Our Authors

Gail aldwin



Gail Aldwin is a prize-winning writer of short fiction and poetry. As Chair of the Dorset Writers’ Network, she works with the steering group to support writers by connecting creative communities across the county. She is a visiting tutor at Arts University Bournemouth and author of Paisley Shirt a collection of flash fiction.





kimmy alan


 A Plea for the Salton Sea 

Kimmy Alan is a wannabe poet from the land of Lake Woebegone. A retired steel worker who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Kimmy Alan pursed his love of poetry as a distraction while undergoing chemo and radiation. For him, poetry has proven to be a powerful catharsis as he is currently in remission. When he isn’t writing he spends time with his four wonderful nieces, whom he says “are driving him to pieces.”


Andy allan


 Dark Winter Skies  

Andy Allan lives in Highland Scotland. Landscape and wildlife feature in a significant number of his poems. He is widely published in magazines, anthologies and on-line, and is a multiple competition prize-winner. His pamphlet collection, Breath of Dragons, was published in 2015. A new collection, Within the Slide of Wind, is due to be published before the end of 2018. Both publications by award-winning specialist poetry publishers Indigo Dreams of Devon.



jake cosmos aller


Wild Things Arrest Me 

John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller is a novelist, poet, and former Foreign Service officer having served 27 years with the U.S. State Department in: Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Korea, India, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Spain, and Thailand. Prior to joining the U.S. State Department, Jake taught overseas for eight years and served in the Peace Corps in Korea. Jake has been writing poetry and fiction all his life and has been published in over 25 literary journals; he has completed five novels, (‘Giant Nazi Spiders’, ‘the Great Divorce’ and ‘Jurassic Cruise’, and ‘Ft. Ashland’ and is pursuing publication. Jake  grew up in Berkeley, California but has lived in Seattle, Washington DC and Stockton, California. He has travelled to over 45 countries and 49 States and speaks Korean, Spanish and Thai.



sandra arnold


 Just an old grey Volkswagen 

Sandra Arnold is an award-winning writer, originally from the UK, who lives in New Zealand. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia and has published two novels and a book on parental bereavement. Her work appears in numerous international journals and anthologies including Flash: the International Short-Short Story Magazine, Blue Five Notebook, New Flash Fiction Review, Spelk, Bending Genres, Fictive Dream and Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press, NZ, 2018). She was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize and the 2017 and 2018 Best Small Fictions.  In 2019 her third novel Ash will be published by Mākaro Press (NZ) and her first flash fiction collection Soul Etchings by Retreat West Books (UK). She is on the advisory board and is a guest editor for Meniscus: The Australasian Association of Writing Programmes.


isabel ashdown



Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up on the Sussex coast. Her award-winning debut Glasshopper (Myriad, 2009) was written while studying Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, entering several ‘Best Books’ charts that same year. Her most recent novel Beautiful Liars (Orion, 2018) is a psychological thriller located along the London waterways and Derbyshire’s Peak District. Isabel is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and a Read2Dogs volunteer for the charity Pets as Therapy. She lives in West Sussex with her family, where she walks daily in the hills and woods of the South Downs.


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isabelashdown_writer/


allen ashley


Greetings from the british countryside

Wildflo Wers

Allen Ashley’s poetry has featured in print in places such as  Brittle Star, Orbis, Jupiter SF, BFS Horizons and Wordland. He is the co-author, with Sarah Doyle, of  Dreaming Spheres; Poems of the Solar System (PS Publishing, UK, 2014). He works as a creative writing tutor. 

Look out for Humanagerie an anthology of liminal animal-human stories and poems edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley, due from Eibonvale Press in late October 2018.



elizabeth baines


The Meadow   

Elizabeth Baines is the author of two collections of short stories, Used to Be and Balancing on the Edge of the World, and two novels, Too Many Magpies and The Birth Machine, all published by Salt.



kevin barrett


 The Trees    

Kevin Barrett was born in Winchester, and is very active on the local poetry scene. He studied with the Open University, obtaining B.A. (honours) in humanities and literature. He was the winner of the Orbis International Journal’s Readers Award spring 2014; and his poem “Winter Solstice” was Hampshire County Council’s poem of the day, summer 2012.  He has been published in several journals and anthologies; and his pamphlet: I Died in Hell. (They Call it Passchendale).  His first collection was published in 2017.



 In the Lap of the Gods    

Susmita Bhattacharya was born in Mumbai and sailed the world on oil tankers before settling down in the UK. She is an associate lecturer at Winchester University and leads the SO:Write Young Writers workshops in Southampton. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian), was published in 2015.  Her short stories, essays and poems have been widely published and also broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She won the Winchester Writers Festival Memoir prize in 2016. She lives in Winchester with her family. @Susmitatweets



victoria bird


A new Purana

Victoria is interested in exploring the hazards of seeking and forming relationships, and the vulnerability our trust engenders. She is currently working on her debut novel on the subject of infidelity. Victoria studied literature at the University of Cambridge in the UK and now lives in Cambridge with her family.



roger bloor




Roger Bloor is a retired psychiatrist and is currently a student on the MA in Poetry Writing from Newcastle University studying at the Poetry School in London. He has published poems in the Hippocrates Prize Anthology (2017) and Still Born (Affect Formations 2018) as well as occasional online Instagram poems. 




robyn bolam


Starving after long rain, the barn owl hunts again

Robyn Bolam has published four poetry collections with Bloodaxe. New Wings was a PBS Recommendation and Hyem, which includes eco-poems with settings from the New Forest to New Zealand, appeared in October 2017. Widely anthologised, her work is included in Land of Three Rivers (Bloodaxe, 2017) and other publications include Eliza’s Babes: four centuries of women’s poetry in English.

