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People - Trustees

Christopher Fielden (Chair)

Christopher FieldenChris is an award winning and bestselling author, who speaks at literature events across the UK. His short stories have appeared in many publications, including Boundless, Darker Times, Dark Lane Anthology, How to Write a Short Story, Get Published and Make Money, Scribble and Writers’ Forum.

He is interested in supporting disadvantaged writers to get mentored and successfully published, as well as widening representation of different groups within the media industry. You can learn more about Chris on his website: www.christopherfielden.com


Nicole Boltz

Nicole BoltzA keen writer, Nicole is particularly interested in fantasy. As somebody with Asperger’s Syndrome, Nicole is also passionate about seeing more people with ‘hidden’ disabilities get support to be published.

Nicole has worked on the Creative Youth Network’s Artistic Excellence Programme and written extensively on the therapeutic powers of writing (some of her work can be found here).


Shaun Clarke

Shaun ClarkeJournalist and author, Shaun writes widely about current events and cultural developments. He has worked alongside Ujima Radio, BBC, DMAK UK and other national publications to cover a wide range of issues.

In addition, Shaun has compiled two poetry and spoken word collections by disadvantaged authors across the UK, both titled ‘Lyrically Justified’. 


Waltraud Popischill

Waltraud Popischill (Val)Val was born in Austria and came to the UK in 1982. She trained under R. D. Laing and lived as a research student in a Philadelphia Association therapeutic community, combining being near to her partner with doing a practical for her MA.

Since that time Val has taken up numerous voluntary posts, which she hopes will improve social provisions, mainly for the most disadvantaged people. She is a keen artist, poet and writer – with experience working with Outside In and Koestler Trust initiatives. 



Tassos Morfis

Tassos MorfisTassos Morfis is the editor and co-founder of AthensLive, a non-profit, independent and on-the-ground source of English-language news, stories and images from Greece geared towards an international audience. For 2016-2017 he was a mentor for the Council of Europe's Div-A Diversity Accelerator programme, which promotes media inclusion and diversity, while targeting original media start-up ideas and helps them to become sustainable. He was a 2015 fellow of the Robert-Bosch Stiftung "Reporters in the Field" programme at Berliner Journalisten Schule and a 2018 Tow-Knight Fellow at the Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in New York.  



People - Staff

Steve Mcnaught

SteveSteve helps manage the charity's operations and administration, with a keen interest in supporting people from a diverse range of backgrounds who are normally excluded or marginalised to fairly access opportunities within the publishing and media industry. Also also Editor-in-Chief of Arkbound Ltd, Steve has a long-standing interest in social enterprise initiatives that make positive, long-term impact for disadvantaged people. In 2016 he was commended by HRH Prince Charles for this work.

An author and journalist himself, Steve has written widely about social inclusion, community development, environmental sustainability and sustainable economic growth. He enjoys travelling, reading and kayaking.


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