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Who tutors LSJ courses?

The LSJ only uses experienced professionals who work within the areas that they teach.  We have listed those who are established members of our teaching team, including those who tutor distance learning, postgraduate evening classes and short courses:

Ken Ashton is a journalist who has won awards for investigative news and feature reporting. He has worked on weekly, evening and national newspapers, and much of his work has been in sports journalism - he has covered top-class soccer around the UK and Europe and wrote a book on the first 10 years of the legendary Bill Shankly as Liverpool manager. Born in Lancashire, he worked mainly in Liverpool and Manchester and has extensive knowledge of editing as well as writing, having been editor of two weekly newspapers and group production editor with a series.

David Banks is a full-time freelance cartoonist whose work is syndicated world-wide and has been published in, among others, The Times, The Telegraph, The Spectator, The Dandy and the Internet. He also supplies cartoons for the greeting card and advertising markets. He was short-listed in the Sunday Times and New Scientist cartoon competitions, is the cartoon tutor for the London School of Journalism and is a member of the Cartoonist Club of Great Britain.

Nick Barlay is the author of three highly acclaimed novels, Curvy Lovebox, Crumple Zone and Hooky Gear, and was named in 2003 as a strong contender for Granta's twenty best young British novelists of the last ten years. His fourth novel, The Wife of a Man Who, has been published in France. The written history of his Hungarian Jewish family was also published. As a freelance journalist, he has contributed to a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including a long-running series about London for The Times. He has also written a walk for the Time Out Book of London Walks, Volume 2, award-winning radio plays, and short stories for anthologies. He has taught journalism and creative writing for over ten years.

Ross Biddiscombe is a journalist of 30 years' experience, also an author, broadcaster, writing coach and PR consultant. He specialises in writing about sport and television and has worked for national newspapers like The Guardian, monthly magazines including Golf Monthly, regional daily and weekly newspapers and specialist and trade magazines. He has also been a radio news reader/reporter and worked in various roles for several satellite TV channels including National Geographic TV. Ross has interviewed personalities as varied as Muhammed Ali, the Duke of York, William 'The Fridge' Perry and Seve Ballesteros. He has recently completed two acclaimed biographies about the struggles of journeymen golfers and is a regular contributor to titles including the Royal Television Society's monthly magazine.

David Berman has been a press and PR photographer since roughly 1988. He travelled and freelanced for 10 years, before joining the Croydon Advertiser as a staff photographer, rising to chief photographer in 2001 - a position he held for 8 years. He later steered away from management to concentrate on shooting and developing multimedia for websites. He now works for Metropolis business media, providing both video and stills coverage for a stable of some 20, mostly B2B, publications. He provides a service from initial project conception, planning and client liaison, through to shooting with high end Sony cameras and DSLR.

Lucy Caldwell is a published novelist, an award winning playwright and author of short stories and a radio play. Currently she is under commission to the Royal Court Theatre to write for the main stage and to the Northern Irish theatre company, for whom she is writing a play based upon Seamus Heaney's 'Bog Poems' - all while working on her second novel. She also works with the Pushkin Trust, a Northern Irish charity which teaches creative writing (dramatic and prose) to primary school children and their teachers.

Mike Carter is a freelance travel writer, whose work has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph. He has also written two six-month, weekly columns for the Observer: the first, in 2006, documented his 20,000 mile, 27-country solo motorcycle journey through Europe; the second, in 2009, his 5,000 mile bicycle ride around the coastline of Britain. Mike's first book, Uneasy Rider, based on his motorcycle column and published by Ebury Press, won the 2008 Oldie Travel Book of the Year. His second book, "One Man and His Bike" (published in June 2014), details his 5,000 mile ride around the entire British coastline.

Jane Cassidy started out as a regional newspaper reporter after completing a postgraduate journalism course in 1987. She then worked in news, features and assistant editor roles on a medical trade title and a national current affairs magazine, before going freelance in 1999. Jane writes features for a range of national newspapers and magazines, and has also helped produce several TV current affairs documentaries. A love of travel has led her to take part in international assignments all over the world. She is a visiting university lecturer teaching journalism in the UK and has trained media students and journalists in Spain.

