The Wordshoppers are Jean Atkin and Liz Hyder – hello! We are experienced workshop leaders, writers and creatives noted for our inventive and energetic approach and our warm and encouraging people-skills.


Jean Atkin

Jean Atkin is an experienced writer, award-winning poet and educator. Her collection Not Lost Since Last Time is published by Oversteps Books and she has also published five poetry pamphlets and a children’s novel. Her poems feature in numerous anthologies published by the likes of Second Light, Candlestick Press, Cinnamon and Grey Hen. She has had poetry commissioned and performed for BBC Radio 4 and has performed at numerous poetry and literary festivals including StAnza, Wenlock Poetry Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival. 

Jean is currently Troubadour of the Hills, a poet-in-residence amongst the hills of Malvern AONB and in collaboration with Ledbury Poetry Festival. She has held residencies and worked on projects in both Scotland and England including at Acton Scott Farm in Shropshire, Logan Botanic Garden in Galloway and at various libraries, museums and festivals. She has created and run workshops everywhere from schools to farms, beaches and festivals.  She tutors for Arvon on their Learning and Participation programme.

Liz Hyder

Liz is an experienced workshop leader and writer. She trained with Spread the Word in London to run creative writing workshops and has led Writing West Midlands’ young writers group, Spark, in Shrewsbury since 2016. In early 2018, she won Moniack Mhor's Emerging Writer Award and her debut novel, Bearmouth, is published by Pushkin Press in hardback in the autumn of 2019. She’s developed a pilot series with Channel 4 Scotland and run workshops everywhere from schools and mosques to libraries. She’s currently developing several theatre projects in the West Midlands.

Liz is also an experienced copywriter and features writer and has won awards for her short films. As a freelance multi award-winning PR Consultant working in the arts (publishing, theatre, broadcast and festivals), she’s worked with household name authors, broadcasters, performers and presenters over the past 15 years. Since 2016, she’s been the film co-ordinator at Hay Festival scheduling and organising interviews with the great and good from the worlds of literature, science, history, politics and more. A past member of the National Youth Theatre, she has a BA in Drama from the University of Bristol and is on the board of Wales Arts Review.

Nice things that have been said about us

“Fantastic fun workshop led by two capable and encouraging facilitators who made every minute thoroughly enjoyable.” 

“Serious fun which is so much more fun than just fun-fun!”

“Excellent energy, well structured and encouraging feedback. Excellent exercises – a friendly and safe space to explore and perform”

“I could have done it all day – you made it really inclusive”

“Useful in so many ways – fresh new ideas, good solid practical advice and great demonstration of supportive, clear facilitation”

“Impeccably managed, well-thought out, inclusive, interesting and creative”