About The Authors

Liam Brown is a writer and dancer from Birmingham, England. He is the author of two novels, Real Monsters and Wild Life. His third novel, Broadcast, is out mid-2017 on Legend Press.

Poppy Connor-Slater has been working on her first novel since graduating from the University of Huddersfield with an MA in Creative Writing. She spent much of her childhood reading myths and fairy tales and hopes to spend her adulthood writing them.

Matilde Christensen is the author of ‘Greyhound’, a short story inspired by the killing of Tim McLean in Canada in 2008, and the release of his murderer, Vincent Li, in 2015. Matilde grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and moved to London at age 20. She now lives in Manchester, spends a lot of her time travelling and crafting, and aspires to one day write a lengthy novel about the madness and grotesque beauty of life.

Alexandra Davis lives in Suffolk. Her poems have been published in Agenda, Artemis, The Fenland Reed, in several Tanka publications, and by The Emma Press in Slow Things and An Anthology of Love (forthcoming). She has been commended in six competitions, including Ver and Ware Poets, and was a runner-up in the Mother’s Milk Books Pamphlet Prize 2016. Visit www.alexandrapoet.wordpress.com.

Jennifer Gledhill moved to Huddersfield in 2011 to study English Literature and creative writing at the University of Huddersfield. She completed her MA by Research in 2016. She has no hobbies but, when asked in job interviews, lies and says she likes cooking and team sports.

Tracy Fells has won awards for both fiction and drama. Her short stories have appeared in Firewords Quarterly and Popshot magazine, online at Litro New York, Short Story Sunday and in anthologies such as Fugue, Rattle Tales and A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed. Competition success includes short-listings for the Commonwealth Writers, Willesden Herald, Brighton and Fish Short Story prizes. She shares a blog with The Literary Pig (http://tracyfells.blogspot.co.uk/) and tweets as @theliterarypig.

Wes Lee lives in New Zealand. Her poems have appeared in The London Magazine, Poetry London, Magma, Westerly, The Best New British and Irish Poets 2015, and many other journals and anthologies. She is the author of Cowboy Genes (Grist Books, 2014), Shooting Gallery (Steele Roberts, 2016), and a pamphlet forthcoming in 2017 with Eyewear Publishing in London. She was the 2010 recipient of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Literary Award, New Zealand’s foremost award for the short story. Most recently she was placed in The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2015, and The Troubadour Prize 2014.

Olivia Randall is a 22 year old Creative Writing postgraduate who enjoys romantic movies, long walks on the beach, and overused dating site clichés. ‘Space Diving’ is the first in a collection of otherworldly short stories, all of which feature elements of magic realism or new weird. The collection takes the normal, the mundane or the outright depressing and turns them into the ethereal and the bizarre. When she’s not writing stories that upset her mum, Olivia reviews books and hosts creative writing events at pretentious bars.

L. F. Roth has had stories published in competition anthologies by Biscuit Publishing (2011), Earlyworks Press (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016), Bridge House Publishing (2014, 2015), Cinnamon Press (2016), AudioArcadia.com (2016) and Momaya Press (2016). They generally focus on relationships, gender issues and trauma.

Andrew McDonnell writes poetry and short fiction, the most recent appearances being the journal, Butcher’s Dog and anthology, Being Dad. He lives in Norwich but works in Peterborough so that he can have a long commute and write stuff. He is an editor at Lighthouse Literary Journal.

Claire Martin lives in France and works in Paris in a lawyer’s firm. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with an M Lit in Creative Writing and is currently working on a novel.

Martin Nathan has worked as an engineer on a number of major projects, including the Jubilee Line Extension, Terminal Five and CrossRail.

His short stories have appeared in a range of publications and on competition shortlists, including Cromagnon, HISSACS, the Bristol Short Story Prize, The Short Story prize and the Women in Comedy Award.

His novel A Place of Safety is to be published by Salt Publishing in 2018.

J. H. Lewis was born in Leicester and comes from a mixed Irish, English and Welsh working class background. During the 80s and 90s he became involved in the politics and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. These experiences have heavily influenced his writing. More recently he has spent time in the Eastern Cape of South Africa working with teachers on English Language projects in poor rural communities. He’s written six novels.

Mark Kenny studied Biology at the University of Sheffield and works as a web developer for a telecommunications company. He has written short stories most of his life and is currently working on his first novel.

Michael Hargreaves is a lover not a writer. Originally from the sunny slums of Wigan, he is now nearing the end of a degree in English Literature at the University of Huddersfield. His story ‘The Fear of Your Own Reflection’ offers a taste of things to come as he continues work on his first novel.

Russell Reader won first prize in the New Writer magazine’s Prose and Poetry Awards, 2014 for his short story ‘The Lonely Toothbrush’. He has been shortlisted in Fish Publishing, Words with Jam and Creative Writing Matters competitions, and longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines. He has also been highly commended by InkTears, and is a Flash 500 winner. He has previously been published by Litro and the University of Chester’s Flash Magazine. He lives in Keele, England.

Jo Hiley lives on the 10th floor of a high rise block in Sheffield. She started writing about six years ago after joining a WEA writing class. She’s currently working on a collection of short stories with a common theme of darkness and humour running through them. Most days she only has to look outside her window for inspiration.

John Beresford is currently working on a sequel to his second novel – Gatekeeper – published in 2015. His first – War of Nutrition, an eco-thriller about genetically modified foods gone wrong – was published in 2012. His radio play “Breakages Must Be Paid For” was long-listed for the BBC’s Alfred Bradley Bursary Award in 2009.

