If you live in the Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks or Tunbridge Wells areas of Kent, and are an author/ poet/ writer and would like your work featured below, please email Sarah. She will need: a brief bio; a brief description of your work; details of how people can buy your book/s, or find more information; and a JPEG image of your latest book. 

Please email Sarah at crockford.writing@gmail.com

Nathalie Abi-Ezzi

Nathalie is a writer based in Tonbridge, Kent, and is a Royal Literary Fellow at the University of the Arts London.

Her latest novel, Paper Sparrows, was published by Holland House Books. It is the summer of 2006. Layla, a 19 year old music undergraduate, travels from London back to Lebanon for the summer holidays only to find that her brother has gone missing. Without a second thought, she sets off to find him in Beirut. On her way, she picks up a stray dog, falls in love with Joe, another student, and sees her country through entirely new eyes. But just as she is beginning to pick up clues about where her brother might be, the so-called "July War" breaks out and turns everything on its head.

Paper Sparrows is available from Amazon, Foyles, Waterstones, W.H. Smiths, Hive, Wordery and all good bookshops.

You can find out more about Nathalie here.

Charlie Bell

TW Poetry Festival

Workshops and courses include:

- Develop your project

- Nature Writing

- Ideas to stimulate the imagination

- Short story in a day

- Writing eco poetry

Plus...the Greentree Writing Retreat in July 2023.

Charlie Bell

Charlie Bell is a writer, poet and creative writing tutor from Tunbridge Wells. He's written several local history books, a distance learning course on Creative Writing for the Regent Academy, and authored or edited 25 books for Hodder & Stoughton in their Beginner’s Guide to Literature series.

He runs courses for Kent Adult Education, and has developed a series of his own creative writing courses and groups.

He helps organise the Tunbridge Wells poetry festival; and can be found at various venues with his own poetry and spoken word shows.

Details can be found on his website:


or you can email him at c.bell1574@gmail.com to ask for information on his current courses and workshops (some of which are online).

Tony Dalby

Tony Dalby lives in Hildenborough, and is the author of a series of lighthearted spy novels, featuring private investigator Jamie Nelson. Jamie once worked in MI6, but now does freelance investigations for them...though he doesn't always follow correct procedures, much to the irritation of his boss.

The novels start in the UK (Jamie has a flat in Tonbridge), but each case takes Jamie to a new destination in Europe.

The titles in order are:

- The Vanishing Mercenary 

- The Missing Director

- The French Artist

A fourth novel, set in Scandinavia, is being written.

The paperbacks (and eBooks) can be bought via amazon.co.uk.

Click this link for more information.

Sarah Salway

Sarah is based in Tunbridge Wells, where she writes, reads and teaches. 

She currently runs the newsletter, Everyday Words, which takes its title from her TEDx talk looking at the power of ordinary words in our lives. A former Canterbury Laureate, she has written three novels and two collections of poetry. Her latest collection, Not Sorry, is a collection of flash fiction and prose poetry, and she is in process of writing a novella about librarian-eating books. 

Sarah has a particular interest in Writing for Wellbeing, and loves to work with yoga and movement teachers to explore how creativity can benefit us all. 

You can find out more here or go to www.sarahsalway.co.uk

Find her on Instagram and Twitter: @sarahsalway

Siân Thomas

Siân Thomas is poet in residence for Ashdown Forest in Sussex, UK where she lives with her husband, two cats and three hens.

Her pamphlet Ovid's Echo and collection Ashdown are both published by (and available from) Paekakariki Press and her work has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies.

She also teaches creative writing both online and in Sussex and Kent, and presents The Poetry Bath on Wildhart Radio.

You can find out more about Siân here: