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Pope, Catherine

Catherine Pope


Catherine Pope is founder and Managing Director of Victorian Secrets, a publishing house dedicated to writing from and about the nineteenth century. She has recently published David Waller’s The Perfect Man: The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman and is currently working with authors on biographies of Jerome K. Jerome, Dame Clara Butt, and Madame Blavatsky. Catherine is also a freelance researcher and runs workshops on e-publishing and web skills.

Bower, Marion

Marion Bower

Brennan, Des

Des Brennan

Crewe, Deborah

Deborah Crewe

Deborah Crewe was a civil servant for 17 years before becoming a writer/ghostwriter.  She has worked on a range of memoirs, from drug dealers and pig farmers to senior politicians.

Fraser, Robert

Robert Fraser

ROBERT FRASER has published full-length biographies of the twentieth-century poets George Barker (The Chameleon Poet, 2001, a Spectator Book of the Year) and David Gascoyne (Night Thoughts: The Surreal Life of the Poet David Gascoyne, 2012). He has also written performance pieces around the lives of Lord Byron, Dr Johnson, Carlo Gesualdo, D.H. Lawrence and Katherine Mansfield. He has published critical books on Marcel Proust, on the anthropologist and classicist Sir James Frazer, and on Victorian quest romance, among other subjects. He has also written and lectured on the relationship between literature and music: specifically on the uses of text by Purcell, Handel and Mozart.

Robert was educated as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral (1956-1960) and later at the universities of Sussex and London. During a forty-two year academic career he has since taught at the universities of Leeds and London, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he served as Director of Studies in English. He has also lectured extensively abroad. Currently he is Professor of English at the Open University, where his Inaugural Lecture was on the theme ‘Biography and the Morality of Style’. Robert Fraser was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in May 2007.

Page, Graham

Graham Page

Graham Page graduated in Maths and Economics from the University of Sussex in 1967.  After a career in the software and manufacturing industries he is now developing as a biographer and was shortlisted for the 2011 Tony Lothian Prize for Profiles in String – The Life of Barbara Skelton. 

Graham lives in Lincolnshire, not too far from the village of Widmerpool.

Johnson, Richard

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson was in publishing all his working life [45 years], beginning as a sales assistant at William Collins in 1965, progressing through publicity to editorial. He became a commissioning editor at Macdonald [part of the British Printing Corporation] in 1970, and joined Granada Publishing as non-fiction editorial director in 1980. After Granada were bought by Collins [soon to become HarperCollins] in the mid-1980s, he spent the next 25 years as a non-fiction editorial director there before retiring in 2008. He has acted as a ‘sifter’ for the Best First Biography prize in the current year. 

Niechcial, Judith

Judith Niechcial

Judith Niechcial is an alumna of the MA in Life Writing at UEA. She has written two biographies, Lucy Faithfull: Mother to Hundreds and A Particle of Clay: Alec Skempton, Civil Engineer. She is a social worker by profession, under contract at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Norwich, John Julius

John Julius Norwich

John Julius Norwich’s books include The Normans in the South, A History of Byzantium (three volumes), Paradise of Cities: Venice in the Nineteenth Cenury, and The Popes: A History.

Spurling, Hilary

Hilary Spurling