It’s no understatement to say that everything we do is driven by and only possible through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. We started with the goal of creating additional opportunities for new and emerging writers, and we’ve adopted that philosophy with our recruitment. Publishing is notoriously difficult to get involved in, with many unable to because of location, education, finances, and a plethora of other reasons, and we wanted to do what little we could to help combat that. Our volunteers are all hugely interested in writing and publishing, and by working with us, have the opportunity to gain valuable experience to help them in the future.
Who We Are
The Management Team
Greg (he/him) is Managing Director and a Co-Founder of Bandit Fiction. He has BA and MA degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Sunderland and Newcastle University respectively, and is currently working towards a PhD in Creative Writing. He writes, mostly magical realism, and has been published by Fairlight Books. He offers writing development and editing services through his website – www.gregforrester.co.uk – as well as a few free quizzes, because who doesn’t like quizzes?
Lucy is the Submission Manager for Bandit Fiction. She is a writer and editor from the North East of England. She is currently studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Sunderland and is set to graduate with honours in June 2020. You can follow her on Twitter @LSGoodfellow for book reviews and information on her up and coming projects.
Letitia Payne (she/her) is Deputy Submissions Manager at bandit Fiction. She is a short fiction writer with a degree in Acting from Falmouth University. Her background in theatre has sparked a keen interest in gender identity within Greek Classical literature that she likes to weave into her contemporary fiction. Longlisted for the WOW! Women On Writing Flash Contest and published by Bandit Fiction, Letitia is currently working on building her portfolio and obtaining further study in Creative Writing and Classics. Also very big on cats.
AJ (she/her) is Blog Manager at Bandit Fiction, and an American writer based in central Connecticut. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Brandeis University, AJ’s work has appeared in U of M Parachute, Aloud, and Pilcrow & Dagger, among others. Her most recent publication is her short story “The Last Book” in the dark fantasy anthology Wickedly Abled. As a writer with a disability, AJ is a fierce supporter of inclusive storytelling and publishing. Her interests include exploring the dark and fantastical through the lens of institutional ableism. You can find her on Twitter @alyssajaymartin. Website forthcoming.
Alisdair is Editor-in-Chief at Bandit Fiction, and holds a BA (Hons) in English & Philosophy and an MLitt in Creative Writing. His literary interests tend towards minimalism, hysterical realism, transgression, and anything postmodern. His own poetry and prose can be found in a variety of magazines, journals and anthologies. He also takes a keen interest in animal rights and regularly frequents Twitter @Youthanised
Tom Conaghan is Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Prose at Bandit Fiction. (Twitter: @tomconagh) has short stories published in Neon Literary journal, MIR Online and the STORGY fiction prize anthology 2019. He is working on a novel about an 18th century imposter and gives editorial feedback on others’ projects at http://www.tomconaghan.com.
Daniel (he/him) is Podcast Manager at Bandit Fiction. He is a Biomedical Science Graduate, ex-Creative Writing Society president, and amateur historical re-enactor. He applied for Bandit Fiction for his love of reading work from other aspiring authors, and decided he may as well do something productive with that love. He is currently in the process of writing his first novel, and producing a system for table-top roleplaying games.
Monica Di Carlo
Monica (she/her) is Feedback and Editorial Manager at Bandit Fiction. She holds a BA in Publishing & English, and an MA in Creative Writing, and was part of the Shakespeare Performance Society while at university. Monica’s favourite genres are fantasy and fractured fairy tales, and she’s working on getting a blog up and running to share her own poetry and short stories.
On the most part, our team members work across a variety of projects, lending their skills and experience to reading submissions, providing feedback and editorial work, writing articles, interviews, and book reviews, providing reading for podcasts, maintaining our social media channels, and many, many more. There are few who really fall into just one box. However, below you’ll find our amazing team sorted into their primary roles within the team.
Primarily Readers and Feedback Providers
Anthony D. Redden
Anthony D Redden (he/him) is a horror & science-fiction author and movie reviewer. He is based in the heart of England and most usually found behind a computer screen with a cup of coffee. He has also been known to narrate audiobooks and write movies. He has an MA in creative writing. www.anthonydredden.com
Chiara (she/her) was born in Italy in 1994, then fell in love with the UK and moved to London. She’s a reader, writer, translator and traveller. While working in finance, Chiara dreams of a career in journalism and publishing – work in progress.
Tamsyn Christie (she/her) grew up in Manchester and is currently a student at the University of Glasgow, currently working towards her MA in Classical Civilisations. She enjoys creating short stories and writing within limitations. She is especially fond of science fiction and realism and often brings these genres into her work.
