Our Advisory Panel
We all need advice sometimes:
What we do and how we do is driven by feedback from the emerging writers that attend our retreats. However, we have also put together a panel that our Co-ordinator, Paul, can approach for specific guidance and advice in terms of sustaining and developing what Out on the Page does.
These wonderful and generous people have volunteered their time, expertise and experience to support Out on the Page.
Chris Lethbridge is Operations and Programme Manager for Bath Artists’ Studios, an educational charity and the city’s largest provider of affordable workspace for artists and makers. Chris trained in fine art in Falmouth, Cornwall before moving to Manchester where he lived for many years, working for artist led initiatives, local authorities and latterly in creative industries sector development. Whilst in Manchester Chris was a founder director of PANDA (Performing Arts Network and Development Agency) and a Trustee of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art (formerly Chinese Arts Centre).
Whilst living on the Isles of Scilly he discovered his habit of inflicting folk singing on an unsuspecting public and has since written and performed his own songs, one of which has been recorded by the Cornish ‘supergroup’ Dalla.
Helen is CEO of Literature Works SW, the regional literature development agency for the South West.
She has a strong track record in writers’ and artists’ residency programmes and in educational outreach. Her early professional life was in publishing PR at Penguin Books and at Fabers. She went on to leadership positions with the Arvon Foundation and with the unique educational charity, Farms for City Children. Helen has also run her own consultancy offering charities support with developing, funding and growing their organisations.
Helen is an experienced indie-self-publisher of both fiction and non-fiction writing.
Helen, who identifies as female with a transsexual history, was the first openly transgender employee nationally in the Probation Service and has won awards for workshops on trans issues for probation and prison staff (amongst others).
As well as writing she volunteers with Diversity Role Models and facilitates sessions in primary and secondary schools dealing with homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. She currently has 4 books on Amazon.
Her website is http://www.helendaleauthor.info/
Jim MacSweeney has been manager of Gay’s The Word in London for over twenty years. The iconic bookshop marked its 40th anniversary with a big celebration at the British Library in 2019. Books have always been an integral part of Jim’s life as his parents set up and ran a bookshop in Cork and as a teenager, Jim often worked school holidays in the family business. Before joining Gay’s The Word in 1989 Jim worked with the Minority Rights Group.
Jonathan Kemp’s debut novel London Triptych (Myriad, 2010) was acclaimed by The
Guardian as an “ambitious, fast-moving, and sharply written work” and by Time Out as “a
thoroughly absorbing and pacy read.” It was shortlisted for the inaugural Green Carnation
Prize and won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award in 2011.
A story collection, Twentysix was published by Myriad in November 2011, followed by a second novel, Ghosting, in March 2015. His first book of non-fiction, The Penetrated Male, was published by Punctum Books in 2012, with a second, Homotopia? Gay Identity, Sameness & the Politics of Desire in 2016. He has been teaching creative writing for twenty years and is currently at Middlesex University.
William is Deputy CEO at Lamda Literary, USA whose mission is to nurture and advocate for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives.
He is a Brooklyn based essayist, cultural critic and editor. His writing has appeared in numerous art catalogs and periodicals: Boy Book: A Pictorial Study Of Urban Male Nudes in a Contemporary Urban Setting, A Question of Beauty, works by Anika Wilson, and “I Knew It Was Your Arm…:” works by Doug Group. He is a contributing arts and culture writer for CrushFanazine. He is also the editor and publisher of Mary Literary, a literary journal dedicated to showcasing queer/gay writings of artistic merit.