Gavin Evans has been a journalist for over three decades. He started out as a news reporter and then worked as a feature writer, columnist and night news editor, while stringing as a foreign correspondent. Later, Gavin worked as a freelance feature writer and broadcaster (radio and television) and also as a sub-editor. His academic background is in economic history and law, and my PhD is in politics. In recent years he has written for a number of UK publications including The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail and the New Internationalist, and he also writes for the Mail and Guardian in South Africa. Gavin has written six books, the latest of which is 'Black Brain, White Brain' (Thistle and Jonathan Ball), which exposes the fallacies of racist IQ theory. He is currently completing his next book, 'Mapreaders and Multi-taskers' on genes and gender. He has lectured at LSJ and at Birkbeck (University of London) for more than a decade, and also assists with the MA journalism course at the University of Cardiff.

Paul Gogarty has been providing features for all the national travel pages for over 20 years. He has been a travel editor on several publications, was chief travel writer at the Daily Telegraph for a decade and regularly presented on BBC 1's Holiday programme. He is the author of two award-winning travelogues and his latest book is a psychoanalytic look at sporting legends entitled 'Winning at all costs - Sporting gods and their demons'.

Lynne Hackles is a butterfly writer, flitting from genre to genre. She has sold over four hundred short stories to women's magazines in the UK, Australia and Scandinavia. She has written greetings cards, newspaper advertisements, comic strip stories for children, a novel for pre-teens and been a ghostwriter. She currently has three how-to-write books out and is busy being a journalist and article writer, under three different names. Lynne has given talks and held workshops all around the UK and is a tutor for Writers' News home study courses.

Margaret James is a novelist and journalist who has written thirteen published novels and is a regular contributor to the UK's bestselling monthly publication for authors, Writing Magazine. Margaret's latest novels are a trilogy of stories set in Dorset - The Morning Promise, The Long Way Home and The Penny Bangle, were published in October 2007.

Karen King started her writing career with the teenage magazine, Jackie and spent many years writing for various children's magazines before concentrating solely on writing books. She has had over one hundred children's books published by a range of publishers, including Walker, Scholastic, Random House and Harper Collins. She writes both fiction and non-fiction - including picture books, story books, activity, joke and puzzle books - for children from pre-school to teens. Her picture book 'I Don't Eat Toothpaste Anymore' won the Gold Award for Best Product and her Country Companions book 'The Birthday Surprise' won the Practical Parenting Award. Some of her short stories were featured on Playdays BBC and some of her poems on the BBC One Potato, Two Potato website.

Karen also writes short stories for women's magazines and has had two romance novels published. She runs writing workshops for adults and in schools. She was a lecturer on the MA Professional Writing course and the BA Illustration course at the University College Falmouth for many years. She has a BA (Open) with the Open University and a Certificate in Education. Her latest book is Get Writing: Children's Fiction, published by How To Books.

Andrew Knight began his journalism career in Scotland on the Aberdeen Evening Express, where he won a number of writing awards, including Young Scottish Journalist of the Year, and later became the paper's features editor. He moved to BBC Scotland in Glasgow in 1989, but returned to print journalism in the early 1990s and spent five years as assistant editor of The Bath Chronicle, principally responsible for the paper's features and entertainments coverage.  He has had widespread freelance writing experience and been heavily involved in journalism training for the past 10 years with a variety of newspaper groups. He held a full-time post as editorial training manager for Trinity Mirror's Western Mail & Echo newspapers in Cardiff  for two years prior to becoming a full-time freelance tutor and lecturer.

Valerie Loh is a published author of over thirty five historical and contemporary titles published by F A Thorpe under her pseudonym Valerie Holmes. Her work encompasses crime, adventure and romance. She has also written articles  and had work published as a ghost-writer. She is a previous winner of David St John Thomas Charitable Trust’s Annual Ghost Story competition, run by Writing Magazine. She is an experienced creative writing tutor of distance learning courses and manuscript appraisals, including work for the R. N. A.’s New Writers' Scheme. She was shortlisted for the award with her first published title. As a reader for the Historical Novel Society she reviews both adult and children’s books. She is a member of the Society of Authors, The Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association  (Valerie’s ‘Hannah of Harpham Hall’ was short listed for the Romance Prize in 2006). Valerie's latest book, 'Moving On', was shorted listed for the 'Love Story of The Year Award 2011 at this years RNA.

