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Tony Margrave was born in Kent, England, in 1947, and left school in 1964. After a brief interlude in engineering he took up the practice of law and was a solicitor of many years standing, but is now a non-practising solicitor.

He has written extensively on matters military for journals published in Britain, France and the United States and has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Historical Society for this body of work. He has gained four literary awards (the Canon William M Lummis trophy) by the Crimean War Research Society and two Literary Medals by the Orders and Medals Society of America. He has also been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal of the Orders and Medals Society of America, for literary pursuits.




John with plane closeup

John Palliser was born and educated in York. He read Modern Languages at Worcester College, Oxford, in the early 1960s. He then taught languages for eleven years in England, France and Germany. In the mid-1970s he qualified as an accountant and for most of his career worked in sports management, travelling extensively in Europe. Through his professional activities he acquired experience in buying, registering and operating business jet aircraft.

 He has had a passion for all aspects of aeronautics since his teens. His entry into the world of business aviation at the end of his career finally gave him the job satisfaction which he was seeking. Without having ever become a professional pilot, he has nonetheless built a solid total of hours as a private pilot both in France and in the USA where he has obtained an FAA instrument rating. After having worked for many years in Monaco, he has now retired to Aigues-Mortes in the south of France.



me Irene Black  - 1943 - 2020

 Our colleague and friend sadly passed away on 5th August 2020

Irene Black was born in Leeds and spent her childhood in Staffordshire. She read psychology at Manchester University and was a psychologist (working on the Apollo Space Program in New York). Later she became Head of Modern Languages at a comprehensive school in Surrey. During her lifetime she lived in the USA, Australia and India. In 2005 she completed her Masters degree on South Indian temples. She won a number of national and international prizes for short stories, poetry and articles, including the 2003 National Association of Writers' Groups Annual Short Story award. Her Goldenford novels include 'Darshan', 'The Moon's Complexion' and her crossover fantasy 'Noontide Owls'.  Her biography of her parents 'If only I could have News from You' was published in 2016.  Besides writing, she lectured on Asian art and ran a writers' workshop. More information can be found at Irene's website which remains online.





Originally from London, Jacquelynn Luben lives with her husband in a Surrey village, their children having fled the nest. For many years she acted as her husband's reluctant secretary as well as writing. ‘Lost Innocents’, her crime novel is her sixth book and follows her genealogical novel, 'Tainted Tree', and her novella, 'A Bottle of Plonk'. She has also written a memoir about her experience of cot death, a self help book and many articles and short stories. She gained a degree from Surrey University in 2002, with a dissertation on the Harry Potter series and other children's books, but has only written one children's book herself, as she still prefers writing adult fiction. More information can be found at Jacquelynn's Facebook page.







JenniferJennifer Margrave (writing as Jay Margrave) is a consultant in the solicitor's practice she set up in 1995, which firm specialises in 'elderly client law'; in 2003 she won a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Law Society's Gazette, as part of their centenary celebrations, for her work in this field. She writes legal articles for journals and gives lectures and workshops not only to other lawyers but also to groups such as Women's Institutes. Jennifer has been writing fiction since she could hold a pencil and has at least 100 short stories, many poems, and several modern novels hidden away in her bottom drawer. She has been shortlisted at Winchester Writers' Conference several times and won short story competitions over the years. Goldenford has published six of Jennifer’s novels 'The Gawain Quest', 'Luther's Ambassadors', 'The Nine Lives of Kit Marlowe', 'Love and Loyalty', and 'Can her glory ever fade. A life of Mary Seacole'. More information can be found at Jay's blog.





AnjaliAnjali Mittal, a graduate from the University of York is a mother of two who understands how important it is for children to read. The author of 'The Boat Race', and other adventure stories for children, has a diverse international background. The different cultures and environments have given her an extraordinary insight into all walks of life and these experiences are reflected in the characters and setting for her stories.  The author believes in encouraging children to read by making books stimulating and different from their day to day lives so that they get fully immersed into the fictitious fantasy. Short-listed for the 2009 'Write a story for children' competition. Comment from judges of The Academy of Children's writers - 'you obviously have an understanding of young people that impressed our panel. A quality that is invaluable to a would-be children's writer. This, together with your 'way of words' indicates a natural talent.'






Johnnie Lowery is a lifelong obsessive football fan. He has been supporting his local side, Sutton United, for as long as he has been old enough to leave the house on his own to go and watch them. His first book, Six Added Minutes, was published in November 2019, whilst Lowery was still at university. It tells a humorous and sometime poignant tale of an adolescent boy growing up, watching Sutton trying to make a name for themselves in the FA Cup. His second book, which not surprisingly is also football based, is in the pipeline.







Taka Rothenberg is an artist and dress designer who grew up in Japan, before and during World War II. She was both talented and entrepreneurial. She left Japan as a young woman to go to the USA, where she spent the next fifty turbulent years, mainly in New York, with her Jewish American husband, Bennet - a poet - their daughter, Michelle, and a menagerie of animals.  After her husband’s death, she moved to the UK.