Marian Keyes

Bestselling author beginning with ‘Watermelon’ in 1995. 12 novels and 4 nonfiction books have followed. Most recent novel ‘Grown ups’ is another huge, international hit.

Lolly Adefobe

Award winning character comedian. Credits include ‘Miracle workers’ ‘Loaded' and the much acclaimed ‘Sorry’ for the BBC.

Emma Kennedy

Bestselling author of many books including ‘Shoes for Anthony’ as well as screenwriting. Emma is also an acclaimed actress of stage and screen.

Pauline McLynn

Best known for her role in ‘Father Ted’, she has written ten novels, several plays as well as a children’s TV series.

Joanna Scanlan

Laura Steven

Marian Keyes

2020 Head Judge

The Published Judges Panel

The Unpublished Judges Panel

THE Published Humorous Graphic Novel Judges Panel

 A BAFTA nominated actress and screenwriter. Many TV credits including ‘The Thick of it’. Previously a drama lecturer, she has also written and starred in many TV series including ‘Getting on’.

Author journalist and screenwriter, she won the inaugural CWIP published Prize with ‘The Exact Opposite of Okay’    

Yomi Adegoke

Co-author of ‘Slay in Your Lane’ and multi-award-winning journalist and author. Columnist at the Guardian.

Fanny Blake

Previously a publisher and journalist, Fanny is author of eight novels and has been a judge on many prizes. 

Kate Bradley

Senior Commissioning Editor at HarperCollins. With thirty years in the publishing industry, Kate is passionate about books and authors.

Grace Campbell

Comedian, writer, director and activist. Her debut Edinburgh fringe show was a sell-out. Co-founded the feminist collective ‘The pink protest’.

Kirsty Eyre

Jennifer Young

Winner of the inaugural CWIP unpublished Prize with ‘Cow Girl’,
her book will be published by HarperCollins in 2020.

Head of Writing and journalism at Falmouth University, her novel ‘Cold Crash’ won the Cinnamon Press Debut Novel prize.

Rachel Ball

Her first graphic novel was shortlisted for the British Book Design Awards. Her second book ‘Wolf’ received huge acclaim. She teaches Graphic
and Children’s Graphic novels and is
coordinator for LDC.

Dr Nicola Streeten

A speaker, writer, drawer and teacher. Her acclaimed graphic memoir ‘Billy, me & you’ is about bereavement.
She directs LDC Comics.

Janet Ellis

Actress, presenter and author. Graduate of The Curtis Brown creative writing course, her debut novel ‘The Butcher's Hook’ was longlisted for the Desmond Elliot prize.

Hannah Berry

Award-winning graphic novelist and UK Comics Laureate. She has published three critically acclaimed novels and does a weekly cartoon for the New Statesman. 

jen Brister

Paula Wilcox

Rising star of the British comedy scene, her credits include The Now Show, the News Quiz and sell-out Edinburgh Festival shows.   

Acclaimed comedy and character actress, she is best known for her recent hits in ‘Upstart Crow’, Mount Pleasant and ‘The Smoking Room’. Currently starring in TV’s ‘Grantchester’.

Marian Keyes, Bestselling Author

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