“I make joyous contemporary large oil paintings celebrating the beauty of the world
around me”
“I believe painting speaks to the soul like visual poetry, giving hope and joy and

Liz Goulding – Artist
Having graduated with a BA in Fine Art, and a PGCE, Liz has continued working in the arts as a practicing artist, and tutor. Liz taught A level Art and design and life drawing for 30 years, and now runs workshops and teaches private classes. Liz is primarily an oil painter, but loves to experiment with mixed media. Experimentation with media has always been important both to her own practice and the way that she teaches art. Recent work has been inspired by the garden and seeing the English Landscape through fresh eyes after living in Italy. Liz imbues the work with her internal journey as well as the places she inhabits, the images are more about the experience than a representation of a place.
“Painting is the absorption of all my joy and sorrow and the landscape of it.”

Clair Robshaw – Author
A self-published writer, Clair uses the pseudonym; C.L. Peache. She indulges herself by writing any book which her characters demand… including a horror novella, a travelogue based on her travels around New Zealand, Sydney and Singapore, and most recently a YA fantasy novel. She’s contributed to two novels with the Fosseway Writers. You can read about her writing journey on her website/blog
Clair is passionate about reading, writing and bringing creative people together and excited to bring a wide range of creative writing workshops to the secret garden studios.

Michelle Maloney – Ceramics

Michelle taught art in secondary schools and colleges in Cardiff, Sandhurst and Grantham for 27 years before becoming self employed (just pre- lockdown!)  in 2020. As a teacher of Art and Design she attained Advanced Skills and Lead Practitioner status and works comfortably with paint, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and stained glass. She currently works as a potter and designer, trading as Titterpot Design. Her ceramic pieces range from cheeky pots with tassel titters to ceramic wall art and larger sculptural pieces.

“I am inspired and enthralled by the creativity of people across time and place, from cave art to an Instagram post two minutes ago and I am thoroughly invested in helping people to access and celebrate their own creativity.”

Dexter is our wonderful studio dog. He is very friendly and loves being around creative people.

Featured Writers & Artists
Delivering workshops in the studios

Alex Davis is a writer, lecturer and literature professional based in Derby. He has been Associate Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Derby for the last three years, and has been running workshop and writing courses in an around the East Midlands since 2010. He is the creator of the popular Edge-Lit event, an annual fantasy, horror and science-fiction festival, and the UK Ghost Story Festival, both running in Derby. As an author, he has had more than 50 short stories and poems published, as well as a novel (The Last War) and a non-fiction film book (Martyrs: A Personal Perspective).

As a former clinical psychologist, Anne Goodwin has experienced therapy from both sides of the “couch”. As a book blogger, she has reviewed over eighty novels featuring a fictional therapist, and writes regular guest posts for the Counsellors’ Cafe online magazine.

Bonnie Mitchell – Lettering Artist. Keeping the traditional script of pointed pen alive, Bonnie specialises in Modern Calligraphy using ink and nib. You too can learn this romantic and whimsical script.

Clare Stevens is an author, journalist, and Creative Writing tutor living in Nottingham. Her first novel, Blue Tide Rising, was published in 2019 by Inspired Quill. She is currently working on her second novel. She ran Creative Writing sessions at the Maggie’s Centre in Nottingham for six years.

Elaine Winter is a Nottinghamshire based artist who mixes traditional and experimental printmaking processes with other media.  Her work is based around investigations of how we, as humans, relate to each other, with a focus on the uniquely human ability to express empathy.

Fiona Theokritoff has lived in Nottinghamshire since 2002.  She started to write poetry about twelve years ago and has been teaching creative writing since 2015. She is one half of Wine and Words, a poetry duo who perform at Nottinghamshire venues and book festivals. Fiona recently completed an MA in Creative Writing and her work has appeared in magazines such as Mslexia. She has a not-so-secret passion for shoes, and loves working with people who are just starting out on their poetry journey.

Herbie Wiersma has many years’ experience as a freelance artist and as a teacher at colleges and universities, where he has specialised in drawing for games design. Based in Newark, and thoroughly enjoying the countryside around and about, he works with traditional and digital media to make prints and greetings cards.

Janey Harvey is a local writer and educator. She has worked at the BBC, written for a number of magazines and websites including The Telegraph and Juno, and taught English in Secondary schools. More recently, she has worked in Holocaust Education. 

Kristina Adams is an author, blogger, and reformed caffeine addict. She’s published one ghost story, three nonfiction books for writers, ten novels about our obsession with celebrity culture, and too many blog posts to count. She shares advice for writers over on her blog, The Writer’s Cookbook.

Leanne Moden is a poet and theatre-maker from Nottingham. She has performed at events across the UK and Europe, and she was a national finalist at the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, Hammer and Tongue poetry slam, Poetry Rivals, the Camden Roundhouse Slam, the Axis Slam, the Superheroes of Slam, and the Anti-Slam. Her first pamphlet, ‘Liaisons’ was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in 2015, and her latest pamphlet was published by Burning Eye Books in 2020.

Maria Dziedzan was born in Lincolnshire and studied Philosophy at Nottingham University before becoming an English teacher. She taught for several decades in Nottinghamshire and then retired from teaching to focus on her writing.
When Sorrows Come was her first novel. It won The Big Bingham Book Read in 2015 and was one of the finalists for the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016.

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