The Team

Lesley Wood

Chief Executive

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Dean Atta

Guest Artistic Director

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Dean Atta is a poet from London, UK. His debut collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, published by the Westbourne Press, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday Pink List and featured in Out News Global Pride Power List. He has performed across the UK and internationally at the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (Italy), CrossKultur (Germany), Ordspark (Sweden), Word N Sound (South Africa), International Festival of Authors, PuSh Festival and Vancouver Writers’ Festival (Canada). He co-produces spoken word night Come Rhyme With Me alongside Deanna Rodger. He is Guest Artistic Director of New Writing South, Writer in Residence with Creative Future and an Associate Editor of Wasafiri Magazine, as well as a member of Keats House Poets Forum, Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and Point Blank Poets. He has been commissioned to write poems for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Dazed & Confused, Keats House Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. He is currently working on his second collection The Black Flamingo. 

Georgia Barrington (General Manager)

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Georgia's background is in publishing and arts administration. She joined New Writing South from The Charleston Trust where she supported the delivery of Charleston's two literature festivals as well as a year-round programme of events. She started her career in children's publishing, working in both rights and editorial, then moved into the arts in 2009. Though not a writer herself, she is passionate about literature and an advocate for new writing.



Tessa Ditner (Portsmouth Literature Worker)

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Tessa works as the city of Portsmouth's Literature Worker running the Portsmouth Writers' Hub. The Hub meets on the last Thursday of every month for workshops, talks and socials. This growing community of writers and artists aim to mutually support each other both online and in person. The Hub also aims to strengthen ties within the city, encouraging the writers and artists to participate in literary festivals and collaborate with fantastic local businesses and institutions, while welcoming new writers of all ages whether their writing is a vocation, a hobby or their career.

Recent Hub events include 'An Evening with Adele Parks', 'If Books Could Talk', 'Day of the Dead III' and 'Meet The Agents'. To join the Hub facebook group click here or contact

Tessa Ditner is also a writer of fiction and non-fiction, read extracts and more at