Born in the North-East, where she grew up, Robyn lived in Berkshire, Kent, Yorkshire, London and Scotland before moving to Hampshire in 2010. She is Hampshire Poet 2018 and, in 2016-17, led the combined-arts Ferry Tales project on the Solent.



stephen bone



Stephen Bone’s work has appeared in various journals in the U.K. and U.S. and in numerous anthologies.

His first collection In the Cinema (Playdead Press) was published in 2014 and a pamphlet Plainsong (Indigo Dreams) was published in 2018.

stephen boyce



Stephen Boyce lives in Dorset. He is the author of two full length poetry collections, Desire Lines (Arrowhead 2010) and The Sisyphus Dog (Worple 2014), as well as two pamphlet collections. He is a founding trustee of Winchester Poetry Festival.



stewart carswell


The Clearing 

Stewart Carswell is from the Forest of Dean. He currently lives and works and writes in Cambridge. His poems have recently been published in Envoi, Lighthouse, and Ink Sweat & Tears, and included in Best New British and Irish Poets 2016. His debut pamphlet, Knots and branches, is published by Eyewear.



selma  carvalho


Quilt me a blanket 

Selma Carvalho’s fiction and poetry has been published in Litro, Lighthouse and Mechanics’ Institute Review (Birkbeck). Her work has appeared in several anthologies including the London Short Story Prize 2017 Anthology (Kingston University Press; 2018) for which she was a shortlist finalist. She has been placed in numerous short story competitions, most recently as runner-up for the Dinesh Allirajah Prize 2017 (Comma Press & UCLan). She is the winner of the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2018 (Dahlia Publishing).

ion Corcos



Ion Corcos has been published in The High Window, Australian Poetry Journal, AllegroPanoply, and other journals. Ion is a nature lover and a supporter of animal rights. He is currently travelling indefinitely with his partner, Lisa. His first pamphlet, A Spoon of Honey (Flutter Press, 2018), is out now.


ilse cornwall-ross


Magie im Lieblingswald? Wieso?

Ilse Cornwall-Ross is a Winchester-based poet and writer whose first language is German. Her poetry collection From Behind The Frosted Glass was published in December 2017. Her previous publications include A Season of Mellow Fruitfulness about John Keats in Winchester and A Magic Presence – Poems by Ruth Pennyman of Ormesby Hall which she collected and edited. Her ekphrastic poems have been exhibited in galleries, and for the last three years, her work has been read at London Tube stations as part of National Poetry Day. 


caroline davies


 From Whitsbury Cope to Mametz Wood   


Caroline is the author of Convoy and Voices from Stone and Bronze, published by Cinnamon Press. Her third collection, Absence, will be forthcoming in 2019. She runs writing workshops and teaches creative writing.  She loves giving readings and sharing poems. Her favourite occupation is walking in woods, especially when the bluebells are in flower.



wendy dishman


Inter city fox   

Wendy Dishman has worked as a teacher for most of her adult life and has been a writer since childhood. Reading and writing are fundamental to who she is.
She recently moved to Winchester and is fascinated by the range of landscape and natural life on her new doorstep. Hampshire has its own voice, it speaks to Wendy and makes her happy

Sarah Doyle


Corn Dolly  

Sarah Doyle is the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Poet-in-Residence.  She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and has been published widely in magazines, journals and anthologies, and placed in many poetry competitions.  She is co-author (with Allen Ashley) of Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System (PS Publishing, 2014). 



hugh dunkerley



Hugh Dunkerley grew up in Edinburgh and Bath and now lives in Brighton with his wife and young son. His first full length poetry collection, Hare (Cinnamon Press), came out in 2010. A new collection entitled Kin will be published in 2018. He also writes on literature and environment and his award winning lecture, ‘Some Thoughts on Poetry and Fracking’, was delivered at the 2016 Hay International Festival. He currently runs the MA in Creative Writing at The University of Chichester.



alyson Faye


 Rooks’ Flight 

Alyson Faye lives in West Yorkshire with her family, including 3 rescue cats. She teaches creative writing classes and works part time as an editor/proofreader. She is one of the writers in Women in Horror Annual 2 (2017); her stories can be downloaded atwww.alfiedog.com as well as being available in numerous ezines and on sites like Zeroflash, Tubeflash, 101 words, Three Drops from a Cauldron and (most often) at The Horror Tree.(www.horrortree.com). Her debut Flash collection, Badlands, from indie publisher Chapeltown Books is available to buy on amazon.




duncan forbes


 Cellar Dweller 

Duncan Forbes’ poems have been published by Faber, Secker and Enitharmon, who brought out a Selected Poems, Lifelines, in 2009. It was drawn from five previous collections. Awards and prizes include a Gregory Award, TLS/Blackwells Prize, two Stephen Spender Times Translation Prizes and a Hawthornden Fellowship. A painter as well as a poet, he read English at Oxford and has taught for many years. Now retired, he lives in Gloucestershire.

deborah freeman


 Waving in the Wind 

Deborah Freeman is a playwright, whose stage plays  – The Song of DeborahXanthippe, Candlesticks, Breakages and more – have been produced in several London fringe venues, and broadcast by BBC Radio Drama. She has published poetry in Poetry Review and other journals. A previous recipient of an Arts Council Theatre Writing Bursary, she is now writing a new play The Cottage, and awaiting a production in a London venue of RemediesPlays have been translated into German, Portuguese and Hebrew. Seventh Floor was published in Stand 2013.  By Madeleine Black appears in the current issue.

