces. Kathryn has been freelance since July 2006 but has continued to work extensively for the Mail on both its features section and its Saturday magazine Weekend. In addition she is a regular contributor to Grazia, Sunday Times Style, Times Weekend, Marie Claire and News of the World's Fabulous magazine alongside a host of other publications.



Sarah Warwick

Sarah Warwick was Executive Editor of market-leading Ideal Home magazine, editing, commissioning and writing, as well as leading the features, decorating and interiors teams. Now freelance, she writes across the home-interest print and online market, including for Homes & Gardens, www.channel4.com/4homes <http://www.channel4.com/4homes> , Real Homes, The English Home, Homes & Antiques, Beautiful Kitchens, House Beautiful, Good Homes, and the News of the World’s Fabulous. She has also worked in senior roles at Your Home, Homes & Ideas and Best magazines, and was editor of Ideal Home’s Complete Guide to Christmas. Sarah also writes advertorial features, web content, and undertakes copywriting for large and small business clients.



Stuart Walton

Stuart Walton has been a food and wine writer since 1991. As well as being Features Editor on BBC Gourmet Good Food magazine, he has been wine writer on the Observer, BBC magazines, the European, Food & Travel magazine, the Sussex Argus and thelondonpaper. He contributes to a number of food and wine websites, and is the author of nine books, including The New Encyclopedia of Wine, The Right Wine with the Right Food, The Spirits and Liqueurs Cookbook, and Vodka Classified. He is a senior inspector and writer for the Good Food Guide.



Nina Caplan

Nina Caplan has been reviewing across the London arts scene for over ten years, for publications including Sight & Sound, Metro, The Guardian, The Independent, The New Statesman and Time Out. She is currently Arts Editor of Time Out.





Tina Walsh

Tina Walsh's career as a travel writer was kick started after she won a travel writing competition in the Evening Standard newspaper. Since then she's gone on to write for major national and international publications such as Time magazine, the Daily Mail, The Times, Daily  Express, The Spectator, Dorling Kindersley (Eyewitness Guide series), Sunday Mirror and many more. After a roving past living in Istanbul, Munich, Rio and London, Tina's now based in her native Yorkshire.



Sharon Davies

Sharon Davies has a diploma in interior design and architecture and has written on interiors as a freelance writer for over ten years. She has a track record of contributing to many high profile interior design and property magazines and websites including Beautiful Kitchens, Living Etc, Real Homes, Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms, Period Homes, Ideal Home, www.primelocation.com and www.fish4homes.co.uk.  Other areas she enjoys writing about include careers, parenting, learning and development and anything to do with the outdoors and travel.




Tiffany Wright

Tiffany Wright has been writing for women’s glossy magazine for over 7 years.  Her first job was senior feature writer at Company magazine where she wrote about everything from sex to stilettos.  She has since been working as a freelancer, writing for many women’s magazines including Cosmo, Glamour, Grazia, More and Elle. Recently Tiffany has been working for Cosmopolitan in Sydney where she has been writing features on relationships, travel, sex and real life.  Tiffany is ‘the single girl’ for www.kalimocho.co.uk, where she writes a three weekly blog on life, love and dating. She is about to embark on ‘the stiletto diaries’ where she has been challenged to wear a different pair of stilettos every day for a year and blog about the experience. The blog will be launching in March. Tiffany has also just finished writing her first chick lit novel (and yes, it does involve journalists and shoes!)

When Tiffany is not writing away on her laptop she can usually be found in London, with a cocktail in hand, dreaming of becoming the next Carrie Bradshaw.






Jessica Ruston

Jessica Ruston was born in 1977.  She is the author of Luxury, published in 2009 by Headline Review, and is currently working on her second novel which will be published by Headline in 2010.  She is also the author of Come for Dinner, a fiction serial appearing weekly in The Lady.  Other writing includes two non-fiction books, screenplays and articles.  She is also a freelance editor for Long Barn Books, and undertakes editorial reports for The Writer's Workshop, and other editorial agencies.  


Lucy Bulmer

Lucy Bulmer has worked as a features journalist and editor for 20 years. After graduating in English Literature, she trained as a reporter and sub-editor on her local newspaper, before moving to women‘s weekly magazines where she cut her tabloid teeth as a writer on CHAT. Lucy then worked as Features Editor of Woman magazine, before becoming Deputy Editor of Prima magazine where she also commissioned and edited the monthly health section.  During this time, Lucy was the launch editor of Prima Baby, the magazine’s first successful spin-off brand. In 1997, Lucy moved to Australia as editor of the high-profile weekly celebrity gossip title New Idea, the country’s second biggest-selling publication at the time. Back in London, she was launch editor of the glossy monthly health and beauty title ‘Shine’ in 1999.  Since leaving Shine when she became a mum in 2001, Lucy has freelanced as both a writer and features editor specialising in health and news reports, real-life stories and relationship and family pieces for a hugely diverse range of publications including Fabulous magazine at the News of the World, Daily Mail Good Health, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Eve, Red, Closer, First, More!, Grazia, The Independent on Sunday and Practical Parenting. She was launch editor of the website www.closerdiets.com and responsible for its diet and fitness features.



Frances Booth

Frances Booth is a web specialist editor and writer. She has worked for www.guardian.co.uk and www.telegraph.co.uk. She swapped over from the dark side (print) in 2006 after being part of The Daily Telegraph team that planned the paper’s move to multimedia working. Frances was Visual Arts Online Editor for telegraph.co.uk and then Deputy Editor, Arts and Features, telegraph.co.uk. She now combines work for guardian.co.uk with freelance writing and editing for many websites and publications, including snowcarbon.co.uk , Zest magazine and MSN. Her specialist areas of writing interest include ski writing, spa reviewing (someone’s got to do it…) and employment and workplace features. She also works as a copywriter.  



Eileen Condon

Eileen Condon is the author of Bullies, Bitches and Bastards, The Ultimate Guide to the Utter Gits in Your Life, published by HarperCollins in 2008. Comprising more than 30 easily recognisable characters, who exist purely to make your life a misery, the book remained on Amazon's humour best seller list for most of 2008/9

Eileen is also a trained newspaper and magazine journalist and has written extensively for a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Mail, marie-claire, Hello, OK!, Company, Bella and Best. She was also a full time commissioning editor/writer at Woman magazine, a senior editor/writer at Woman's Weekly magazine and film celebrity writer for the Press Association for more than 10 years. She is also a part time lecturer in media studies at Regent's College and a freelance literacy worker for the London-based children's charity Eastside Educational Trust, helping youngsters to pen their own creative writing projects. Eileen is currently writing a TV sitcom, with Amanda Edwards, her co-author of Bullies, Bitches and Bastards.


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