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Tis Magic! Our Memories of Catweazle writers

The Tis Magic! book was made possible thanks to these brilliant, talented writers:
Carol Barnes, Gary Bowers, Symon Grant Brown, Graham Card, Vince Cox, Rick Davy,
Kelvin Dickinson, Paul Driscoll, Sue Duce, Andrew Eggs, J. Z. Ferguson, Nick Goodman,
Christian Graham, Stephen Hatcher, Alan Hayes, Robin Herne, Andy Howells, Simon A. Irvine,
Michael Kingsley, Valerie Krueger, Tony May, Simon Morris, Louise Penn, Paul Pert, Neil Robertson,
Lutine Ryan, Al Samujh, Sheena Samujh, Trevor Scott, Ken Shinn, Paul Simpson, Martin Strike,
Mark Tullett, Simon Wells, Ian Wheeler, Jason Whiton, Andrew Wooding and Doug Young

Tis Magic! Our Memories of Catweazle

Alan Hayes

A fan of cult TV since 1976, Alan runs Randall and Hopkirk (Declassified), one of the most popular ITC websites. He has reconstructed Series 1 Avengers episodes for DVD, and spruced up twenty 1970s radio serial adaptations of the series. He has also contributed to the charity anthologies You and Who: Contact Has Been Made and You and Who Else (both from Watching Books - and recommended). If he's not doing any of these things, he'll be writing, designing, working on other websites such as JSFnetGB, attacking and adding to the ever-growing Blu-ray / DVD mountain, or wasting far, far too much time on Facebook and internet forums...

Two Against the Underworld
Dr Brent's Casebook

Tis Magic! Our Memories of Catweazle
Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes - Inspired by ITC

Avengerworld - The Avengers in Our Lives

Fury from the Deep - A Relic of the Old Time

Richard McGinlay

When he's not busy editing children's titles for an illustrated book publisher, Richard writes features and reviews for the websites The Avengers Declassified and Sci-Fi Online. He has also contributed to print publications including DreamWatch and Satellite Times and the charity anthologies Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes (Quoit Media), Avengerworld (Hidden Tiger), You and Who: Contact Has Been Made and You and Who Else (both from Watching Books). Richard has also been called upon to write liner notes for Big Finish Productions' The Avengers - The Lost Episodes.

Two Against the Underworld
Dr Brent's Casebook

Alys Hayes

A long-time archive TV enthusiast and fan of series such as Doctor Who, The Avengers, the ITC adventure shows and Monty Python's Flying Circus, Alys has helped recover and restore the Avengers radio series, and has worked on Series 1 DVD reconstructions of this series. Away from the show, she works in the television industry, is a classic car enthusiast, and dotes on Zoe, her power-crazed but oh-so-cute cat. In addition to her work for Hidden Tiger, Alys has also contributed to the charity anthologies Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes (Quoit Media), the You and Who series (Watching Books) and Avengerworld (Hidden Tiger).

Two Against the Underworld

Shaqui Le Vesconte

Shaqui Le Vesconte trained as a graphic designer, dabbled in illustration, and ended up being bemused and frustrated by both disciplines. For Hidden Tiger, he has illustrated the books Two Against the Underworld, Avengerworld and Dr Brent’s Casebook, as well as Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes for Quoit Media, and is now incarcerated in a school in deepest Sussex, catering to the reprographic and occasional design demands of 1,500 girls and a somewhat smaller, though no less idiosyncratic, number of staff. The pay may not be as good, but the rolling tableau of young bodies past the office window is a damn sight prettier than what a person of advancing years and borderline senility is used to. Possessing a quirky and self-effacing sense of humour, especially when it comes to biographies, Shaqui may yet pass away with a smile on the lips.

Two Against the Underworld
Dr Brent's Casebook

Avengerworld - The Avengers in Our Lives
Playboys, Spies and Private Eyes - Inspired by ITC

Paul Hayes

South Londoner Paul now lives in Ireland with his wife and two children. He has always had a penchant for writing but work commitments were constantly getting in the way of things. When the recession led to redundancy, it gave him the impetus he needed and he completed his first book, Requiem for Sherlock Holmes, within a year. A sequel is in process. As well as Sherlock Holmes, he also has a strong interest in Doctor Who and has had essays included in both volumes of You and Who: Contact Has Been Made, originally published by Miwk Publishing and now reprinted by Watching Books.

