Judges

cecilia-vinesseCecilia Vinesse

Cecilia Vinesse is the author of two books about teenagers who wander cities and fall in love.  Seven Days of You was published in 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and her next novel, The Summer of Us, will be available in June 2018.  She was born in France, raised between Japan and South Carolina, and then moved to New York City to attend Barnard College and, eventually, work in children’s book publishing. In 2013, she earned her master’s in creative writing from the University of St Andrews and now lives in a small Edwardian house in England with her girlfriend Rachel and their pug named Malfi. She splits her time writing in her sky-blue office, daydreaming in libraries, and holding late-night marathons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.


Michael Wright

Born in Surrey in 1966, Michael Wright was educated at Windlesham House and Sherborne School before reading English Language and Literature at Edinburgh University. He spent several years working as a theatre critic, arts columnist and literary diarist in London before moving to rural France, where for 10 years he wrote the much-loved C’est La Folie column in the Daily Telegraph. He has since published two bestselling books about his life-changing experiences in the French countryside, C’est La Folie and Je t’aime à La Folie and is the co-author with Stephen Grady of the bestselling memoir, Gardens of Stone, about an English boy in the French Resistance. A passionate cyclist, organist, writer and teacher, he currently lives in both England and France with his wife, two daughters and a French rescue terrier called Pike.

 


Pierre Zeidler

Pierre was born in Strasbourg in 1956. He is a musician, actor and writer and the author of many plays, short stories and poetry, which have been released by local and national publishers. His published titles include Bâtiment est entrée sud (2005), Vingt-trois rue des platanes (2009), and Destins croisés (2012). He is a musical talent and plays the clarinet, saxophone and flute. In 2002 he co-founded Les Conspir’acteurs with his collaborator Christine Wolff. Inspired by the richness of Alsatian surrealistic humour and the German and Anglo-Saxon caberet form to create a caberet form of their own. Pierre also leads writing-workshops in sociocultural centers, and secondary schools in France, Germany and Switzerland. He speaks fluent English, French, German and Alsatian and works mostly in France and Germany.