Maggie freeman


The Girl in the Valley

Maggie Freeman taught Creative Writing in Adult Community Learning in Essex until last year, when she moved to the edge of Epping Forest and decided to concentrate more on her own writing. Some of her short stories have been published in Stand, and her poems in Acumen. She has written three historical novels which are due to be republished later this year by Sapere Books (www.saperebooks.com). She wrote this story after an enjoyable week at Moniack Mhor, the Scottish writing centre.

matthew james friday


I Miss Making Maps

Matthew James Friday has had poems published in numerous international magazines and journals, including, recently: The Brasilia Review (Brazil), Dawntreader (UK), New Contrast (South Africa) and Poetry Salzburg (Austria). A mini-chapbook titled All the Ways to Love was published by the Origami Poems Project (USA).




South Downs

Claire Fuller writes a lot of flash fiction and short stories. She has won the BBC Opening Lines competition and the Royal Academy/Pin Drop Prize. Her novels, Our Endless Numbered Days and Swimming Lesson, are published by Penguin. 



lydia fulleylove


Night Walk on the Yar Estuary

Lydia Fulleylove lives on the Isle of Wight where her love of sea and landscape has provided a rich creative resource and inspiration for the combined arts projects she leads, including Estuary, Riverlines and Wild Places. Lydia’s first collection, Notes on Sea and Land was published by HappenStance Press in 2011. Her poem ‘Night Drive’ was shortlisted for the Forward Best Single Poem Prize in 2011. Her second collection Estuary, in collaboration with artist Colin Riches, was published by Two Ravens Press in 2014. Her writing has been included in a range of magazines and publications including Chalk Poets, (2016), Salt on the Coals, (Winchester Poetry Prize 2016), Earthlines and The Guardian.





raine geoghegan


The Lungo Drom

A Memory of the Hop Fields  

Raine Geoghegan is from West Sussex. Her poems and short narratives have been published online and in print with Romany Routes Journal; Fair Acre Press, e-book on Maligned Species; Ground, Curly Mind Journal, Ink Pantry. Forthcoming publications: The Travellers’ Times; Café Writers, Issue 5, Fly on the Wall Poetry and Under the Radar.

She has been featured in a short film, Stories from the Hop Yards, based on the work of Herefordshire photographer Derek Evans, made by Catcher Media.    




rebecca gethin


 A charm

Rebecca Gethin lives on Dartmoor in Devon. In 2017 two pamphlets were published: A Sprig of Rowan by Three Drops Press and All the Time in the World by Cinnamon Press who published an earlier collection and two novels. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow. In 2018 she jointly won the Coast to Coast Pamphlet competition and has been awarded a writing residency at Brisons Veor.   www.rebeccagethin.wordpress.com  


mark goodwin


kingf   isher just

Mark Goodwin is a balancer, walker, climber, and stroller who speaks and writes in various ways in various places – on paper, on-line, blended with photos, to live audience, or through mixing his voice with field-recordings & soundscapes. Mark has published five full-length poetry collections & five chapbooks with Leafe Press’s Open House Editions, Longbarrow Press, Knives Forks & Spoons Press, Small Minded Books, Nine Arches Press, & Shearsman Books. Mark’s collection Steps (Longbarrow 2014) was a category finalist in the 2015 Banff Mountain Book Competition. His latest chapbook with Shearsman is All Space Away and In (June 2017). Another full-length collection, Rock as Gloss, which focuses on climbing and mountain navigation, is forthcoming with Longbarrow Press. Mark lives on a boat in Leicestershire.




linda goulden



Linda Goulden lives between a river and a canal at the edge of the dark Peak. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines, online, in song and in woodland.





hugh greasley


 Tide Clock 

Hugh Greasley is a poet and a painter. His work has appeared in the anthologies Coming Clean (2009), Guided by Surprise (2011), The Inner Sea (2013), The Tide Clock (2015), The Chalk Path (2015), Embodied Vistas (2016), Lunar Walk (2016) and Æsc (2017)

Hugh uses landscapes as a means of exploring landscape, people and memory.  Explorations can be about such things as sunlight falling into a shed or the experience of visiting a wreck on a Cornish beach at night in the teeth of a gale.

Hugh also works as a visual artist, painting in oils and has had a scientific education, culminating in a degree in Chemical Engineering.





Robert hamberger


The Wood Near Brampton Ash 

Robert Hamberger’s poetry has been broadcast on Radio 4, featured on The Guardian Poem of the Week website and has appeared in British, American and Japanese anthologies and various magazines, including The Observer, The Spectator, New Statesman and Gay Times. He has been shortlisted for a Forward prize, awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship and published three collections Warpaint Angel (1997), The Smug Bridegroom (2002) and Torso (2007).




