The panel of judges include:
Malcolm Busby - An Anglian through and through Malcolm was born and raised on the West side of Devils Dyke on the edge of the Fens close to the Great Ouse. His life and beliefs from an early age have been shaped by the natural world, our shared heritage, and the wisdom, customs and practices of his family and friends. Never happier from an early age than when alone in the countryside, he worked as a ranger for a combined period of twenty years in parks and country parks in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire striving to help the landscapes he worked in and encouraging people to enjoy it as well through active involvement and by talking to them. Those talks led him naturally into storytelling and now as a storyteller and gardener he continues to work with and encourage people to love the countryside and our heritage.
Rachel O' Leary - is a local storyteller who enjoys stories that tickle the imagination, expand the mind, or cause a giggle. She held the title of Chief Storyteller, Skald of Suffolk in 2014 and again in 2016. Rachel is interested in the way the shared experience of co-creating a story can bring people together in community. Does this community stretch backwards in time to include those who first sparked our traditional tales by the fireside? You never know who's listening.... She has told stories to all ages, on a freezing fen, in a roundhouse, a medieval chapel, schools, pubs and libraries.
Beverley Price - Beverley is a weaver of dark prose and poetry, dreamer of Gothic imagery, cat lover and nature worshipper. Her work deals with the bitter fact that love is not always chocolate boxes and roses. She has had a poem published in an E-book called “Poems from Beyond the Grave” and her own poetry book “The Flowering of the Black Petal" and "By Ink, Paper and Pen: A Tribute to Black Petal”, and a novel "Blood Bound". Formerly from the gloomy but mythical land of Wales, Beverley now resides in the slightly drier but as spiritual home of Ipswich.