Leah Varnell
Managing Director

After teaching English Literature and Creative Writing for 15 years, Leah joined us as a Festival Curator in 2014. Now she is responsible for our much-loved festivals and is the lead on new projects, including live-streamed events and creating podcasts from our audio archive.

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Jane Fitzgerald
Festival Curator

From a background in writing and editing for regional publications, Jane  has worked with Ways With Words, curating festivals and associated events since 2014.


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Bryony Tilsley
Marketing Manager & Customer Care

After completing an MA in Professional Writing Bryony now runs NABU Creative Content, collaborating with organisations to deliver their marketing and communication projects. She also manages Dartmoor Skies, an astronomy-outreach charity.

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Anne Oxborough OBE
Festival Development

Anne worked in Further Education for many years. Since finishing full-time work, she has become an enthusiastic and experienced interviewer of writers and a passionate advocate of literary festivals. 

Chris Edwards
Technical Manager

Chris has managed the audiovisual elements of Ways with Words at Dartington since its first year. It’s a highlight of his year: he gets to enjoy a variety of talks and support something worthwhile that’s close to home.