Maggie Hamand is a journalist, novelist and non-fiction author. She was the winner of the first World One-Day Novel Cup and her winning novel, The Resurrection of the Body, was published to critical acclaim, and has been optioned for film and television. Maggie followed a degree in biochemistry and a Master’s in theology with a PhD in creative writing, and lectures at the University of Hull. Maggie has also taught at Morley College, Holloway Prison, and London University of the Arts. She pioneered creative writing teaching in London through The Complete Creative Writing Course at the Groucho Club, and is the author of the best-selling Creative Writing For Dummies, and Creative Writing Exercises For Dummies. Maggie’s new novel, Virgin & Child, will be published by Barbican Press in February 2020. As a publisher, Maggie founded and run the award-winning independent The Maia Press. Maggie’s home is in Hackney, while Normandy provides a writing retreat.