Meet the team

Arvon team photo

The ties that bind Arvon’s wonderful creative team are a commitment to making the arts open and accessible to all, and a desire to support people to discover and express their creativity. Get to know our staff across our three centres and national office here. If you want to chat to anyone at Arvon, email their full name, separated by a full stop, before the @ sign, followed by arvon.org – for example: charles.dickens@arvon.org.

National Team

Andrew Kidd

Andrew Kidd Arvon CEO Headshot

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Kidd had a fourteen-year career in publishing, first at Penguin, where he was Editorial Director for Viking and Hamish Hamilton, and latterly as Publisher for Picador and Macmillan. He then spent six years as a literary agent, as Managing Director of Aitken Alexander Associates. In 2013 he co-founded what is now known as the Rathbones Folio Prize, a literary charity for which he remains chair of the trustees; and in 2014 he co-founded Alexi, an award-winning digital book discovery and reading app.

Richard Haseldine

Chief Financial Officer and Operations Director

Richard joined Arvon as Director of Finance and Resources in November 2016. Previously he was Head of Finance at the homelessness charity Providence Row, based in East London, for five years from 2011. Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the audit practice of Arthur Andersen in London between 1992 and 1995 and subsequently spent 15 years in the Global Financial Advisory business of the Rothschild Group in London and Frankfurt am Main, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and strategic financial advisory assignments in the public and private sectors. He has a degree in Modern & Medieval Languages (Russian and German). In his spare time he haunts second hand bookshops and tries to educate himself about history, religion, literature and philosophy.

Natasha Carlish

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director, The Hurst and The Clockhouse

Natasha began her career at The Kings Head Theatre in Islington. She moved onto setting up Foothold Theatre Company where she developed new writers and directed several plays on the fringe in London and Edinburgh. She crossed into television production becoming a producer of documentaries for all the major broadcasters and international distribution. In 2002 she set up Dreamfinder Productions to develop and produce films and television. She produced numerous films including BAFTA award winning Brown Paper Bag. What interests her about creative writing is the voice that it gives to everyone regardless of their background; it enables everyone to tell their story in which ever way they choose.

Mary Morris

Artistic Director and Director, Totleigh Barton

Mary began her editorial career at Bloomsbury Publishing in 2003. She went on to manage the general list at Gerald Duckworth, publishing both fiction and non-fiction. She later moved to the British Museum Press, where she developed exhibition titles, and finally to Faber & Faber, where she worked as a fiction editor for four years before moving to Devon to work for Arvon at Totleigh Barton. What interests her about creative writing is the transformative power of self-expression; it’s a privilege to watch students of Arvon along that transformative journey every week.

George Palmer

Director, Digital and Communications

George has a particular interest in all things digital, and is always on the look out for stories from people who have been on Arvon courses – what happened on their course, and how it has influenced their writing and creative life – so do email him if you have such a story. Before joining Arvon in 2011, George was Marketing Coordinator at Apples and Snakes, Sales and Marketing Manager at Poetry London, and in the more distant past has worked in public relations.

Dean Stigwood

Head of Development

Dean Stigwood joined Arvon as Development Officer in June 2015. He was a trustee of the arts charity SPID and has previously worked for the Tricycle Theatre and HighTide Theatre Festival.

Helen Meller

Co-Director, Arvon at Home and Lumb Bank

Helen Meller has been Director of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival since 2012. During this time she produced four runs of Hebden Shorts (new short plays by TV writers) and ‘Worlds Apart’ for Chol Theatre, a site specific work inspired by the life and work of Charlotte Bronte. In 2015, her abridgement of ‘The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum’ won Best Audio Drama series award at the BBC Audio drama awards. Before re-locating to Yorkshire in 2002, Helen was a TV producer in London, producing over 200 hours of networked arts programming presented by Mariella Frostrup. Helen has an MA in Creative Writing and a BA in English Literature and lives in Hebden Bridge with her husband and three teenage sons.

