Niel Bushnell is an author, artist and creative media consultant. He is a former Northern Writers’ Award winner and has two children’s books published by Andersen Press in the UK: Sorrowline and Timesmith. He has worked in the creative sector for over twenty years, across film, TV, online, games, advertising and publishing. He ran his own animation studio for eleven years and was a director for the largest film production company in the North East. He also works with many of the region’s digital start-up companies, consults with universities and delivers workshops on creativity. Niel lives in Hartlepool with his wife and two daughters. He is currently working on his third novel. He has been a member of the New Writing North board since 2015.