About the Team

Daniel Ingram-Brown

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is a Yorkshire based author and theatre producer. Much of his first book, Rise of the Shadow Stealers, was written in Leeds, where it launched in November 2012. Book Two, The Nemesis Charm, was launched in 2016, at the Leeds Big Bookend Festival.  Daniel is the Artistic Director of Suitcase and Spectacles Children’s Theatre and founder of Pointed Arrow Performance.

Fiona Gell

Leeds Big Bookend Team Member Fiona GellFiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend Festival. Fiona is the Coordinator of the Festival, helping to bring the whole festival together.



Liz WardLiz Ward

Liz is a specialist lawyer running her own niche practice in Leeds, Virtuoso Legal. Her work covers the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property such as copyright, brands, software and technology. She is a founder member of the The Leeds Big Bookend Festival since its inception in 2011 and has been part of the team staging successful festivals for the last 5 years. She provides strong commercial and business advice to the festival. She is the author of If you’re so clever why aren’t you rich? – 10 steps to take your genius to the bank which provides businesses with practical information about Intellectual Property.

Rebecca Leeming

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Rebecca is a poet from Leeds with an MA in Creative Writing from Leeds Trinity University. As a young child she was encouraged to read by her parents which resulted in a love of books. This passion for literature has developed into writing poetry that is published on her blog whatiamwritingtoday.wordpress.com. 

She has a particular interest in children’s literature and contemporary poetry, especially how both mediums encourage people to read and engage with words. Rebecca joined the Leeds Big Bookend Festival team in 2014 and is looking forward to seeing more poetry events in the festival programme in the years to come. She is our Poetry Coordinator.


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Hannah is a marketeer who currently works for a financial services company and spends her free time reading, writing and watching rugby. She is also studying for an English Literature degree via distance learning. She enjoys nearly all types of books and almost never reads the same genre from one day to the next.

Hannah helps with the marketing, social media and promotion of the festival and can often be found on the BBE LinkedIn page, posting short works of prose and poetry on her blog or writing flash fiction on Twitter.

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SJ Bradley is a writer from Leeds. Her first novel, Brick Mother, was published by Dead Ink in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Gladstone Writers in Residency Award. She has previously been shortlisted for the Willesden Herald prize and recently won a Saboteur Award for her work editing the Remembering Oluwale anthology. Her second novel, Guest, published by Dead Ink is out now. She is one of the organisers of Fictions of Every Kind, a Leeds-based non-profit literary social.

Sarah is the curator of our Northern Short Story Festival.