Eliza Squire

Co-Director, Arvon at Home

Eliza grew up four miles away from Totleigh Barton in Devon and spent a very happy nine years working there, always on hand to bring in a relative with a tractor if the track became impassable. After running a dance school with her sister, and briefly working as Director of Outreach and Events at Crediton Community Bookshop, she has recently relocated to Kent where she lives with her partner and is enjoying her next chapter with Arvon, as Co-Director of Arvon at Home. Coming from a farming background and having grown up queer in a rural community, Eliza is dedicated to ensuring that Arvon is a place that is as welcoming and accessible as possible for all writers.

Roseline Iyanda-Mogaji

Finance Officer

Roseline Iyanda-Mogaji has worked in different sectors of Organisation in Finance. She is a member of the Institute of Bookkeepers (ICB) 2006, of the Payroll Management (PMD) and of Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT).

Yvette Blackwood

National Administrator

Yvette joined Arvon at the start of 2017. Originally from Brighton, she studied English Literature and Art History at the University of York and made London her home in 2002. Alongside her work in events and administration, Yvette is also a painter. She independently founded and curated a collective of emerging artists across a broad range of practices. Yvette is proud to support the Arvon team’s valuable work to release and develop creative expression.

Angela Moore

Development Coordinator

Angela joined Arvon in March 2018.  Originally from North London, she grew up in Cambridge, studied Sociology at the University of Warwick, and previously worked at the University of Cambridge and the British Film Institute. She enjoys reading and writing, travel and languages, cinema, fashion and dancing.

Sophie Lloyd-Catchpole

Sophie Lloyd-Catchpole HeadshotLearning and Partnerships Manager

Sophie supports Arvon’s work with schools and groups, as well as a wide range of partnership projects. Her aim is to build beneficial partnerships across the country, working with like-minded organisations in forming a strong network to support self-expression through creative writing. She has a special interest in multimedia storytelling and is inspired by the breadth of creativity that Arvon promotes. She previously worked for First Story as their Programme Officer, overseeing the programme in London.

Louisa Kimmins

Communications and Marketing Manager

Louisa works on communications, marketing and digital. With a background in fashion marketing, staying ahead of the curve in consumer trends has driven her work in creative agencies and the arts. Louisa loves jazz and folk music, picnicking in the parks of London and checking out the latest exhibitions. Hailing from Maryland, you’ll find her in her element wearing dungarees and picking crabs on the Chesapeake Bay.

Dan Pavitt

Digital Operations Coordinator and Senior Administrator, The Hurst and The Clockhouse 

When Arvon made a writing centre on his doorstep in 2003, Dan Pavitt set his sights on working there and achieved that goal one year after it opened, as The Hurst’s first Centre Administrator. With the greatest respect to the London Marine & Aviation Reinsurance market (his previous occupational habitat) he has found the transition to the arts sector, via a short stint in Further Education, hugely inspiring. He continues to relish his role – helping to provide an environment in which creative stars can shine – even when they don’t do their paperwork.

Eliza Clark

Development and Digital Officer

Eliza Clark began working for Arvon in 2020 following a brief stint in corporate and working for a creative writing magazine. She is a published novelist, who enjoys scary movies, video games and cooking.

Okala Elesia

Communications and Marketing Officer

Okala was born in London, and grew up in Morecambe and Cornwall. After working in public realm arts as a producer, he joined Arvon to revel in the buzz of language. He is inspired seeing the impact positive encouragement makes on a person’s creative development. Away from work, he plays in a couple of post-punk bands and can’t wait to be supporting all his friend’s bands again. A writer, Okala also has stories online and in print, appearing in Extra Teeth Magazine, Necessary Fiction, and The Molotov Cocktail. Please email him pictures of your dog along with your favourite Seinfeld and Repo Man quotes. For work reasons, obviously.

The Hurst

Natasha Carlish

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director, The Hurst and The Clockhouse

Natasha began her career at The Kings Head Theatre in Islington. She moved onto setting up Foothold Theatre Company where she developed new writers and directed several plays on the fringe in London and Edinburgh. She crossed into television production becoming a producer of documentaries for all the major broadcasters and international distribution. In 2002 she set up Dreamfinder Productions to develop and produce films and television. She produced numerous films including BAFTA award winning Brown Paper Bag. What interests her about creative writing is the voice that it gives to everyone regardless of their background; it enables everyone to tell their story in which ever way they choose.