On moving sideways through Hampshire

Hilary Hares has an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Manchester Metropolitan University. Born in Portsmouth, she now lives in Farnham, Surrey and her poems have found homes online and in print including Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Interpreter’s House, South and Magma. Her collection, A Butterfly Lands on the Moon, is sold in support of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.


deborah harvey


 Brown dwarf star  

Deborah Harvey’s poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and broadcast on Radio 4’s Poetry Please. She has three poetry collections,Communion (2011), Map Reading for Beginners (2014), and Breadcrumbs(2016), all published by Indigo Dreams, while her historical novel, Dart, appeared under their Tamar Books imprint in 2013. Her fourth collection, The Shadow Factory, will be published in 2019. Deborah is co-director of The Leaping Word poetry consultancy.



Ceinwen E. cariad haydon


In the gloaming

Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She writes short stories and poetry. She has been published in web magazines and print anthologies. These include Fiction on the Web, Alliterati, Stepaway, Three Drops from the Cauldron, Snakeskin, Obsessed with Pipework, The Linnet’s Wing, Blue Nib, Picaroon, Amaryllis, Algebra of Owls, The Lake, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Riggwelter, Poetry Shed, Southbank Poetry, Smeuse, Bandit Fiction, Atrium, Marauder, Prole and The Curlew. She was Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Competition [Spring 2018] and won the Hedgehog Press Poetry Competition ‘Songs to Learn and Sing’. [August 2018]. In 2017 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.



judith heneghan


Cheesefoot Head 

Judith Heneghan writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Winchester where she is also Director of the Winchester Writers’ Festival. Her favourite walk begins and ends at Cheesefoot Head



john herbert


A Point to it All 

John Herbert teaches and writes in Brighton. He was Highly Commended for the 2017 Brighton Prize and will appear in the Brighton Prize anthology this year. In 2018 his work has also appeared in DNA Magazine and The Forge Literary Magazine and is due to appear in the first print edition of The Nottingham Review in April. He has a PhD in modernist fiction and graduated from New Writing South’s Creative Writing Programme. When not scowling at cameras, he is writing a novel about surfing, travel and belonging from which this story is adapted. He tweets @jherbertwriter



park yourself here

Hilaire was poet-in-residence at Thrive Battersea 2017. She has been published in magazines such as Brittle Star, ARTEMISpoetry and South Bank Poetry, and in three anthologies from The Emma Press. London Undercurrents poetry project, co-founded with Joolz Sparkes, was recently awarded Arts Council research and development funding.


Charlie Hill



Charlie Hill is a writer from Birmingham. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels and a pamphlet length collection of short stories. In 2016 he published a novella that was described by Nicholas Royle in his introduction to Best British Short Stories 2017 as: ‘an engrossing piece that…were the author French and his readers all French, might well have been regarded as a worthy late edition to the school of existentialist literature’.

 He can be contacted at: Charlie dot hill at hushmail dot com

gill horitz



Gill Horitz has worked in the arts for many years. Her poetry has been published in magazines, including: Writing Women, Mslexia, Smiths Knoll, Frogmore Papers, Tears in the Fence, and a short story in Cheatin’ Heart – Women’s Secret Stories Anthology (Serpents Tale 1998).   

Gill was short-listed in the Bridport Prize, 2011 and Cinnamon Press will publish her first Pamphlet, All The Different Darknesses, in 2019. She attends a poetry group in Dorset where she lives, led by Paul Hyland.




glenn hubbard


The Great Banded Grayling Emerges in September


Glenn Hubbard has lived in Madrid for 30 years and has been writing poems since 2012. Though fluent in Spanish, he is poetic only in English and has had poems published in a number of magazines. Nature and landscapes are often an inspiration for his writing. Spain has a lot of both.  



mandy huggins



Mandy Huggins is the award-winning author of the flash fiction collection, Brightly Coloured Horses. A selection of her longer fiction appears in Death of A Superhero (InkTears), and her first full-length short story collection, Separated From the Sea, will be published by Retreat West Books in June 2018.   







Robert Hughes is a retired secondary school English teacher who now writes fiction and nonfiction about overcoming alienation by reconnecting with the environment.




samantha jayasuriya


A Line of Oaks 

Samantha Jayasuriya is a writer, coach and teacher, and she seeks to live a creative life. She is a diarist who writes every day whilst surveying the ever-changing seasons outside her window. She is a poet and writer of short stories and letters. Time, the sky, trees, colours and family life are the threads she uses to weave her stories and poems together. She lives in Barnet with her husband and two teenage sons.


sue johnson


Beach Walk  

Sue Johnson is a poet, short story writer and novelist. Her other interests include reading, walking and yoga. Sue is a Writing Magazine Creative Writing Tutor and also runs her own brand of writing workshops. Further details of her work can be found at



ali jones


Persephone Tastes the Earth  

Ali Jones is a teacher, music lover, and mother of three. Her work has appeared in Proletarian Poetry, Ink Sweat and Tears, Snakeskin Poetry, Atrium, Mother’s Milk Books, Breastfeeding Matters, Green Parent magazine and The Guardian. Her pamphlets Heartwood and Omega are forthcoming with Indigo Dreams Press in 2018.


