Who tutors LSJ courses?

The LSJ only uses experienced professionals who work within the areas that they teach.  We have listed those who are established members of our teaching team, including those who tutor distance learning, postgraduate evening classes and short courses:

Ken Ashton is a journalist who has won awards for investigative news and feature reporting. He has worked on weekly, evening and national newspapers, and much of his work has been in sports journalism - he has covered top-class soccer around the UK and Europe and wrote a book on the first 10 years of the legendary Bill Shankly as Liverpool manager.
Born in Lancashire, he worked mainly in Liverpool and Manchester and has extensive knowledge of editing as well as writing, having been editor of two weekly newspapers and group production editor with a series.

David Banks is a full-time freelance cartoonist whose work is syndicated world-wide and has been published in, amongst others, The Times, The Telegraph, The Spectator, The Dandy and the Internet. He also supplies cartoons for the greeting card and advertising markets. He was short-listed in the Sunday Times and New Scientist cartoon competitions, is the cartoon tutor for the London School of Journalism and is a member of the Cartoonist Club of Great Britain.

Nick Barlay is the author of three highly acclaimed novels, Curvy Lovebox, Crumple Zone and Hooky Gear, and was recently named as a strong contender for Granta's twenty best young British novelists of the last ten years. He is a freelance journalist, and has contributed feature articles to newspapers and magazines, including Time Out, the Guardian, and English Heritage. He has written for consumer and trade magazines, local papers and has also worked as a sub-editor. The son of Hungarian refugees, he has worked with Hungarian television, making documentaries. Other work includes award-winning radio plays, contributing a walk to the Time Out Book of London Walks, and short stories for forthcoming anthologies by Picador and X Press. He has also taught journalism and creative writing at the University of London as well as the London School of Journalism and has participated in British Council literary tours.

Ross Biddiscombe is a journalist of 30 years' experience, also an author, broadcaster, writing coach and PR consultant. He specialises in writing about sport and television and has worked for national newspapers like The Guardian, monthly magazines including Golf Monthly, regional daily and weekly newspapers and specialist and trade magazines. He has also been a radio news reader/reporter and worked in various roles for several satellite TV channels including National Geographic TV. Ross has interviewed personalities as varied as Muhammed Ali, the Duke of York, William 'The Fridge' Perry and Seve Ballesteros. He has recently completed two acclaimed biographies about the struggles of journeymen golfers and is a regular contributor to titles including the Royal Television Society's monthly magazine.

Lucy Caldwell was born in 1981, and is a published novelist, an award winning playwright and author of short stories and a radio play. Currently she is under commission to the Royal Court Theatre to write for the main stage and to the Northern Irish theatre company, for whom she is writing a play based upon Seamus Heaney's 'Bog Poems' - all while working on her second novel. She also works with the Pushkin Trust, a Northern Irish charity which teaches creative writing (dramatic and prose) to primary school children and their teachers.

Peter Carty is a very experienced editor and feature writer. He has contributed to a wide range of magazines and newspapers including The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, GQ and Esquire. He researched and wrote a regular slot for The Guardian for four years and was travel editor for Time Out, also for four years, as well as writing numerous features for both of these publications. The early part of his career was spent in financial journalism, when he wrote for the Financial Times and the Investors Chronicle.

Jane Cassidy started out as a regional newspaper reporter after completing a postgraduate journalism course in 1987. She then worked in news, features and assistant editor roles on a medical trade title and a national current affairs magazine before going freelance in 1999. Jane writes features for a range of national newspapers and magazines, and has also helped produce several TV current affairs documentaries. A love of travel has led her to take part in international assignments all over the world. She is a visiting university lecturer teaching journalism in the UK and has trained media students and journalists in Spain.

Gavin Evans is currently a sports correspondent for BBC World Service, reviews books for BBC Radio 5 and features regularly on Radio 4. He currently writes for The Times, The Observer Magazine, Esquire, Men's Health, The Express and many other publications. Gavin is author of five books, the most recent of which, Mama's Boy, was published in October 2004. He holds a PhD in Political Science and a degree in Law.
He recently completed his first screenplay 'The Fighting Prince'.

Paul Gogarty has been providing features for all the national travel pages for over 20 years. He has been a travel editor on several publications, was chief travel writer at the Daily Telegraph for a decade and regularly presented on BBC 1's Holiday programme. He is the author of two award-winning travelogues and his latest book (published November 2009) is a psychoanalytic look at sporting legends entitled 'Winning at all costs - Sporting gods and their demons'.

