Ian Charles Douglas
His travel writing piece ‘The Plain of Scars’ features in issue one. Ian backpacked around the world and taught in East Asia. He turned his talent for misadventure into numerous travel articles and he was a winner of the Independent Travel Writing Contest. Visit his website here.
Issue one features the first part of Michael’s overview of the rhymes celebrating the life and crimes of Charlie Peace, and will conclude in Issue two.
He has worked in film, television, radio and theatre. He won Best Screenplay at the British Film Awards for Fellow Traveller in 1989. In 1999 he was awarded an MBE for services to film.
Our editor Neil contributed his poems ‘Zen Diagram’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opry’ to issue one. He is the author of media studies book The Films of Sam Peckinpah and co-editor with David Sillitoe of More Raw Material: work inspired by Alan Sillitoe. Neil’s debut poetry collection No Avoiding It, will be published by Shoestring Press in 2017.
Issue one features two poems by Harry; ‘Smith’s Dock’ and ‘Steeltown, Post Vote’. He has two pamphlets available, How It Is: Snapshots from a Northern Town (Heddon Quarry Small Press) and Dark Matter III (Black Light Engine Room Press). He also gigs as a singer/songwriter and is an award-winning playwright.
Helen has two poems published in issue one; ‘Wunderkammer with Ophelia and Hospital Bath’ and ‘Wunderkummer with Glass Plate Photograph’. She is a poet and visual artist. Her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection is Waiting for Bluebeard. She edits the website Ink, Sweat and Tears.
Robert wrote a piece of non-fiction for issue one: ‘The Prisoner at 50’. He has published a short story collection The Chamber of Screams, and the official biography of film and television actor Shane Briant, for whom he has written and acted with in a variety of YouTube videos.
He has two poems published in issue one: ‘The Garage, the Village and the Bus Driver’ and ‘A Joke He Told’. Ira has produced a number of books and chapbooks of poetry. He’s made public art and is currently writing a book on plagiarism, doing some academic proofreading and being a folk storyteller.
Jack’s poems ‘Guayaba Fruit’ and ‘El Macho’ are published in issue one. He is a British-Mexican poet, editor and translator based between Mexico City and Mallorca. He is the author of Elsewhere (Eyewear, 2015) and is the founding editor of Ofi Press.
Holly’s poems ‘Balance’ and ‘Experience, 1996’ appear in issue one. She is from Worcestershire and her poetry has appeared in various publications, including Lunar Poetry, The Morning Star, and Ink, Sweat and Tears.
His poems ‘Back to Black’ and ‘Moroco’ appear in issue one. His collection The Sun Bathers is published by Shoestring Press (2013) and was shortlisted for the Michael Murphy award. He has a second collection forthcoming in 2017.
Scott Thomas Outlar
His poems ‘Twilight of the Idols’ and ‘Bloodstained Visions’ are published in issue one. Scott hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews and books can be found.
Sue incorporated poetry into her short story Drinking Poems for her submission to issue one. Her poems, short stories and creative personal essays have been published in Canada, Australia, the United States and the UK. She lives in Seattle.
Meg’s short story Pet Loss Support Group appears in issue one. She is the author of four collections of flash fiction which has been internationally anthologised: Flash Fiction International (W. W. Norton & Co.)
Bethany W. Pope
Our first issue featured a Q&A with Bethany about her first novel Masque where we took the opportunity to get an in-depth look at the novel which is inspired by Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera. You can visit Bethany’s website here.
Elizabeth contributed to our ‘Postcards from the Edge’ column for issue one, with her piece Cuba. She is a qualified GP from Havana, Cuba. She moved to England in 2005, and loves Latin music, reading, traveling and has a passion for writing.
Shreya Sen Handley
Shreya’s contribution to issue one was her short story A Sense of Place. She writes for the British and Indian media, including National Geographic, The Guardian, and the Times of India. Her memoir will be published by Harper Collins in 2017.
David Sillitoe and Grace Latimer
David and Grace teamed up to create the photo series Transition for issue one. David is co-editor, with Neil Fulwood, of More Raw Material work inspired by Alan Sillitoe and is also a photographer.
Grace graduated from Bretton Hall and pursued a career in commerce. She also collaborates with a diverse range of creative artists in exploring themes of identity and challenging social norms.
His short story Winners appears in issue one, and Darren he has had other stories appear here and there. His collaborative multimedia novel The Dust on the Moth is available from his website, and issue two will feature a review of the book.
Paul contributed to our column ‘Dispatches from the Front Line’ with his piece Palestine. He is a church entrepreneur who hails from Glasgow. In 2002 he launched Britain’s first professional motorcycle and sidecar hearse. He has been named Man of the Year by Bike Magazine.
Mahendra has two poems published in issue one; ‘Pilgrim’ and ‘A Consolation’. He is the author of The Lies we Tell, published by Shoestring Press (2014). Most recently, a literary Fellow at the University of Warwick.
Lucifer published two poems by Degna in issue one; ‘The River Gods’ and ‘Stupor’. She is co-founder of Butcher’s Dog magazine, is a poet and producer based in Tyne & Wear. She recieved a Northern Writers Award in 2015 and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.
His short story Staring Girl is published in issue one. Jonathan is an author, lecturer and critic. His most recent book is the novel Melissa (Salt, 2015). You can visit his website here.
Bryce contributed a non-fiction piece entitled ‘Acid Westerns: Cowboys in Purgatory’ for issue one. He is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in Art Decades Magazine, Paracinema and Screenrant. He resides in Austin, TX and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
We published two of his poems in issue one; ‘The Cambridge Milton’ and ‘Relief’. He is the author of five poetry collections from Carcanet Press and three studies in cultural history from Yale University Press. You can visit his website here.
photos by david sillitoe