calum kerr

flash fiction

New Town 


Calum Kerr is a writer, editor and lecturer, as well as Director of National Flash-Fiction Day. For someone who writes short pieces all the time, he’s not very good at these biographies and tends to become fixated on facts. He lives in Southampton with this wife, a dog, and two cats.






donna kirstein


In the Wild  


Donna Kirstein is a poet, writer and creative professional who currently lives by the seaside in the UK. Donna’s debut poetry collection Borderlands was published by Liquorice Fish Books in 2017, and her award-winning poems and short stories have been published in several anthologies internationally. Her website can be found at www.donnakirstein.com.  





s.A. leavesley


A Planet Where


S.A. Leavesley is an award-winning poet, fiction writer and journalistOverton Poetry Prize winner 2015, her new pamphlet, How to Grow Matches, is forthcoming with Against the Grain Press in 2018. She has been published by the Financial Times and The Guardian, on Worcestershire buses and in the Blackpool Illuminations. An occasional climber and surfer, she also loves swimming, cycling, walking and being outdoors. 



wes lee


 You wait for your loneliness to be looked upon 

Originally from the UK, Wes Lee lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her writing has appeared in New Writing Scotland, The London Magazine, Riptide, Going Down Swinging, Magma, The Stony Thursday Book, Poetry LondonPoetry New ZealandDriftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology of Oceanic Life, and many other journals and anthologies. She has won a number of awards for her writing, most recently as a contributor to Remembering Oluwale, winner of The Saboteur Awards Best Anthology 2017.




Alison lock


 The Picnic 

Alison Lock writes poetry, short fiction, and is the author of a fantasy novel. Her recent publications are a collection of short stories, A Witness of Waxwings (2017) Cultured Llama Publishing, and a poetry collection,  Revealing the Odour of Earth (2017) Calder Valley Poetry.



geoff le pard


A Springless Future

Geoff Le Pard started writing to entertain in 2006. He hasn’t left his keyboard since. When he’s not churning out novels he writes some maudlin self-indulgent poetry, short fiction and blogs at geofflepard.com. He walks the dog for mutual inspiration and most of his best ideas come out of these strolls. He also cooks with passion if not precision.





barbara lovric


  Old Men and the Sea 

Barbara Lovric is an American expat now living in Ireland. A previous Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair winner, she’s had flash in The Fiction Pool, The Incubator, and The Cabinet of Heed. She was short-listed for the 2017 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award and long listed for the 2017 Bare Fiction Prize. Her debut novel will be published in 2019. Barbara is also a Senior Editor and Reader for TSS Publishing and runs a local writing group. 




Star Well

Rebecca Lyon is a writer/performer based in Hampshire. The Yellow Box, which she co-devised with Nicole Le Jeune and Fatima Pantoja toured earlier this year and her short play, Alan, was performed as part of Heavy Weather Theatre’s new writing festival at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden. Her work has appeared in Spelk, Visual Verse and The Stare’s Nest and she does love a bit of open mic.






Mark Mayes writes fiction, poems and songs. He is an avid reader, and enjoys walks in the countryside, especially by rivers. He has had poetry and stories published (including stories in Unthology 5, 9 and 10), and his novel, The Gift Maker, came out in 2017 with Urbane. 

Mark Mayes at Urbane

alan mccormick



Wish You Were Here

Alan McCormick was born in Mombasa and now lives with his family by the sea in the Purbecks. He’s been writer in residence at Kingston University’s Writing School and for Interact Stroke Support. His fiction has won prizes and been widely published, including Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2015. His collection, Dogsbodies and Scumsters, was long-listed for the 2012 Edge Hill Prize.

He also writes flash shorts in response to pictures by Jonny Voss. Their work can be seen on www.dogsbodiesandscumsters.wordpress.com

Alan has just completed  Holes, his first book of non-fiction, and  Wild in the Country, his second story collection.


joan mcgavin


Rain Started High  

Joan McGavin featured in a Peterloo Poets anthology and has poetry books from Oversteps Books: Flannelgraphs (2011) and Passing Arcadia Close (2017). A Hawthornden Fellow in 2012, she was Hampshire Poet 2014, and for thirteen years taught Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. A trustee of the Winchester Poetry Festival, she curated an anthology, Hogwords, for them in 2014. She is currently working on a third collection as part of a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Southampton University.


rachael mcgill



Rachael McGill was born in the Shetland Islands. She lives with one foot in Britain, the other in Lisbon. She’s a playwright and literary translator and has recently finished her first novel. Her play The Lemon Princess is published by Oberon. Short fiction has been published in Shoe Fly Baby (Bloomsbury), Shorts 5 (Polygon), New Writing Scotland 35 (ASLS), The Frogmore Papers, Stories for Homes and online.




joan mcnerney



Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary zines such as Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Halcyon Days and included in Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated four times for Best of the Net. 


