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Academic Liaison and Learning Development: Royal Literary Fund Fellows

Who we are and what we do

Appointments with the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Fellows

The Royal Literary Fund Fellows are professional writers available to help you plan, organise and produce your writing work. Their services are provided by the Royal Literary Fund, a charity that aims to help students improve their writing skills, and are confidential, free, and independent of the University.

Appointments with the Royal Literary Fund Fellows are currently taking place online. Please email the Fellows below for further details and bookings.

Please note that the Fellows do not offer proofreading or teach English as a second language, and you may book only one appointment at a time with any of the Fellows.


Leigh Russell

Leigh is a well-known crime fiction writer whose books have sold more than a million copies. Her novels include the popular Geraldine Steel series set in England, and the Lucy Hall series set in the Seychelles, Paris and Rome.

Leigh Russell is here to offer you advice and support with your academic writing. You can book an online session with Leigh on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm.

To book an appointment with Leigh please email her at

Link to video of Leigh Russell introducing herself


Martyn Crucefix

Martyn Crucefix is a poet, translator and regular blogger on the art and practice of poetry, teaching and translation. He has published 12 books of original poetry, most recently Cargo of Limbs (Hercules Editions, 2019) and The Lovely Disciplines (Seren, 2017). His most recent translation is These Numbered Days, the poetry of GDR poet, Peter Huchel (Shearsman, 2019).

Martyn has a large amount of experience teaching in the UK. He believes writing successful essays starts with reading carefully, note-taking effectively, then choosing a clearly focused topic. Martyn will offer advice on all these aspects and be able to suggest vital planning strategies and insights into the writing process from sentence construction, paragraph-making, to structuring and the overall impact and effectiveness of your completed work.

You can book a consultation with Martyn on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am until 4pm.

To book an appointment with Martyn please email him at

Link to video of Martyn Crucefix introducing himself

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Caroline Brothers

Caroline is a successful novelist, nonfiction writer and journalist who worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the New York Times before her career in fiction. She is the author of The Memory Stones, about the stolen children of Argentina, and Hinterland, her prize-winning first novel about Afghan kids on the road, which is now touring internationally in a stage version called Flight. She is also the author of War and Photography.

Caroline offers online appointments to help you get to grips with essay and dissertation-writing. She can help you with; where to begin, how to order your thoughts, how to build an argument, reference correctly, and above all, how to make your essay sing. This is what Caroline is here for, helping you to plan, organise and produce the essay that will allow your skills to shine.

You can book a consultation with Caroline on Wednesdays or Thursdays from 10am until 4pm. Please give at least 24 hours' notice.

To book an appointment with Caroline, please email her at

Link to video of Caroline Brothers introducing herself


Simon Booker

Simon Booker is a successful novelist and TV screenwriter with many prime-time credits on BBC1, ITV and US TV, including Perfect Strangers starring Rob Lowe and Anna Friel, Holby City, and The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, starring Dame Diana Rigg. He is the author of three crime novels: Without Trace, Kill Me Twice and Animal Instinct, which is also available as an Audible Original. His latest novel, a romantic comedy, will be published in 2021.

Simon can help you plan, organise and produce your best work. You can book a free, confidential online consultation with Simon on Mondays or Fridays between 9am and 5pm. Please give at least 48 hours' notice.

To book an appointment with Simon please email him at

Link to video of Simon Booker introducing himself