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All Authors

  • 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 [...]

  • Biycekizi

    Biycekizi is a short story writer based in America and the author of Ghazi.   Q: If you could travel in the past, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why? A: Tolstoy, because of his patience.   Q: What id the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child? A: War and Peace   Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it? 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • D W Evans

    D W Evans was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and grew up in county Durham and Northumberland. First study and then work, principally public-sector posts, took him south to live in London, Brighton and eventually Jersey. D W Evans has always been writing something: in school it was plays and comic musicals, in college it was more plays and monologues, which probably explains why most of his stories are heavily dependent on dialogue. In the Read more [...]

  • David Butler

    A former lecturer of English and Spanish Literature and Creative Writing, David Butler is a multi-award-winning novelist, poet, short-story writer and playwright. He tutors regularly at the Irish Writers Centre, and lives in Bray with wife and fellow author Tanya Farrelly. David Butler is the author of three novels, a short-story collection, two poetry collections and several one-act plays. City of Dis (New Island) was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, 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 [...]

  • Dr Hannah Stevens

    Hannah Stevens is a writer currently based in Leicester, UK. She writes short stories and flash fiction and her work has featured in numerous anthologies, magazines and literary journals. Her debut short story collection Without Make-up and Other Stories was published in 2012. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Leicester. Hannah teaches creative writing workshops in a range of educational settings and the community, and is involved in various freelance writing projects. When not Read more [...]