Kathryn metcalfe


Debatable Lands 

Kathryn Metcalfe hails from Renfrewshire and has been published in many magazines and anthologies, she is a member of the Mill Girl Poets who wrote and performed a stage show about the lives and heritage of the thread mill workers in her local town of Paisley which went on to feature at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She also founded and runs a local open mic event for poets and writers called Nights at the Round Table.

maxine rose munro



Maxine Rose Munro is a Shetlander adrift on the outskirts of Glasgow. Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, and anthologies. She was recently shortlisted for the Scottish Mental Health International Writers Award 2017. She also recently had a poem published online as part of the My Time project by Voluntary Arts Scotland and The Scottish Poetry Library.


Lynda o’neill


Urban Spring  

Lynda O’Neill was born and brought up in Portsmouth, where many of her poems are based. She started writing when she went to a creative writing class at a local arts centre twenty years ago and began to be published and placed in competitions two years later. Lynda writes mostly about childhood, school, war and package holidays, mixing pathos with humour whenever possible. Writing has given Lynda self expression – and many friends.

Ilse pedler



Ilse Pedler has had poems published prevously in Poetry News, Prole, Artemis and Stand. She was shortlisted in The Rialto Nature Poetry competition in 2014 and 2015 and in the Bridport prize 2016 and commended in the Hippocrates 2017. She is the winner of the 2015 Mslexia Pamphlet Competition. Her pamphlet, The Dogs That Chase Bicycle Wheels, was published by Seren in March 2016. She lives and works as a veterinary surgeon in Saffron Walden and is currently working towards a first collection.

sharon phillips




Sharon retired from her job as Principal of a sixth form college in 2015. Since then, she has been learning to write poetry again, after a break of 40 years. Many of her poems celebrate the beauty of the Isle of Portland, where she lives with her husband. Recent poems have been published in Three Drops from a Cauldron and Atrium and are forthcoming in The High Window.



patsy rath




Patsy Rath hails from Lancashire but has lived in Winchester for almost forty years. As an English teacher and adviser she spent most of her working life supporting others to write well; since retirement, her own work has taken over. At the moment her poetry is mainly focussed on memories of growing up, of family life, with occasional forays into the world of politics.



cLare Read 


  She was History 

Clare Read is a writer of short stories and poems living in the East Midlands. She is a member of Marvellous Writers, a community writing group established in 2016. Her stories have been published in The Cabinet of Heed, Riggwelter and Reflex Fiction


frances reilly


 Beside the grave of Abram Wood King of the Gypsies 

Frances Roberts Reilly is of mixed heritage Welsh-Romany and English, a direct descendent of Abram Wood the Welsh Romany family of harpists, fiddlers and storytellers.

She began writing in 1972, while working at the BBC in London. After making documentaries on human rights, she earned an honours degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Frances is a full-time writer. Her poetry is published internationally and she has been a guest author on CBC radio and WSQR Talk Radio, Sarasota. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

She is currently working on her memoir ‘Underground Histories’, recovering her Romany heritage, hidden for over 100 years.


lisa reily


 nanna’s garden   


Lisa Reily is a former literacy consultant, dance director and teacher from Australia. Her poetry has been published in several journals, such Panoply, Magma and Foxglove Journal. Lisa is currently a budget traveller with two bags, one laptop and no particular home. You can find out more at



andrea robinson


 Early Summer in the Community Gardens   


Andrea Robinson is an artist, writer and printmaker. She was poet-in-residence at Share Community Garden for Open Garden Squares Weekend 2017. Her work is inspired by found artefacts and family histories – birds often appear. Her writing has been published in DIVERSIFY – Poetry and Art on Britain’s Urban Birds (Fair Acre Press), In Transit: Poems about Travel (The Emma Press), Smeuse magazine, Coast to Coast to Coast, two Tate anthologies, Will Jennings’ artists’ book Extending Ley Lines, online for Hercules Editions and Visual Verse, and in a sound installation for Protein Dance at The Place. 



isabel rogers


 Flying south   


Isabel Rogers’ first poetry collection, Don’t Ask, came out in 2017 with Eyewear Publishing. Her work has appeared in various magazines including PoetryPoetry WalesUnder the Radar and Mslexia, and has also been widely anthologised. She won the 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and collaborates regularly with the composer Ian Stephens.



mark rutterford


A Declaration 

Mark Rutterford writes and performs his short stories in towns and cities across the South West – stories with a love interest, a bit of humour and, quite often, told with a prop in hand.

Although a proud member of Stokes Croft Writers in inner-city Bristol, Mark is most at home in the countryside. He has a thing about badgers.



Sally Russell


If Bees Could Talk 

Sally Russell left a career in IT to spend more time on writing and music. She writes poetry and short stories that examine social relationships and family. She reads at poetry events in London and Hampshire and is a member of the North Hampshire Stanza.


amanda saint

flash fiction

Tree Man 

Amanda Saint is a novelist and short story writer. Her stories have been long and shortlisted for, and won various prizes and have been published in anthologies and literary journals. Her debut novel, As If I Were A River, was a NetGalley Top 10 Book of the Month and a Book Magnet Blog Top 20 Book of 2016. She runs Retreat West, which provides creative writing retreats, courses and competitions, and has just launched Retreat West Books indie press. 


ibrahim salihu



Climate Change

Ibrahim Salihu is an author, a poet and practising structural engineer.

