Mary Gilonne was born in Kent, a Londoner until the age of 13 when she moved to Budleigh Salterton, Devon. Holidays were spent waitressing, serving clotted cream, as a post girl, a variety of jobs which led to incessant scribbling in note books, a habit she still has. It was here that she started writing thanks to an inspiring English Lit teacher. The glorious coastal scenery influenced her teenage years so much that her poetry is often threaded with sea and sky.
Mary moved to France to be with her French husband, a teacher of Spanish, and settled in Aix- en-Provence in the late sixties. She wrote articles for Bath newspaper, as Bath was twinned with Aix, and still works as a translator. Two sons and many years later they upped to a little wine growing village under Cézanne's Mountain Saint Victoire, an essential landscape once again.
She was a student on Helen Ivory's U.E.A. Poetry Course in the '90's, and above all she was a member in 2014 of Jo Bell's iconic 52 poetry group which was a life changer in her poetry world.
Mary has won the Wenlock Prize, been shortlisted several times for the Bridport Prize, came third in the Stroud Prize, shortlisted in the 2017 Bedford Writing Competition Poetry Prize, and commended in the Prole, Buzzwords, Teignmouth, and Caterpillar Prizes. Her work has appeared widely online and in printed magazines: Prole, Antiphon, Smeuse, Snakeskin, The Pickled Body, Grievous Angel, Obsessed with Pipe-Work, among many others. Her poems can be read too in several anthologies: The Very Best of 52, Mildly Erotic Verse, Samhain, The Road to Cleveland Pier, A Restricted View from Under the Hedge.
Her first pamphlet "INCIDENTALS" has just been published by 4WORD PRESS.
Originally from Ireland and living in Australia, Anne Casey is an award-winning poet and writer. Over a 25-year career, she has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, communications director, legal author and editor. Anne is Senior Editor of Other Terrain and Backstory literary journals (Swinburne University, Melbourne). Her writing and poetry rank in The Irish Times newspaper's Most-Read.
Anne's poems feature internationally in newspapers, magazines, journals, books, broadcasts, podcasts, a stage show and an international art exhibition. In 2017, Salmon Poetry published her debut poetry collection, where the lost things go. She has won or been shortlisted for poetry prizes in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia.
Anne's poetry has appeared in Cordite, Backstory Journal, What She Knew (Papaya Press, UK, 2017), The Incubator, Entropy Magazine, The Irish Times, The Honest Ulsterman, The Murmur House, Into The Void Magazine, ROPES literary journal (25th edition), Autonomy anthology (New Binary Press 2018), Poets Speak Up on Adani anthology (Plumwood Mountain 2018), Abridged, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Corrugated Wave, the Henry Lawson Verse & Short Story Anthology 2018, the Bedford International Writing Competition 2017 Anthology, Not Very Quiet (NVQ II/2018) , HeadStuff, Pink Cover Zine, Poethead: Index of Irish Contemporary Women Poets, Addictions & Compulsive Behaviour mini-anthology (Poetry Pharmacy, 2017), The Clare Association Yearbook 2018, Other Terrain Journal, Luminous Echoes: A Poetry Anthology, Tools for Solidarity poetry pamphlet, FemAsia Magazine, EMPWR, Tales from the Forest, Dodging the Rain, Deep Water Literary Journal, The Blue Nib, The Remembered Arts Journal, Thank You for Swallowing and Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words, among others.
Anne holds a Law Degree from University College Dublin and qualifications in Media Communications from Dublin Institute of Technology.Further information can be found on Anne Casey's website or follow her on Twitter.
Josie Turner lives in Kent and works in London. Her short fiction has been published in journals including Luna Station Quarterly, Mslexia, The Frogmore Papers and Words with Jam. In 2015 she was a joint winner of the Plough short story competition, and in 2016 she won the Brighton Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Josie has received the Emrys Foundation's Sue Lile Inman award for fiction. She has been shortlisted in both the 2014 and 2017 BIWC Short Story competitions.
Many of her published works can be accessed online by clicking on the following links:House of Flowers - Highlands and Islands Short Story Association (HISSAC)
Her winning story Learning My Lesson can be obtained through the Brighton Prize 2016 Website.
Look out for The Guide soon to be published in Brittle Star Magazine -Issue 42
Dianne was born in England, grew up in New Zealand and now lives in Dartmoor National Park. She has always written short stories (the first of note being 'Lost in the Dessert' at school) but although her spelling has improved, until recently other things got in the way of prodigious output.
In the past few years she's had stories shortlisted or placed in numerous competitions and included in anthologies - amongst them the Fish Prize, Exeter Writers, Leicester Writers, The Momaya Annual Review, Writing Magazine, Writers Forum, The Walter Swan Competition, Ink Tears, the HG Wells Prize, The Fresher Prize, Flash 500 and the Yeovil Prize.
Her story, Get Along Without You Now won third prize in the 2017 Bedford International Writing Competition.
A collection of thirty-two of her successful stories, Instructions for Living and Other Stories was published in 2017. She is currently working on a novel but so far, prefers writing short stories.Links to some of her work can be found on Dianne Bown-Wilson's website
The Daniel Album is not autobiographical, but it is connected with different events and people from my schooldays and my time as a teacher. It typifies many people's such recollections, being a sequence of pictures and scenes as much as a continuum of narrative. The Daniel Album is my second BIWC success, after Jen's Gallery was short-listed in 2014.
