Lemn Sissay MBE is the author of several books of poetry alongside articles, records, public art, and plays. He was an official poet for the London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London, in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park. Sissay is associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, and inaugural trustee of World Book Night
Anna Maria Murphy is a writer, playwright, teacher and storyteller. Anna has a beautiful, animated voice that is all too captivating to listen to, like a siren call, which translates to paper beautifully. She has written plays for BBC Radio 4 and is the author of a large number of Kneehigh Theatre Company’s work including The Red Shoes, The Bacchae, Tristan & Yseult (co. written) and Midnight’s Pumpkin which she described, with a sonorous laugh, as a “festival of cheese”.