Jo King

Deputy Director, The Hurst and The Clockhouse

Jo studied Art History at UEA and spent three years working for authors and agents in London before a ten year stint at Madame Tussauds, discovering the vital stats of inter/national luminaries of the 1990’s. In 2008 she co-founded the region’s first major national contemporary art exhibition and in 2012 Jo founded Ludlow Open, which connects regional artists with the national fine art scene. Ludlow Open now runs two artist residencies (one at The Hurst), six artist development workshops, and a new showcase of regional contemporary art (also at The Hurst).

Dan Pavitt

Digital Operations Coordinator and Senior Administrator, The Hurst and The Clockhouse 

When Arvon made a writing centre on his doorstep in 2003, Dan Pavitt set his sights on working there and achieved that goal one year after it opened, as The Hurst’s first Centre Administrator. With the greatest respect to the London Marine & Aviation Reinsurance market (his previous occupational habitat) he has found the transition to the arts sector, via a short stint in Further Education, hugely inspiring. He continues to relish his role – helping to provide an environment in which creative stars can shine – even when they don’t do their paperwork.

Ali Ford

Ali Ford Arvon HeadshotHouse Manager, The Hurst and The Clockhouse

Before moving from Philadelphia to Shropshire and joining the inimitable Arvon team, Ali held a fairly eccentric series of roles that prepared her for The Hurst—including working as a sommelier, a castle tour guide, a sandwich encyclopedia, and, once, the editor of a series of Shakespeare scenes for finger puppets. Ali is also a writer, and she earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut novel, What Remains at the End, was published in 2019 by Seren Books. When she’s not savouring every inspiring moment of work at The Hurst, she’s a budding shepherdess, caring for a flock of sheep that look like goats.

Donna Salisbury 

Donna SalisburyHouse Manager, The Hurst and The Clockhouse

Donna has spent a major part of her adult life working in the education sector nurturing children and young people, and helping in the development of their innate talents. After casting herself adrift from the world of education she has enjoyed a variety of roles. Some of which include: working for a small press publisher, driving at the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, dabbling in millinery and volunteering for a children’s charity in Buenos Aries. After returning to live in Shropshire she was lucky enough to get a job at the Hurst in 2018, and relishes the daily joys and challenges that are part of working for such a vibrant and creative organisation.

Michelle Evans

House Manager, The Hurst and The Clockhouse

Michelle’s working life began in banking and finance in London and the South East, but after moving to Shropshire in 2002 she found herself firmly sucked into a world of catering. She arrives at The Hurst having worked in and run kitchens (from play barn to pub), learnt to smoke everything from salmon to water (for smoked vodka), and run a bed and breakfast for nearly 18 years. She loves historical writing, fact or fiction, and travel blogs, a passable example of which she wrote whilst walking across Spain.

Jo Selman

Jo Selman headshotGardener

Jo studied African History at SOAS but another passion was always gardening, so after working at Regents Park she did an MSc. in Landscape Ecology, Design and Maintenance. She has done various garden recreations including a Roman Garden on the Isle of Wight. A favourite project was on the Market Gardening and Mining Heritage of the Tamar valley. This included producing a book and various exhibitions. Working on the renovation of the gardens here is dream job for the beauty of the place, the excitement of change and being able to share it with all the writers who come here.

Lumb Bank

Rosie Scott

Co-Director, Lumb Bank

After studying History of Art in Glasgow, Rosie worked in the arts sector in Manchester for over 10 years beginning her career curating visual arts exhibitions before moving into theatre programming and managing Waterside Arts Centre. Rosie became Centre Director at Lumb Bank in summer 2015 and loves the variety of her job and the chance to support people, whatever their background or experience, to discover and explore their creativity.

Helen Meller

Co-Director, Lumb Bank and Arvon at Home

Helen Meller has been Director of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival since 2012. During this time she produced four runs of Hebden Shorts (new short plays by TV writers) and ‘Worlds Apart’ for Chol Theatre, a site specific work inspired by the life and work of Charlotte Bronte. In 2015, her abridgement of ‘The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum’ won Best Audio Drama series award at the BBC Audio drama awards. Before re-locating to Yorkshire in 2002, Helen was a TV producer in London, producing over 200 hours of networked arts programming presented by Mariella Frostrup. Helen has an MA in Creative Writing and a BA in English Literature and lives in Hebden Bridge with her husband and three teenage sons.

