Dennis Hamley has been writing all
his life and has published more than 60 books, including
titles for children and young adults. He has been published
by Deutsch, Scholastic, OUP, Watts, Heinemann, Longman
and Walker Books in the UK and Phillips, Delacorte,
Dell, Candlewick and Paul Dry Books in the USA. The
War and Freddy was short-listed for the Smarties
Prize in 1991.
Most recently he
has published a six book sequence of medieval mysteries
called The Long Journey of Joslin de Lay and
a very well reviewed novel, Out of the Mouths of
Babes. Ellen's People is a novel set in
the First World War which has just been published by
Walker Books, (in the USA by Candlewick Press as Without
Warning). Two short novels entitled Sixteen Bricks
Down, a ‘crime caper' for kids and The Team
with a Ghost Player, a football ghost story, will
be published by Ransom in September.
He has written
many short stories, a form he loves, including two collections
of his own stories and edited two collections for OUP.
With colleagues from Writers in Oxford, he is setting
up a small publishing company.
Dennis read English
at Cambridge and then worked in education, as teacher,
lecturer and finally as County English Adviser for Hertfordshire.
He gained a PhD in 1980. While in Hertfordshire, he
founded two residential Creative Writing courses which
ran annually for many years: for children, the ‘Lending
Our Minds Out' courses and for adults, the ‘Teachers
as Writers' courses. These were always over-subscribed.
He took early retirement
in 1992 to write full-time, visit schools as an author
and work on creative writing with all age-groups, including
adults. He came to Oxford in 2006 after his wife died.
From 2008 to 2012 he was Tutor for Short Fiction for
the Oxford University Undergraduate Creative Writing
Diploma and he also mentors new writers, on his own
account and for The Oxford Editors, helping them to
develop their first drafts to publishable standard.
and Kathleen will be Kay Jamieson, Dennis' partner,
who will be running a painting course alongside the
writing course. Kay and Dennis first met in 2007, on
the towpath of the Oxford Canal. They have been together
now for six years. In June 2013 they secretly eloped
and were married in Gretna Green.
was born in Christchurch, New Zealand but spent her
childhood on the rugged West Coast, where the proximity
of mountains, lakes, rainforest and sea established
her love of painting. After she took on family and work
commitments she nevertheless continued to paint, developing
new interests in portraiture and life drawing. She also
studied art history and tutored adult classes in drawing.
She was for many years a member of the very active Ashburton
(NZ) Society of Arts which held workshops and large
self-taught she later studied painting at Aoraki Polytechnic
School of Art in South Canterbury. Her work has been
exhibited in several NZ galleries in both group and
solo exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery
Since living and
working in Oxford, Kay has exhibited annually in the
Oxfordshire Artweeks, and has exhibited in many local
art venues, including solo exhibitions in Linacre College,
Oxford and the Art Café, and group exhibitions at the
Jam Factory, the Bury Knowle group and Worton Park.
In 2013 and 2014 she had solo exhibitions in the new
gallery space at the Oxfordshire Central Library, Oxford.
Kay paints in a
variety of media but recently she has used mainly acrylic.
She has painted many landscapes and seascapes, both
in New Zealand and Britain. The former include her Pacific
series and studies of the Southern Alps: the latter
include many set in Skye and on the Oxford Canal. She
has also done much figure-work and portraiture.