Dominic Hyland was educated at St John's College, Cambridge and at the Universities of London, Manchester, and Lancaster. He has been a tutor with LSJ specialising in Journalism and the Short Story Course for over twenty years. His major writing interests have been in the world of education and he is the author of fourteen books in areas related to it. He is currently working on a history of education in twentieth century England. His leisure pursuits include his life-long support of Liverpool Football Club and his membership of a choral society.

Margaret James is a novelist and journalist who has written thirteen published novels and is a regular contributor to the UK's bestselling monthly publication for authors, Writing Magazine. Margaret's latest novels are a trilogy of stories set in Dorset - The Morning Promise, The Long Way Home and The Penny Bangle, were published in October 2007.

Andrew Knight began his journalism career in Scotland on the Aberdeen Evening Express, where he won a number of writing awards, including Young Scottish Journalist of the Year, and later became the paper's features editor. He moved to BBC Scotland in Glasgow in 1989, but returned to print journalism in the early 1990s and spent five years as assistant editor of The Bath Chronicle, principally responsible for the paper's features and entertainments coverage.  He has had widespread freelance writing experience and been heavily involved in journalism training for the past 10 years with a variety of newspaper groups. He held a full-time post as editorial training manager for Trinity Mirror's Western Mail & Echo newspapers in Cardiff  for two years prior to becoming a full-time freelance tutor and lecturer.

Valerie Loh is a published author of over twenty historical and contemporary titles published by F A Thorpe under her pseudonym Valerie Holmes. Her work encompasses crime, adventure and romance. She has also written articles  and had work published as a ghost-writer. She is a previous winner of David St John Thomas Charitable Trust’s Annual Ghost Story competition, run by Writing Magazine. She is an experienced creative writing tutor of distance learning courses and manuscript appraisals, including work for the R. N. A.’s New Writers' Scheme. She was shortlisted for the award with her first published title. As a reader for the Historical Novel Society she reviews both adult and children’s books. She is a member of the Society of Authors, The Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association  (Valerie’s ‘Hannah of Harpham Hall’ was short listed for the Romance Prize in 2006).

David Lubich is an experienced journalist, and has been a specialist in web journalism for 12 years. He created and edited Soul Underground in the late eighties, launched one of the UK's first ever E-zines, Dischord, in 1997 and is an expert in understanding and developing the way users 'travel' through web-based publications. He is currently working for Government agencies, non-profit groups and various private sector companies.

Ian Mackean has been a tutor with the LSJ for 18 years. He holds an honours degree in English Literature, and qualifications in librarianship and online tutoring. He has had short stories published in literary magazines.

Sue Moorcroft is a working writer. She’s sold over one hundred short stories to magazines around the world and is just beginning her third serial for the home market. Her novel, Uphill all the Way was published in paperback in April 2005, and has gone to large print and audio. Her new novel, Family Matters, was published in 2008. She is a committee-member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, a past winner of the Association’s Katie Fforde Bursary Award, a reader for the RNA’s New Writers' Scheme and an appraiser for Critically Write. As well as being a tutor of distance learning courses, Sue is a part-time tutor for the University of Leicester, Northampton Centre, Leicester Writing School and other institutions on an occasional basis.

Kenneth Morgan OBE was Director of The Press Council and its successor, the Press Complaints Commission, for twelve years. Earlier he was General Secretary of the NUJ. A journalist for over 50 years, he worked on newspapers and newsagencies in the north of England, Manchester, London and Cairo. Ken was a trustee of Reuters for fifteen years, a former Governor and Honorary Secretary of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth, and is an associate Press Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. A consultant to the Thomson Foundation, he has advised governments and Press councils in Fiji, Ghana, Mauritius, Sierra Leone and former Yugoslavia on press legislation, regulation, codes of conduct and ethics.

Gary Moskowitz blogs for the New York Times and writes for More Intelligent Life, the Economist's online culture publication. He teaches online journalism at City University London and tutors youth journalists at LIVE Futures, a nonprofit in Brixton. He is a former online fellow at Mother Jones Magazine, and a former assistant editor and weekly podcast host at Pop and Politics. He was a reporter for Los Angeles Times community newspapers from 2000 to 2004. He's written for the, the Daily Telegraph, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Village Voice, and Dazed & Confused magazine.

