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All Authors

  • Abhishek Pandeyar

    Abhishek Pandeyar is a writer and dreamer who belongs to the scenic mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India. Weaving stories while sitting in his suburban household is his only passion. Having lost his elder brother at a young age, he hopes to provide the same solace from his stories to the world, which he gets by putting them into words. Currently, he is working on desensitising depression and mental health; a taboo in Indian society. His Read more [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Ailsa Cox

    Ailsa Cox was born in the West Midlands but has spent most of her life in North West England. She’s currently based in Liverpool, and is Professor of Short Fiction at Edge Hill University, where she runs the MA Creative Writing. Ailsa first started writing when she was a child because her teacher said she was good at it. She was hopeless at most other things – art, needlework, PE and so forth, so she Read more [...]

  • Alan Robert Clark

    Alan Robert Clark is a freelance writer and the author of Fairlight Books’ 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 awards Read more [...]

  • Alex Clark

    Alex Clark’s short stories have appeared in various print publications and online journals, including Prole, Litro Online, MIR Online, Shooter Literary Magazine, and anthologies by The Fiction Desk. She is currently editing her first novel. She runs the Writers’ HQ Cheltenham retreats, and Cheltenham-based live flash fiction night Flashers’ Club. She has two small children and nowhere near enough time. Alex wrote a lot as a child, and as a teenager penned an embarrassing 20,000-word Read more [...]

  • Alex Learmont

    Alex Learmont was born in Scotland in 1942. He then emigrated to Zimbabwe in 1952. Now resident in Cape Town, Alex was active in film production between 1958 and 2018 as writer/director/cameraman in corporate communication, training, educational docudrama, international news and current affairs. Alex starter writing poetry in early 1960s, and was published in New Poems 1965, a PEN Anthology (ed. C. V. Wedgwood). He has written approximately 400 short film scripts and narrations, four 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 [...]