Elizabeth Speller was a Resident with the Hosking Houses Trust in 2009 and has now become a trustee. She read Classics at Cambridge as a mature student, has a post-graduate degree in Ancient History, and has since written and published eight books with foreign rights sold in several countries. Her first novel The Return of Captain John Emmett, written at Church Cottage, was published by Virago and was Orange Book of the Month. The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton, a mystery set in 1924, was also published by Virago. Her non-fiction books include Following Hadrian, a reconstruction of the travels of the first-century Roman emperor, and a memoir of her family, The Sunlight on the Garden. She is also a published poet and was short-listed for the Forward Prize for poetry, contributes to newspapers and magazines and wrote the libretto for a piece by Michael Berkeley, commissioned by Sir Paul McCartney in memory of his wife, Linda.
She currently teaches at Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education and is completing her fourth novel for Virago.
Elizabeth joined as trustee 2012