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Christine Allison

Christine Allison

Christine Allison trained at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture, USA and Exeter University, Devon. She is a full-time practising artist living and working in Lyme Regis, Dorset. As a fully qualified teacher of art she has led many successful workshops and courses on various aspects of drawing and painting. 

Examples of her current work can be viewed on her website

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Malachy Doyle

Malachy Doyle is a multi-award winning author. He has written over 100 books for young people of all ages. Among his most recent are Too Noisy (Walker Books) and Pete and the Five-a-Side Vampires (Firefly Press). He is a highly-experienced tutor ( including regular 'gigs' with Arvon). Malachy has worked with a wide range of publishers and knows the industry inside out. Visit his soon-to-be updated website to find out more about him if your children or grandchildren haven't already got some of his books! He also blogs regularly at the Picture Book Den. Malachy lives in Donegal with his artist wife, Liz Doyle, and their dog, Clover, but he's still coming all the way over the sea to us!

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Ann Pengelly

Following Art College, Ann Pengelly worked as an Illustrator in London for several years which she enjoyed, but then she became more interested in working with stained glass as it enabled her to use her technical drawing skills, design experience and her love of light and colour in a more creative way. 

When Ann moved to East Devon, she began teaching Stained Glass Adult Education classes throughout Devon and Somerset, which she continued to do for the past 20 years. In 1998, Ann also gained a Certificate of Education from the University of Plymouth. In 2002, she opened her own Stained Glass Studio in Seaton - the upper part of a converted church with its original stained glass windows – the perfect setting for her work. Alongside her teaching, Ann undertakes commissions and restoration work all over the West Country and beyond. She is now one of the very few in the area who specialises in leaded windows including glass etching and traditional painted glass panels. Renowned for her teaching skills, Ann gets great satisfaction from introducing beginners to her craft.

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Maria Barbashina

Maria Barbashina had studied art in Russia, where she was born and lived for the first 20 years of her life, before moving to Dorset. Maria's artistic education had began when she was 12 in an art school for children, and after an intense 4-year long course she acquired the necessary skills of measuring, composition, proportions and a good grasp of drawing and watercolours. 

After the art school followed years of studying in art colleges in Karelia and St. Petersburg. 

Presently Maria's main line of work is portraiture, but she often returns to still lives in between the portrait commissions, and often goes away to paint in Spain and Portugal, where she concentrates on landscapes and painting fish. Maria's website can be accessed here. 

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David Chandler

David Chandler's weekly art classes are attended by more than eighty students and have been running for more than fifteen years. He has lectured and demonstrated to art societies and groups throughout the UK, is a guest lecturer at Dillington House and has been leading painting courses in France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain since 1999. In 2011, he co-founded Frome Community Education, a Community Interest Company that delivered over forty different leisure courses and workshops to adult learners in the Frome area, attracting nearly seven hundred enrolments during its first year. In 2011, he won the Bax Award at the Black Swan Open Art Competition and in 2012, he was a finalist for the Holburne Portrait Prize. 

David is also the writer and presenter of SEEING THINGS, a monthly community radio programme about the visual arts for FromeFM and is a contributor. 

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Anthea Simmons

Anthea read English at Oxford but then went into the City to earn money... a sensible decision given that most authors make less than £600 a year! She quit after twenty years and taught creative writing in a small prep school, writing plays and adapting Shakespeare along the way. 

An Arvon course (tutored by Malachy Doyle) kickstarted her proper published career and she now has three successful children's picture books with Andersen Press (part of Penguin Random House). These have taken her comfortably over the £600 limit and have been published in a number of different languages including Chinese and Korean! Her first poetry collection, 'Pignuts and Peacocks', was published by rufus books ( Canada, Dublin, London). She has been shortlisted twice for the prestigious Bridport Poetry Prize and published in various poetry journals. She blogs regularly on Diversity and Inclusion.

She has taught a number of adult creative writing courses and enjoys identifying hidden talent and building writers' confidence.

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Julia Woolf

Julia is an established children's book illustrator living in the south-east of England, near the sea. Her first written and illustrated book, the highly-successful' Giraffe on a Bicycle', came out in 2016, published by Macmillan. Other titles include 'Five Black Cats', 'Five Little Ghosts' and 'Five Busy Elves'. She has also done quite a few educational books. Before she became an illustrator she worked in animation for 20 years and some of that time lived and worked in Los Angeles and San Francisco for Dreamworks , working in the art department.

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Lucy Daniel Raby

Lucy  has been a professional writer all her working life, starting as an advertising copywriter and trade journalist. She gravitated into Children’s TV in the 1980's, working on live action, puppet and animation shows including Shaun the Sheep, Angelina Ballerina and the Hoobs, also creating her own show for CBBC, Big Kids. She has published two children’s fantasy books, Nickolai of the North and Nickolai’s Quest, about the life of Young Santa. She adapted the first title into a stage musical, writing both script and lyrics. It has been performed twice. A film adaptation is currently in development. She has written two more plays, has other titles available on Amazon and is currently working on several projects. Lucy has delivered workshops and seminars in schools, libraries and universities, most recently Westminster, Kingston and Southampton, the Roald Dahl museum, and mentoring on the Performing Arts Lab/Pygmalion European development programme. She graduated with 1st class Honours from an MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University in 2015.

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Trudi Day

Trudi has painted all her life gaining both experience and qualifications over the years.  she started out as a self-taught artist but has added formal qualifications and been recognised with several distinctive awards, including best picture at the 2002 Bath & West show, Chairman's choice in 2016. Her work sells very well from a number of galleries across the West Country.

She throughly enjoys passing on her passion for painting through teaching, watching her students grow in talent and confidence She has run her own School of Art for over 12 years and has also been taking students to Portugal on Painting holidays since 2005. She trained as a colour therapist in 2006 and finds this invaluable with both her teaching and her own painting. She is also an NLP Master Practitioner.

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Amber Russell

Amber is a professional, time-served upholsterer who has been working in the Crediton area of Devon for over 15 years. She offers a complete upholstery service for both modern and antique furniture, domestic or commercial. She takes great pride in her work and in finishing things to a very high standard using traditional upholstery skills with only the best quality materials.She teaches regular full term courses from her base in Crediton and we are delighted that she has agreed to come and teach a short intensive course with us.

Amber is not a chair!

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Helen Corner-Bryant

Helen Corner-Bryant is the founder and director of Cornerstones, one of the first literary consultancies in the UK and a leader in the industry since 1998. She and her team of professional editors have worked with thousands of authors, successfully leading many on to secure agent representation and publishing contracts. In 2016 Cornerstones launched a US division, based in New York, making it the first transatlantic literary consultancy.

Cornerstones is a skills-based company that specialises in equipping writers with self-editing techniques. Helen speaks internationally at universities, writer conferences and workshops, teaching the Cornerstones method. She also co-wrote Write a Blockbuster and Get it Published (Hodder), which is due to be republished in 2018.