Alison Pressley: Co-Chair
A former book editor and publisher for companies such as Allison & Busby, Quartet, Reader's Digest, HarperCollins and Hachette, Alison has written four non-fiction books on popular social history including The Best of Times. She was also editor of the Australian magazine Good Reading until her return to England in 2009.
Charles Christian: Treasurer
Charles Christian is a former practising barrister turned independent journalist and commentator. He was a Reuters correspondent and the 1994 winner of the UK National Newspapers Technology Journalist of the Year Award. He is the publisher of the industry newsletter Legal Technology Insider and of the poetry & prose webzine Ink Sweat & Tears.
Sheridan Winn: Membership Secretary
Sheridan Winn began her career with a degree in graphic design. She spent over twenty years working with her illustrator husband in the fields of publishing, design, advertising and licensing. Since 2000, she has been a freelance journalist and now divides her time between writing features and children’s fiction. She is currently working on a YA novel about Boudicca.
Born in London, Ann Thwaite spent the war years in New Zealand. For many years she wrote and reviewed children’s books, and has since written Waiting for the Party, a life of Frances Hodgson Burnett; Edmund Gosse (winner of the Duff Cooper Award, 1985); A. A. Milne (Whitbread Biography of the Year in 1990); and Emily Tennyson: The Poet's Wife.
Hugh Aldersey-Williams is a writer and curator with interests ranging from science to design and architecture. He lives with his family in North Norfolk.
His Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of The Elements, published by Penguin Viking in 2011, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and his Anatomies: The Human Body, Its Parts and the Stories They Tell was published in 2012. He is currently working on a biography of Sir Thomas Browne.
Victoria Manthorpe: Co-Chair
Victoria Manthorpe is a feature writer, biographer and author covering Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian subjects with a special interest in Norfolk history and English regional writing. She studied History at the University of Toronto and Biography at the University of East Anglia where she was awarded an MA with Distinction in 2004. She is currently writing a biography of Lilias Rider Haggard.
A former chartered surveyor, John is a freelance writer and photographer. His illustrated features have appeared in many publications, he is a regular contributor to Anglia Afloat and Suffolk/Norfolk Life and is the local stringer for Fishing News. He has completed three photographic books on East Anglia and his photo-library, Anglian Images, has extensive coverage of the region.
Amanda Hopkinson has written about a dozen non-fiction works, mainly on popular culture in Latin America and photographic bios/monographs (Julia Margaret Cameron; Manuel Alvarez Bravo; Martin Chambi; Gerti Deutsch). She has also translated some two dozen novels/memoirs/poetry collections from the Spanish, Portuguese and French. From 2004-10 she was Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia and is now Visiting Professor at both Manchester University and City University, London. In 2003 she co-founded the Writers in Translation Committee for English PEN on which she remains a Board member.
Stephanie Norris: West Anglia Representative
Stephanie is a writer, columnist and journalist, the author of Secrets of Colour Healing (Dorling Kindersley, 2001) and co-author of The Door Unlocked, An Astrological Insight Into Initiation (The Wessex Astrologer, 2009). For many years she worked in UK television and radio news and current affairs production. She has also worked as an arts adviser/script consultant and is a former deputy chair of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain.