Speakers & Authors

Laura Degnan

Laura Degnan is an emerging writer/director working in film and is represented by Julie Press at Kitson Press Associates. Laura has worked in development roles at Kudos Film and TV, RS Productions and the BBC. She has written and directed... Read more

James Harris

James has written/made stuff for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Dave. His short films have been screened as part of the Independent Cinema Office’s Best of British and the BBC and onedotzero’s New British Talent programmes. James is a mentor and workshop leader for... Read more

Jake Campbell

Jake Campbell was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, in 1988. A recipient of New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse award, he has published two pamphlets of poetry: The Coast Will Wait Behind You (Art Editions North, 2015) and Definitions... Read more

Glenda Young

Glenda Young is a prize-winning short story writer. She is the author of two ITV Coronation Street official TV Tie-In books and provided substantial updates to two further ITV books. She has also written three Coronation Street unofficial companion books.... Read more

David Callaghan

‘One of my highlights of the Fringe’ **** (The Scotsman). ‘Far more original than many big comedy names’ **** (EdFestMag.com). ‘He really hits the mark, and scores’ **** (TheReviewsHub). ‘Callaghan does an excellent job… Very funny routines’ (Chortle). ‘Smart, rich, hilarious... Read more

Matt Reed

‘Fantastic and talented up and comer – a future in comedy assured’ – The Independent ‘Absolutely hilarious, had the crowd rolling around’ – BBC Lincoln ‘Brilliant, always original one of the newest stars of comedy…the finest compere I’ve seen in... Read more

Carl Hutchinson

Uniquely stubborn, outright impractical and undeniably hilarious. Geordie comic Carl Hutchinson has been crowned the Magners Pub Comedian of the Year and the winner of the Beat the Frog World Series competition. He also reached the final of So You... Read more

Amy Gledhill

“Native Hullensian Amy Gledhill has collated the kind of awards portfolio that would shame a seasoned pro.”- The Skinny. Brimming with natural warmth and charm, Gledhill’s stand up is a unique blend of confessional stories, intelligent observations and ridiculous, off-beat daftness. She... Read more

Chris Cantrill

Chris is a former finalist of the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year competition and has been heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra. He drives stick. Along with Amy Gledhill, Chris Cantrill is one half of Delightful Sausage. Delightful Sausage... Read more

Joby Mageean

‘One of the most popular names in the North East comedy scene. An act who can go from beautifully written gags, to songs, to stories that weave in big laughs, to being a wonderfully jovial and welcoming host; he’s an... Read more