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Leslie Tate and Sue Hampton

Leslie Tate studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and has been shortlisted for the Bridport, Geoff Stevens and Wivenhoe Prizes. He’s the author of a trilogy of novels about modern love – ‘Purple’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Violet’ – as well as his non-binary memoir ‘Heaven’s Rage’, which has been turned into a prize-winning film, selected for showing at 28 international film festivals.


Sue Hampton has 32 titles for children, teenagers and adults and likes to explore different genres and styles. She was inspired as a teacher by Michael Morpurgo, who has now praised her writing. Having lost all her hair in 1981, Sue wrote a novel called THE WATERHOUSE GIRL about a character who has alopecia too, and he called it “beautifully written… insightful…poignant”. This book earned her the role of Ambassador for Alopecia UK. Her YA novel TRACES made the top three in the People’s Book Prize 2012 and her adult short story collection, WOKEN, was described by Jeremy Vine as “so well written, bewitchingly beautiful”. She has been booked by about 600 schools as a visiting author leading workshops, appeared at festivals and addressed writing groups for adults with her husband Leslie Tate.

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