Penny Gilbert

Dr Penny X Gilbert studied biochemistry, genes and antibodies before combining her love of science with a love of language to become an intellectual property lawyer. With others of like mind she launched a boutique practice in 2007 that is now recognised as one of the UK’s leading IP law firms. She has been involved in litigating patent issues up to the UK Supreme Court and before the European Court of Justice and is frequently involved in developing strategies for multi-national European litigation.  Although not yet having written her novel, she regularly authors papers on life sciences and the law and lectures at international conferences on IP. She was formerly President of the European Patent Lawyers’ Association (EPLAW) and remains a member of its Advisory Board.  Penny brings an entrepreneurial mind-set, an enthusiasm for communication and a sense of ambition to support Writesideleft in fostering new writing and growing its reach.


Siobhan Harrison

is the founder of WriteSideLeft. She read English at Oxford and holds a further Masters from Exeter University in film noir and contemporary poetry. She also happens to be a qualified accountant who helped out big business in IT & compliance in Investment and Retail banking in London, then rural small businesses and creatives in West Dorset – which she continues to do when she has time. She set up WriteSideleft in late 2017 in a postponed Eureka moment.

She commissions, edits and designs all WriteSideleft books, now with the generous input of her new Co-Editor Henry Russell. 


Laurie Morison

majored in Literature at Dickinson College. PA. She qualified as a CPA and spent many years in JP Morgan holding down voluntary posts in her spare time, including the Witney Museum.

She’s an unapologetic and passionate New Yorker. She sits on various boards and is a member of JASNA. She also like rabbits.

Keith Richmond

was born and brought up in Buckinghamshire and educated at Tylers Green junior school; the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe; and Brasenose College, Oxford. He was a reporter on the Daily Mirror; a reporter, feature writer, gossip columnist and showbiz editor on the Sunday Mirror; and has also written for, among other titles, the Daily MailDaily ExpressWoman’s OwnWoman & Home, and Now. He spent a year handling PR for IPC’s weekly titles. And was literary editor, and then deputy editor, of the left-wing political weekly Tribune. Keith now works for ASLEF, the train drivers’ trade

Jim Ring

Jim read English at Oxford before going into advertising. His first book was the Financial Times’ standard text on the business.  Erskine Childers was a biography which won the Marsh Prize, How the Eglish Made the Alps his account of the pioneering English mountaineers, tourists, and winter sportsmen. The new century brought We Come Unseen, a pioneering study of Britain’s Cold War submariners. This won the Mountbatten Prize. Riviera portrayed the English colony on the Mediterranean coast, Storming the Eagle’s Nest the Alps during WW2. How the Navy Won the War, about the Royal Navy’s contribution to WW1, was published in 2018 and shortlisted for the Mountbatten.

His first novel, Interregnum, appears in 2020. His second novel, With Mrs Tugendhat to the Undiscovered Country, appears later this year.

Jim is a director of the literary quarterly Slightly Foxed, and artistic director of the North Norfolk literary festival.

He is married with a daughter and a son.

Henry Russell

Once described as the man you’d most want on your quiz team, Henry Russell is the author of more than 30 books on a wide range of subjects, from architecture to zoology. Oxford-educated and London-based, he also trains and teaches writing skills. When not buried under paper and pen , he stands as WriteSideLeft’s Co-Commissioning Editor.

Annie Wheatley

in her own words: ‘From provincial art school to more than 30 years in design studios, advertising agencies and also – ahem – in the discreditable world of PR, Annie is now dabbling in painting, and is nerdishly interested in art as social history. She believes very strongly that the way things look is crucial to our experience of them. And that means books too…’ 

Which is to say we consult her on all things visual. And quite a bit else.