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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 [...]

  • 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 holyday 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 [...]

  • D A Adamson

    D A Adamson is an advertising copywriter who has written for press, radio and TV. He is a native Yorkshire man with a keen sense of irony and a love of the absurd. During his life, he has worked in the US and Scandinavia. He is a keen countryman and is married with three grown-up children. He first started writing short stories at junior school which were read to his class. The only subjects he Read more [...]

  • David Lewis

    David Lewis grew up and went to university in Oklahoma before moving to London where he completed an MA in Literature at UCL. Since then he has lived and worked in Paris. David started writing at the age of nine by entering a school writing competition with a short story called Cindy to the Rescue. It was about a heroic nine-year-old girl who single-handedly stops a ring of international groundhog smugglers. Thanks to heavy edits Read more [...]

  • Eilidh G Clark

    Eilidh is a writer and poet living in central Scotland. After twenty years of working in retail management, Eilidh returned to education. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Stirling with a BA Hons first class degree in English Literature. Following her undergraduate degree, Eilidh went on to do a MLitt in Creative Writing. She graduates in November 2017. In addition to studying, Eilidh works part-time as a retail assistant manager for a well-known Read more [...]

  • Greg Forrester

    Greg Forrester was born and raised in County Durham, and currently lives in the North East. After initially wanting to be a teacher, Greg changed his mind and decided to study Creative Writing, at both the University of Sunderland (undergraduate) and Newcastle University (postgraduate). Greg started writing in secondary school, producing four chapters of a clear Lord of the Rings rip-off, that, ‘thankfully’, no longer exists. Since then, his writing has been greatly influenced by Read more [...]

  • Helen Stancey

    Helen Stancey was born and brought up in Yorkshire. After attending University College London with a degree in English, she decided to remain in the capital, where she is still currently living.  She was briefly involved in the fringe theatre, before qualifying in psychology and teaching in various colleges. Helen Stancey is married with three children. During the earlier years of her writing career she produced mostly poetry as well as some short dramatic pieces Read more [...]