The team

JANIS LANE

Following a successful career in broadcast journalism and television production (working in the London News Bureau for Japan’s largest commercial broadcaster NTV, SKY Broadcasting and British Eurosport), I set up my own company to edit and publish trade magazine titles and produce corporate video & factual programming. Now living in Lyme Regis with my young family, I’ve published a children’s picture book about the Jurassic Coast, and have run children’s activities at various venues including the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and Manchester Children’s Book Festival. I’m nearing completion of a MA in Creative Writing through Manchester Metropolitan University, and am editing my first novel. My flash fiction has been published on the Pygmy Giant, and I’m working on a collection of short fiction as well as developing a deepening interest in the novella as a form. I blog at http://www.janislane.wordpress.com.

PHIL WHITEHEAD

Alongside a long career in education as a teacher, headteacher, advisor, inspector and consultant to international schools overseas, I have continued to write and perform stories and poetry for adults and children. I have had poetry published in several anthologies for children including the popular Bees Knees and Bees Sneeze collections by Stride Publications and a set of large full colour, poster poems based on the World of Work for SEEN. I have had a number of short stories published various anthologies and blog spots, including most recently (June 2018) on the flash-flood fiction site for National Flash Fiction day. I have, in past times, shared either a stage or a programme with writers such as Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, and Andrew Motion – without any of their success rubbing off. I have just finished a novella size piece of memoir/creative non-fiction – Wire Street and would quite like an agent and publisher! Next up is a novel with the working title, Summer Dance. I am fascinated by the flash fiction genre, probably because, like in poetry, every word counts.

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