Ella Walsworth-Bell is an NHS speech therapist working within children’s mental health services. She took an adult education evening class in creative writing and hasn’t looked back since. Every year, she lives aboard a boat with her family and this reconnects her to nature. She co-ordinated and curated two poetry books about the sea – Morvoren: the poetry of sea swimming and Mordardh: surf poetry. They are her dream-children and she has lived and breathed and drank saltwater since they started. Ella is partnered with the Writer’s Block through Word Space, Literature Works’ annual talent development programme. She placed second in the Perito Prize and has had work published in Paperbound, Morphrog, Leon Literary Review, People’s Friend, Public Sector Poetry.
Living in Cornwall all her life, Kate Barden is a teacher working with care-experienced young people. Along with published poems, she has co-written and performed shows with her company, Blabbermouth, including at the Edinburgh Fringe. She writes and performs spoken word and has just had her first short story published with Cornwall Writers. She sings in an 80s cover band, collects tattoos, swims in the sea and rides pillion on a Harley. Kate’s short stories feature in Cornwall Writers anthologies Secret and Hidden and Beneath and Beyond; she has just published her own poetry book Some things just Shouldn’t.