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All Authors

  • Ric Cheyney

    Ric Cheyney was born in Cambridge, England. For ten years he was a semi-pro singer/songwriter in the Cambridge area, supplemented by various jobs including bus driver and college gyp. Ric completed a BA (Hons) Literature degree at the University of Essex in 1983, and a PGCE diploma at the university of Manchester in 1984. After that he taught English Language and Literature for thirty years. Now Ric grows and nurtures trees in a five-acre garden Read more [...]

  • Richard Corney

    Having just retired from working more years than he cares to remember in the NHS, Richard Corney is left free to concentrate on playing the piano, writing, cycling and paragliding. Richard has always been writing, starting as a child. His first love has always been poetry, although he did try to write a novel in his twenties. ‘We won’t go there! Something about angry young men.’ For many years he did little writing, but poems Read more [...]

  • Rosie Anderson

    Rosie Anderson was born in the West Midlands and has lived near Birmingham in a small village no one’s ever heard of all her life. Other than reading and writing, one of her greatest pleasures is babysitting four wonderful little girls. She completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Leicester and is currently continuing her studies there with a Master’s in Creative Writing. She works part time as a waitress and Read more [...]

  • Sandra Arnold

    Sandra Arnold is an award-winning writer, originally from the UK, who lives in New Zealand. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia and has published two novels and a book on parental bereavement. Her work appears in numerous international journals and anthologies including Flash: the International Short-Short Story Magazine, Blue Five Notebook, New Flash Fiction Review, Fictive Dream and Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press, Read more [...]

  • Sara Marchant

    Based in the High Desert of California, Sara Marchant is the author of Fairlight Books’ novella The Driveway Has Two Sides. Sara has a MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California. She teaches at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California and coaches aspiring authors at Pen & Paper writing workshops. Sara is the Founding Editor of Writers Resist – a network of writers who are ‘driven to defend the ideals of Read more [...]

  • Sarah Crabtree

    Sarah Crabtree has been writing on and off for over twenty years with varying success. She had a novel longlisted in a fantasy competition a number of years ago. Real life got in the way of any literary dreams, but recently she seems to have got her writing mojo back.   Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child? A: I remember an aunt passing on a Read more [...]

  • Sarah Dale

    Sarah Dale is an occupational psychologist who runs her own practice in Nottingham. She is currently in her second year of the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University. Sarah started writing seriously some years ago and self-published two non-fiction books, Keeping Your Spirits Up, and Bolder and Wiser. The latter won an Indie Brag award. In recent years, she has allowed herself (and is still learning on that front!) to take herself seriously as Read more [...]

  • Simon Kyle Parker

    Simon Kyle Parker studied scriptwriting at university. Films are his first love but storytelling is his obsession. His first writing were all short screenplays (a few are dotted about on YouTube). His first big success was writing Christmas Ranch, which had a small life on Netflix.   Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why? A: Alexandre Dumas, shows him a few Read more [...]