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All Authors

  • Tahmina Hussain

    Tahmina Hussain grew up in the West Midlands. She is currently teaching English for Academic Purposes to non-native university students, and also tutors primary school students with basic English and Maths. Tahmina graduated from Newman University with a BA in English in 2015. After finishing her BA she wasn’t yet ready to go into teaching, so she decided to do her Masters in English Language Teaching in TESOL at Nottingham Trent University. During this time Read more [...]

  • Teresa Stenson

    Teresa Stenson lives in York where she balances a career as a ghostwriter and editor alongside her own creative writing. Her short stories have been published widely and have been placed in several competitions, including The Bidport Prize and The Guardian Summer Reads. Though she has written almost a dozen books on behalf of her clients, Teresa is yet to complete one of her own – something she hopes to rectify this coming year as Read more [...]

  • Tim Dadswell

    Tim Dadswell was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, growing up in nearby Christchurch. He gained a BA in English Literature from Aberystwyth University in 1984. For thirty years, he worked in a variety of civil service posts in London before moving to Norfolk. After he retired, encouraged by friends with whom he had corresponded, he took some writing courses and picked up his pen. He was a runner-up in a Writers’ Forum flash fiction competition in Read more [...]

  • U R Brunetti

    Ursula Brunetti is a professional copywriter, journalist and short story writer from the Isle of Wight. She is currently based in London where she lives with her husband and children. To date her work has been published by The Londonist, The Casket of Fictional Delights, and has been performed by Liar’s League. She is a Vogue Talent Contest finalist and her short stories have been highly commended by Visual Verse, Ink Tears, Creative Ink and Read more [...]

  • Wendy Holborow

    Wendy Holborow was born in South Wales, UK, but lived in Greece for fourteen years where she founded and co-edited Poetry Greece. She has won prizes for her short stories, notably the Philip Good Memorial Prize, The Aber Valley Competition, The Island Magazine and most recently a first prize in the Allen Rayen competition. Her stories have appeared in numerous journals. She has recently gained distinction in a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Swansea Read more [...]

  • William Prendiville

    William Prendiville is the author of the forthcoming Fairlight Books novella Atlantic Winds, to be published on 11 July 2019. Born in Ireland, William was raised in Canada, in Newfoundland and Ontario. He attended McGill University in Montreal, where he was awarded the Lionel Shapiro Award for Creative Writing. William has lived in Paris, France for the past eighteen years and works as a journalist there. In 2017, he spent a year in Myanmar teaching. Read more [...]

  • Yvonne Dykes

    Yvonne Dykes has lived in London her whole life and is the seventh of nine children. She’s married with two grown-up sons. She’s currently working as a supply teacher in primary school and has been teaching for seventeen years. She studied with the Open University and has recently completed an MA in Education at the Institute of Education. Yvonne collects contemporary art and loves gardening. Yvonne’s first novel Brondesbury Villas was completed in 2000 but Read more [...]