Worked for the FCO for twenty years. During a posting to New York she took a flyer from an odd-looking yellow box on the sidewalk and signed up for the advertised class at Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Anita was subsequently posted to Cyprus where she completed a novel that has since been shortlisted for publication. She is a freelance translator in Cheltenham where she lives with her family.

Originally from Carlow, she now lives in Mayo with her two children. She started to write in 2012 and it has become a sustaining force in her life. In 2014 she was shortlisted in the RTE Radio One Francis MacManus Short Story competition and the Over the Edge New Writer of the year. Anne is delighted to have one of her stories included in this anthology.


is an award-winning writer and poet from Dublin. He has been short-listed for many awards including Hennessy New Irish Writer Awards in 2008 and 2011 and Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2013. His stories and poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Ireland and abroad. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2013.

Grew up in Sydney and has lived in France, Italy, Belgium, Somalia and Ghana. Her collection Pelt and Other Stories, semi-finalist in the Hudson Prize USA, was published in September 2013 by Indigo Dreams Publishing UK. Her stories have appeared in Wasafiri, Short Fiction, the Virago Anthology Wild Cards, A Tale of Three Cities, Ether Books and Tears in the Fence. She lives in Italy.

When he is not writing, he works with his boyfriend of many years in live music recording. He writes and gardens in his spare time. His stories feature characters that aren’t particularly notable, but find themselves in dilemmas that challenge their morality. ‘Distances’ is his first published story.

Is a writer and designer based in Somerset, England. With a passion for film and photography, he is keen to create strong visual narratives in his work and explore the wide-open landscape of the metaphysical.

She is an author, publisher and artist. She writes short fiction, plays and an occasional post on Her Eric Hoffer award-winning story Love, Like Stew was first published in Best New Writing 2011. Started as a memorial to her father, Labello Press runs an Inter-national Short Story competition and publishes the anthology Gem Street. She lives in rural Ireland.

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Grew up in Massachusetts with an enduring love of horses, skiing, reading and her quirky fellow New Englanders. The first story she remembers writing, by hand with illustrations, she titled “The Pony Who Ate Cheese and Baloney”. She moved to Vail, Colorado to pursue a successful career as a freelance newspaper, ski magazine and travel writer. She still lives in Vail where she skis and writes fiction.

Is a frequently published playwright, poet, short story and children’s author. His plays have been staged internationally and won 36 competitions (including the Eamon Keane Award). He and his wife (and inspiration) Roxanna live in the southeastern U.S.

Frederick, born 1979, Sweden. He enjoys playing with time, space and dimensions in his writing. The simple everyday parts of existence in combination with the past creates a platform where almost anything could happen. The past can merge with the present and create a whimsical universe of its own.

Lives in a reasonably pronounceable coastal town in North Wales. Her home is populated by a lovely husband, two gorgeous sons, a misunderstood cat and a stalking, story-gremlin which will not, it seems, be de-camping any time soon. Love of the quirky, different and downright odd keep Georgia and the story-gremlin on speaking terms. Sadly, however, this is not always the case for the cat.


Works as a secretary in a Dublin hospital. She writes short stories, plays tennis and supports Newcastle United soccer team. She knows of life’s trauma having lost her father at age four and living with poverty. She has two grown children and is very close to her two sisters. A lover of life, she takes nothing for granted. She hopes to be able to stay well and travel.

Is a writer, traveller and journalist based in Bristol, UK. He started writing seriously in 2011 and is working on a short story collection. When not writing, or worrying about writing, he likes to play football and guitar, though not necessarily at the same time.

Born and raised in a small town in Washington State, Kathleen began writing in 2011, at the age of 64. She has raised two children alone and is the grandmother of two young adults. She worked for the Postal Service for 30 years. Whatever creative abilities she harboured were held back until she retired. Mostly, she contributed to a Word Press poetry site called DVersePoets. People from all over the world contribute, share and critique each other’s work weekly. Her muse, stifled by politics and the pandemic, is returning hence her eagerness to write for this anthology.

Laurence was born in Bordeaux in 1963. She was a journalist in Paris for 20 years and has published two novels and a poetry anthology. Today, she lives in Dordogne and grows all sorts of trees.