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 Literature Editor for Creative Tourist. She is the inaugural Writer-in-Residence of Manchester’s Victoria Baths and 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, essays, poetry and work that sits between forms. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including The Letters Page, The Stinging Fly, The Lonely Crowd and Hotel. She hosts writing events, leads workshops on creative writing and is the founding director of nonfiction reading series and online journal The Real Story.

Journalist Kate Feld

David Gaffney is the author of short story collections Sawn-Off Tales, Aromabingo, The Half-life Of Songs and More Sawn-Off Tales, novels Never Never and All The Places I’ve Ever Lived, and the graphic novel The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head. He has also written Sawn-off Opera (BBC Radio 3), Destroy PowerPoint for Edinburgh Festival and Station Stories (Manchester Literature Festival), in which six writers linked to the audience with wireless headphones performed short stories in Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

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Phil Olsen is a short story writer from Liverpool with a Creative Writing MA from the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, where he was co-editor of The Manchester Anthology 2017. Winner of three flash fiction competitions and the Northern Short Story Festival slam in 2017, Phil was appointed as the new Fiction Editor at Sabotage Reviews in March 2019.

Phil Olsen

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 numerous short story anthologies, teaches creative writing at Manchester Writing School and is head judge of the Manchester Fiction Prize, and 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, including the collection Playing Solitaire For Money, published by Salt Modern Voices. He is currently working on a novel and makes music as Bonbon Experiment.

Adrian Slatcher by Jonathan Bean

Joe Stretch is the author of three novels – Friction, Wildlife and The Adult, which received the Somerset Maugham Award and was nominated for the Portico Prize. In the noughties he sang with the band Performance. He lectures at Manchester Writing School.

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Lara Williams has published short fiction in Litro, McSweeney’s and Metazen. Her debut short story collection Treats was published by Freight Books in 2016 and in the US by Flatiron in 2017 under the title A Selfie As Big As The Ritz, and was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. Her novel Supper Club is out in July 2019 with Hamish Hamilton (UK) and Putnam & Sons (US).

Lara Williams. By Justine Stoddart cropped


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