Hugo Barnacle - Hugo has reviewed fiction and non-fiction for The Sunday Times, The Independent andThe New Statesman. He is the author of two well received novels, Promise and Day One. He is also a gifted artist and is currently working on a graphic novel entitled Honesty Pays.
Stephen Buck has recently completed a compelling and poignant memoir, Films I Saw With My Father .
He has had thirteen radio plays produced by RTE and NPR in the US. His short stories (Francis MacManus Award series) and numerous features have been produced by RTE Radio 1 and Lyric FM. His stage play The Dignity Programme was produced by Red Kettle Theatre Company. A musical comedy for stage Happy
Families is currently being cast and will tour later this year. In 1999 he moved to Thomastown in Kilkenny where he co-founded, with his wife, the novelist Marian O'Neill, the publishing company Pillar Press. He is currently working on a novel about the lonely life of an elderly academic librarian.
Philip Casey - Philip is a distinguished poet and novelist and is the author of several collections of poetry and the Bann River trilogy. He is now writing a history of Irish slavery. His main website is www.philipcasey.com
Karen Clarke - Karen grew up in North Yorkshire but now lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, three children and dog. When she's not writing, she works part-time in a library. Her first novel My Future Husband was published in July by Random House/Goldmann and in December by The Paris Press as an ebook. She has recently completed the charming and funny Put a Spell on You which will be published by Goldmann Verlag in March 2014
Karen Coles - Karen is an exhibiting artist and an appreciation of the visual informs her first novel for young adults, the darkly compelling Mesmeris. She lives in the Welsh valleys with her husband and the youngest of her four children.
Anne Corlett - Anne is a criminal lawyer by profession. Her first novel Telemachus is a stunning mix of literary and speculative fiction, as the son of Odysseus leaves Ithaca and steps into the contemporary world.
Carole Crickmore - Carole was born in Durham City but has lived in many different parts of the country before finally settling in Norfolk. Aged eleven, she began writing stories for the school magazine and has continued whenever work, marriage and raising three children have allowed. The character Sarah in her first novel Follow Me started life as an exercise during a creative writing degree with the Open University. Carole's favourite activity, other than writing, is walking with her husband and two cocker spaniels.
R P Marshall - Following 10 years working in hospital medicine and research, Dr Richard Marshall currently leads a group of medicinal chemists, biologists and clinicians trying to find new drugs to treat a range of diseases. His background in research informs his gripping first novel Antisense in which neuroscientist Daniel Hayden struggles to reconcile his scientific theories with his emotions after the death of his father reveals a dark secret.
Ulick O'Connor is one of Ireland's most distinguished men of letters. is plays include The Dream Box (1972); The Dark Lovers (1975); The Emperor’s Envoy (1976); The Grand Inquisitor; Submarine; and Deirdre (Dublin 1977, New York 1980); Execution (1985); The Oval Machine (1986); A Trinity of Two (1988); Joycity (1989); Deux de la Trinite (translated by Ramond Gerome, 1990).
His poetry collections include Lifestyles (1973); Three Noh Plays (1980); All Things Counter (1986); One is Animate (1990); Poems of the Damned (translations from Baudelaire’s Fleur du Mal, 1991).
His non-fiction includes Oliver St John Gogarty: Biography (1964); Irish Tales and Sagas (1981); Celtic Dawn: Biography (1984); A Critic at Large (1984); Biographers and the Art of Biography (1990); Executions (1992); The Troubles: Michael Collins and the Volunteers in the Fight for Irish Freedom 1912-22. He received the Annual Literary Award 1985 from The Irish-American Institute, and is a member of Aosdána.
Sophie Parkin - Sophie is the author of several novels for adults and teenagers. Her latest book, already critically acclaimed, is the history of Soho's infamous Colony Room Club, founded by Muriel Belcher and the watering-hole of everyone who was anyone in the artistic and bohemian world of London and beyond. 'A love letter to a lost world of British bohemianism' The Sunday Times
Katie Price - Katie has worked as a gardener at Kew and is now at SOAS. She has recently completed her first novel, the entertaining and thought-provoking The Greening of Louise Long
Lakshmi Raj Sharma - Lakshmi is Professor of English at the University of Allahabad. Penguin India published his h his first novel - The Tailor's Needle - in December 2012 and he has recently completed a second, Emancipation
Sally Townsend - Sally lives in France and runs a popular chambre d'hote in Carcassonne. She is working on her first novel, provisionally entitled Aristoprat. She blogs at http://sallyschateau.blogspot.com/
Grace Wynne-Jones - Grace has written four well-received comic and romantic contemporary novels and is now writing Turquoise Chair and Orange Tree. Her website is www.gracewynnejones.com