KLARA PIECHOCKI has been working as a writer and story artist for 10 years. From gathering a large online following as a teenage author, to working as a screenwriter in the US and writing a weekly column for LA Cityzine. She is currently finishing a Creative Writing MA at Oxford Brookes University. Her writing and art is preoccupied with how diverse we all are, while celebrating what makes us the same. Playful, thoughtful and sometimes dark, she shines light into murkier places with a reassuring tone.
Klara identifies as both genderqueer and bisexual and is passionate about LGBT activism, especially encouraging accurate portrayals of bisexual and transgender characters in the media.
The Death of Poppy Kusch is her debut novel.
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).
Waiting for Farid is one of her novels.
DAVID JOHN GRIFFIN is a writer, graphic designer and app designer, and lives in a small town by the Thames in Kent, UK with his wife Susan and two dogs called Bullseye and Jimbo. He is currently working on the first draft of a third novel as well as writing short stories for a novel-length collection.
His first novel – published by Urbane Publications in October 2015 – is The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb. The second is a literary/psychological novel - Infinite Rooms. He has independently-published a magical realism/paranormal novella called Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn.
STEPHEN ORAM writes near-future fiction intended to provoke debate. As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk. In his early twenties he embraced the squatter scene and was part of a religious cult, briefly. He did some computer stuff in what became London's silicon roundabout and is now a civil servant with a gentle attraction to anarchism.
He is the Author in Residence at Virtual Futures and has published two novels and several shorter pieces of work. Fluence is his second novel.
HELENA HALME is a Finnish author based in London. Her books include The Englishman, a best-selling romantic novel, which won an Awesome Indies badge on publication. Her other titles are The Navy Wife, a sequel to The Englishman, Coffee and Vodka and The Red King of Helsinki. The Finnish Girl, her latest novella, is a prequel to The Englishman.
BEN STARLING is passionate about gender equality, marine conservation and boxing, all central themes in his work. His interest in marine life has taken him across three continents over the past three decades. He is Oxford Univeristy’s only ever quintuple boxing Blue (varsity champion five years running), was Captain of the university boxing team, competed until recently, and continues to coach. Ben graduated with a Master of Arts and a Master of Philosophy. He was born in the USA, but has lived in the UK since childhood.
KATI WORONKA has lived and worked between the Middle East and the UK since 2001. She lived in Syria for 4 years, first as a student, then as a researcher and finally as a charity worker. Inspired by her research with Syrian women, she wrote her first novel, Dreams in the Medina, published in 2013. Since 2011, she has been actively engaged in humanitarian work among Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.
Currently she works with Served, a charity supporting church-based education projects for refugees in the Middle East, and lectures in International Development at the University of East London.
Mourning Sham is her second novel.
JAQUI HAZELL is the author of psychological thriller I Came To Find A Girl (included in the Telegraph’s Best Crime Fiction of 2015), and London Tsunami & Other Stories. Her work has been shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for Fiction and the Jane Austen Short Story Award, and she has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. Born and raised on the south coast near Portsmouth, she now lives in London.
JESSICA WINGATE is a former journalist originally from New York and has made Britain her home for the past fifteen years. She teaches yoga to adults as well as to children, and has a produced the book “Children Do Yoga” with artist Dan Lish. She lives on the south coast with her husband and young daughter.
Pattern Breaking is Jessica’s debut novel. She is working on her second.
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