Sue Hubbard

Sue Hubbard is a freelance art critic, novelist, award-winning poet, lecturer and broadcaster.

Her poems have been read on Radio 3 and Radio 4 and she has contributed to many arts programmes including Kaleidoscope, Poetry Please, Night Waves and The Verb.

Her books of poetry include Everything Begins with the Skin (Enitharmon 1994) and The Forgetting and Remembering of Air (Salt Publishing 2014). Her work has also appeared in a number of prestigious anthologies and literary magazines including: EncounterAcumenAmbitPoetry WalesPoetry LondonLondon MagazineThe IndependentThe Observer and The Irish Times.

Catherine Ayres

Catherine Ayres is a teacher from Northumberland. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines, including Mslexia and The Moth. In 2015, she came third in the Hippocrates Prize and in 2016 she won the Elbow Room Prize. She has a pamphlet published by Black Light Engine Room and her debut collection – Amazon – was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in December 2016.

Harry Gallagher

Harry Gallagher has been published by Prole, The Interpreter's House, Rebel Poetry, Lucifer Press, Black Light Engine Room Press and many more. He has 3 pamphlets currently available and his debut full collection is being published in September 2017 by Stairwell Books. He is co-founder of The Stanza, a regular poetry event near Newcastle and also runs the north east stanza of the Poetry Society. www.harrygallagherpoet.wordpress.com

Martin Figura

Martin Figura’s latest collection Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine (Cinnamon Press)and pamphlet Shed (Gatehouse Press) were both published in 2016.  The spoken-word show of Dr Zeeman started touring in 2016.  He was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the Saboteur Award for his previous show and collection Whistle.  He lives in Norwich where he runs Café Writers.  He’s married to the poet and artist Helen Ivory.

 www.martinfigura.co.uk

Mandy MacDonald

Mandy Macdonald is an Australian writer living in Aberdeen, trying to make sense of the 21st century. Her poems appear in print and online, in the anthologies Outlook Variable and Extraordinary Forms (Grey Hen Press), Poetry Scotland,  The Fat Damsel, and elsewhere, most recently in Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry (Luath, 2016). She writes in the strong hope that poetry can change the world, even just a little. The rest of the time, she sings.

Helen Ivory

Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist.  Her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection is the semi-autobiographical Waiting for Bluebeard (May 2013). She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is tutor and Course Director for the UEA/Writers Centre Norwich creative writing programme. Fool’s World , a collaborative Tarot with artist Tom de Freston (Gatehouse Press) recently won Saboteur Best Collaborative Work award.  A book of collage/ mixed media poems Hear What the Moon Told Me has just been published by KFS.

Alex Reece Abbott

Writing across forms and genres, Alex has won the Northern Crime Competition and
Arvon Prize. Her short fiction often shortlists, including for the Bridport, Elbow Room, and Sunday Business Post/Penguin Short Story prizes. A finalist in the 2016 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year, her literary historical novel, The Helpmeet is a 2016 Greenbean Irish Novel Fair winner. Her contemporary novel, Last of the Lucky Country, shortlisted for the 2015 Northern Crime Competition. 

Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor has written poetry since her teenage years in the sixties. Her main influences then were both Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Originally a farmer, she went on to run Totleigh Barton Centre for Creative Writing in Devon in the early eighties. She has published seven collection of poetry and a number of pamphlets. Her most recent collection, Temporal Bones, was released in July 2016 by Oversteps.

Her website is www.susantaylor.co.uk
 

Niamh MacCabe

Dublin born, Niamh grew up in Paris, northwest Ireland, and Washington DC, graduating there from the Corcoran School of Art.

In 2016, she won Wasafiri’s New Writing Prize, the Molly Keane Award, came second in  Bare Fiction Magazine’s Award, was shortlisted for the Fish Prize, Cuirt New Writer Award, Bristol Prize, Mslexia’s Competition and the Over the Edge Award.

She is published in Aesthetica’s Annual, The Incubator, Bare Fiction Magazine, Bristol Prize’s Anthology and Wasafiri.

Derwen Morfayel

Derwen was born in Spain, bred in Wales and she now writes fiction and poetry, some of which appear on her website www.derwenmorfayel.com and in literary magazines and journals Halcyon, Severine, Shooter and Unbroken. After a degree in Creative Writing, she completed her first novel for an MPhil. Follow her on Twitter @DerwenMorfayel for her upcoming publications in Halo, Ink, Sweat and Tears and The Lonely Crowd. She mostly replies by pigeon post, in Spanglish

Walburgh Appleseed

Walburga Appleseed likes her chocolate dark, her wine rich, and her fiction short. Her work has been published here and there, and recently won a prize (you may google her for confirmation). In a parallel existence, she also writes for children. Walburga can (too often) be found on Facebook, and her website is forthcoming.

Claire Booker

Claire Booker's debut pamphlet, Later There Will Be Postcards, is published by Green Bottle Press. Her poetry has appeared widely including Ambit, Magma, The Morning Star, Poetry News, The Rialto and The Spectator. Claire is a member of the Arts Council funded PoetryArtExchange collective of Romanian and UK poets, with a free e-book due from Bucharest University in 2017. She is also a playwright whose work has been performed in America, Australia, Europe and the UK. 

Lorette C Luzajic

Lorette C. Luzajic is an artist and writer from Toronto. She is editor at The Ekphrastic Review and the author of over 15 books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. She has been published in hundreds of journals and blogs. Her short story was nominated for Best of the Net. She also incorporates literary themes, poetry, and text into her visual artwork, which has been exhibited around the world. Visit her at www.mixedupmedia.ca.

Cynthia Miller


Cynthia Miller is a Malaysian-American poet and Co-Director of Verve, Birmingham's inaugural Poetry & Spoken Word Festival. She was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2013 and was shortlisted for Primers Volume II, the Nine Arches Press and Poetry School mentoring programme. She has a poem forthcoming in The Emma Press Anthology of Love, to be published in 2018.

Christopher Stanley

Christopher Stanley lives on a hill in England with his three sons who make an ungodly amount of noise and mess but give him great hope for the future. In 2016, his stories have been published by The Molotov Cocktail, Jellyfish Review, The Short Story, and in the National Flash Fiction Day anthology, among others. 

Angela Readman

Angela Readman's poems have appeared in various journals and journals, and won The Mslexia Poetry Competition, The Charles Causley Prize, and The Essex Poetry Prize. Her latest collection The Book of Tides was published by Nine Arches in 2016. She is also a short story writer, her debut story book Don't Try This at Home (2015) was shortlisted for The Edgehill Story Prize .

Victoria Briggs

Victoria Briggs is a writer of poetry and short fiction with recent work published in Unthology, Short Fiction, Structo, Litro, Prole, The Offing, The Honest Ulsterman and The Nottingham Review. She once won the Asham Award for Women Writers and has been previously nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in London and tweets @vicbriggs.

Glyn Edwards

The Wales Arts Review described Glyn Edwards recently as one of the ‘most exciting young voices in Welsh poetry’.  'Wuthering Heights' will feature in his debut collection, ‘Conversations’, that will be published in late 2017.  He recently completed a ten-day residency at the Dylan Thomas Boathouse in Laugharne.  As well as being an award-winning poet, he is a teacher at Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn, in Colwyn Bay.  
 

Ariel Dawn

Ariel Dawn lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her son and daughter. Her poems appear in places such as Ink Sweat & Tears, Ambit, Paper Swans, Queen Mob’s Tea House and Elbow Room. She is studying Tarot and finishing her first collection of poems. She admires Leonard Cohen, Rilke, and Dylan Thomas, among many others, and has spent most of her life in bed with books.