Sue Moorcroft is a working writer. She’s sold over one hundred short stories to magazines around the world and is just beginning her third serial for the home market. Her novel, Uphill all the Way was published in paperback in April 2005, and has gone to large print and audio. Her new novel, Family Matters, was published in 2008. She is a committee-member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, a past winner of the Association’s Katie Fforde Bursary Award, a reader for the RNA’s New Writers' Scheme and an appraiser for Critically Write. As well as being a tutor of distance learning courses, Sue is a part-time tutor for the University of Leicester, Northampton Centre, Leicester Writing School and other institutions on an occasional basis.

Gary Moskowitz blogs about music, film, and culture for the New York Times and Intelligent Life. He has written for TIME Magazine and the Economist and also teaches at City University London. He is a former senior fellow at Mother Jones Magazine, and a former assistant editor at Pop & Politics. He was an education reporter for Los Angeles Times community newspapers from 2000 to 2004. He's worked on multimedia stories for telegraph.co.uk and Mother Jones. He's written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Village Voice, and Dazed & Confused magazine.

Tony Padman has been a news and features journalist since 1999. After five years in news for local, regional, national and Polish newspapers, he travelled to Belarus where he worked as a news correspondent. Returning to London he turned to features, writing stories on health, religion and education. He now specialises in entertainment journalism for national newspapers.

John Greenwood is a senior journalist who has worked in radio, television and print journalism for more than 40 years. After starting his career in Manchester working on local newspapers, John moved to London to join Independent Radio News (IRN), first as a reporter and then news editor. He worked in BBC local and national radio newsrooms before moving to television - first with breakfast station TV-am, then Sky News and finally BBC News, working at senior producer level on bulletins and some of the station's major news feature programmes. He has also been a news writer at the multi-lingual news channel Euronews in Lyons, France.

Ruby Radburn studied MA Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, learning much about the craft of writing, and eventually gaining a Distinction. On this course, she started her first novel In The Cherries, a coming-of-age story about a sullen teenager going to work in a cherry orchard with her cousin. She is now working on the final revisions of that novel with her agent, before it sending it out to publishers. She has worked as Learning Mentor and a Private Tutor, but now very much enjoys teaching Creative Writing. In September 2012, she is due to start a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, researching the ways in which cognitive science can inform the writing process. She is thirty-two years-old, and lives in South-East London with her partner, their son, and a hyperactive cat called Velma.

Ellen Renner was born and brought up in Missouri and came to England in her twenties. She is married to an Englishman and has one son. She studied creative writing and  painting in the States and comparative literature at University College London. She writes novels for older children, aged 9+. The first book in her quartet of adventure stories, Castle of Cards, won the Cornerstones/Writers’ News 2007 Wow Factor Competition and will be published by Orchard Books in early 2010. She is a school governor, a member of the Society of Authors and the Scattered Authors’ Society, and a regional coordinator for the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators.

Sarah Burton Sarah teaches creative writing and has taught undergraduate courses in the Theatre Studies Department at the Royal Holloway and in the English Department at Goldsmiths. Both involved tutorials, seminars, lectures and supervision and support.

She was for many years a television drama script editor and also read and reported on prose submissions for Eastern Arts' Write Lines scheme. Sarah is also on the board of tutors for the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education, having completed with credit their course in Effective Online Tutoring.

She has published two non-fiction titles for adults: Impostors: Six Kinds of Liar (Viking hardback, 2000; Penguin paperback, 2001) and A Double Life: a Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb (Viking hardback 2003; Penguin paperback 2004). Impostors has been translated into four languages and A Double Life was short-listed for the Mind Book of the Year. She has also written extensively for BBC History Magazine and review books (fiction and non-fiction) for the Times, Spectator, Guardian and Independent. Her first children’s book was The Miracle in Bethlehem: A Storyteller’s Tale (Floris paperback, 2008) and she has contributed a short story to the Wow! Anthology (Scholastic, 2008). She recently completed a second children’s book and a novel for adults. 

Jane Purcell started out in children's publishing at Random House. Since then she has written topical comedy for radio and sketch comedy for television (Steve Coogan and Smack the Pony) and journalism for newspapers and magazines She has written numerous plays and series for Radio 4 and has a television comedy pilot under option. Jane is currently writing a Woman's Hour series. She is also a tutor with the Open University.

