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Barbara Taylor Bradford

International bestselling novelist
Joint chair of judging panel

 

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Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE first started her professional writing career as a journalist for the Yorkshire Evening Post. At 18, she became the paper’s first woman's editor and, at 20, moved to London and became a columnist and editor on Fleet Street. Barbara’s energy, dynamism, curiosity and passion produce exceptional novels. She invented the rags-to-riches family saga and introduced to the world the unforgettable heroine, Emma Harte, in A Woman of Substance, Barbara’s very first novel. Barbara continues to prove that nothing stands in the way of hard work and ambition to succeed. She is currently writing her 32nd novel, Secrets of Cavendon, which will be published November 2017.

Eleanor-Mills

Eleanor Mills

Editorial Director of The Sunday Times
Joint chair of judging panel

 

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Eleanor Mills is Editorial Director of The Sunday Times and also editor of The Sunday Times Magazine. She is Chair of Women in Journalism and appears regularly on TV and radio. Her publications include Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: 100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women. She is the mother of two girls and lives in London.

 

 

 

Fiona Evans

Fiona Evans

 Head of School Programmes at the National Literacy Trust

 

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Fiona Evans is Head of School Programmes at the National Literacy Trust. Through 20 years’ experience of teaching in schools, it has been her privilege to be part of the creative writing journey of hundreds of pupils. In addition to being part of a number of annual writing competitions organised by the National Literacy Trust, Fiona has recently been on the panel for the Radio Two Book Club and a judge for the National Literacy Trust and the BBC’s Comedy Classroom writing competition alongside a number of BBC personalities. She is a huge Barbara Taylor Bradford fan and is delighted to be part of the Write Stuff Competition.
Lynne Drew

Lynne Drew

Publishing Director at HarperCollins

 

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Lynne Drew is a Publishing Director at HarperCollins and has been Barbara Taylor Bradford's editor for the past decade. She has published bestsellers such as PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern and The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, both of which have sold in excess of a million copies. As a teenager Lynne read everything she could get her hands on, from Georgette Heyer to Jilly Cooper, and has remained passionate about great storytelling (and reading far too late at night) ever since.