Alexandra Heminsley

Alexandra Heminsley is the bestselling author of Leap In, a memoir in which she learned to master her fear of wild swimming, and eventually swam to Ithaca.

Alexandra is a ghostwriter, journalist, broadcaster and speaker. Her work has included writing Sunday Times Top Ten sellers, interviewing Jessica Ennis, Paula Radcliffe, and Kyle Edmund, and she has been nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. She has also written about the incalculable value of nail polish, Valley of the Dolls, and periods.

She is currently working on two new books, and is books editor of Grazia magazine and a reviewer for BBC Radio 2. 

Zoe Gilbert

Zoe Gilbert is the author of the highly-acclaimed short story collection, Folk. Her work has appeared in anthologies from Comma, Cinnamon and Labello presses amongst others, and in journals worldwide including The Stinging Fly, Mechanics’ Institute Review, and the British Fantasy Society Journal. She was the winner of the 2015 Costa Short Story Award.

Zoe is currently completing a PhD in Fiction and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, focusing on folk tales in contemporary fiction. She is also co-founder of London Lit Lab, where she teaches creative writing, and she co-hosts the Short Story Club at The Word Factory.

Recently she has taken part in writing projects in China and South Korea for the British Council, and was commissioned by Microsoft to create a short story book in collaboration with graphic artist, Isabel Greenberg.

Kate Fox

Kate Fox is a stand-up poet, broadcaster and speaker.

She’s a familiar radio voice, having presented Pick of the Week on Radio 4 and been a regular contributor to Radio 3’s The Verb. Her R4 comedy series, The Price of Happiness, looked at the things she’s supposed to want but doesn’t.

Her current touring show, Where There’s Muck There’s Bras, is about notable Northern women. She has been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run, Glastonbury Festival and Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

Kate’s new blog, mildswimming, challenges the macho, corporate takeover of swimming outdoors, and asserts our right to swim for the love of it.

Katie May

Katie May is a Whitstable resident who loves to swim in the sea.

Her novel, The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club, is published in the UK by Trapeze. She writes literary memoir as Katherine May, and recently published The Electricity of Every Living Thing, an account of the year in which she tried to walk the South West Coast Path and became one of the growing number of late-diagnosed women with Asperger Syndrome. She is also known as Betty Herbert (The 52 Seductions).

Emily Hasler

Emily Hasler was born in Suffolk but has washed up on the Essex side of the River Stour. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2014.

A pamphlet, Natural Histories, was published by Salt in 2011. Her first full-length collection, The Built Environment, came out in 2018 from Pavilion Poetry and moves between the local and the distant, the urban and the rural, and past and present.

Hasler’s poems probe at the ways we understand and reconstruct our environment. Examining places, objects, buildings, landscapes, rivers and bridges, these poems ask how our world is made, and how it makes us.

Tanya Shadrick

Tanya is a writer and editor who often works in residence. Her 2016/17 project Wild Patience, saw her writing a mile of scroll during a residency Pells Pool  in Sussex. It asked those who came close: When did you feel most wild and free? She is a Fellow of  Royal Society of Arts.

Tanya is the founder of The Selkie Press, and edited the Wainwright Prize 2019 long-listed Wild Woman Swimming: A Journal of West Country Waters by the late Lynne Roper, which she will be discussing at Between the Tides.

Libby Page

Libby Page is the author of The Lido, published in the UK by Orion and by Simon and Schuster in the US.

Before writing The Lido Libby worked as a campaigner for fairer internships, a journalist at the Guardian and a Brand Executive at a retailer and then a charity.

You can find her on social media at @libbypagewrites. She also shares her swimming adventures with her sister Alex at @theswimmingsisters.