Andy Afford: Managing Director at STENCIL, a creative agency based in Nottingham’s Sneinton Market.

Cat Arnold : Popular historian whose titles include Pandemic 1918 and Necropolis London and its Dead. She is also Nottingham City Councillor for Basford and the current Sheriff of Nottingham. She was a founding member of NUCoL’s board of directors.

John Baird: published author and blog editor (Crime Thriller Hound, Notts Lit) who provides content for BBC Radio Nottingham, Left Lion and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.

Sally Bowden is the Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham, in which capacity she co-wrote NUCoL’s successful UNESCO bid.

Ross Bradshaw runs Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham’s independent and radical bookshop.

Tim Challans is the chair of City Arts. He used to run Leisure and Cultural Services for Notts County Council and now runs Challans Consulting Ltd.

Stephan Collishaw Author of four historical novels and the editor of Noir Press, a micro press dedicated to bringing the most interesting voices from Lithuania and Eastern Europe to an English readership.

Becky Cullen is a poet. Her work is published in Carcanet New Poetries VII. Her pamphlet Majid Sits in a Tree and Sings is a winner of the 2018 Poetry Business International Poetry Book and Pamphlet Prize.

Andrew Cooper Solicitor specialising in commercial property. Former Chair of the Board of Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham. Now Chair of the Board of Spike Island Artspace in Bristol.

Mark Done is Senior Relationship Manager at Arts Council England and a graduate of Nottingham Trent University’s MA Creative Writing course.

Daniel Donson Bookseller & Artist, Events Manager of Waterstones, Nottingham.

Michelle Dunstan is Principal Librarian for Reading and Programmes for Inspire , the Community Benefit Society who run libraries across Nottinghamshire (county).

Sue Dymoke Poet, teacher educator and researcher of poetry pedagogy. Her third full collection ‘What They Left Behind’ is published by Shoestring Press in 2018.

Rowena Edlin-White Author of Exploring Nottinghamshire Writers, also a speaker on local and women’s history and an independent publisher.

Kirsty Fox Novelist and social entrepreneur in the creative industries, she is the founder of Bees Make Honey Creative CIC and works as a creative producer, communications manager, and business mentor.

Hayley Green is a professional poet and educator.

Christine Hall Professor of Education at The University of Nottingham and a member of Nottingham’s Education Improvement Board.

Mike Hamlin Chair of the Greenwood Academies Trust – an educational trust which oversees 34 schools in the broader East Midlands.

Pippa Hennessy Publications worker at Five Leaves Bookshop. She was Project Director of the successful City of Literature bid for Nottingham.

Caroline Hennigan is Broadway’s Programme Director and leads a team who generate artistic and educational ideas and projects.

Dr Sarah Jackson Winner of the Seamus Heaney Prize, a BBC New Generation Thinker and AHRC Leadership Fellow, she is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.

Melanie Jeffs Manages the staff, building and operations of Bromley House Library

Alex Khan Cultural Services Manager at L Leisure and co-founder of the Stone Soup Project CIC; an alternative provision provider working with young people excluded from mainstream education.

Graham Lester George Award Winning Screenwriter. Filmmaker. Photographer.

Jeremy Lewis Freelance newspaper, magazine and website journalist; occasional broadcaster.

David Longford Creative Learning at the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham. His role includes programming education partnerships with the venue’s touring companies.

John Lucas is a poet, the publisher of Shoestring Press, an emeritus professor at Loughborough and Nottingham Trent Universities, a critic and jazzman.

Kathy McArdle Director England and Cities, The British Council Responsible for coordinating British Council’s work across England and developing the organisation’s work in and with the cities in our global network. She was a founding member of NUCoL’s board of directors.

James Moran is Professor of Modern English Literature and Drama at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Gareth Morgan Dramaturg and Children’s/Community Literacy Advocate.

Henderson Mullin is the Director of Writing East Midlands. He was a founding member of NUCoL’s board of directors.

Tanya Myers is an actress, playwright and co-director of Meeting Ground Theatre Company.

Jonathan Rigby is a partner at Page Forty-Five Comics

Paul Roberts, OBE is Chair of the Innovation Unit, Vice-Chair of Nottingham Contemporary and a member of the National Council of Arts Council England.

Sharon Scanaglia is Principal Arts Officer at Nottingham City Museums and Art Galleries.

Shreya Sen-Handley is a print and broadcast journalist for the international media, and author of HarperCollins’ ‘Memoirs of My Body’, is currently writing a libretto for the Welsh National Opera and a book of short stories for HarperCollins.

Tony Simpson is the director of the Nottingham-based Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation and Spokesman Books.

Di Slaney Publisher and editor Candlestick Press; poet; founder and strategic marketing consultant Nottingham marketing agency Diversity; artisan yarn producer Hooligan Yarns; founder/trustee Manor Farm Charitable Trust.

Bridie Squires is a poet and the editor of LeftLion.

Deborah Stevenson is a performance poet. She founded Mouthy Poets.

Jai Verma Writer and poet living in Beeston, Chairperson of multilingual literary group Kavya Rang, board member of Nottingham Asian Arts Council and promoter of Hindi education and language.

James Walker Specialist in digital literary heritage trails (The Sillitoe Trail, Dawn of the Unread, DH Lawrence Memory Theatre). LeftLion literature editor for 13 years. He was a founding member of NUCoL’s board of directors.

Rory Waterman Poet, literary critic and editor, and a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing.

Georgina Wilding is Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate.

Leah Wilkins is a poet and works at Five Leaves Bookshop.

Carol Williams A school librarian, recently retired from many years promoting literacy and reading for pleasure, now involved in several literacy initiatives as a volunteer including the Book Bus in Zambia.

Jared Wilson Editor in Chief and co-founder of LeftLion magazine. As a journalist he has written for the Guardian, The Independent, The Times and The Big Issue. He directed the film ‘The Lord of Milan’.

Professor Nahem Yousaf is Director of Research at NTU’s School of Arts and Humanities. He was a founding member of NUCoL’s board of directors.