A 21st century truth-tale wordsmith whose forthcoming novel and chapbook: Malignant Minority and When The Sins of The Molluscs Are Washed Ashore are both near completion.





gerard sarnat


Paris Protocol  

Gerard Sarnat MD has been nominated for Pushcarts and won other prizes.  Kaddish for the Country was selected for pamphlet distribution on Inauguration Day nationwide. ‘Amber Of Memory’ was the single poem chosen for his 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium; The Harvard Advocate accepted a second. Gerard’s a Stanford professor/healthcare CEO and physician who has built/staffed homeless clinics. Collections: Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes, 17s, Melting the Ice King (2016). Married since 1969; he has seven grandkids.



steve scholey



Steve Scholey’s early fascination with rocks, preferably with shiny bits in them, led him into close encounters with trolls in Sweden and with leopards, landmines and AK47s in Zimbabwe.  Having discarded his geological hammer in favour of a pen, Steve has featured in various publications and competitions and is currently working on his second and third collections simultaneously. Steve may or may not be an un-disorganiser of the Winchester poetry fringe.



elisabeth sennitt clough


A Brief History of Forgotten Local Places 

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough is the author of Glass (Best Pamphlet Saboteur Awards 2017) and a full collection, Sightings (Michael Schmidt Award for Best Portfolio). A poem from Sightings was published in the Forward Book of Poetry 2018. Other poems have appeared in The Rialto, Poem, Mslexia, Magma and Stand.




Stephanie shields


  Heading North 

Brought up in the East Midlands, Stephanie Shields has spent her adult life in the north of England. She has combined sheep farming in the Washburn Valley, north of Leeds, with a career in further education. Stephanie’s first short story ‘The Watershed’ appeared in the Jane Austen bicentenary collection: Dancing with Mr Darcy– stories inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House, selected and introduced by Sarah Waters and published by Honno Press in the UK and Harper Collins in the USA. Her short fiction and poems have been anthologised, appeared in literary magazines and broadcast on radio. Her flash fiction and poetry have been shortlisted and longlisted for international competitions.

Swan Landings, her first short story collection, was published in October 2017 by The Sheep Shed Press: sheepshedpress.com


Anne Sherry


 Gull Tide 

A poet, linguist and traveller, Anne Sherry speaks fluent French and Spanish and gets by in several other languages. Her first career was in International Human Resources; her second in Change, Development and Communications Consulting. She has lived in France, the Czech Republic and Costa Rica. Anne now combines occasional consulting with a range of writing activities, notably poetry and creative non-fiction, and frequent travel. Her first collection, Safe Passage: A Memoir in Poetry and Prose was publshed in 2014.


elizabeth spencer spragins


 Four Poems 


Elizabeth Spencer Spragins is a writer, poet, and editor who taught in American community colleges for more than a decade. Her tanka and bardic verse in the Celtic style have been published in England, Scotland, Canada, Indonesia, Mauritius, and the United States. An avid swimmer and an enthusiastic fiber artist, she lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA. Publication updates are available on her website:


Sue Spiers


November 1987

Sue Spiers is British Mensa’s SIG Sec for Poetry and her first collection is called Jiggle Sac. Her poems have appeared in Acumen, Dream Catcher, South Bank Poetry, among others, and on-line at www.inksweatandtears.co.uk and www.thelakepoetry.co.uk. Her work has been included in the Bloodaxe anthology Hallelujah for 50ft Women and in Paper Swans Press anthology Best of British.


kenneth spring


The Downs at  Dusk

 Lieutenant Colonel  Kenneth Arthur Spring  OBE   TD  (23 October 1921 – 25 December 1997) was a  British Army  officer, artist and co-founder of the  National Youth Theatre of Great Britain . Following active wartime service in the Far East, he became a teacher of Art in South London, and then in Oxfordshire.

His poem ‘The Downs at Dusk’ celebrates the sense of permanence our landscape exuded in 1938, despite the brooding threat of war.


Michael spring


Marlborough Downs  

Michael Spring was born in 1953 and grew up in post-war London before moving to the Cotswolds in the mid 1960s. After university, he followed a career in Art teaching in Northumberland and in Oxfordshire. He draws much of the inspiration for his artwork and his writing from his travels and from the natural world.

In ‘Marlborough Downs’ he captures the beauty of the place tinged with the poignancy of the solitary walker.


richard stillman


83 Shirley, Hampshire

Richard Stillman is Head of English at Winchester College. His poetry has appeared on the Poetry Society blog, and has been published in anthologies and online. He is represented by Peters, Fraser and Dunlop, although as he has not yet written a published novel, he is unsure why. A trustee of the Winchester Poetry Festival, he is interested in promoting local poetry and literature. 


paul summers



Paul Summers is a Northumbrian poet who has recently returned to the North East of England after a five-year stint in Central Queensland. His poems have appeared widely in print for almost three decades and he has performed his work all over the world. He was a founding co-editor of the ‘leftfield’ UK magazines Billy Liar and Liar Republic, he has also written for TV, film, radio, theatre and collaborated many times with artists and musicians on mixed-media projects and public art. His latest collection is straya, published by Smokestack Books in April 2017. Previous collections include: primitive cartography, union (new & selected), Three Men on the Metro, big bella’s dirty cafe, cunawabi and the last bus.


