John Lynch

John has been a writer since he was ten years old and stood on his primary school stage in Newcastle upon Tyne to read to the assembled children and their parents a story he had written.

1989 was his breakthrough year when he sold his first short story to BBC Radio and his first article to a magazine. Since then he has published contemporary historical fiction as well as non-fiction in his own name, but mostly he ghost writes fiction and non-fiction for others.

One of the books by John Lynch

A Just and Upright Man first in the James Blakiston Series of historical romance/crime novels. It was short-listed for the Historical Novelist Association’s Indie Prize and the Wishing Well Awards.

John will be speaking and chairing one of the talks at the Oakwood Literature Festival this year.

‘Bringing history to life through books’

David Ebsworth

David Ebsworth is the pen name of writer, Dave McCall, a former union negotiator, born in Liverpool in 1949 but now living in Wrexham, North Wales, and Spain’s Alicante Province. His six independently published novels are all historical thrillers, set variously during the Spanish Civil War, 6th Century Britain, the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, the Zulu War of 1879 and Napoleon’s Waterloo Campaign. His work-in-progress is a series of novellas about  Liverpool-Welsh suffragettes between 1911 and 1919.

One of the books by David Ebsworth

Until the Curtain Falls, a sequel to his 2013 Spanish Civil War story, The Assassin’s Mark…

October 1938, and a British foreign correspondent is on the run in northern Spain, hunted by three different and deadly enemies determined to kill him before he can reach the Mediterranean coast and freedom.

David will be a speaker on the panel for the talk:

‘Bringing history to life through books’

Celia Boyd

Celia was born in Derby in 1937. She worked as a teacher and then a Probation Officer. Since retiring, Celia has written a four volume series set in the English Civil Wars  and follow the exploits of a young doctor from Worcester called Tom Fletcher.  Celia has also written a moving  account of a nine year old child in WW2 who with her little brother moves from Derby to Sheffield, following the breakdown of her parents’ marriage, a fictional memoir.

As Celia Mason, when working for the West Midlands Probation Service, Celia wrote Are You Here for the  Beer? A self-help guide for prison inmates whose criminality stemmed from alcohol abuse. For this she received the Butler Trust Award, presented by Princess Anne.

One of the books by Celia Boyd

First Dry Rattle 1640- 1642

The first of four Tom Fletcher novels introduces a young man who is apprenticed to his cousin Ben Knowles, a respected doctor in Worcester, Tom embraces his vocation as a doctor.

Two years later in 1642, 18 year old Tom is thrust into the horror of Civil War. Returning in September from a visit to friends in Ledbury, he falls foul of a Parliamentarian quartermaster, who is using the war to indulge psychopathic tendencies.

Celia will be a speaker on the panel for the talk:

‘Bringing history to life through books’