Elizabeth Baines is a playwright and the author of two short story collections, Used To Be and Balancing On The Edge Of The World, and the novels Too Many Magpies and The Birth Machine, all published by Salt.

Elizabeth Baines

Sarah Butler explores the relationship between writing and place through prose, poetry and participatory projects. Recent writing residencies include writer-in-residence on the Central Line, at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Tideline – a public art project linked to a major regeneration project in Belvedere, East London. She has two novels published by Picador: Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love and Before The Fire.

Sarah Butler

Sarah-Clare Conlon’s prize-winning work is published by Salt, Comma, Stand and Flash, who called her “one of the most interesting and inspiring authors writing flashes today”. A former journalist on Elle magazine, she edited The Manchester Anthology and is a critic and feature writer for The Manchester Review, The Skinny and Creative Tourist. She runs popular live literature night Verbose, events as part of the writing collective Flashtag and is lead artist of Re/Place.

Sarah-Clare Conlon

Claire Dean’s short stories have been widely published and are included in The Best British Short Stories (Salt, 2011 and 2014), Beta-Life (Comma Press), Murmurations: An Anthology of Uncanny Stories About Birds (Two Ravens Press), New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories (Unlocking Press). Marionettes and Into the Penny Arcade are published as chapbooks by Nightjar Press. An illustrated collection of her fairy tales will be published by Unsettling Wonder in 2015.


Kate Feld writes short fiction and creative nonfiction. She is co-editor of nonfiction reading series and online journal The Real Story (therealstory.org) and runs writing development organisation Openstories. Her writing has appeared in Almost Truthful: The Flax Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, Rainy City Stories, 330 Words and Contributoria. She was the winner of the Flashtag Short Short Story Slam in 2014. She lives in Ramsbottom.

kate feld hat

David Gaffney is the author of Sawn-off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), The Half-life of Songs (2010) and More Sawn-Off Tales (2013). He has also written Sawn-off Opera (BBC Radio 3), Destroy PowerPoint for Edinburgh Festival 2009 and Station Stories, in which six writers linked to the audience with wireless headphones performed short stories in Manchester Piccadilly railway station (Manchester Literature Festival 2011). He has written for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine, and is a judge for The Bridport Prize 2015.

David Gaffney

Nicholas Royle is the author of more than 100 short stories, two novellas and seven novels, most recently First Novel (Vintage). His short story collection, Mortality (Serpent’s Tail), was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. He has edited 17 short story anthologies, including The Time Out Book of New York Short Stories (Penguin) and’68: New Stories by Children of the Revolution (Salt). A senior lecturer in creative writing at MMU’s Manchester Writing School and head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize, he also runs Nightjar Press.

Nicholas Royle

Adrian Slatcher was born in Walsall in 1967 and has lived and worked in Manchester for over 20 years. His poetry and short stories are widely published inlcuding the collection Playing Solitaire For Money (Salt Modern Voices, 2010). He is currently working on a novel and makes music as Bonbon Experiment.

Adrian Slatcher by Jonathan Bean


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