Wendy Richmond originally trained in Fine Art, turning to writing when it became easier to combine this with raising a family. She returned to study as a mature student in her early 30s gaining a degree in Philosophy, and later an MA in Scriptwriting. A Hawthornden Fellow, she has tutored creative writing for decades, edited poetry magazines, dabbled with filmmaking, and had interludes with theatricals. Active for many years in organising literary events as well as tutoring, she now leads a quieter life and has recently returned to her art – this sits nicely alongside the poetry. She says there is no greater delight than to read a truthful but crafted poem that engages the reader on that special journey – even more so when it has been written by an LSJ student.

Nick Alatti Born in Birmingham, Nick cut his journalistic teeth at Cater's News Agency as a court and sports reporter. He later moved to the Birmingham Daily News where he became a senior reporter and a feature writer. His proudest journalism moments were working on the Lockerbie disaster, the Kegworth air crash and the release of the Birmingham Six. He also did a number of celebrity interviews including Pavarotti, Joan Collins, Ella Fitzgerald, Lenny Henry, Fry and Laurie and Simon Rattle. Nick worked on the short-lived 'The Planet on Sunday' before moving to Devon and working on the Exeter Express and Echo. In 2005 he turned freelance to spend more time with his young children. Nick has recently written for the Sunday Express, the Mail on Sunday, New!, Fresh and Practical Family History magazines as well as subediting for Country Gardener magazine.

Amy Sackville studied English and Theatre Studies at Leeds, went on to an MPhil at Oxford (specialising in Modernism), and worked in publishing before attending the MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths in 2007-2008. She is an Associate Lecturer of the Open University and lives in West London. She has had short stories and reviews published in various anthologies and journals; her first novel, The Still Point, was broadcast on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime, and published by Portobello Books in January 2010.

Andrew Taylor is an established writer, and has specialised in adaptations for the stage of novels such as 'Room at the Top', 'Kind Hearts & Coronets', 'The Lady Vanishes' and 'The Lavender Hill Mob'. For seven years, he was responsible for the delivery of the education programme of Empty Hat Theatre in training and lecturing to the FE and HE sectors, specialising in creative writing and script and text analysis. He also undertakes one-to-one mentoring to emerging artistes and creative businesses within the literature/theatre and film sectors in London.

Femke van Iperen started working in London in 1996 as a freelance camerawoman. After completing a Film and Video degree at the London School of Printing and Distributive Trades she worked in television and corporate video production. Her first job was for Sky TV on Princess Diana’s funeral and she filmed around Asia and Europe for top corporates such as Ernst & Young. She worked for Reuters, CNBC, Carlton 021, the Travel Channel and other broadcasters before also moving into print as a journalist six years later. She works as a feature writer and editor on a variety of trade and local publications, and provides live camera experience for LSJ students.

Lorna V's career in journalism began with financial, trade and business publications, moving into national tabloid and broadsheet newspapers, niche health titles, mass market and glossy magazines. She has written about all aspects of lifestyle including fashion and interiors, health and fitness, food and travel, wellbeing and relationships. Her editing experience includes four years as Time Out's Sell Out (consumer-lifestyle). She has written Psychologies magazine's first branded book, Real Confidence (published by Capstone/Wiley in February 2016) and is currently working on Real Ambition as well as continuing to contribute to the magazine. Lorna's first play was short-listed for the Verity Bargate award, and she was on attachment to the Soho Theatre for one year. She has recently performed her work at the Chelsea Arts Collective, the Lion & Unicorn theatre and Battersea Arts Centre. Lorna's lectures and workshops in journalism for the London School of Journalism draw on her interest in psychology and aim to inspire students to find their unique, authentic writing voice.

Chris Wheal is an award-winning freelance journalist, editor and trainer, who has become a specialist in online journalism, including running websites for AOL. He spent 20 years in print, editing B2B magazines and supplements in the Guardian as well as writing for men's mags, women's glossies and writing serious political commentary and economics analysis for the likes of Time Out and New Statesman. He spent two years writing, processing and publishing early morning web news for Insurance Times, often writing eight stories between 6am and 8am every day. He launched and ran Daily Finance for AOL, then merged it with sister title, Walletpop to create AOL Money, which he launched before handing over to a full-time editor. He also has his own start-up website and phone app called The Zebra.