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All Authors

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Emma Timpany

    Emma Timpany is the author of Fairlight Books’ novella Travelling in the Dark.  Emma was born in Dunedin, New Zealand but moved to the UK in the 1990s, after receiving a BA degree in Anthropology from the University of Otago. Emma has already published two short story collections – Over the Dam (Red Squirrel Press 2015) and The Lost of Syros (Cultured Llama Press 2015). She has also co-edited a short story collection Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Read more [...]

  • Fiona Vigo Marshall

    Fiona Vigo Marshall is the author of the forthcoming novel Find Me Falling, published by Fairlight Books on 21 March 2019. After graduating from Somerville College, Oxford, Fiona started her career at a local newspaper. She then continued pursuing journalism in Mexico, working for the daily English language newspaper for Mexico City, The News, part of the Novedades group of Spanish language newspapers, covering news and features. On her return to London, Fiona worked as a publisher and Read more [...]

  • Frank E Lee

    Frank E Lee started writing when he was given a pen and notebook for Christmas. Over many years he has written short stories, plays and non-fiction, but has always struggled to be published – so he takes consolation in saying that he writes for himself.   Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it? A: A pen in the shape of a feather.   Q: If you could travel in Read more [...]

  • Gordon Gibson

    Gordon Gibson lives in Troon, on the south-west coast of Scotland. He started working in steelworks in Motherwell, and later trained as a primary school teacher. This led on to a twenty-year-long career as a lecturer in higher education. In 2010, Gordon started writing full-time. Since then his prose and poetry has appeared in a number of print and online publications.   Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers Read more [...]

  • Greg Forrester

    Greg Forrester was born and raised in County Durham, and currently lives in the North East. After initially wanting to be a teacher, Greg changed his mind and decided to study Creative Writing, at both the University of Sunderland (undergraduate) and Newcastle University (postgraduate). Greg started writing in secondary school, producing four chapters of a clear Lord of the Rings rip-off, that, ‘thankfully’, no longer exists. Since then, his writing has been greatly influenced by Read more [...]