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All Authors

  • Rosie Anderson

    Rosie Anderson was born in the West Midlands and has lived near Birmingham in a small village no one’s ever heard of all her life. Other than reading and writing, one of her greatest pleasures is babysitting four wonderful little girls. She completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Leicester and is currently continuing her studies there with a Master’s in Creative Writing. She works part time as a waitress and Read more [...]

  • Sandra Arnold

    Sandra Arnold is an award-winning writer, originally from the UK, who lives in New Zealand. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia and has published two novels and a book on parental bereavement. Her work appears in numerous international journals and anthologies including Flash: the International Short-Short Story Magazine, Blue Five Notebook, New Flash Fiction Review, Fictive Dream and Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press, Read more [...]

  • Sara Marchant

    Based in the High Desert of California, Sara Marchant is the author of Fairlight Books’ novella The Driveway Has Two Sides. Sara has a MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California. She teaches at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California and coaches aspiring authors at Pen & Paper writing workshops. Sara is the Founding Editor of Writers Resist – a network of writers who are ‘driven to defend the ideals of Read more [...]

  • Sarah Crabtree

    Sarah Crabtree has been writing on and off for over twenty years with varying success. She had a novel longlisted in a fantasy competition a number of years ago. Real life got in the way of any literary dreams, but recently she seems to have got her writing mojo back.   Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child? A: I remember an aunt passing on a Read more [...]

  • Sarah Dale

    Sarah Dale is an occupational psychologist who runs her own practice in Nottingham. She is currently in her second year of the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University. Sarah started writing seriously some years ago and self-published two non-fiction books, Keeping Your Spirits Up, and Bolder and Wiser. The latter won an Indie Brag award. In recent years, she has allowed herself (and is still learning on that front!) to take herself seriously as Read more [...]

  • Simon Kyle Parker

    Simon Kyle Parker studied scriptwriting at university. Films are his first love but storytelling is his obsession. His first writing were all short screenplays (a few are dotted about on YouTube). His first big success was writing Christmas Ranch, which had a small life on Netflix.   Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why? A: Alexandre Dumas, shows him a few Read more [...]

  • Sophie van Llewyn

    Sophie van Llewyn is a Romanian-born author of short stories, flash fiction and, most recently, a novella Bottled Goods, published 11 July, 2018 and longlisted for both The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 and The People’s Book Prize 2018. Sophie grew up in Tulcea, south-east Romania, close to the Danube delta. As a child, she used to spend her summer holidays at her grandparents’ home at the seaside in Constanta. Sophie started writing when she was Read more [...]

  • Stefan Grieve

    Stefan Grieve said, ‘Paraphrasing a certain archaic Italian often affiliated with a salad, “I came, I read, I wrote” and there may have been other things in-between, too numerous to mention, which would not constitute a short biog. Also, there may have been some Nordic walking and running in there too.’ Stefan has been interested in writing from a very early age. He found it his primary passion. He has written all types of stories Read more [...]