Jill Penny

Deputy Director, Community Participation, Lumb Bank

Jill has been working at Lumb Bank for five years, having come from an arts and theatre background. She was awarded an Arts Council grant to pay for a course at Lumb twenty eight years ago, loved it, and moved into the area soon after to raise her family, maintaining an interest in and a great fondness for Lumb Bank. During her time with Arvon she has met many remarkable people and acquired many new skills. These include basic plumbing techniques, the study of electricity for idiots and random cattle herding. Jill has enjoyed all the challenges and changing aspects of her job, the maintenance, the cooking and the hosting duties. She never tires of the stunning view from the terrace, the opportunity to spot wild life, and the meetings and friendships developed with writers from all walks of life. She has also been known to write the occasional poem and is looking forward to her fourth poetry course with Arvon, later this year.

Sammy Weaver

Deputy Director, House Operations, Lumb Bank

After studying Anthropology in London, Sammy ran away with a travelling circus, only to run away from the circus a few years later. She then worked as the South West Project Coordinator for the reading charity, The Reader, where she enjoyed bringing great stories and poetry to all sorts of people. She moved up north to complete a Creative Writing MA in Manchester, and continues to write poetry and creative nonfiction. In 2021, she was shortlisted for a Northern Writers’ Award. Sammy recalls stumbling upon Lumb Bank on a rambling walk with her dogs, and thinking ‘I’d love to work there!

Becky Liddell

Senior Administrator, Lumb Bank

Becky’s background is mostly in English teaching, learning and heritage projects, working with schools and community groups. Before starting at Lumb Bank she often walked in the surrounding woods, admiring the handsome house on the hill. She also produced a heritage trail, exploring the history of the tall chimneys in the valley below. Becoming Centre Administrator seemed a very natural next step and she loves being part of an organisation that nurtures such creative talent – and serves such delicious food!

Jean Warburton

Bookkeeper, Lumb Bank

Jean has lived in Hebden Bridge for 34 years, she is a qualified Accounting Technician and has worked in finance and accounting throughout her career. Jean brings her dog Maggie to work with her and loves being surrounded by writers whilst she busily crunches her numbers.

Totleigh Barton

Mary Morris

Artistic Director and Director, Totleigh Barton

Mary began her editorial career at Bloomsbury Publishing in 2003. She went on to manage the general list at Gerald Duckworth, publishing both fiction and non-fiction. She later moved to the British Museum Press, where she developed exhibition titles, and finally to Faber & Faber, where she worked as a fiction editor for four years before moving to Devon to work for Arvon at Totleigh Barton. What interests her about creative writing is the transformative power of self-expression; it’s a privilege to watch students of Arvon along that transformative journey every week.

Beth Emery

Deputy Director, Totleigh Barton

Beth grew up in Devon, about an hour away from Totleigh Barton. After studying Film and Television Production at the University of York and then Screenwriting at the University of Manchester, she spent a whirlwind summer working across Europe as a tour guide, before returning to Devon and tutoring English and creative writing to children. In 2020, she was selected to be part of the London Library Emerging Writers programme and works on her own comedy screenplays in her free time. She loves welcoming writers and supporting them through their week at Arvon, in the part of the world she finds the most inspiring.

Helen Reddaway

House Manager, Totleigh Barton

Helen has been involved with Totleigh Barton for a large part of her life. Her family’s shop supplied the ingredients for the very early writers back in the 70s and it seemed totally natural for her to work here. She enjoys being a permanent member of ‘Team Totleigh’ having progressed from making the cakes and providing relief cover. Helen loves meeting all the tutors, writers and schools, providing them with tasty food and feels that the communal cooking is a vital part of the Arvon experience.

