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Alison Powell is a freelance writer and creativity coach. She facilitates workshops that encourage, inspire and celebrate new writing, and she offers both online and face-to-face mentoring. She has written for a whole host of education publishers, including BBC Bitesize, York Notes, Scholastic and Smart Learning, and her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including Project Calm, Mslexia and The National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa and is one of twenty emerging Welsh writers on the Hay Festival Writers at Work programme.

Her most recent projects include a writing residency at Alton Towers, producing an exciting new revision guide to Romeo and Juliet with York Notes, writing more than 40 original children's stories for the charity onebillion. She has received funding from National Theatre Wales to run a Project Development Lab on the theme of isolation.

Her bookWhen the Mountain Swallowed the Morning was longlisted for the Mslexia Fiction Prize, shortlisted for the Janklow & Nesbit Bath Spa Award and won runner-up place in the 2016 Bridport New Novel Prize. You can read an extract here.  She also won the local author award in the Bath Short Story Award 2016 - read her story here.

"Al fizzes with energy and enthusiasm for writing, and for the creative process in general.  Her great talent is in empowering people to unleash the imagination we all possess – but which few of us find ways to regularly express.

She’s created a genuinely positive space in Write Club – everyone’s welcome, whether it’s your first or your fiftieth time – and I defy you to leave a session with her without a sentence, a character, or an idea you had no idea you were capable of writing." (Louise)

Emily Koch is an author and journalist living in Bristol, UK, and she is represented by Peter Straus at Rogers, Coleridge and White. Her debut novel If I Die Before I Wake, published by Harvill Secker, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is a top 20 bestseller and was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award. It has also been longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, and was selected as a Waterstones Thriller of the Month.

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