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Carys Bray

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Carys Bray’s debut collection Sweet Home won the Scott prize and selected stories were broadcast on BBC Radio Four Extra. Her first novel A Song for Issy Bradley was serialised on BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, the Association of Mormon Letters Awards, the Waverton Good Read Award, the 15 Bytes Book Awards and the Desmond Elliott Prize. It won the Utah Book Award and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and was selected for the 2015 Richard and Judy Summer Book Club. Her second novel The Museum of You was published in June 2016.

Carys has a BA in Literature from The Open University and an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from Edge Hill University. She is working on a third novel.

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M R Carey

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Mike Carey is a British writer whose work appears in comic books, novels, TV, film, and radio. His novel The Girl with All the Gifts is an international bestseller, and has been adapted by Carey for the 2016 Colm McCarthy-directed film.

He’s written for DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Ultimate Fantastic Four and X-Men, and with Peter Gross, Lucifer and The Unwritten. His books include Fellside, the Felix Castor series, and The Steel Seraglio (with Linda and Louise Carey)

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Leila Chatti

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Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet. The recipient of a scholarship from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop and prizes from Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest and 8th Annual Poetry Contest, the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and the Academy of American Poets, her poems appear in Best New PoetsPloughshares, Tin House, Narrative,The Missouri Review, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she is a writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center.

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Debra Dean

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DEBRA DEAN’s bestselling debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a #1 Booksense Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Novel, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It has been published in twenty languages. Her collection of short stories, Confessions of a Falling Woman, won the Paterson Fiction Prize and a Florida Book Award. Her recent novel, The Mirrored World, is a tale of love, madness, and devotion set against the extravagance and artifice of the royal court in eighteenth-century St. Petersburg. A native of Seattle, she lives in Miami and teaches at Florida International University. Follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/debradeanauthor

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Stuart Evers

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STUART EVERS’ first collection of short stories; ‘Ten Stories About Smoking’ was published by Picador in 2011 and went on to win the London Book Award. He published his first novel ‘If This is Home’ in 2012 and his second collection of short stories; ‘Your Father Sends His Love’ will be available soon.

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Oisin Fagan

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Oisín Fagan is from Moynalvey, Meath. His novella, The Hierophants, won the inaugural Penny Dreadful Novella award in June, 2016. His story collection, Hostages, was published by New Island in September, 2016. He has had stories published in the Anthology, Young Irelanders, and The Stinging Fly.

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Toby Litt

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TOBY LITT is best-known for writing his books – from Adventures in Capitalism to (so far)King Death – in alphabetical order; he is currently working on M. His story ‘John & John’ won the semi-widely-known Manchester Fiction Prize, and his story ‘Call it “The Bug” Because I Have No Time To Think of a Better Title” was shortlisted for the notoriously lucrative Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. He is a Granta Best of Young British Novelist. In December 2013, Vertigo DC launched Dead Boy Detectives, a new monthly comic written by Toby, based on characters from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

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Rowena Macdonald

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ROWENA MACDONALD was born on the Isle of Wight, grew up in the West Midlands and now lives in east London. Smoked Meat (Flambard Press), her debut collection, was shortlisted for the 2012 Edge Hill Prize. Her short stories have also been published by Influx Press, Galley Beggar Press, Ambit, Unthank Books and Serpent’s Tail, among others. She has won a number of prizes, including, most recently, Glimmer Train’s 2014 Family Matters competition, the Tower Hamlets Prize in the 2014 Write Idea Competition and runner-up in the 2013 Royal Society of Literature’s VS Pritchett Prize. She is represented by Zoe Ross of United Agents

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Seraphina Madsen

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Seraphina Madsen was born in San Rafael, California and grew up on both the East and West Coasts of the United States. She taught English in France for four years and has lived in Germany, The Netherlands, and Sweden involved in the underground Electronic Dance Music industry. She received an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University, London. She resides in the UK.

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Adam Marek

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ADAM MAREK is an award-winning short story writer. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. His stories have appeared in many magazines, including Prospect and The Sunday Times MagazineThe Stinging Fly and The London Magazine, and in many anthologies including Lemistry, The New Uncanny, Biopunk, and The Best British Short Stories 2011 and 2013. His short story collections The Stone Thrower and Instruction Manual for Swallowing are published in the UK by Comma Press, and in North America by ECW Press. Visit Adam online at www.adammarek.co.uk

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Paul McVeigh

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PAUL MCVEIGH’s short fiction has been published in the New Century New Writing, Rattle Tales 2 & 3 and Unbraiding the Short Story anthologies, Harrington’s Fiction JournalFlash Flood Journal, The Stinging Fly and been commissioned by BBC Radio 4. He has read his work on BBC Radio 5, at the Belfast Book Festival, the International Conference on the Short Story in Vienna and the Cork International Short Story Festival. He is currently working on a short story collection and his first novel will be published by Salt Publishing in Spring 2015.

Paul is the Director of the London Short Story Festival and Deputy Editor of Word Factory, London’s short story literary salon. He is a reader for short story competitions and prizes and his blog on the short story receives approximately 40,000 international hits a month. He has interviewed prize winning and critically acclaimed authors such as George Saunders and Kevin Barry.

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James Miller

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Critically acclaimed novelist and short story writer JAMES MILLER opens up about his influences, interests, and affection for the short story. Described by Beryl Bainbridge as a ‘formidable writer’ and Time Outs’ ‘rising star 2008′, James has written two highly praised novels; Lost Boys and Sunshine State, along with numerous short stories which have been widely published, most recently in the short story collection; Still.

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Roisin O’Donnell

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Roisín O’Donnell is an award-winning short story writer whose fiction has appeared in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, Structo, Popshot, Unthology and elsewhere. She is featured in the anthologies Young Irelanders, The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore. Her debut collection Wild Quiet was published by New Island Books in May 2016. She lives in Dublin. www.roisinodonnell.com

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Chuck Palahniuk

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Chuck Palahniuk’s ten previous novels are the bestselling Fight Club, adapted for for the screen by David Fincher; Survivor; Invisible Monsters; ChokeLullaby; Diary; Haunted; Rant; Snuff; and Pygmy. He is also the author of Fugitives and Refugees, a nonfiction profile of Portland, Oregon, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection Stranger Than Fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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David James Poissant

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David James Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South andBest New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic andPlayboy magazines. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.

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Ali Shaw

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Ali Shaw is the author of The Trees, The Man who Rained and The Girl with Glass Feet, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize for first novels. He grew up in Dorset and studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, then went on to work as a bookseller and at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. He lives with his wife and daughter.

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Padrika Tarrant

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Padrika Tarrant was born in 1974.  Emerging blinking from an honours degree in sculpture, she found herself unhealthily fixated with scissors and the animator Jan Svankmajer.  She won an Arts Council Escalator prize in 2005.  Fates of the Animals is her third work, following Broken Things (Salt, 2007) and The Knife Drawer (Salt, 2011).  She lives in Norwich in a little council flat with her beautiful daughter and some lovely stuffed animals.  She hates the smell of money.  She does not entirely trust her cutlery.

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Richard Thomas

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Richard was the winner of the ChiZine Publications 2009 “Enter the World of Filaria” contest. His short story “Maker of Flight” was chosen by Filaria author Brent Hayward and Bram Stoker Award-Winning editor Brett Alexander Savory. It has since gone on to also win at Jotspeak, beating out over 200 entries. This short was based on the novel Filaria by Brent Hayward, published by ChiZine in 2009…

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