MC Thompson



MC Thompson is originally from South London, but now lives in Gosport on the south coast of Hampshire. She is an Anglican Priest, and shares her Vicarage with a menagerie of rescue animals. When not trying to run the Parish, she is usually to be found tramping through fields, talking to horses or falling off her bicycle. This is her first published poem.


thomas tyrrell



Thomas Tyrrell has recently completed his PhD thesis, ‘Remapping Milton: Place, Space and Influence 1700-1800’. He was awarded the 2017 Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award for poetry, and lives in Cardiff.

serena trowbridge



Serena Trowbridge reads a lot of poetry but has only recently started (admitting to) writing it. She lives in Worcestershire where she does a lot of walking and cloud-watching, and in her spare time she is a lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University.


ruth e. walker


Ansel’s Winter on the Merced: Black and White Photograph 1938

Award-winning writer Ruth E. Walker’s first short story submission won $1,000 and publication in Canadian Living magazine. With poetry and fiction in Canadian, U.S. and U.K. journals, Ruth hasn’t looked back since. Her novel Living Underground is in second printing, she’s a sought-after editor, popular workshop leader, and facilitates writing retreats at lakeside locations.



rob walton

flash fiction

Lucky for Some 


Rob Walton grew up in Scunthorpe, and now lives in North Shields. His short fiction and poetry for adults and children appears in various magazines and anthologies. His flashes have been published by 101 words (US), Bangor Literary Journal, Blue Fifth Review (US), Flash Frontier (NZ), Ham, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Number Eleven, National Flash Fiction Day anthologies, Paper Swans, Popshot, Pygmy Giant, Reflex, Spelk and others. He is a past winner and current judge of the UK’s National Flash Fiction Day micro-fiction competition.

angela ward


 It’s a Flower on Chalk  


Angela Ward is co-owner of Butterfly Cottage Garden Plants. Previously she worked for the NHS. She is a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor. Angela has been writing poetry for thirty years. Until recently, her poems languished in a cardboard box in her spare room!



david webb


Seven Sisters 

David Webb writes stories and poems, some of which have been published.  Short stories have featured in Hauntings (a ghost story anthology published by Hic Dragones); Sein und Werden magazine; The Casket of Fictional Delights and The Dime Show Review.  Poems have appeared in Life is a Roller Coaster (poetry anthology); The Pre-Raphaelite Society Review, and This England Magazine.



helen whitten


 Walk to Wardour Castle with Stevie Smith

Helen Whitten is a writer and prize-winning poet. She is winner of the Elmbridge Literary Festival Adult Poetry Prize 2014 and the Winchester Writers’ Festival 2013 Poetry Prize. Her poem ‘Fantasy Life’ was Highly Commended in the Elmbridge Literary Festival 2016 and her poem ‘Moonfleet’ was Highly Commended in the Winchester Writers’ Festival 2014. Her first collection of poetry, The Alchemist’s Box was published by Morgan’s Eye Press in 2015. Helen has had her work published in a broad range of journals and anthologies, including Orbis, Acumen, Loose Muse, South Bank Poetry, Poetry in the Afternoon, and the Winchester Writers’ Festival Almanac.

Visit: her poetry website www.babyboomerpoetry.com

Helen’s YouTube poetry channel

Thinking Aloud blog www.helenwhitten.com




Louise wilford



Yorkshirewoman Louise Wilford is a teacher and writer who has had poems and short stories published in a wide variety of journals including Southword, The Stinging Fly, Acumen, Agenda, Orbis, OWP, Lyonnesse, Pushing Out The Boat and Tears In The Fence.  She is currently working on a children’s fantasy novel and is about to embark on an MA in Creative Writing.



patrick williamson


 The Glosters Return 


Patrick Williamson lives near Paris, France. His latest collections are: Beneficato (English-Italian, Samuele Editore, 2015), Hold your tongue (Harmattan, 2014), Gifted (Corrupt Press, 2014), and Nel Santuario (Samuele Editore, 2013; Menzione speciale della Giuria in the XV Concorso Guido Gozzano, 2014). He is the editor and translator of The Parley Tree, An Anthology of Poets from French-speaking Africa and the Arab World (Arc Publications, 2012), and translated notably Tahar Bekri, Gilles Cyr, Guido Cupani and Erri de Luca.

Sue wrinch


Stockbridge Downs


Sue Wrinch is a poet, and organiser/presenter of Loose Muse for writers at Winchester Discovery Centre. Her first poetry collection, Down By Wild Water, was published in 2015. Her poems  are in numerous anthologies: 154 Poems By 154 Contemporary Poets, (Live Canon, 2016); The Woven Tale Press Vol. IV: and a poetic dialogue with Dr. Richard Brown, Leads to Leeds.

Poems have been highly commended and also won second prize in the Elmbridge Poetry Competition and commissioned by Live Canon for the Pink Floyd Exhibition at the V&A. Sue was director of the UK-India Festival of Words in 2017. She is currently working on her second collection.





steve xerri


  Feather and Shell  


Steve Xerri : former teacher, musician & designer now engaged in poetry & pottery. Was Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2017. Published in Acumen, Amaryllis, Brittle Star, Clear Poetry, Envoi, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Interpreter’s House, The Poetry Shed, Poetry Society Newsletter (Members’ Poems), Proletarian Poetry and Stride Magazine.