Our Team

Mark P Henderson

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Mark P Henderson
Festival Founder, lead organiser Author, editor and storyteller

After a career in medicine and university teaching, Mark P. Henderson retired to North Derbyshire in 2002 and started to write fiction, edit manuscripts, teach creative writing, and collect and tell Peak District folktales. His publications, through five different publishing houses, comprise an anthology of short stories (Rope Trick, 2008), a novel (Perilaus, 2009), a children’s story (Fenella and the Magic Mirror, 2009), a study of the evolution of a local legend (Murders in the Winnats Pass, 2010), a collection of 62 traditional stories (Folktales of the Peak District, 2011), a collection of puns in verse and prose (Cruel and Unusual PunNishments, 2016), a one-act play (Forget it, it’s History, 2017), five more novels (National Cake Day in Ruritania, 2018; The Engklimastat, 2019; Perilaus II, 2021; Con, 2022; Black Harry, 2023), a novelette (The Definitive Biography of St Arborius of Glossopdale and his Thin Dog, 2019), and a novella (The Cat of Doom, 2020). His compilation of folktale films recorded in situ in collaboration with Tim Knebel of “Peak in the Past” and his colleagues (http://www.peakinthepast.co.uk; scroll down to “Folktales”), is available for free download and the set is due for completion in 2023. A second collection, Elusive Tales of the Peak District, was published in September 2023, and Mark is currently working on a seventh novel.

For further details see
www.markphenderson.com/ or https://www.amazon.co.uk/stores/Mark-P.-Henderson/author/

Pamela Turton

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Festival Founder, Author

Member of a huge Northern tribe, Manchester native, Mum and teacher turned author, Pamela Turton has published several novels: ‘So Sister,’ Selling Short’, ‘The Life Coach Less Travelled’, ‘Blue Is the Object’ and the ‘Stalkbook’series, as well as poetry and non-fiction. Find out more at 


Andy Millican

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Open Mic organiser/host,
Author, Poet & Occasional Stand-Up Comic

My 50 year journey on the road to poetry started with my tribute to Bobby Charlton in 1973 which my mother sent to him! He sent me in return a beautiful letter on Preston North End headed paper which I still have today!

I have had poems broadcast on the BBC. I have won competitions (most recently 2023) and been placed in many more including international open competitions (most recently 2022).

I have written poems for Ekphrastic collaboration events particularly with Stockport Art Guild and artist Mark Sheeky where their paintings/my poems were featured in exhibitions. My first collection Nebulous, published in 2019 raised over £500 for Liverpool Eye Cancer Unit.

In 2018 I was invited to write perform and record a series of new poems for the Lest We Forget website, a Hollingworth Lottery funded project.

My second collection Something Wicked This Way Grows (2023) is a collection written about events and characters on allotments. The title poem was published by the National Allotment Society in their Coronation edition summer 2023.

Occasionally I write short stories. My latest Of the Time featured in Tales from the Underbanks, an Arts England / Stockport Borough Council joint venture in 2022.

I compare/host Glossop Open Mic at Glossop Labour Club as well as performing regularly at open mic events in and around Manchester and Derbyshire. Occasionally I am apt to perform some stand-up comedy too.

Andrew Dutton

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​Andrew Dutton has been writing since the early 2000s and in 2012 self-published an e-book of short stories, A Mirror.

His work frequently explores life at ‘the bottom of the pile’, reflecting a long career helping people in financial hardship and debt.

​Born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, he now lives in Derbyshire and draws inspiration and comfort from books, music, cats — and long country walks with his partner and their beloved Labrador.​

Andrew’s debut novel, ‘Nocturne: Wayman’s Sky’, and second novel,’ The Crossword Solver’ were published by Cinnamon Press in 2020 and 2021.

His third novel, ‘The Beauty of Chell Street’ was published by Cinnamon on 25/9/22.

2023 will see the publication of ‘My Life In Receipts’ (Spring) and ‘Natasha: Redacted’ (Winter).

​Andrew is working on a new novel and there are two short story collections waiting in the wings.