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toby venables

Toby first became involved in journalism and publishing in 1997, cutting his editorial teeth at the groundbreaking Cambridge Insider magazine. The following year he became editor and creative director at adhoc publishing ltd, where he launched magazines and websites in Cambridge, Oxford and Bristol, and later co-founded RealCity, a weekly entertainment and lifestyle magazine. For both companies he assembled and managed editorial teams and contributed regular reviews and features, interviewing subjects as diverse as Eddie Izzard, Gunther von Hagens, Ray Harryhausen and Kevin Spacey. He also helped develop the companies’ respective brands, writing ads for radio, print and the back end of a bus.

Since 2003, he has worked as a freelance creative consultant and copywriter, journalist and university lecturer (specialising in film journalism, creative publishing and screenwriting). In 1999 he was the recipient of an INCA radio advertising award, and in 2001 won the Keats-Shelley Memorial Prize. His historical horror novel, The Viking Dead, was published by Abaddon Books in April 2011, and he is currently working on a feature script for Starchild Pictures.


felicity evans

Felicity joined adhoc publishing ltd in 2000 to work alongside Toby as Associate Editor, subsequently becoming Lifestyle Editor at RealCity. There, she ran a section that involved all kinds of hair-raising shenanigans, from directing a photo shoot with live snakes in to pinching a scoop from under the nose of the Guardian newspaper.

After leaving RealCity, she worked as Marketing and Audience Development Manager at Wysing Arts in Cambridgeshire, then in 2004 moved to Archant Specialist to work on a range of national consumer titles, including Professional Photographer and Photography Monthly. In 2006, she joined the RSPB’s in-house creative agency as copywriter, editor and project manager. This gave her the opportunity to work across a head-spinningly wide assortment of materials, including direct mail, scientific reports, international funding and membership appeals, and natural heritage site interpretation (which she specialised in). She’s now working on a brand new, new media project – the likes of which she’s fairly sure the world has never seen – as well as working with Toby, putting all she’s learned at your disposal.