Paul Nathanson is a veteran Fleet Street jounalist who was media editor on Campaign, England's equivalent to America's Ad Age. For eight years he was showbiz and media correspondent at The Mail on Sunday. Since leaving the Mail on Sunday, Paul has been writing for The Times, Financial Times, Evening Standard and Express weekend magazines. Paul also worked in Public Relations as a senior consultant at Lowe Bell Communications (now Bell Pottinger Communications). He is still active in public relations, working on corporate and consumer accounts.

Charlie Norton studied English at Magdalene College, Cambridge, worked on the Kent and East Sussex Courier for a year, then spent a year at the BBC, before joining the Daily Telegraph award-winning sports section. During that time, he covered football matches, Six Nations rugby games, interviewed Jonny Wilkinson, Gianfranco Zola, Arsene Wenger and Russian sports minister and double Olympic champion Vyacheslav Fetisov in the old KGB headquarters, ran the 150-mile Marathon des Sables in the Sahara, and reported on football hooligans in Liechtenstein.
A freelance writer for the last three years, working on sports, adventure, travel and extreme sports, he has written on French-rugby culture in the south of France for Esquire, submarines for Arena magazine, covered the first ever Bat safari in Zambia for High Life magazine, and cycled over Kalahari salt pans and into Zimbabwe last year for Telegraph magazine. He has reviewed snowboarding and skiing resorts, ballooned in Burma, visited Antarctica to interview explorer Mike Horn, and recently covered a hybrid flying car crossing the Gibraltar Straits for Live magazine for the Mail on Sunday.
He also writes style features for Sunday Times Style on the latest trends and has just written the Bumper Book of Bravery, to be published by Virgin books this September.

Tony Padman has been a news and features journalist since 1999. After five years in news for local, regional, national and Polish newspapers, he travelled to Belarus where he worked as a news correspondent. Returning to London he turned to features, writing stories on health, religion and education. He now specialises in entertainment journalism for national newspapers.

Colin Parkes was a national radio journalist for more than 30 years.  He trained on the Evening Post in Reading, and went on to the BBC as a local radio reporter.  In 1973 he moved to Independent Radio News, the main supplier of national and international news for Britain's commercial stations.  His reporting ranged from the death of General Franco to the inaugural flight of Concorde and included stints in politics and as a specialist in funny stories. In 1978 he “went indoors” to work as an editor, writing and compiling news bulletins for the commercial network. He wrote the lead story on the budget every year for 12 years, a tradition he continued when he moved back to BBC radio in 1990. There he wrote news initially for all the national BBC stations, but in latter years as a senior editor concentrated on Radio 4 and Radio 5live. He retired from the BBC in 2005. During his radio career he started up a two-hour magazine programme for the London station LBC, and produced a major history series for Radio 4. He wrote a historical novel which was serialised for radio, and freelance articles for The Guardian, Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, Today newspaper and Catholic Times.

Ellen Renner was born and brought up in Missouri and came to England in her twenties. She is married to an Englishman and has one son. She studied creative writing and  painting in the States and comparative literature at University College London. She writes novels for older children, aged 9+. The first book in her quartet of adventure stories, Castle of Cards, won the Cornerstones/Writers’ News 2007 Wow Factor Competition and will be published by Orchard Books in early 2010. She is a school governor, a member of the Society of Authors and the Scattered Authors’ Society, and a regional coordinator for the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators.

Wendy Richmond originally trained in Fine Art, turning to writing when it became easier to combine this with raising a family. She returned to study as a mature student in her early 30s gaining a degree in Philosophy, and later an MA in Scriptwriting. A Hawthornden Fellow, she has tutored creative writing for decades, edited poetry magazines, dabbled with filmmaking, and had interludes with theatricals. Active for many years in organising literary events as well as tutoring, she now leads a quieter life and has recently returned to her art – this sits nicely alongside the poetry. She says there is no greater delight than to read a truthful but crafted poem that engages the reader on that special journey – even more so when it has been written by an LSJ student.

Sarah Burton Sarah teaches creative writing and has taught undergraduate courses in the Theatre Studies Department at the Royal Holloway and in the English Department at Goldsmiths. Both involved tutorials, seminars, lectures and supervision and support.

