Ashley Stokes is a novelist and short story writer with over twelve years experience teaching creative writing to post-graduate level. As well as being a long-term editor for The Literary Consultancy, he has taught creative writing at the University of East Anglia, the Open University and Norwich University College of the Arts. His area of expertise is the popular and literary novel and the short story. A graduate of both Oxford University and UEA, Ashley Stokes's stories have appeared in anthologies and journals since 1997. His first novel, Touching the Starfish was published in 2010 by Unthank Books.