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All Authors

  • Abi Hynes

    Abi Hynes is a drama and fiction writer based in Manchester. Her fiction has been published in a variety of places, online and in print, including Litro, syntax & salt, Flash Fiction Magazine and other publications, and she was recently shortlisted for the inaugural Bath Novella-in-Flash Award. Her plays have been performed across the UK. Abi has been writing stories and poetry for as long as she can remember, and books and theatre were a Read more [...]

  • Alan Robert Clark

    Alan Robert Clark is a freelance writer and the author of Fairlight Books’ upcoming historical novel The Prince of Mirrors. Born in Scotland, Alan attended Dollar Academy in Clackmannanshire before joining King’s College in London. However, due to a protracted illness, he had to abandon the degree and go into advertising, working as a copywriter and creative director. Throughout his career Alan has created ad campaigns for well-known companies, including Nestle, Levi’s and Kodak, and won Read more [...]

  • Amy Kitcher

    Amy Kitcher has been a waitress, a teacher, a shop assistant, a lobbyist, and a politician. She has camped in the Sahara, lived in a Parisian apartment reputedly haunted by a monk and survived being run over by a pensioner. She loves travelling, reading and board games – any form of escapism really, which is what led her, inevitably, to writing. New Year’s Eve at the Nun’s Purse is her first published story and she Read more [...]

  • Andrew Dicker

    Andrew Dicker was born in London, where he also went to medical school. His career has been in general practice in rural England and Hong Kong. In 1991 he started a new NHS practice in Westminster, London, from which he retired a couple of years ago. He now lives in Buckinghamshire. Having enjoyed writing academic articles and book chapters professionally, Andrew decided to learn about creative writing with the Open University and Faber Academy. He Read more [...]

  • Anthony Ferner

    Anthony Ferner is the author of the brand new novella, Inside the Bone Box, published by Fairlight Books on 11 July 2018. Anthony started writing fiction back in the 1990s. His first novella, Winegarden, was published in 2015 by Holland Park Press. Anthony’s been a member of the Tindal Street Fiction Group in Birmingham since 2010. With a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, and a doctorate in Sociology from the University Read more [...]

  • B A McHallam

    B A McHallam has had a varied career path during her working life. She worked in a bank for thirty-one years before taking early retirement from her role as a Bank Manager. From there she became a mature student. Barbara gained a BA and Masters degrees in history at the University of Central Lancashire before going on to work at a local Further Education college. After being made redundant from the position, she worked on Read more [...]

  • Barbara Mercer

    Barbara Mercer was born and grew up in Manchester. She read English at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has worked as a designer and editor in various publishing companies, with a specialism in art, photography, film and graphics. She is an exhibited artist, with works shown at the Southbank Centre, History of Science Museum, University of Oxford, Modern Art Oxford, and with a touring show in London, Bath and Dublin with the William Blake Read more [...]

  • Cathryn Haynes

    Cathryn Haynes was born in Camberley. At the age of seven, her family moved to a house by the seaside in Sussex. She has always felt the sea beautiful, even on the greyest, coldest days. When she was fourteen, her Father bought a holiday home in the depths of the countryside in St Weonard’s, Herefordshire. (Anybody heard of St Weonard? He was an Anglo-Saxon holy man who was buried in a golden coffin, beneath a Read more [...]