tutors fiction writing at a local College and presents workshops for writers groups. She has a Nursing and Welfare background and cycles eighty plus miles every week so she can eat cake and drink wine and still fit into her office chair. She is delighted to have Ireland as her seventh country of publication. Maggie lives on the northern coast of NSW, Australia.

Is a journalist and BBC radio presenter who’s worked as a foreign correspondent, writing among others for the Financial Times, Asiaweek and The Economist, now aiming to go beyond reportage to explore inner lives. She comes from a Dutch-Italian family, was schooled mainly in England, and grew up in Italy, the Netherlands, the UK, Turkey and Indonesia. She lives in London with her two young children.

Is a writer of short stories and tall tales. He lives in a cottage on the edge of Norwich with his wife, two daughters and a seemingly untrainable immigrant mongrel. His current obsessions are: obscure corporate law, Scandinavian creation myths, building the perfect log store, Dylan Thomas and German punk.

Martin lives by the North Sea in a Norfolk town that time forgot. A medical writer by day, non-medical writer by night, he has a PhD in something. When not writing, he may be playing squash, recovering from that, kayaking, mountain biking (tautologically challenging in Norfolk) or dissecting SF and horror novels and films. His claims to fame include watching Train to Busan on a train to Busan. His catchphrases include “biology lets us down again”.

Has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University. His stories have appeared in a number of publications including the recent Earlyworks anthology The Several Deaths of Finbar’s Father. He is currently finalising a story collection and a novel. In 2013, Martin received a Support for the Individual Artist award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Is a Master’s student in Creative Writing. She has been writing short stories and poetry for three years. Formerly a social worker, she is interested in relationships and in particular, the effects of accidental meetings, and how we impact on others, even just in passing.

Is a former award-winning journalist and editor at the late, lamented Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado. He now spends his time walking with his two Australian shepherds, attending Rockies baseball games, buying loud toys for his grandchildren and writing fiction and non-fiction.


Was born in Tralee, County Kerry, and holds an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Cork. He was placed second in the 2011 Writing Spirit Short Story Award and was also shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year. His short fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Wordlegs, Writing4all: Best of 2011 and Wordlegs Presents: 30 under 30. He lives in London.


Writes literary fiction from Vancouver, Canada. His short stories and flash fiction pieces have won prizes or been finalists in competitions at home and abroad. Some have appeared in anthologies published in Ireland, England and Scotland. His first book of fiction, entitled Standing at an Angle to My Age, was published by Libros Libertad Publishing Ltd. in 2013.

spent nine years in Wales and Merseyside before his family migrated to New Zealand in 1960. He studied psychology in Wellington and taught in primary schools for four years. He lived in London for thirty years working mostly in continuing education and then organisation development. As a volunteer for seven years, he supported people who had been tortured. Capturing the accounts of survivors for legal and therapeutic reasons re-ignited his interest in writing. He studied fiction at the City Lit, gained a Certificate in Novel Writing from City University and published two novels before focusing on short stories. These have appeared in New Zealand, Ireland and one has been accepted for a Swedish anthology. Winning the Leonard A. Koval Prize in 2012 persuaded him to make writing his main occupation. Paul now lives in Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex. His Head-in-the-Clouds website is at

Is a teacher and writer from Northern Ireland. She grew up at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, beside Carlingford Lough, and the beauty of the area has often influenced her writing. Pauline’s stories have been shortlisted or placed in short story competitions and she is also the author of a series of children’s books published by Blackstaff Press.

Has always been an artist who sometimes wrote articles about painting. Now, she is a writer who sometimes paints. She has been writing her first novel for the past eighteen months. The Parrot Dress is her first published story. Since then she has been short-listed in The Fish International Short Story Competition.


Stefania graduated in 2017 as a professional weaver after four years of study in the field of Textiles and Art. She lives for art, writing, poetry and the most precious thing she has is the constant passion she feels for what she wants to create in her little home studio.

“Being an artist is the challenge to manifest inner beauty into something valuable for myself and the people who want to share deep feelings with me.”


Was born and grew up in Dublin. After studying history and politics in UCD, and a year travelling in Australia, he began a chequered career that has encompassed academic research, politics, journalism and public policy. He currently works in the civil service. Stephen has been writing regularly since early adulthood, and has written two novels and countless short stories. He is a member of Rathmines Writers’ Workshop, and lives in Dublin.

Short fiction draws on the curio-sities observed during encounters overseas – sometimes dangerous, often captivating. He grew up in California’s Napa Valley in the 1950s in a family of readers; of his parents’ gifts, love of literature is his most cherished. His banking career involved assignments in Jakarta, Singapore, London, East Africa and Chicago. Stephen has written a collection of short stories centered in Southeast Asia – Snake Charmed is the first of that collection.