Local Authors

Authors Near Lowdham

The local area is packed full of authors, it seems!

Elizabeth Baguley  

Elizabeth Baguley was born in Nottinghamshire and has worked here as a teacher at both primary and secondary levels for many years.  She began writing when her children were small and her picture books have been published by OUP, Little Tiger Press and others.  Elizabeth’s books for Little Tiger Press include Meggie Moon, which won the Swiss Labelle Prize 2008 and A Long Way From Home, which was shortlisted for the UKLA Children’s Book Award in the Picture Book category.


  Cathy Bramley

Cathy Bramley is now a full-time writer of light-hearted romantic fiction, but spent eighteen years running her own marketing agency. Her first book, Conditional Love, was self  published, but in 2014, Cathy caught the attention of Transworld Publishers and she has just published her eleventh book, A Patchwork Family


   Alison Chippindale

Alison Chippindale from Burton Joyce started writing again after the death of her husband, 28 years after her last poem!   In the late 80s she had a prolific if brief outpouring, and was published by Yer Own Stuff Press as part of the Scarlet Women series, One Woman’s Voice.  During 2018, Alison created her second collection, Mug without a Handle, Life after Loss of a Long-term Partner, One Woman’s Experience, made a website and gave a reading as part of Nottinghamshire’s Inspire Poetry Festival.  


Wilf Morgan 

Wilf Morgan is a Nottingham lad who is proving to be one of the top new writing talents on Nottingham’s literary scene. He is the founder of the publishing label 88Tales Press and author of The Cotton Keeper, Lost Angels and The Assassin’s Wedding. He also writes The Arilon Chronicles, a fantasy series for younger readers, the opening novel being Arthur Ness and the Secret of Waterwhistle.


  Michael R.D.Smith

Michael R.D. Smith was once a schoolteacher, but is now a lawyer and novelist, living in Southwell. His first novel, The Deed Room, is both a legal thriller and a love story.


Colin Stump  

Colin lives in Bleasby and has travelled extensively in the Himalaya. His book Wisdom of the Mountains is a comprehensive guide to the evolution, practise and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.


Other Nottinghamshire Authors

We are very lucky in Nottinghamshire to have a thriving contemporary literary scene, as well as a fine heritage that includes authors such as DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe.

These are just some of our local authors – click on the blue names to link to their websites.

Betty Boyden
Clare Brown
Susanna Clarke
Stephan Collishaw
Michael Cox
Helen Cresswell
Anthony Cropper
Michael Eaton
Mark Goodwin


And just to prove they’re a talented bunch, have a look at this
(non-exhaustive) list of awards!
Jon McGregor:
Winner of the 2012 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Even the Dogs; longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize for So Many Ways To Begin; winner of the 2003 Betty Trask Award and a Somerset Maugham Award for If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things; longlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize for If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things; winner of the 2013 East Midlands Book Award forThis Isn’t the Sort Of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You; longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Reservoir 13, which was winner of the Costa Novel of the Year 2017.
Kim Slater:
Kim’s debut novel Smart has been nominated for twenty five book awards and has won ten,  including the Leeds Book Award 15, the St Helen’s Book Award (BASH) 15, the Tower Hamlets Book Award 15, the EMBA Geoffrey Trease Children’s Book Award 15, The Brilliant Book Award 2016, 1066 Schools Book Award 2016, The Grampian Children’s Book Award 2016, the North Herts Schools’ Book Award 2016, ‘Spellbinding’ Dorset Book Award 2016 and ‘The Read’ Stockport Schools Book Award 2016. A Seven Letter Word, Kim’s second novel, has been nominated for four awards, including the Carnegie Prize 17 and is winner of the St Helen’s Book Award 2017 (BASH 17) and the Brilliant Book Award 2018.
 Paula Rawsthorne:
Winner of the 2012 Leeds Book Award, the 2012 Sefton Good Reads Award and the 2013 Brilliant Book Award for The Truth About Celia Frost  and winner of The Rib Valley Book Award 2014 for her second novel, Blood Tracks.