Rob Warr – Chair of Trustees
Rob is an award-winning TV and film executive producer. Credits include Casualty, the BAFTA winning Dunkirk, the Grammy winning Peter Gabriel’s Secret World and the feature film Let Him Have It. He has a particular expertise in talent management, gained in the music industry and at the BBC. Rob started his career in the music industry, managing bands such as Gang of Four, ABC, The Human League and Scritti Politti. Switching to film and TV he produced Let Him have It in 1991 and then joined PMI, the TV and video division of EMI Records as Creative Director. From 1999-2004 Rob oversaw the BBC’s talent management division before producing Dunkirk and Casualty for the BBC. Recently he has been developing TV and feature film projects in the UK and USA.
Vanessa Gebbie is a novelist, poet, short fiction writer, editor, and writing teacher. Her words have won awards from Bridport and The Daily Telegraph (prose), The Troubadour Prize and The Sussex Prize (poetry) and The Paddon Award (non-fiction) among others.
She is author of The Coward’s Tale (novel, Bloomsbury), five collections of short fiction and two poetry collections. She is also contributing editor of Short Circuit: Guide to the Art of the Short Story (text book, Salt).
She was a 2012 Hawthornden Fellow and a 2013 Gladstone’s Library Writer in Residence. Her work has also been supported by grants from the Arts Council England. She teaches writing, notably being one half of The Writing Mill with author Cynan Jones, and she frequently mentors other writers. www.vanessagebbie.com.
Simon is an arts journalist and radio producer with a specialism in creative writing. He’s currently Producer of Radio 4’s flagship arts programme Front Row. At the BBC he’s led high profile projects including a broadcast partnership with the Booker Prize and the launch of BBC Classic Stories. He has a particular interest in work by queer authors and has produced several radio series on the subject. He began his career at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing and before joining the BBC was administrator of the David Cohen, John Llewellyn Rhys and Independent Foreign Fiction prizes on behalf of literacy charity Booktrust. In its annual list of book industry up and comers he was recognised as a 2019 ‘Rising Star’ by publishing journal The Bookseller.
Amy Zamarripa Solis
Amy Zamarripa Solis is a producer, writer and artist. Amy is founder and Programme Manager of Writing Our Legacy, a literature organisation focused on supporting Black and ethnic minority writers and writing in the South East of England.
Are we home yet? Katy Massey’s childhood memoir was published in 2020 by Jacaranda and shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize in 2021. She worked as a journalist for many years before completing a PhD on memoir and race at Newcastle University. Alongside her own work, she has guided and published numerous emerging writers and initiated her own Arts Council-funded literature projects. She has published two anthologies of memoir: Tangled Roots: True Life Stories About Mixed Race Britain, featuring 30-plus contributions, and Who are we now? a collection of first-person experiences of the 2016 Brexit referendum. She lives in East Sussex with her family and has just finished writing her first novel.