Faye Chambers is a writer and musician from Elland, West Yorkshire. She is currently undertaking an MA researching sexual humour in the workplace. ‘Michael, 38’ is her debut as a published author. In between lurking in guitar shops and investigating dirty jokes you can find her at afayewithwords.wordpress.com

John Rathbone Taylor took up fiction writing to help him mentally shred all the plans and reports he used to write as a director in local government. Most of his work is thus in the nonsensically comedic yet deadly-serious style known as the bizarro or absurd. In contrast, ‘Cairo Salutes’ is John’s first published story in what he terms the “extra-ordinary ordinary”.

Ford Dagenham prefers his movies 90mins long with a linear narrative. He posts a poem or pic a day in his blog ‘Hatchbacks on Fire’. This will continue until he dies or doesn’t. He’s fooling himself he speaks French impeccably.

Obviously he feeds the cat and has his own mass. He misses stuff from the olden days. Like alchemy and glass Lucozade bottles. His chapbook A Canvey Island of the Mind is available from Blackheath Books. His work is in PUSH and Paper&Ink zines. Faced with dilemmas he often runs a bath.

Erinna Mettler is a Brighton-based writer. She is a founder and co-director of The Brighton Prize for short fiction and of the spoken word group Rattle Tales. Her stories have been published internationally and short-listed for The Manchester Fiction Prize, The Bristol Prize, The Fish Prize and The Writers & Artists Yearbook Award. Her career highlight was having a short story read by a Game of Thrones actor at Latitude Festival. Erinna’s new short story collection on the theme of fame, Fifteen Minutes, will be published by Unbound in 2017.

Gordon Williams was born near Manchester when the M6 was still cobbled. He moved to Northern Ireland in 1984 for the peace and quiet and, intractably indolent, still lives there. His first articles were published in sports magazines, none of which are still in business. His short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies, and on walls and websites. Some have won prizes in story competitions; most haven’t. The “A” in his Creative Writing MA has been very useful when playing Scrabble with the letters after his name. As a part-time recluse looking to go full-time he has no presence on social media.

Max Dunbar lives in West Yorkshire. He blogs at http://maxdunbar.wordpress.com/ and tweets at http://twitter.com/MaxDunbar1.

Ruby Cowling was born in Bradford and lives in London. Her work has won The White Review Short Story Prize and the London Short Story Prize, and been shortlisted in contests from Glimmer Train, Short Fiction, and Aesthetica. Recent publication credits include Lighthouse; The Letters Page; The Lonely Crowd; Unthology; the Galley Beggar Press Singles Club; I Am Because You Are (a Freight Books collection of work inspired by the theory of General Relativity); and Flamingo Land and Other Stories (Flight Press). She is Associate Editor at Short Fiction and The Writing Disorder, and is a Spread the Word Associate Writer.

Anthony Watts has been writing ‘seriously’ for 45 years and has had poems published in magazines and anthologies in addition to four published collections: Strange Gold (KQBX Press, 1991), The Talking Horses of Dreams (Iron Press, 1999), Steart Point & Other Poems (John Garland, 2009) and The Shell Gatherer (Oversteps, 2011). He has won prizes in poetry competitions and his poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Somerset Sound.

Gaia Holmes is a free-lance writer and creative writing tutor who has worked with schools, universities, libraries and other community groups throughout the Yorkshire region. She runs ‘Igniting The Spark’, a weekly writing workshop at Dean Clough, Halifax. She has had two full length poetry collections published by Comma Press: Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed (2006) and Lifting The Piano With One Hand (2013).She is currently working on her third collection which will, amongst other things, deal with gaps, sink holes, taxidermy and broad beans.

P.R. is a short story writer inspired by the life-challenges of ordinary people.

Ledlowe Guthrie lives in the green city of Sheffield. She writes plays and poetry and short stories, some of which, she is delighted to note, have been published and performed. She is thrilled to be included in the second Grist Anthology.

Siobhan Donnelly is the author of ‘The Man Who Disappeared’, the opening story in a collection of the same name. Inspired by her work in the care sector, this collection is an exploration of ageing and dementia. Since completing her MA, Siobhan has continued to work as a community artist running both writing and singing workshops. She is a co-founder of the Umbrella Collective, aiming to connect writing leaders across Kirklees and beyond. She has recently launched the Letters Home project, writing love letters to a past life.

Aileen Shirra was born and raised in Central Scotland and has worked in Adult Education throughout her working life, with the last 13 years spent as a Literacies Development Worker. This has allowed her to develop and enjoy her own love of reading and writing as well as supporting others to maximise their skills in these areas. She has had a variety of work, although mainly poetry, included in multi author publications and her first individual collection, The Tumbrel of Time was published in 2013 by Thynks Publications Ltd.

Shawni Dunne is from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Shawni graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2014, and is now studying towards a PhD at the university. As well as creative writing, Shawni is also interested in academic writing and has recently had an article published in Cultural Intertexts, an interdisciplinary journal under the aegis of Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, Romania.

William Thirsk-Gaskill prefers to describe himself as, ‘devoting his whole time to writing’ rather than, ‘unemployed’. Sometimes, he receives 2-figure sums for his performances on the West Yorkshire spoken word circuit. His debut poetry collection, Throwing Mother In The Skip is published by Stairwell Books. His collection of short fiction, Something I Need To Tell You, also from Stairwell Books, should be coming out in 2017.

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