Mabel Encinas-Sánchez is a Mexican poet and writer member of the groups ‘Las Juanas’, formerly known as ‘Women Writers on Memory’, and SLAP (Spanish and Latin American Poets and Writers). She has worked with children, parents and teachers most of her life. She teaches at a university in the UK and her current research involves a board game that she created. She loves swimming in the sea.
Adam Feinstein is an acclaimed British author, poet, translator, Hispanist, journalist and autism researcher. His biography of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life, was first published by Bloomsbury in 2004 and reissued in an updated edition in 2013 (Harold Pinter called it ‘a masterpiece’).
Chris was born in Bristol, UK, in the 1970s, which is too long ago for his liking.
He grew up in Portishead, a town in the South West of England, and has lived in the Bristol area for most of his life.
Vicki worked as a Chartered Librarian for the Royal National Institute of Blind People and then for the past 19 years in public libraries in Bournemouth and Poole. There she enjoyed arranging and attending writing courses and author events, whilst writing away in her spare time. She is married to a blind physiotherapist.
Steven P Jenkins was born in an inner city, grew up on a deprived housing estate but paradoxically attended an Independent School, where he was encouraged to write. The headmaster of Hydesville Tower School, Col. William Flood, a unique and eccentric retired soldier, mercenary and academic, encouraged Steven to join the British Army but to also use his brains.
Rhiannon Lewis was born and raised on a small dairy farm near Cardigan on the West Wales coast. She studied Welsh, English and Drama at Aberystwyth University and spent five years as a teacher and lecturer. After gaining a Master’s degree in education, she went on to work in public relations, marketing and communications.
Originally from Sterling Heights, Michigan, Danielle Maisano is a poet and novelist who currently resides in North London. She has a BA in journalism and has worked as a journalist in both print and broadcast. In 2011 she joined the United States Peace Corps where she served from 2011-2013 in Togo, West Africa. The Ardent Witness is her debut novel.
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Nasrin Parvaz became a civil rights activist when the Islamic regime took power in Iran. She was arrested, tortured and sentenced to death in 1982. Her sentence was commuted to ten years imprisonment and she was actually released after eight years, in 1990.
Bethany Rivers’ debut pamphlet, Off the wall, was published by Indigo Dreams Publishing. Her second poetry collection the sea refuses no river is published by Fly on the Wall Press. Her biggest passions in life are writing and enabling others to write.
Valentine Williams, M.
M. Valentine Williams is a novelist and poet living in Shropshire. Always a secret writer, Mary first trained as an English teacher in London, where she met her husband, and they relocated to Lancashire with their four sons, though they now live in Shropshire, where she indulges her weakness for pork scratchings and car boot sales. Trained in psychotherapy, she has worked in Mental Health and allied fields most of her life.
Paloma is a bilingual writer, with her first novel Redención being written in Spanish.
Born and bred in Mexico City, Paloma started her career in the theatre as an actress aged fourteen and then moved on to theatre lighting and Stage Management.