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Liz Harris (Mani Lit Fest 2019) is the author of the historical novels The Road Back (US Coffee Time and Romance Book of the Year), A Bargain Struck (RoNA shortlisted for the Best Historical Novel), The Lost Girl and the novella, A Western Heart. Her almost-contemporary novels set in Umbria are Evie Undercover and The Art of Deception. Liz’s latest two novels, The Dark Horizon and The Flame Within, are the first two award-winning books in the Linford Series, a sweeping saga set between the wars. The Lengthening Shadow, Book 3 in the series, will be published in March 2021. Summer 2021 will also see the publication of Liz’s almost-contemporary novel, The Best Friend.

A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Historical Novel Society and Writers in Oxford, Liz gives talks and workshops at conferences and literary festivals, and regularly speaks to WI and book groups. 

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Peter Johnson (Mani Lit Fest 2019) has written all his working life, though not in any literary sense: they were papers dealing with various issues in medicine and healthcare, a career founded on degrees in biology and psychology. During this period he was also a part-time university lecturer and ran courses across the country focussed on research methods in the health service. Over the years he has written the occasional short story and tinkered in other subjects. For example he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society at the tender age of twenty four. Many years later he jointly published a paper in the Numismatic Chronicle after recognising a coin confirming the existence of an ancient Greek town (Sarbanissa, in Pontus) previously known only by one mention of its name by Ptolemy the Geographer. More recently he gained the Advanced Diploma in Local History with the University of Oxford, during the study of which he was contacted by Amberley Publishing. He has written five books for Amberley in the past four years, the latest three are Llandudno at Work, A-Z of Llandudno (both 2018), and Small Change: A History of Everyday Coinage (15 August 2019). In these books he also produced all the images and is usually found behind a camera, rather than in front of one (face perfect for radio anyone?). He enclosed two rare photographs of himself for the organisers to choose from to accompany this biography, both showing favourite pastimes of his: drinking strong tea in a Greek beach taverna on a summer’s afternoon, the other, pottering around an ancient site.

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Rita Wilson (Mani Lit Fest 2019) is a writer, artist, and English and Creative Writing teacher.  She has won several awards for her artwork, and her art and writing have been published in Rune and Riverspeak Literary Magazines, and the Voices from the Attic Anthology.  Her short story, "Nature's Bounty", was featured in wolfmatters.org, devoted to the protection of the grey wolf.  Wilson earned her MFA in Creative Non-fiction from Carlow University in Pittsburgh.  She chronicles the experience of five generations of strong Greek women, from her Great Grandmother in a Greek Village, to her daughter in her debut biography/memoir, Greek Lessons.  Her art and poetry are also featured in this book.  Wilson currently teaches writing as a university adjunct and in workshops, including a creative writing workshop in Italy this past May, and a communications workshop for the Coast Guard in July.  She resides in the Pittsburgh area with her husband, John. 

 
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Sarah Bower (Mani Lit Fest 2018 and 2019) is the author of three novels and many short stories. She has been published in Lighthouse, Spiked and MsLexia among others. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and has been translated into ten languages. Her first novel, The Needle in the Blood, won the Susan Hill Award 2007, her second, Sins of the House of Borgia, was a Toronto Globe and Mail bestseller. Sarah is a graduate of the University of East Anglia creative writing MA programme, where she was shortlisted for the Curtis Brown Scholarship. She currently teaches creative writing for the Open University, where she is also reading for a PhD in creative and critical writing, and has also taught at UEA and Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Sarah has lived in Canada and Crete as well as Hong Kong but is currently based in Norwich.

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Neil Fawcett (Mani Lit Fest 2018 and 2019) lives in South Manchester and writes poems from a blue shed at the bottom of his garden. He worked as a lecturer of English in further education before concentrating on poetry full time. Neil studied for an M.A in poetry at The Manchester Writing School, where he was fortunate to be tutored by the wonderful Michael Symmonds Roberts and Poet Laureate Carole Ann Duffy. He has been widely published in journals both home and abroad and has performed his work at various venues around greater Manchester, including the Anthony Burgess Centre and the Royal Exchange Theatre.

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