She was for many years a television drama script editor and also read and reported on prose submissions for Eastern Arts' Write Lines scheme. Sarah is also on the board of tutors for the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education, having completed with credit their course in Effective Online Tutoring.

She has published two non-fiction titles for adults: Impostors: Six Kinds of Liar (Viking hardback, 2000; Penguin paperback, 2001) and A Double Life: a Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb (Viking hardback 2003; Penguin paperback 2004). Impostors has been translated into four languages and A Double Life was short-listed for the Mind Book of the Year. She has also written extensively for BBC History Magazine and review books (fiction and non-fiction) for the Times, Spectator, Guardian and Independent. Her first children’s book was The Miracle in Bethlehem: A Storyteller’s Tale (Floris paperback, 2008) and she has contributed a short story to the Wow! Anthology (Scholastic, 2008). She recently completed a second children’s book and a novel for adults. 

Nick Alatti Born in Birmingham, Nick cut his journalistic teeth at Cater's News Agency as a court and sports reporter. He later moved to the Birmingham Daily News where he became a senior reporter and a feature writer. His proudest journalism moments were working on the Lockerbie disaster, the Kegworth air crash and the release of the Birmingham Six. He also did a number of celebrity interviews including Pavarotti, Joan Collins, Ella Fitzgerald, Lenny Henry, Fry and Laurie and Simon Rattle. Nick worked on the short-lived 'The Planet on Sunday' before moving to Devon and working on the Exeter Express and Echo. In 2005 he turned freelance to spend more time with his young children. Nick has recently written for the Sunday Express, the Mail on Sunday, New!, Fresh and Practical Family History magazines as well as subediting for Country Gardener magazine.

Andrew Taylor is an established writer, and has specialised in adaptations for the stage of novels such as 'Room at the Top', 'Kind Hearts & Coronets', 'The Lady Vanishes' and 'The Lavender Hill Mob'. For seven years, he was responsible for the delivery of the education programme of Empty Hat Theatre in training and lecturing to the FE and HE sectors, specialising in creative writing and script and text analysis. He also undertakes one-to-one mentoring to emerging artistes and creative businesses within the literature/theatre and film sectors in London.

Femke van Iperen started working in London in 1996 as a freelance camerawoman. After completing a Film and Video degree at the London School of Printing and Distributive Trades she worked in television and corporate video production. Her first job was for Sky TV on Princess Diana’s funeral and she filmed around Asia and Europe for top corporates such as Ernst & Young. She worked for Reuters, CNBC, Carlton 021, the Travel Channel and other broadcasters before also moving into print as a journalist six years later. She works as a feature writer and editor on a variety of trade and local publications, and provides live camera experience for LSJ students.

Lorna V's career in journalism began on specialist trade publications and has since spanned tabloid and broadsheet newspapers, mass market and glossy women's magazines, lifestyle and men's titles. Lorna has written extensively about health, alternative health, self-development, fitness, fashion and interiors and general lifestyle subjects.  She was Time Out's consumer editor for four years, and more recently was involved in the launch of Time Out Cyprus and Time Out Athens. Lorna's first play was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate award and she was on attachment to the Soho Theatre for one year.  She is currently developing a play and working on a first novel.

Alexandra Wood graduated with an MPhil(B) in Playwriting Studies from Birmingham University in 2005.  Her debut play, The Eleventh Capital, was produced as part of the Royal Court's Young Writers’ Festival in 2007 and on the strength of this she won the prestigious George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.  Other theatre includes: The Lion's Mouth (part of the Rough Cuts season at the Royal Court); miles to go (Nabokov at Latitude Festival); Unbroken (Gate Theatre); Thirty Two Years is Nothing and expecting (BAC). She is the former Literary Manager and current Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre.  She is currently working on an adaptation of Wild Swans for the Young Vic.

Mike Carter is a freelance travel writer, whose work has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph. He has also written two six-month, weekly columns for the Observer: the first, in 2006, documented his 20,000 mile, 27-country solo motorcycle journey through Europe; the second, in 2009, his 5,000 mile bicycle ride around the coastline of Britain. Mike's first book, Uneasy rider, based on his motorcycle column and published by Ebury Press, won the 2008 Oldie Travel Book of the Year. He is currently writing his second book, about his British bike ride, which will be published in February 2011.


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