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All Authors

  • 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 [...]

  • E J Saleby

    E J Saleby started writing poetry and stories as a small child and then became distracted by playing and listening to music, which was fun while it lasted. He started writing again after a new year’s resolution to try a creative writing course at City Lit three years ago. He is currently working hard, still, on his first novel.   Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would 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 [...]

  • Elizabeth Mac Donald

    Elizabeth Mac Donald’s debut novel, A Matter of Interpretation, is being published by Fairlight Books in September 2019. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Elizabeth is an academic who now lives in Italy, where she teaches English at the University of Pisa. She is a widely published writer of short stories, essays and translations of literary works into Italian. In her spare time, Elizabeth sings in the choir of the Scuola Normale, Pisa.

  • Emma Franieczek

    Emma Franieczek is currently working and living in the Cotswolds with her partner and two cats. She was born in Eastbourne, has moved around the south of England and has held many jobs including dancer, cabin crew, research assistant and store manager. She is known for her loud laugh and curly hair. Emma self-published her first collection of short stories Living the Dream in May 2015. It is a fictionalised telling of the world of Read more [...]

  • Emma Lee

    Emma Lee’s short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines including Gentle Footprints (Bridgehouse Publishing) and Extended Play (Elastic Press). She was runner-up in Writing Magazine’s Annual Ghost Story Competition. Her most recent poetry collection is Ghosts in the Desert (IDP, 2015), she co-edited Over Land, Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge (Five Leaves, 2015) and blogs on her website. Emma Lee has always written: her first publication was in the school magazine Read more [...]