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All Authors

  • Helen Stancey

    Helen Stancey was born and brought up in Yorkshire. After attending University College London with a degree in English, she decided to remain in the capital, where she is still currently living.  She was briefly involved in the fringe theatre, before qualifying in psychology and teaching in various colleges. Helen Stancey is married with three children. During the earlier years of her writing career she produced mostly poetry as well as some short dramatic pieces Read more [...]

  • Helena Hinn

    Helena Hinn lives in Newcastle on Tyne, writes and attends literature and film courses, and reads. She works part time as an assistant manager for a charity shop. Helena began writing in 1984. She writes poetry and short fiction. She has been published in Virago, Women’s Press, Faber & Faber and OUP anthologies.   Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why? Read more [...]

  • Jamie Guiney

    Jamie Guiney is a literary fiction writer from Country Armagh, Northern Ireland. His short stories have been published internationally and he has been nominated twice for The Pushcart Prize with his stories A Quarter Yellow Sun and The Cowboy. Jamie is a graduate of the Faber & Faber Writing Academy and has twice been a judge for the short story competition The New Rose Prize. His work has been backed by the Northern Ireland Arts Read more [...]

  • Jasmin Kirkbride

    By day, Jasmin is a publisher, who lives and works in London. She has an MA in Ancient History from King’s College London, and owns a dangerous number of books. Jasmin must write or she is subject to mood swings. Her short story fiction has been published in various magazines, including Open Pen, Haverthorn, Hark and The Cadaverine, and her flash fiction has been shortlisted for the Kilburn Literary Festival Flash Fiction competition, as well Read more [...]

  • Jen Knox

    Jen Knox was born and raised in the Midwestern states and has worked primarily in the non-profit sector and academia. She writes about tumultuous family relationships and our relationship with the natural world. Jen Knox’s latest short story collection, The Glass City, won the Prize Americana for Prose and is now available from Hollywood Books International. Her short stories can be found in over a hundred publications, including The Best Small Fictions 2017, Chicago Tribune, Read more [...]

  • Jim Bartlett

    Jim Bartlett was born in California and spent the better part of his life living and working in the small slice of heaven known as Santa Barbara. Both he and his wife worked within the telecommunications industry, starting out in a time when there were still ‘0’ operators, and phones were still rented. From there Jim moved on, going from climbing poles to working on the Reagan Ranch during his White House years, to maintaining Read more [...]

  • Joe Cushnan

    Joe Cushnan was born and raised in Belfast but left for England at 22 in 1976 to pursue a career in retail management. He has worked in various locations across the UK. Joe met his future wife when they both worked for BHS. They have two grown-up sons. Joe is now retired after nearly forty years of working. Joe’s hobbies have always been reading and writing. Over the years, he has had poetry and general Read more [...]

  • John Crompton

    John Crompton was born on the Isle of Wight, and raised in Hampshire, Dorset and Kent. He worked as an Educational Sergeant in the National Service before completing his university studies in English and Education. He then worked as a teacher, lecturer and tutor in English, Drama and Education in various schools, colleges and universities. John has written academic papers on education, drama and literature. He has poems published in various small magazines, as well Read more [...]