Biographies of Tutors & Speakers

Celia Allaby

has a post graduate diploma in human rights and global ethics and looks to unpack issues with other interested people. She has enjoyed a career in education – both teaching children and advising teachers on best practice. Most recently she has been working with education ministries in developing countries to make curriculum changes in state schools; improving life chances. Travel to Africa and elsewhere has provided insights into the crucial importance of supporting human rights globally as she has seen close-up the effects of not taking them seriously enough.

David Bescoby

is a fully qualified medical herbalist and runs a busy East Suffolk practice from Beccles and Wickham Market. He is a member of the National Institute for Medical Herbalists and an honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia. Dave’s interest in botanical medicine and traditional healing arts spans over 25 years; he is a passionate promoter of the importance of botanical medicine in contemporary healthcare.

Andrew Casey

Studied at the Leeds College of Art.  He is a practicing artist and has exhibited his work both in London and locally at the Denis Taplin Gallery in Woodbridge, the Pond Gallery in Snape and the Upstairs Gallery in Beccles. He has been associated with the Ipswich Art Society (est. 1874) since the mid eighties and is an Honorary member. In 1987 Andrew formed the Young Blood group to promote the visuals arts created by young people.

Andrew is a well established author on the subject of twentieth century design chiefly ceramics. He has written several books on the subject and lectured in several prestigious venues such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Society of Arts and the Morley College in London.

Dr Nick Clark

is the Librarian at Britten Pears Arts. During the first part of his career he taught a range of courses focusing on all major periods in English Literature. In 2002 he switched fields professionally and came to work at the Library and Archive at The Red House, Aldeburgh.

Annie Edge

Annie Edge has taught creative writing in schools for twenty years and has a huge range of activities that will get creative juices flowing. Shortlisted for The East Anglian Book Award 2013, she writes a range of fiction – from picture books to flash fiction for adults

Wendy Gilbert

We welcome back Wendy who has successful experience of teaching classes at the library and elsewhere in the area.

Craig Girling

Craig Girling is a commercial photographer, specialising in interiors. He is part self-taught, and part formally trained in photography as part of his studies in 3D design. He worked in London as an interior designer, before switching to interior photography in 2011. His approach to photography is structured and methodical, and believes that you must master your tools, to master your art.

Julie Kilbey

Julie is an experienced tutor and speaker on European History from the Iron-Age to the Tudors.  She has an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of Wales Trinity St David and studies for her PhD in Anglo-Saxon history at the University of Birmingham.  Read more about Julie’s interests on

Steve Massey

Steve Massey  has an enduring interest in the natural world and its varied wildlife, especially wildflowers. Steve worked part time at RSPB Minsmere and has led walks and identification courses for various Wildlife Trusts and other organisations

Miles Macallister

Miles has a PhD in history from Princeton University, where he also later lectured on British, American and global history. At Aldeburgh Library he has previously taught classes titled "Twentieth-Century American History", "World History since 1900", and the "Trump Presidency in History". He grew up in Knodishall and regularly returns to Suffolk.

Chris Milton

has been involved with courses in Aldeburgh since their instigation in 2012 when he worked at The Red House. After studying music at Oxford and Cambridge he has worked in arts and heritage education and is now a freelance musician, tutor and writer both in the UK and the US.

Adrian Nicholson

taught English as a foreign language in Spain, where he lived for 15 years, leading him to train for and be awarded a CELTA qualification. Primarily he is a musician and Music teacher with a Bachelor of Music degree and PGCE and was initially drawn to Spain in order to further his guitar playing. At present, in addition to teaching Guitar and Piano, he is organist at Aldringham and Orford churches.

Sue Pine

is a specialist in Religious Education and Philosophy. She was a high school head of RE for 17 years. Nowadays she concentrates on adult education and teaches Philosophy for the WEA and Coastal Leisure Learning. She teaches classes in the ancient Chinese exercise system, Chi Kung.

Louise Quirke

After studying Italian and French at university, Louise did a PGCE and taught at Cheltenham Ladies College for four years. Following seven years in full-time teaching, she did a Masters on Renaissance studies at the Warburg Institute and was awarded a scholarship to the Vatican Library to carry our further research. While in Rome she worked in an administrative role in an Italian publishing house. She has recently returned to Italian teaching and now teaches groups and individuals

Shirley Smith

graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first-class honours degree in the History of Art, specialising in Italian and Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture, and winner of the Dissertation Prize.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Higher Education Academy.  She lectured part-time at the University of East Anglia and is a tutor for the Board of Continuing Education of Cambridge University at Madingley Hall for whom she runs weekend and study day courses.  Shirley also lectures for The Art Fund, U3A and The Arts Society (formerly called the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society).

Coral Stebbings

is a local, popular, well-known, and very experienced Dance Teacher and Examiner, Pilates and Fitness Instructor.

Seija Tattersall

Seija trained as a mindfulness teacher with Bangor University nine years ago and has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses locally since then.  She is registered with the Mindfulness Network. Sieja trained as a mindfulness teacher after retiring from working  as a counsellor in primary care in East Suffolk.

Lynne Walker

completed her work as Chair of ALF in November 2016 to take on the role of Chair of the Trustees of Pancreatic Cancer UK. She is one of the rare survivors of this disease, and is determined to drive forward improvements in research, access to treatment and better care for everyone. Lynne is also our very popular specialist for American Presidential Elections.

Lucy Walker

Dr Lucy Walker was Head of Public Engagement at Britten Pears Arts until November 2021. She ran the extensive events programme and oversaw learning projects at The Red House, and she made occasional appearances as a speaker for other organisations - such as Snape Maltings, Glyndebourne, Britten Sinfonia and English Touring Opera. Outside work, her main interest is films and cinema history, mainly from the 'classic' Hollywood era, but also British cinema and more contemporary films.

Derek Wyatt

Wyatt was Member of Parliament (MP) for the new constituency of Sittingbourne and Sheppey (1997-2010) having previously been a councillor in the London Borough of Haringey (1994–95) where he was also Chairman of Alexandra Palace.

He was on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee from 1997 to 2005 and the Public Accounts Committee in 2007 before becoming the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Minister for the Arts. In February 2009 he became PPS to Lord Mark Mallock-Brown at the Foreign Office. He chaired six all party committees in the House of Commons.