Members’ news

Design legend and friend of 26, Michael Wolff, has won the London Design Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael contributed to some of our early projects and gave a wonderful talk about his relationship bringing together words with design. He’s a great man.

– John Simmons


I’ve just started my first full-time writing job, at a personal branding agency called WOAW. I’ll be writing social content for the world’s top founders, CEOs and leadership teams. I’m very excited and couldn’t have done it without 26’s help, over the past few years. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone but particularly John Simmons, Fiona Thompson, Rob Self-Pierson and Ed Prichard. I owe you all a pint!

– Peter Havers


Opportunity for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent writers

Applications are open for a free creative writing course exploring happiness with Rachel Lewis and Elspeth Wilson in partnership with Spread the Word. If you’re a writer looking to develop your writing, and if you identify as D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, check it out.


East Anglia bylines launched on 22 July. I’m in the editorial team and have done some writing. So far, that’s included interviews with poet Alice Willitts and archaeologist Chris Evans, and a piece about Vaughan Williams’ hymn tune ‘King’s Lynn’.

Would any East Anglian 26ers like to join us? Get in touch.

– Aidan Baker


Next Sunday, 4 October, I’ll be taking on a whole different kind of ‘26’ challenge. I’m running all 26.2 miles of the London Marathon in aid of the NSPCC. Thanks to COVID, this has been in the works for a long time (I’ve done triple the amount of training I originally signed up for) so I’m glad the start line’s finally in sight – let alone the finish. If anyone would like to donate to my fundraising efforts, it would be a huge boost for this final stretch: 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sophie-gordon2020 

– Sophie Gordon

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