NORMA COHEN has written in fact, fiction & drama about her Russian, Jewish, Communist, Liverpudlian heritage. Her novel Karl Marx Was A Scouser & play: Gone for a Burton were inspired by her mother’s bid for autonomy in the 1950s & her grandparents’ hazardous flight on a cattle boat from Russia in 1905. Her chapter on her parents’ political roots appears in Radiant Illusion? (Eden Valley Editions, 2015). She’s written short stories for Loki Books, Pandora, Women’s Press & BBC Radio 4. She’s currently completing her second novel Waiting for Farid & a play about Fellini & Giulietta Masina: Giulietta’s Feast. A former arts journalist, books include Bouquet with Flying Lovers (Gally Cat Press) & Theatre Works (National Theatre/Theatre Museum)
BELINDA BUCKLEY is a therapist for children with communication disorders, a mother and a writer of contemporary fiction. She completed her MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway University of London in 2014. She was compelled to realise her long held desire to write fiction following the death of her closest friend.
The Five Stages of Angus and Colleen is about grief, mental health, family dynamics, relationships and intrigue from the past set against a present-day tragedy. She is currently working on her second novel, Supply.
TIM WEEKS is a 56 year old troubled soul who wrote Catch 23 during bouts and relapses from heroin addiction. He has travelled extensively and has led a varied and colourful life, not all due to drugs. Born and raised in England, he studied Graphic design and Art, and worked at an Architectural firm.
Catch 23 is his debut novel.
NICK BRYAN is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly comic twist. As well as the ongoing mismatched detective London crime saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a fantasy novel about magical toasters and has stories in several anthologies. When not reading or writing, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comic books and a nice white beer.
CARLA SPRADBERY decided to start writing for and about teenagers after working with them for over a decade. Having had a lifelong obsession with dark literature, it only seemed natural to write stories that would thrill, scare and maybe make her readers think twice about reading alone in the dark. Her first novel, The 100 Society, was published by Hodder in September 2014.
HARRY GALLON is an author and freelance reader from the South of England. His short fiction and poetry have featured in numerous publications, including The London Magazine and Forward Poetry. In 2013 he was a winner of the first annual Storgy Short Story Competition and was shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize in 2014.
CHRIS BROSNAHAN is a writer, marketing professional and occasional comedian. He writes crime, science-fiction and horror thrillers. You can buy two of his books online (Deadlines and POV) and also read the free content he’s made available (including numerous short stories and Magic Falls, a free serial novel) from his website.
Chris lives in North London, where he's run the Big Green Bookshop writing group for four and a half years and also ran their comedy night for four years. He tweets regularly, writes an occasional blog and co-hosts a writing podcast. He also used to be a ring announcer for professional wrestling. Really. He is currently working hard on his third novel as well as a few other projects.
LEO HUNT was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1991. He grew up around books, and his mother's job at Seven Stories in Newcastle left a strong impression on his choice of career. He realised he wanted to either be an author or an archeologist - but when he learned that archaeologists didn't unearth piles of perfectly preserved dinosaur bones every time they put a spade in the ground, he decided on the former.
Leo started writing Thirteen Days of Midnight when he was 19, in his first year at the University of East Anglia. He graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in American Literature and Creative Writing. He currently lives in London. 13 Days of Midnight is his debut novel.
EMEKA EGBUONO has always been interested in writing. He started by writing spoken word poetry while he was in secondary school. His first book ‘Consequences’ was well received by Social science scholars and casual readers alike. Since then Emeka has written articles for the Huffington post,directed two documentaries; ‘London to LA’ a gang intervention documentary in Los Angeles and ‘Stop and Search, through the eyes of the child’, a documentary analysing the relationship between young people and the police.
He has also sat on a panel for the ‘Future Spaces Foundation Report’ a report on future of the high street. Egbuonu, a former football coach and youth worker of 10 years is now a Lecturer at Barking and Dagenham College. Ambitions of The Deprived is his debut novel.
NINA JOSHI-RAMSEY left Kenya as a teenager during the violence following the 1982 attempted military coup. Her account of that won the Penguin Decibel Literary Award.
Her novel, Lifewalla, explores the effects of the 1984 Bhopal industrial gas leak and has been raising funds for a children's clinic there. Amongst glowing reviews is a recommendation from Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, President of the British Psychological Society, who considers it 'a very human book' that 'really gets inside the psychology of disasters and the consequences they wreak.'
SAFEENA CHAUDHRY is a London based author obsessed by the notion that dreams can be shared. Her research opened up the other worlds of lucid dreaming and astral projection, and took her as far as the Huacachina desert in Peru.
She was given her first typewriter when she was six, not knowing (and eventually not minding) that there would be many beginnings before she reached an end. Companions of Clay is her debut novel.
DEIRDRE SHANAHAN has published stories in the US in ‘The Massachusetts Review,’ The Southern Review,’ and ‘Iowa Woman,’ as well as in the UK and Ireland. Her work has been in anthologies from Serpent`s Tail, Fish Publishing, Ireland and New Writing from British Council / Vintage. Her work is on WritersHub, Birkbeck, University of London. She wrote a radio play, which was broadcast by RTE and was awarded a bursary from Arts Council England for fiction. Her work is currently showcased on The Literary Consultancy's website.
The Sailor From Mazara is one of her completed novels.
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