Authors & Speakers


Hope Edelman

Hope Edelman is the author of eight nonfiction books, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers, and her newest book The Aftergrief: Finding Your Way on the Long Path of Loss. She has been writing, speaking, and leading workshops and retreats in the bereavement field for more than 25 years. Her work has been translated into 14 languages and published in 11 countries. In addition to writing and speaking, she is a certified life coach specializing in grief and loss and also leads nonfiction writing workshops to help writers revisit and revise their stories of loss. Hope lives and works in Los Angeles. Read more about her coaching and writing at and about her programs for motherless women at


Cherry Williams

Cherry is an award-winning writer, editor and proud huunuu team member. Writing for a number of publications, she published her first novel 'Violets & Delphiniums' last year and her second novel is due this year. She'll be taking the Real Life Stories workshop, which is open for everyone who is interested in submitting to the collection. She strongly believes that we all have a story to tell.

Violets & Delphiniums



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Anjana Chowdhury

Anjana Chowdhury is a British Asian author born and raised in Kolkata, India. She has spent many years in the UK, France and the Netherlands, working in diverse roles as civil servant, travel agent, English language teacher and charity volunteer. She now lives in England and writes in her spare time. Her debut novel Under the Pipal Tree, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2017. Set in India, the story is about identity, love, loss and finding one’s place in a world often blinded by prejudice. She talks at literary festivals at home and abroad on social injustice and change. Anjana is currently working on her second novel No Missed Call, a domestic noir, set in Kolkata and West London. She loves ballet and rap music.

Under the Pipal Tree

Twitter: @AnjanaC1

Facebook: Anjana Chowdhury 

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Liz Rothschild

Liz Rothschild is a writer, performer, celebrant and burial ground manager. Her one-woman show 'Outside the box' collects stories from her audiences about death and bereavement. These stories have been edited by Liz into an engaging collection of everyday stories about life and death. "This book gives you directions and permission to have the death you want." Phil Hammond, NHS doctor, writer and comedian.

Outside the box from PCCS books

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Ian Eagleton

Ian is the director of The Reading Realm. He is also a content creator and resource writer for various educational organisations, including The Literacy Shed and Authorfy. Ian has taught in primary schools for 13 years and during this time has been a member of the senior management team, a phase leader, and literacy co-ordinator. Ian has also run staff training and writing workshops for children. Alongside writing for children, he still teaches part-time at a local school and especially enjoys sharing picture books, poetry and creative writing activities with the children he teaches.

The Reading Room

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Mandy Preece

Mandy initiated a volunteer bedside companion scheme at an NHS palliative care unit in Dorset in 2013 and has helped other hospices set up similar schemes. Her experiential communications training received the Princess Royal Training Award in 2017. In 2019 Mandy was NHS Unsung Hero Volunteer of the Year. Her joy of receiving the Award was matched by being asked to be part of an NHS/Helpforce Steering Group on volunteering within the NHS.

Her book Being Rock was published in 2020:

Being Rock

Clare Shaw

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Clare Shaw is a children's author and during the first lockdown last year she wrote a book called 'What's going on' to help children process and understand our new COVID-19 world.

She has very kindly allowed us to share with you all a link to this book, which is such a valuable resource in these challenging times. You can find that here:

She is also the author of 'Love Will Never Die,' which is written for primary aged children to help them through bereavement.






Elaine Kasket

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Dr Elaine Kasket is an HCPC-Registered Counselling Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a writer, keynote speaker, and public intellectual.

Elaine is the author of All the Ghosts in the Machine: The Digital Afterlife of Your Personal Data (Robinson, 2019), in which she argues that what happens to our data when we die is the perfect lens for understanding the true power big tech wields over our information and our identities. Her first novel, After Olivia - which takes the experience of meeting an attractive stranger online to a disturbing new level – is due for publication in 2021. She’s currently working on Exposed: A Life in Data (Elliott & Thompson Books), an examination of technology and privacy across the life span. She is a contributing writer for Medium, Psychology Today, and SWAAY.

She maintains a busy psychotherapy practice for individuals and couples, served as a member of the British Psychological Society’s Covid-19 Bereavement Task Force and is the Bereavement Lead for the Digital Legacy Association.




Antonia Rolls

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Antonia is an artist, writer, speaker and end of life support and companion. Between 2009 and 2017 she created the A Graceful Death Exhibition, portraits and words from the end of life. While working with the dying as an artist, Antonia trained as an end of life companion with Felicity Warner and began work in the community and her local hospice as a patient companion and chief tea maker. She became a volunteer Buddy for Macmillan Cancer Care in 2018, and in 2020 won the Deborah Hutton award for the South and East of England for supporting people with cancer. Antonia also runs Loss Conversations, a listening support group for all manner of loss, grief and bereavement. She continues to create, and to be available to support and listen.

Antonia’s book As Mother Lay Dying was published in January 2021. 






Esther Ramsay-Jones

Esther Ramsay-Jones is a palliative psychotherapist, as part of a community hospice team, and in private practice. She has worked for many years in different care settings, where death has, on one level, been part of the everyday experience of the organisation and, on another, has been out of mind and of practice. She lectures on Death, Dying and Bereavement and her book, Holding Time: Human Need and Relationships in Dementia Care, an ethnographic exploration of the relational field in dementia care, emerged from her PhD research.

The Silly Thing: Shaping the Story of Life and Death is the story of her mother’s struggle to live and die with a three x two centimetre glioblastoma. The book considers the possibility of an intimate death and the vital role of palliative care, from a psychotherapeutic angle, and the way that grief can have a profound impact on the coherence of the self. 

‘This book is an important reflection on love and loss. Beautifully written, tender and gentle in tone, yet so vital.’ Louise Winter, co-author of We All Know How this Ends and co-founder of Life.Death.Whatever