Sandy Potter

Sandy Headshot

House Manager, Totleigh Barton

Sandy studied History of Art and Sociology as A levels many many years ago. Several jobs, counties and children later she retrained as a mature student at the College of Cranial Sacral Therapy in Primrose Hill London, receiving a distinction, and went on to practise for over 20 years, 10 as a partner in a busy clinic before relocating to Devon with her travelling circus, family, dogs and Marvin Mason the ginger cat. Sandy is delighted to be a permanent Arvon member after working as a relief Centre Assistant for two years. She has a reputation for never under feeding and is passionate about food and people, living her Devon dream at home and work.

Kerensa Wilton

Administrator, Totleigh Barton

Kerensa grew up just down the road from Totleigh Barton and jumped at the chance to join the team long-term in February 2020. After juggling babies, cows and horses with Natural Sciences at the University of Exeter, Arvon has helped her to reconnect with literature. Kerensa loves seeing people from all walks of life surprise themselves and wants writers to feel that the whole team is willing them to succeed. In her spare time, she sings in a community choir and roams the countryside with her delightful toddler.

Arvon at Home

Helen Meller

Co-Director, Arvon at Home and Lumb Bank

Helen Meller has been Director of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival since 2012. During this time she produced four runs of Hebden Shorts (new short plays by TV writers) and ‘Worlds Apart’ for Chol Theatre, a site specific work inspired by the life and work of Charlotte Bronte. In 2015, her abridgement of ‘The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum’ won Best Audio Drama series award at the BBC Audio drama awards. Before re-locating to Yorkshire in 2002, Helen was a TV producer in London, producing over 200 hours of networked arts programming presented by Mariella Frostrup. Helen has an MA in Creative Writing and a BA in English Literature and lives in Hebden Bridge with her husband and three teenage sons.

Eliza Squire

Co-Director, Arvon at Home

Eliza grew up four miles away from Totleigh Barton in Devon and spent a very happy nine years working there, always on hand to bring in a relative with a tractor if the track became impassable. After running a dance school with her sister, and briefly working as Director of Outreach and Events at Crediton Community Bookshop, she has recently relocated to Kent where she lives with her partner and is enjoying her next chapter with Arvon, as Co-Director of Arvon at Home. Coming from a farming background and having grown up queer in a rural community, Eliza is dedicated to ensuring that Arvon is a place that is as welcoming and accessible as possible for all writers.

Board of Trustees

Jeremy Treglown

Chair

Jeremy Treglown is a biographer and a former editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He founded and for many years chaired the Warwick Writing Programme, with David Morley as Director. He has also chaired literary prize committees including Booker, Whitbread (now Costa) and Encore. His latest book is Franco’s Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936.

Dr. Judith Abbott

Dr. Judith Abbott – Judith is Chief Executive and Accounting Officer at PROCAT. She was previously the Director of Finance & Resources at Harrow College from 2011-17, where she was responsible for Finance, IT, Estates, HR and Student Records, and implemented a new Estates Strategy consisting of c. £15million of grant funding and £1million bank loan, returning the college to a sustainable financial position. Judith has over 20 years’ Blue Chip finance experience at Ford Motor Company and subsidiaries including over 10 years at a Senior Manager/Director level. Since 2006 Judith has held Senior Manager/Director level positions in the not for profit sector including, Director of Finance for Energy Saving Trust Ltd and Head of Strategic Planning and Control for Action for Children.

Lee Bilson

Lee Bilson has worked in the heritage sector since completing his Architecture studies at the Glasgow School of Art, and his masters at the University of Cambridge. He has worked for various conservation practices, including English Heritage, on some of the UK’s most important heritage buildings and artefacts including The Palace of Westminster, Blenheim Palace, and HMS Victory. He is also an active researcher, lecturer, and writer specialising in craftsmanship and building history.

Josh Cockcroft

Josh Cockcroft is a producer and strategist for the creative and non-profit sector. After working in development and commissioning for film and TV, he set up Well Tempered Productions in 2018 to develop projects by writers from communities historically marginalised by the industry. Alongside his work on screen, he has consulted for start-ups and in 2019 started working with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to transform the foundation sector. In 2021 he co-founded Climate Spring, a non-profit development fund for stories about the environment, and was appointed a trustee of Achates Foundation.

