P.W. BRIDGMAN writes short fiction and poetry from Vancouver, Canada. He has published short fiction in Litro UK, Litro NY, Grain, The Antigonish Review, The New Orphic Review, The Moth Magazine, London Grip, A New Ulster, Easy Street, Section 8 Magazine, The Mulberry Fork Review, Aerodrome and other literary periodicals and e-zines. One of his stories was a finalist for the 1994 Canadian National Magazine Award for Fiction; another placed first in the Pottersfield Portfolio short fiction competition in 1998. More recently Mr. Bridgman had a piece of his work short-listed for the 2010 U.K. Bridport Prize (flash fiction category) and two of his short stories placed in the Leonard Koval International Fiction Competition (in 2012 and 2014) and were published by the Irish publisher, Labello Press, in its Gem Street anthologies for those years. His Standing at an Angle to My Age — a selection of short fiction — was published by Libros Libertad in 2013. You may learn more about P.W. Bridgman by visiting his website at www.pwbridgman.ca.
MARTIN CATHCART FRODEN is originally from Sweden and has lived in Canada, Israel, Argentina, almost Finland and London. He has worked as a drummer, avocado picker, magazine editor and prison teacher. He won the 2015 Dundee International Book Prize with Devil Take the Hindmost (Freight Books), and his story ‘The Underwater Cathedral’ won the 2013 BBC Opening Lines competition. He is the 2017 National Trust Scotland Poet in Residence. He has just embarked on a doctorate in Creative Writing / Criminology / Architecture in Glasgow where he lives with his wife and three young children. lumawords.co.uk @mcathcartfroden
SRISHTI CHAUDHARY is a writer and a student of Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. She studied English Literature and her favourite subject to write about is humans. She is currently working on her first novel.
DEFNE ÇIZAKÇA is a writer, editor, and lecturer based in Istanbul. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, where she worked on a historical and magically real novel about fin de siècle Κωνσταντινούπολη. This book won her the Gillian Purvis Award for New Writing, and a Helene Wurlitzer Writing Residency in New Mexico. She is currently expanding it for publication. Defne is also the editor-in-chief of Unsettling Wonder: A Journal of Folk and Fairy Tales and the co-editor of three books, Tip Tap Flat: A View from Glasgow (Freight, 2012), New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories (Unlocking Press, 2013) and Miscellaneous: Writing Inspired by the Hunterian (The Hunterian, 2014). You can find her writing at www.defnecizakca.com. Twitter: @defnecizakca
ROB DORAN has been writing, teaching and directing theatre in Queensland, Australia for over 20 years. His recent productions include: Spirit of the Lore (ACPA / QPAC / Brisbane Festival 2013), Battle Scarred Phallic Wounds (2014), Orion’s Way (2014), Agender (2014), Assumptions (2015), Mortality (2016), Polity (2016), and Hunting Phia (2016). Rob trained with master teacher Lyn Kidd and developed the Diploma of Film, Television and Theatre Acting, accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework. He taught at The Actors Workshop Australia for 20 years and has managed other vocational colleges across the creative industries. He has been Head of Vocational Education and Training for QANTM College and SAE Australia, Deputy Director of the Australian Dance Performance Institute, and Training and Artistic Director of the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. Rob’s areas of teaching expertise include acting technique, improvisation, script writing, acting for film and television, and acting for theatre.
OMER TEVFIK ERTEN has been taking photographs since 2011, and has prepared documentary series on gender, identity, urban transformation and the trans community. He is an activist for trans rights and one of the founding members of Pembe Sanat (Pink Art), a platform aiming to bring visibility to the trans and sex worker community through the arts. He works and lives in Istanbul. www.omertevfikerten.com
TENDAI HUCHU’S first novel The Hairdresser of Harare was released in 2010 to critical acclaim, and has been translated into several languages. Between projects, he translates fiction between the Shona and English languages. His new novel is The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician. Find him @TendaiHuchu or on www.tendaihuchu.com.
CHIN LI was born in Hong Kong but has lived in the UK for over 30 years. Over the past few years, he has been involved in three experimental writing publications called gnommero, which are available from Aye Aye Books at the CCA in Glasgow.
ALASDAIR MACQUARRIE studied English and Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University. After graduating he went on to study at the University’s writing school. He now lives and works in Edinburgh where he is working on a collection of Edinburgh based short stories. Twitter: @innsegall
GERARD McKEEVER is a writer and academic based in Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway. He is currently publishing a series of short stories, while writing a novel set on the Solway coast (see gerardmckeever.co.uk). Gerard is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Glasgow, where he completed a PhD in English Literature in 2014. He publishes a variety of research on the subject of Scottish Romanticism. Twitter: @gmckeeverwriter
HELMI BEN MERIEM is a Tunisian fiction writer and a researcher of Somali literature. His short stories have appeared in Feminist Spaces, Blue Minaret, Scarlet Leaf Review, Theories of Her: an Experimental Anthology, and Thema among others. He has recently finished writing an epistolary novel entitled Good Nights Letters.
SALLY ROBERTS is an English Literature student at the University of Edinburgh. In her spare time, she writes short stories and poetry (some of which have been published on daCunha, Hot Tub Astronaut and Cultured Vultures) and reviews gigs, comedy and theatre for TV Bomb. Twitter: @sallyejroberts
JESSICA SEQUEIRA is a writer and translator. She has published essays, stories and translations in the Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, Modern Poetry in Translation, Berfrois, Litro Magazine, Palabras Errantes, The Missing Slate, Ventana Latina and other publications. Twitter: @jess_sequeira
REBECCA SMITH was brought up in the middle of nowhere in Cumbria and now lives in Central Scotland. She studied English and Media at Stirling University and then produced live radio for 10 years, almost purely living off adrenaline. She currently works in Radio Drama in Glasgow. She was mentored by Kirsty Logan after she was selected as part of the Womentoring Project. She has stories published in various magazines (Freak Circus, Tales from the Forest, Northwords Now, [Untitled], Dear Damsels). She has one son, a silver-grey cat and a penchant for biscuits and can be found on Twitter @beckorio.
ELISSA SOAVE is a Scottish writer. Publications and websites where her work has appeared include Structo, Literary Orphans, Gutter, Freak Circus, Burning House Press, The Guardian, New Writing Scotland (volume 8), and the textbook Working Words. She has had a story shortlisted for performance by Liars League London (2016) and another selected for performance at Glasgow CCA’s Stage to Page event (also 2016). She reached the semi-final of the Harpies Fechters and Quines All Woman Poetry Slam, organised by the Glasgow Women’s Library in June 2016. She is currently working on her first novel. You can find Elissa at elissasoave.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @elissa_soave.
JUDY UPTON works as a playwright and screenwriter, having won the George Devine, Verity Bargate and Croydon International Awards for playwriting. Her plays have been produced by the Royal Court, National Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Durham Gala and BBC Radio 4 among others. She has had an original TV drama shown on BBC1 two feature films produced. Judy has also had a number of short stories published. Her website is at www.judyupton.co.uk