Guest Authors

Alison Moore’s stories have been included in Best British Short Stories, Best British Horror and Best New Horror, broadcast on BBC Radio and collected in The Pre-War House and Other Stories. Her first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards, winning the McKitterick Prize. Her fifth novel, The Retreat, is out in November.

Megan Taylor is the author of four dark novels, most recently ‘We Wait’ (Eyrie Press, 2019) and a short story collection, ‘The Woman Under the Ground’ (Weathervane Press, 2014). Further short stories have been placed in several competitions and appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies.

John Harvey first moved up to Nottingham from London in the mid-60s and has yo-yoed between the two cities ever since. In the late 70s he gained an MA in American Studies at the University of Nottingham and began working towards a PhD, only to write the first of twelve Charlie Resnick novels, “Lonely Hearts”, instead. The University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2009.
Best known as a writer of crime fiction – principally for his Nottingham-based Charlie Resnick series – John Harvey is also a poet, dramatist and small press publisher. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Nottingham in 2009 and in 2020 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, for his “significant achievements and contributions to literature”.

Lynda Clark was born in Nottingham and lived there until 2019. She undertook her BA, MA and PhD studies at Nottingham Trent University, although there was a gap between the latter two where she worked in the videogame industry as a writer and producer. Her debut short story collection, Dreaming in Quantum was published in May 2021 by Fairlight Books.

Jo Dixon is a poet and lecturer in creative writing at De Montfort University Leicester. Her collection, Purl, was published in 2020 by Shoestring Press. Her poems appear in a range of journals and anthologies, including New Walk, Furies (For Books’ Sake, 2014), In Transit (The Emma Press, 2018), and Places of Poetry: Mapping the Nation in Verse (Oneworld, 2020). 

Rory Waterman’s full-length collections, all published by Carcanet, are: Tonight the Summer’s Over (2013; PBS Recommendation, shortlisted for a Seamus Heaney Award); Sarajevo Roses (2017; shortlisted for Ledbury Forte Prize for Second Collections); and Sweet Nothings (2020).  He is on the English faculty at NTU.

David Belbin is the author of fifty novels, including The Beat series, the Bone and Cane sequence, Student and The Pretender. ‘Bravo Books’ first appeared in a 70th birthday festschrift for the late poet and novelist, Barry Cole. David’s Collected Short Stories, Provenance, was published in 2016. He was the founding chair of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and his fiction has been translated into more than 25 languages. He has worked part time at NTU since 2002. 

Andrew Taylor is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English at NTU, where he is course leader for the BA in Creative Writing. His latest publication is Silo (Red Ceilings Press, 2021.) His 3rd collection of poetry is forthcoming.

Ellie Betts is a writer and Creative Writing MA student from Nottingham with a passion for all things writing. She can normally be found either working on her latest project, studying writing, or co-hosting her podcast, and typically with a coffee in her hand. Debut novel coming 2022.

Teya Dancer was born in Nessebar, Bulgaria. She writes stories and novels that are character-driven, where exploration of character/self in fiction is of main concern. She was a contributor and an editor for the 2019/20 NTU Creative Writing anthology, Connections. Teya recently completed her first historical fiction novel, The Red Weeds, for which she researched the Communist Party’s coup in 1943 Bulgaria and its continuous effect on the nation thereafter. Teya is the owner and Editor-in-Chief for Writeresque Literary Magazine,

Lesley Anne Walker is a mature Creative Writing MA student currently living in Newark. Several of her books are available on Kindle, including her first published work The Lashley Trilogy, novels based on life in Co. Durham at the turn of the century.

Mathew Gallagher is a speculative fiction writer. He also has a keen interest in etymology, mythology, and folklore. He featured in and co-coordinated the 19/20 NTU MACW anthology Connections and was featured alongside NTU staff and students at Nottstopping Festival 2020. He can usually be found exploring museum collections and researching the weird and wonderful.

Sophia Morgan is a life writer and poet intent on exploring the human psyche and its connection to the external world. She strives to shed light on taboo subjects and demystify potentially uncomfortable material. Sophia is currently collaborating on a dance theatre project based on her writings and working towards publishing her memoir.

Before creating mysteries about dragons who invade family washrooms, Erika Davies exercised her love of writing by authoring corporate training courses. Now enjoying more whimsical outlets, she splits her time between her Creative Writing MA, her obsession with succulents, and her army of pets.

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