Kim Evans

Kim Evans is an award-winning arts documentary maker and was a senior executive at the BBC and Arts Council England. She is now a mentor and arts consultant, often working with organisations who support new writers, and artists who work across sectors. She is currently a Trustee of Arvon, Forward Poetry and Arts Catalyst. Her former trustee roles include National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Portrait Gallery and she was Chair of Clean Break theatre company, working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.

Alison Flood

Alison Flood is the Guardian’s books reporter, covering breaking books news, profiling authors for print, online and podcasts, and championing libraries, diversity and freedom of speech. She also writes The Bookseller’s monthly paperback preview, reviews thrillers for the Observer, and freelances for publications including The Author and Index on Censorship. She has a background in financial journalism, previously working as news editor for The Bookseller and for various financial publications.

Neil Harris

Neil Harris currently works as Head of Finance and Trustee at several organisations that are engaged in providing creative experiences or providing an opportunity for students, teachers and writers to develop their creative skills. As well as his main role as Head of Finance at the Bush Theatre, Neil is part time Head of Finance at the Blackheath Conservatoire, which provides art, drama and music courses to the local community. He is Trustee at the Arvon Foundation, the Arts Council funded national creative writing charity.

Sarah Harwood

Sarah Harwood is a senior fundraiser for the arts, heritage and education. She is currently Director of Development at the Almeida Theatre. She was previously Head of Fundraising at the children’s charity, Ark. Before that, she was Head of Major Donors & Appeals at the National Portrait Gallery, playing a key role in the gallery’s successful ‘Save Van Dyck’ appeal. She was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2013 in recognition of her work to raise funds for young musicians. She studied at the University of East Anglia.

Christian Lewis

Christian Lewis is a communications executive with experience in book PR, media relations, live events and communications strategy. She has worked in publishing for over twenty years since completing a degree in Literature and French at Warwick University. During this time, she was employed by three different publishing houses, initially as an editor at Kingfisher Books, and then in PR roles at Orion Publishing (now Hachette) and Penguin Random House. Most recently she was Communications Director at Vintage where she promoted a range of international bestselling writers, including Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Helen Fielding, Yuval Noah Harari and Gordon Brown. In March 2020 she launched her own PR agency, Christian Lewis PR, which specialises in books and the arts.

Nick Makoha

Nick Makoha is the founder of The Obsidian Foundation. In 2017, his debut collection, Kingdom of Gravity, was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and was one of the Guardian’s best books of the year. Nick is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and the Complete Works alumnus. He won the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man. His poems have appeared in the Cambridge Review, the New York Times, Poetry Review, ‘e Rialto, Poetry London, TriQuarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo and Wasa#ri. He is a Trustee for the Arvon Foundation and the Ministry of Stories, and a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective. nickmakoha.com

Jon Teckman

Jon Teckman is a former Chief Executive of the British Film Institute and has also served as an advisor on film and television policy for various Government Ministers. After leaving the BFI, Jon worked as a programme director and lecturer at Ashridge Business School, Surrey University and the University of the Arts London, specializing in the areas of leadership, teambuilding and creative problem solving. He served for ten years as a non-executive director of the British Board of Film Classification and is currently a Trustee of the social inclusion charity The School of Hard Knocks. His debut novel Ordinary Joe (which he began on an Arvon course in 2007) was published in 2015.

Andy Wimble

Andy Wimble graduated in Landscape Architecture and early in his career joined the former Property Services Agency (PSA), working on a wide range of projects such as the International Maritime Headquarters and the International Conference Centre in central London and the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. He later joined English Heritage where he built the team responsible for developing landscape design and maintenance standards for their historic properties across the country. He went on to become Regional Landscape Architect for the organisation’s three north regions, providing advice on historic parks and gardens and assessing planning issues affecting registered parks and gardens. Andy retired from English Heritage in 2012. He is a frequent speaker on issues affecting historic designed landscapes.

Arvon Founders

John Fairfax
John Moat

Patrons

Simon Armitage CBE
Lord (Melvyn) Bragg
Alan Brownjohn
Lady Caroline Chichester-Clark
Dr David Cohen CBE
Carol Ann Duffy CBE
Jerry Hall
Carol Hughes
Professor Sir Andrew Motion
Nigel Pantling
David Pease MBE
Salman Rushdie FRSL
Wole Soyinka FRSL