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Tessa West trained as a teacher who decided to specialise in prison education.  Her career extended to include being an assistant prison governor and an Independent Member of the Parole Board.

She's a keen cyclist and her first writings were cycle route guides and travel articles, as well as a book about prison.

She has had some poetry published but - now a full-time writer - she is currently focusing on fiction and creative non-fiction.  In 2002 she self-published her first novel, The Estuary, and in 2004 she did the same with The Reed Flute.  Both books are set in East Anglia.

Tessa has direct, relevant experience of self-publishing and its essential corollary:  getting the book into the hands of readers.  She is keen to help writers understand the processes, pleasures and costs of self-publishing.

Tessa lives in Suffolk. 

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Ursula Ferrigno is a talented and experienced cook with a passion for teaching and a love of all things Italian and healthy. She specialises in breads, soups, risottos, vegetables, every kind of pasta dish, and with an interest in Gluten Free foods she has recently developed a range of foods for special dietary requirements.

Ursula trained in hotel catering and took an Escoffier course in Paris, before starting her own business manufacturing recipes. She is passionate about teaching and has taught at top cookery schools such as Leith’s, Divertimenti and Caldesi, has run highly popular seasonal Italian cookery courses at the Books for Cooks Cookery School, and been a consultant to Café Nero for 15 years and is a regular guest chef at RSJ restaurant in London.

Having been brought up with bread on the table at every meal, Ursula is a passionate baker. With Italian breads her speciality, she teaches both professionals and amateurs to make an array of national and regional breads from Ciabatta and Focaccia to volcanic Stromboli. She is the driving force behind National Breadmaking Week, designed to promote the role of bread in the modern British diet.

She has appeared on many television programmes including Good Food Live, BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme, GMTV's Saturday Disney, Granada TV, and BBC North and has been profiled in a number of magazines. Ursula presented three programmes for HTV's cookery series Green Grow the Dishes. More recently, in 2013 she was a judge on the Italian episode of Royal Chef, a new series for Israeli television, filmed in London.

Ursula is a prolific author having written 17 international cookery books, including Trattoria and La Dolce Vita - a book of heavenly desserts and sweets, and Ursula Ferrigno's Italian Cookery Course, the most recent being The New Family Bread Book, and a book on Olive oils and Vinegars.
She is currently working on a new book due for publication in 2015.

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Victoria Connelly is the author of twelve traditionally published novels and over twenty self-published books. Her titles include The Rose Girls and A Weekend with Mr Darcy. Several of her titles have been Amazon Kindle bestsellers and her first novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film.

In 2016, she sold more than 100,000 books on Amazon and was given a place on the Romance Writers of America's Honour Roll.

Victoria studied English Literature at university and is a trained teacher.

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Wayne Tanswell trained as a signwriter on leaving school.  Since then his work has taken him all over the UK, working in hotels, pubs and on traditional shop fascias.

His first book was published in May 2009.  It's title:  "Learn how to paint signs; traditional signwriting introductory guide".  The ISBN No. is 9780956246301, available at Amazon, price £18.



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William Wall built his first pole lathe in 1977 and has been fascinated ever since by this simple yet ingenious device for turning wood. Having trained initially as an archaeologist he worked in field archaeology for 10 years, including doing much of the archaeological work associated with the expansion of Stansted Airport. Later he became a countryside ranger at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village in Suffolk, where his job was to create authentic furniture and domestic items for the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon houses and to run courses in ancient crafts and technology. The pole-lathe figured prominently in this work, although he also gained an insight into other crafts such as pottery, house construction, blacksmithing, basketry and textiles. He was a founder member of the Association of Pole-lathe Turners when that was formed in 1990, and has been teaching people about pole-lathe turning and green woodwork in both formal and informal settings for at least the last fifteen years.

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