Natasha Farrant

Natasha Farrant

Natasha Farrant is the author of the Costa Award winning novel, Voyage of the Sparrowhawk, bestselling middle-grade novel, The Children of Castle Rock, the acclaimed Bluebell Gadsby series and Carnegie-longlisted and Branford Boase-shortlisted YA historical novel The Things We Did For Love. She lives in London.

X: @NatashaFarrant1
Insa: @natasha_farrant

Emilia Hart

Emilia Hart is a British-Australian writer. She was born in Sydney and studied English Literature and Law at the University of New South Wales before working as a lawyer in Sydney and London. Emilia is a graduate of Curtis Brown Creative’s Three Month Online Novel Writing Course and was Highly Commended in the 2021 Caledonia Novel Award. Her short fiction has been published in Australia and the UK. She lives in London.

X: @emiliahartbooks 
Insta: @emiliahartbooks

Ben Jacob

University lecturer by day and clandestine ecologist by night, Ben Jacob lives with his family (and a small plantation of native orchids) at an undisclosed location deep in the West Country. This is his first book.

X: @OutlawOrchid 
Insta: @orchid_outlaw 


Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson is a Māori writer based in the UK, having lived in south-east Asia, Europe and New Zealand. She moved to London when she was 18 and the following year opened Gosh! Comics. Alongside this, she and her partner launched a graphic novel publishing company and an editorial cartoon gallery. While running her businesses and raising her three children, Jill obtained a BA Hons degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Design. In 2013, she submitted her writing to Faber and Faber, and was accepted into the Faber Academy. Her first novel The Time Before the Time to Come was published by OWN IT! in 2018. She now lives in Brighton.

X: @writerJJohnson 
Insta: @jilljohnsonwrites

Alex Falase- Koya

Rising star Alex Falase- Koya’s debut Marv series was chosen for World Book Day Book Club and the Summer Reading challenge and will be a World Book Day book in 2024.
Alex has also partnered with Marcus Rashford on the hit Breakfast Club Adventures.

X: @AlexFKoya
Insta: @alexwritestuff

Isabel Losada

Isabel Losada is the bestselling author of six previous books including The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment (over 100,000 copies sold). As an author Isabel uses a unique
mixture of story-telling, memoir and humorous non-fiction which has won her a loyal readership. She remains firmly committed to narrative non-fiction and swimming against the
tide. Isabel lives in London.
X: @isabellosada
INSTA: @isabeljmlosada

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Annie Lyons

After twelve years working in bookselling and publishing, Annie Lyons’ debut novel, Not
Quite Perfect, became a number one bestseller. Her 2020 novel, Eudora Honeysett is Quite
Well, Thank You was a USA Today bestseller and her most recent book, The Air Raid Book Club has been translated into seven languages. When not working on her novels, Annie teaches creative writing courses at venues within Beckenham Place Park. 
Annie’s books are available from the festival bookshop and you can find details of her next writing course starting on Friday 10th May by visiting her website or e-mailing

X: @1AnnieLyons
Insta: @annielyonsauthor

Gill O'Halloran

Gill O'Halloran has been writing short stories and poems for many years. 
She gained a distinction in Birkbeck University’s Creative Writing course. Her poetry collection This Seven-Year-Old Walks Into A Bar, published by Indigo Dreams Press, was included in the top twenty individual collections of 2009 by The Small Press Poetry Awards, and in 2014 she was shortlisted for the Off the Stanza poetry prize. 
She has performed at venues in London including the Sydenham Arts festival, and run poetry workshops for carers, mental health service users and professionals and the bereaved. 

X: @poetrypleases
Insta: @gillohal1


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Claire Ratinon

Claire Ratinon is an organic food grower and writer based in East Sussex. Claire has grown edible plants in a variety of roles, from growing organic vegetables for the Ottolenghi restaurant Rovi to delivering workshops throughout London. Claire has been invited to share her growing journey in talks for organisations including the Barbican Centre, Tate Liverpool, Charleston House and The Garden Museum as well as presenting features for Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. Claire’s writing has been featured in Bloom Magazine and Waitrose Food Magazine, and she writes a fortnightly gardening column for the Guardian’s Saturday Magazine. She co-wrote the pamphlet, ‘Horticultural Appropriation’ for Rough Trade Books with artist Sam Ayre, and her first book, How To Grow Your Dinner Without Leaving The House was published in August 2020.

X:  @claireratinon
Insta:  @claireratinon

Alexandra Sheppard

Alexandra Sheppard was born in North London, where she lives with her family. Oh My Gods was her first YA novel. Alex is also the co-author of Fly High Crew and The Day We Saved The Future in collaboration with the Banjo Brothers and has contributed to Happy Here, an anthology of stories from Black British authors and illustrators. Her second YA novel, Friendship Never Ends, published to great acclaim.

X:  @alexshepherd
Insta: @alexshepherd19 



Wild South London

Wild South London is a community group which aims to raise awareness of local biodiversity and promote conservation and appreciation of nature. Through walks, talks and hands-on workshops, the group will educate and inspire local people on topics such as sustainable foraging and identification of plants, animals and fungi. They will also show people how to record finds to contribute to local biodiversity data - all while promoting the positive health and wellbeing impacts of engaging with nature.

Aims of Wild Walks:
•    To introduce people to green spaces in South London
•    To promote the health and wellbeing benefits of interacting with nature
•    To help people meet other like-minded individuals and learn from one another


where nature, books and people come together

Arts in the Park CIC 15290631

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