The Name

We called these courses Dark Angels because they're based on the ideas about writing and language at work put forward by John Simmons in his book of the same name.  John says: 'Let us explore our potential through words, words that soar off the page, fly out of the screen, into the imaginations of others.  Let us live up to our abilities as dark angels.'   Dark Angels, How Writing Releases Creativity At Work   (Cyan 9.99)

The Founders
John Simmons

John Simmons is an independent writer and consultant, formerly a director of Interbrand and Newell and Sorrell. He writes and runs workshops for companies big and small, national and international. His many books include We, Me, Them & It, Dark Angels, The Invisible Grail and 26 Ways of Looking at a Blackberry , as well as three books in Cyan's Great Brand Stories series on Starbucks, the Arsenal and Innocent Drinks. With Jamie Jauncey, he co-wrote Room 121: a masterclass in writing and communication in business. His fiction includes The Angel of the Stories, Keeping Mum (the Dark Angels collective novel) and Leaves, his novel published in 2015. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Falmouth University for services to the creative industries and was part of Norwich's successful effort to become UNESCO City of Literature. He is a founder director of www.26.org.uk.

Stuart Delves

Stuart Delves has over 30 years' experience as a commercial writer and has worked for major clients in virtually every sector. Based in a sixteenth century garret in Edinburgh's Old Town he trades under the name Henzteeth. With the Arvon Foundation then Bloom Reading Holidays he ran over 130 residential courses. Stuart was a founder member of 26 in Scotland and the initiator of the 26 Malts project. He wrote Creative Fire: The Story of Scotland's Greatest Export for the Great Brand Stories series. He is also a poet and an award-winning playwright. In 2014, following on from being an Arts & Business Creativity at Work Storyteller-in-Residence with Macsween of Edinburgh he brought his dramatist's skills to the service of his host client and wrote Haggis Haggis Haggis for the Edinburgh Fringe. Aside from Dark Angels he also runs Creative Retreats.

Jamie Jauncey

Jamie Jauncey has written for businesses for longer than he cares to remember. Today he works with groups and organisations of all kinds on the power of language and stories to transform the way we see the world and our place in it. A founder member of 26 in Scotland, Jamie has published five novels – two of them shortlisted for the Royal Mail Scottish Children's Book of the Year Award – and has co-written with John Simmons Room121: a masterclass in writing and communication in business. A former chairman of the Society of Authors in Scotland and member of the Scottish Arts Council's Literature Committee, he was for many years a director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the world's largest literary festival. He is also a musician and with his wife Sarah, a counsellor, runs personal development courses. www.jauncey.co.uk

Our Associates
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In 2016 Dark Angels is growing beyond its three founders. We are delighted to welcome new Associate Partners who will spread the Dark Angels experience more widely. They are all highly regarded writers and trainers who will add new dimensions to Dark Angels. Their biographies will appear on these pages in the coming weeks. They are:

Neil Baker, Sussex
Claire Bodanis, London
Gillian Colhoun, Belfast
Mike Gogan, Dublin
Martin Lee, London
Elen Lewis, London
Andy Milligan, London
Richard Pelletier, Seattle
Mark Watkins, Canberra


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"So much has changed in my life recently and I really believe the Dark Angels course has helped me through it."
– Kathleen Aiken Rojas