Our mission

The History Quill was founded by our executive editor, Andrew Noakes, with the aim of providing dedicated support to historical fiction writers at every stage of the writing process. We provide specialist historical fiction editing services, group coaching, and a wealth of resources tailored to the historical fiction genre.

We’re here because of our deep-rooted passion for history and the stories it inspires, and we have a commitment to excellence in story craft that runs through all of our work. Whether you’re an experienced historical fiction writer or just getting started, welcome!

Our team

Andrew Noakes

Andrew is the founder and executive editor of The History Quill. A graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied history, he spent nearly a decade working in the world of politics and international affairs before happily giving it up to pursue his real passion: historical fiction. He has previously lived and worked all over the world, including in the United States, Belgium, Cameroon, and Botswana.

Specialising in historical fiction gives him the opportunity to combine his historical expertise with his love of story craft. He enjoys delving into worlds so ostensibly different from our own, yet in whose conflicts, intrigues, and dramas we can see clear reflections of ourselves.

Kahina Necaise

Trained in book publishing at NYU and Oxford Brookes University, Kahina has honed her writing and editing skills while living on three different continents. Originally from the USA but now based in the UK, she enjoys work that indulges two of her deepest passions: story structure and history. She has completed professional courses in both content editing and copy-editing.

Jenny Papworth

Jenny has been working as a copy-editor and proofreader for over 25 years. A graduate of the University of Leeds, where she studied English and Chinese, her work has taken her all over the world, including Hong Kong, Brunei, and Cyprus. Fiction editing has always been her passion, with a special interest in historical fiction, and she now works exclusively in this field. She lives in Herefordshire, England.

Barbara Henderson

Barbara is a content editor, creative writing teacher, and former BBC journalist. She holds a PhD in creative writing and is programme leader for creative writing at the Open College of the Arts. She lives in Berwick upon Tweed, England.

Naomi Munts

Naomi is a copy-editor and proofreader living in Southampton, England, with her husband and three children. She graduated from Southampton University in 2006 with a first class degree in English language and literature. Naomi has a lifelong interest in history, and she’s currently writing a novel set during ancient Egypt’s Middle Kingdom.

Alliance of Independent Authors

We’re pleased to be a trusted partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and to adhere to their code of standards. Their Watchdog Desk, which vets author services for their ethics and professionalism, has given The History Quill the highest possible rating of ‘excellent’.

ALLi Partner Member

Company information

The History Quill LTD is a limited company registered in England and Wales (company number: 12025890). Registered office address: Flat 7, 204 Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 6HL, United Kingdom.