My latest project is a collaboration with Shaun Peare, the editor of Words Magazine, who regularly produces anthologies to fund raise for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. We gathered together eight of his Words contributors' stories and eight of mine, with the aim of splitting the proceeds between the RNLI and the Huntington's Disease Association. Follow this LINK and scroll down to Collection 5. It is available as an e-book now; a print version will follow.
I began writing fiction and poetry following a career in teaching and educational research, including the publication of research-based articles in the national and educational press. I've published two collections compiled entirely of stories which have won prizes, commendations or listings in competition, First Flame, 2013, and Odds Against, 2017. There have also been two poetry anthologies so far, Raised Voices, including a number of award winners, 2014, and Kaleidoscope, 2017.
Following my partner's diagnosis of the hereditary illness Huntington's Disease in October 2016, I am donating my takings from my books to Huntington's Disease charities. They are available from www.harrisagainsthuntington.co.uk and the publishers' sites.
Liz Kershaw's writing has been published in collections of short stories, including What Haunts the Heart (Mantle Lane Press) and Triptych Tales (P300 Press). She has won the Pan Macmillan Crime Story competition, the No Exit Press Crime Short Story competition, and the Bedford International Short Story Competition, and in 2017 she was shortlisted for the Historical Writers' Association short story competition.
Her Gothic-themed novella The Music Maker was described by Andrew Taylor, (bestselling and award-winning crime and historical novelist), as 'an alarmingly sinister fable about the underbelly of human nature ... unsettling, unusual and absorbing.' Kai, a mysterious stranger with a strange and compelling voice arrives uninvited in the middle of a choir rehearsal - and the lives of two friends are changed forever. Who is Kai, and what does he really want from shy, good Stella? And will Stella's not-so-good friend be able to stop him in time?
Liz Kershaw sees her fiction as literary mysteries, with a nod to the supernatural and folklore. Unsettling stories that leave shadows in their wake. Many of her stories have their roots in the past where long ago events return to haunt the present and where people are not quite as they seem.
The Music Maker was published by Mantle Lane Press in April 2018 and can be purchased via the publisher's website, or on Amazon. Links to some of her published short stories can be found on Liz Kershaw's website
My 2017 poem Sugar Thief appears in Ammonite: Collected Poems - my first collection of poems written under the pen name of C.E. Trueman and available from Amazon . The collection is a distillation of work that I have written since the early 1980s, some of which has been successful in other competitions and published in various anthologies over the years.
Sugar Thief was written in January 2017 after inspiration struck on a short holiday in Antigua, a beautiful and still largely unspoilt Caribbean island where there is much history documented about the sugar cane industry that brought the first African slaves to Antiguan shores.
One of the native birds of the island is the Sugar Bird, so named because of its predilection to sugar. Small and black with a red throat, it resembles a finch and you can imagine how it must have been a frequent sight flitting around the cane boiling houses, stealing droplets of the sugar being processed there.
On the day I wrote the poem, a Sugar Bird came flying into our room through a crack in the door to our patio. It knew exactly where it needed to go, navigating the room straight to the sugar bowl on a cabinet at the other side. Without showing the slightest concern that I was there, it lifted one of the sugar packets out of the bowl and flew down onto the floor with it where it proceeded to peck out the sugar grains one by one as if disembowelling a snail.
Not only was this actually a charming spectacle (and I have a whole section on birds in Ammonite that testifies to my captivation with these winged creatures), I also saw the resonance between this little bird and the slaves who once lived and toiled on this beautiful island.
Neil Beardmore performs at many poetry events across the country and he has recently had poems published in An Anthology for Jeremy Corbyn (Shoestring Press) and ORBIS having previously had his poem Refugee published in Poems for Jeremy Corbyn (Shoestring September 2016, ISBN 978-1-910323-66-3). In 2016 Neil collaborated with fellow published poet Caroline Davies on a performance of poetry to commemorate one hundred years of the opening of the Battle of the Somme. In addition he has appeared in the Bedford poetry event: Remembering (November 2017) and the Toddington Poetry Society's Fortieth anniversary celebration (Sept 2017)
2014 saw the MK Fringe professional performance of Neil's full length play: Pristine in Blue to much acclaim (The Play's The Thing). Produced and directed by Rosemary Hill, the play explores the effects of undercover policing on women.
Lemon Seas, is Neil Beardmore's latest novel set in Goa. This is a suspense/thriller which follows 'twenty-something' Rich as he finds himself deeply involved in the disappearance of Indian dancing girls. Available from Amazon, background to this novel can be found by clicking MORE
Neil has also written the short story, Be My Guest, which appears in the anthology Voices from the Grid, (ISBN: 978-1-78808-859-6) a collection of stories which use Milton Keynes as their setting and form part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of it becoming a new town. Further information about this limited edition publication is available - FOLLOW THE LINK.
His poem, Amanuensis was published in the summer 2017 edition of Orbis (number 180) Quarterly International Literary Journal.For more about Neil, visit - Neil Beardmore's website