Carol Godsmark, born in Canada and brought up with siblings behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Denmark by diplomatic parents, is based in the Chichester, West Sussex, UK.
Her peripatetic working life after a London college studying languages has included a stint training as a nurse at London’s Royal Free Hospital before travelling the world with her languages as a stewardess in BA’s first class; as a theatrical agent assistant in London looking after character actors at the Brunskill Management Agency and working in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather (‘When you advertise to the world, you must employ the worldly’ – blimey!) in London. Carol has also worked in marketing and logistics for charities on the West Bank and in Belarus. Returning to university after successfully opening and running two restaurants in Sussex as chef/restaurateur (Michelin, Good Food Guide, two AA Rosettes) while bringing up three children, she studied Journalism and Radio at Portsmouth and has worked as a food, medical, environmental and travel journalist since 1994. Trained as a Samaritan and for the courts’ Witness Service Programme, working as a volunteer for both for over four years.
Carol has published six non-fiction books and writes weekly columns and other articles on food, travel and the environment for a number of publications including Observer, Caterer and Hotelkeeper, Chef, Express, Savour. She has been Portsmouth News’ restaurant critic and food journalist for over a decade. Carol edited Savour, the Guild of Food Writers’ publication, for five years and has been a Good Food Guide inspector and a competition judge for Hampshire Life and Great Taste Awards. She also teaches students in the UK, in Poland and in Egypt on the art of being a restaurateur and continues to cook for private clients (hospitality and catering) including the Cass Foundation, www.sculpture.org.uk.
Carol also works in PR and Marketing which includes working for Chichester Cinema at New Park and its international film festival, copywriting including West Dean College’s graduate programme, Merivale Editions, an art company and other copywriting work for West Dean College Brochure and restaurant websites. She recently created Fuller’s Pride Good Green Guide for Fuller’s Brewery, writes for their Tenants Extra magazine and also works for Raymond Blanc sourcing local produce for his Brasserie Blanc group of restaurants.
Carol was administrator-organiser for ELLSO Summer School in Yorkshire and in North Wales for nine years to 2012 and continues work for ELLSO’s summer school in a minor role.
Her first novel, Stalin’s Czech Guests came out of a two year part time MA in Creative Writing at West Dean College with Greg Mosse and is based on her childhood growing up in Prague during the Cold War and what impact it had on the family. MA Sussex University 2013. She is currently working on two fictional projects (Ghost Army, a novel, and Number Sixty to the Somme, a play for the London Transport Museum in conjunction with Greg Mosse) surrounding the iconic double decker London red buses requisitioned by the British government for the 1914 – 18 Great War and those who travelled on them to the Western Front (see Books and Short Stories & Plays). www.westdean.org.uk Carol completed a year’s Playwriting Course at Chichester Festival Theatre (2013-14) with tutor Greg Mosse.
Greg Mosse is co-writer with Carol Godsmark of Sixty Bus to the Somme, a play for the London Transport Museum, date to be finalised. His creative writing teaching is based around the development of craft skills – well-judged sentences, paragraphs, episodes and chapters are the building blocks of good novels. He was programme leader for creative writing at West Dean College where he taught his own MA degree, validated by University of Sussex, and a wide range of short courses. He curates and teaches the Southbank Centre Creative Writing School with his wife, the novelist and Orange Prize founder Kate Mosse and works in story development and consultancy for stage and screen. His knowledge of his subject comes from more than 20 years’ professional experience as teacher, editor, translator and writer.