Requiem for Sherlock Holmes

Mysteries and Adventures (Foreword)

The Theatrical Sherlock Holmes (Foreword)

Nick Goodman

Nick Goodman was born in 1968 and began writing at the age of seven, inspired by stories written for him as a child by his sister. He studied Drama and Theatre Arts at college and, ten years later, Radio Journalism.

He has written several plays and sketches, performed locally and wrote and produced eighteen low-budget films during the 1990s and 2000s. He works for the NHS, still writes occasionally, and lives in Salisbury with his wife Alison.

Magnet Memories
Life After Magnet Memories
Tis Magic! Our Memories of Catweazle

Jo Bunsell

Jo Bunsell was born in 1971 and acquired a keen interest in science-fiction, fantasy and horror at a young age. He followed much of his family into the Ministry of Defence. He continues to be a connoisseur of sci-fi, horror, science, quality television and whisky.


Magnet Memories
Life After Magnet Memories

Paul Chandler

Paul Chandler was born in Bournemouth in 1973. He wrote home grown series in his teens such as Travellers, The Muddled Memoirs of Sir Roland Quaverall and Spectrum, and ran the video spoof opera Sutton Park for nine years, chalking up over 3,000 episodes. He has written scripts such as A Cross to Bear and the murder mystery Touchwood. He writes and performs poetry and currently runs The Shy Life Podcast, which can be found at https://shyyeti.libsyn.com.

Life After Magnet Memories

Avengerworld writers

The Avengerworld book was made possible thanks to 46 very talented and generous people:
Tatiana Bakina, Roy Bettridge, Vincenzo Boccini, Koen Braem, Barry Clarke,
Derek Dubery, Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Ben Elshout, Robert Fairclough, David Fakrikian,
J.Z. Ferguson, Dick Fiddy, Margaret Gordon, Sarah Hadley, Alan Hayes, Alys Hayes,
Martin Holder, Frank Hui, John Humphreys, Lauren Humphries-Brooks, Philippa Jacobs,
Piers Johnson, B. Jones, Brendan Jones, Denis Kirsanov, Jan van Leeuwen, Joseph Lloyd,
Rodney Marshall, Dave Matthews, Richard McGinlay, Alistair McGown, Anthony McKay,
Mona Morstein, Peter Motte, Irina Nikitina, Alex Pinfold, Michael Richardson,
Dave Rogers, Joris Royer, James Speirs, Christine Stutz, Olga Svecharnik,
Kimberly Thompson, Jason Whiton, Stanislaw Wiatrowski and Jaz Wiseman

Avengerworld - The Avengers in Our Lives

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

was a British writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he invented, Professor Challenger, and for popularising the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.

Mysteries and Adventures

The Theatrical Sherlock Holmes

William Gillette (1853–1937)

was an influential and highly successful American actor-manager, playwright, and stage-manager in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is best remembered for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage, though he also played the part on camera in 1916.

His portrayal of Holmes helped create the modern image of the detective. He assumed the role on stage more than 1,300 times over thirty years, starred in the silent motion picture based on his Holmes play, and voiced the character twice on radio.

The Theatrical Sherlock Holmes

Francis William Strapp

Francis William Strapp was a Londoner who emigrated to Australia in the 1910s to seek his fortune. However, Francis settled into a hard life in New South Wales, which never delivered on his aspirations. He worked sporadically as a gardener, but was often out of work. It was during his time in Australia that Francis wrote his novellas and short stories; only a small proportion of his works were published, always in the local press. His stories remained unpublished until his descendants collaborated in 2011 to compile Tales from the Moonstone Inn (Hidden Tiger). Francis died aged 64 in Lidcombe State Hospital, New South Wales, on Wednesday 13th October 1937. He was buried in an unmarked grave in the Anglican 'pauper' section of Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, New South Wales.

Tales from the Moonstone Inn



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