LEONORA MERIEL grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh and Queen’s University, Ontario. After a career in business in New York, she moved to Kyiv and was a successful entrepreneur for several years. During her time in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development. In 2008, she turned to writing full-time and has completed two novels: The Woman Behind the Waterfall and The Unity Game. Read more about Leonora Meriel and her work at: www.leonorameriel.com.
YANA STAJNO was born in Zimbabwe of a Polish father and a French mother who met by chance on Brighton Pier after the war. Yana the only child of this chance meeting and was educated in the bosom of the Catholic church by Irish nuns. She went to Cape Town University, became an Anti-apartheid activist, where she met her husband by chance too – in a riot. She lives in London and works as an acupuncturist, writer and artist.
She has written several plays and has had several short stories published. Rules for Thursday Lovers is her debut novel.
AMY KITCHER has been a waitress, a teacher, a shop assistant, a lobbyist, and a politician. She has camped in the Sahara, lived in a Parisian apartment reputedly haunted by a monk, and survived being run over by a pensioner. She loves travelling, reading and board games – any form of escapism really, which is what lead her, inevitably, to writing. She and her husband live in South Wales with their two children and a rescued Staffordshire bull terrier.
PHILIP BOWNE is a recent graduate of English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire. His short fiction has been published in several magazines and anthologies in the UK, US and Canada, including The Lampeter Review, WORK, and The Maple Tree Literary Supplement.
Philip has worked as a travel writer on a month long InterRail blog for Endsleigh, which detailed his experiences travelling around Europe, and earned him a publishing credit with The Guardian shortly after his return. Phil is only 22, but looks almost twice as old. Chasing Eva is his debut novel.
JANE DAVIS is the author of six novels. Her debut, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as 'A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.' The Bookseller featured her in their 'One to Watch' section. Five further novels have earned her a loyal fan base and wide-spread praise. Regularly compared to more seasoned authors such as Kate Atkinson and Maggie O'Farrell, Compulsion Reads describe Jane as 'a phenomenal writer whose ability to create well-rounded characters that are easy to relate to feels effortless.' Her favourite description of fiction is 'made-up truth'.
ELIZABETH WOODCRAFT grew up on a working class housing estate in Essex.
Throughout her life, Liz has been writing – plays, stories, and she has always kept a diary. Her book A Sense of Occasion, published in 2014 is a collection of short stories about 4 working class girls living in the 60s. Her latest novel, Beyond the Beehive, out in September 2016, continues the story of Sandra and Linda, in the year 1965. She is an occasional newspaper reviewer on BBC Radio Essex and recently appeared in the BBC East show ‘Living in ’66 – pop, pirates and postmen.’ She lives in London with her partner.
AMNA K. BOHEIM worked in investment banking before turning her hand to writing. She has completed two Faber Academy writing courses, including the six-month Faber Academy Writing a Novel (online) course. She authors a blog under the title, Djinn Mamu … & Other Strange Stories.
The Silent Children is her debut novel.
WILLIAM LOGAN read Computer Science at Cambridge, and has lived in many countries working and absorbing the languages. The time spent in Germany and Israel, where he has two children plus second nationality, most influenced the content of the story. Some of the mathematics learned at college influenced the development of the plot.
Gothengau: Fourth Reich Rising is his debut novel.
KAY SEELEY is a lover of books, history and London, together or separate. She has written two Victorian novels, The Water Gypsy and The Watercress Girls, which have been compared to books by Catherine Cookson and Barbara Bradford Taylor. Both books have been chosen as finalists for The Wishing Shelf Award. She also writes short stories and has had over fifty published in The People’s Friend, Woman’s Weekly, Take a Break or The Weekly News. She has published twenty of these in The Cappuccino Collection. Kay’s stories have been short-listed in several major competitions.
EMILY CRITCHLEY is a writer living in London and completing the final few months of her BA Hons Creative Writing at London Metropolitan University. Her work has been published in The Copperfield Review, Smoke: A London Peculiar, Sentinel Literary quarterly and Open Pen. She has had drama performed at Theatre N16.
Loving Lottie is her debut novel.
SAISWAROOPA IYER is a former investment professional turned author. She is also trained in Carnatic Classical music. Her interests include Ancient Indian history, literature and philosophy. She lives in London.
This reading was recorded at The Swedenborg Society in Bloomsbury.
LINDY HENNY is an author, playwright, actress, director and painter, living on a houseboat moored on the Thames in Chelsea Harbour. Her 2013 play The Empty Chair was performed in fringe theatres at The Edinburgh Festival and in London. Her play, Old Age and Death is currently in production. When not creating characters, Lindy plays the role of matriarch to her large family; she’s mother to three adopted children, grandmother to ten and a great grandmother to even more, with step-children and step-grandchildren to boot! Behold Sarah is her debut novel.
MARI REIZA was born in Madrid in 1973. She has worked as an investment research writer and management consultant for twenty years in London. She studied at Oxford University and lives off Portobello Road with her husband and child.
Mari will be reading from her upcoming novel, Marmotte's Journey, which will be released in December.
LAXMI HARIHARAN is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. A one-time journalist with The Independent, she also blogs for the Huffington Post, has written for The Guardian and has been featured in many publications including The Times of India, The Economic Times, The Telegraph and Verve. She has also worked with MTV and BBC among others.
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CHRISTOPHER BOWDEN lives in south London. He is the author of five novels, each with a colour theme. The Purple Shadow, set in Paris and London, is the latest. His previous books have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay. Of his third novel, The Red House, Sir Derek said, “Very entertaining, cleverly constructed and expertly paced. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
ADAM BETHLEHEM was born in London but grew up on South Africa. He trained as a doctor and taught physiology before returning to England to study physics. He has also worked as a bookseller, a confectioner and a medico-legal advisor.
Triple Point Press was founded in 2014 - Mr Einstein and Me was published in September followed by The Universal Theory of Immigration in June 2016. He no longer works as a doctor and lives in London with his wife and son.
This reading was recorded at The Swedenborg Society in Bloomsbury.
LOUISE HARE is a travel expert and writer. Originally from the north-west of England she moved to London a decade ago and the capital features heavily in her writing. She began her first novel, The Stars Shone Darkly, on the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course. The novel was longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize 2016. She blogs short stories and book reviews at Tales from the Olympia.
DEWI PRITCHARD grew up on a farm in Wales. He has lived and worked in London for twenty years. His work to date has been about Wales-seen-from-afar, or people from elsewhere, whether in London or Brazil – his other passion. A Psychiatrist by day, writing lets him explore how other people tick in a different way.
Estelle is his debut novel.
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