James Boyce is a part-time specialist. Part-time editor, part-time writer/poet, part-time student, but a full-time literature nut. He is currently completing his degree in English Literature and Creative Writing with the Open University.
Emily (she/her) is a fourth year BA English Literature student at the University of Warwick. Her academic interests include media theory, social theory, and national identities. Outside of her studies, Emily enjoys paying flag football, running, writing short stories, and baking.
Sherry “Elisa” Toh (she/her) is a reader, storyteller, and blogger from Singapore. Living with a disability, she has often found escape and empowerment in fairytales, myth, theater, antiheroes, and romance. You can find her on social media @musiquevers, and read essays on whatever media she’s in love with at www.medium.com/@musiquevers
Olaitan Humble is a writer and editor at The Lumiere Review. A Pushcart Prize nominee, his work appears/forthcoming in Chiron Review, HOBART, Superstition Review, Ethel Zine, and Luna Luna Magazine, among others. He is currently an undergraduate at the University of Lagos. Instagram/Twitter: @olaitanhumble.
Lauren Thornton-Grimes (She/Her) is a Fiction writer whose work focuses on reimagining the past and exploring the backstreets of forgotten worlds. Her favourite genres are Gothic and Historical Fiction, which is reflected in her own writing and reading habits. However, as a recent Creative Writing graduate, she has experience writing and reviewing a variety of styles and genres. In her free time, Lauren works alongside publishers to provide feedback on upcoming Fiction releases, and often shares her thoughts on her Instagram page (@BookVanity).
Michael Bird (he/him) is a Romania-based writer and journalist, with stories published by Bristol Short Story Prize, Storgy, The University of Huddersfield Press and Bandit Fiction, among others. As a journalist, he has investigated the last convicted vampire hunter in Romania, Donald Trump’s dealings with Kazakh oligarchs, home-made killer drugs in Georgia, and, currently, how Covid-19 spreads among migrant workers in meat-packing factories across Europe. https://michaelbirdjournalist.wordpress.com
Mike Hickman (@MikeHicWriter) is a writer from York, England. He has written for Off the Rock Productions (stage and audio), including a 2018 play about Groucho Marx. He has recently been published in EllipsisZine, the Blake-Jones Review, Bitchin’ Kitsch, the Cabinet of Heed, the Potato Soup Journal, and the Trouvaille Review.
Betty Doyle (she/her) is a poet and student from Merseyside. She has both a BA and an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is currently studying for a Ph.D in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. The topic of her research is infertility in contemporary women’s poetry. Her poems have been published by Cake, Lunate, Another North, Give Poetry a Chance, and are due to appear in Agenda. She was longlisted for the Mslexia and Poetry Book Society Women Poet’s Prize in 2018, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. She was poetry editor for Flash Journal Lancaster from 2014 to 2016. Her debut poetry pamphlet, ‘Girl Parts’, is to be published by Verve in March 2022
Ross is a writer and researcher based in Lanarkshire, Scotland. He has had poetry published in a range of British, Irish and European publications and he is currently crafting a novel, a historical ghost story set during the First World War. Ross helps to edit Bandit Fiction and works in the Scottish Parliament as a researcher. In 2016 he achieved a Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing from Newcastle University where he passed with Merit. You can find his portfolio on his website here – rossgowlandwriter.com
Jennifer Elmslie (she/her) is from the Silver City Aberdeen. She loves reading and writing and hopes to one day to become a writer. She enjoys going to the library and loves rummaging through charity shops for new books to read and looking after her cat, Jess
Danny Adams (he/him) is a writer & poet based in Hampshire. He likes to explore all kinds of things in his writing but generally leans towards the dark, the weird, the surreal. You can find examples of his work on his website, social media & a number of other places in which he has been published, such as Splendid Fred Magazine and the poetry podcast, Lung Party.”
Armed with a sack full of words and a pair of stout boots, this intrepid writer has few qualifications in Creative Writing. Having haunted the halls of learning, Rani (she/her) gained a BA and an MA and is currently engaged in further research. Accompanied by a horse (he/him), she wanders the woodland ways in search of inspiration. Reaching into her scrip, she pulls out a piece of well chewed vellum, spills ink and blood, marks the nature of her misadventures in bitter gall. Fairy tale, fable, fantasy, myth and crime all entangle, entwine her. Will she write her way out of this tangle?
Maria (she/her) is in her second year of studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, where she has an excuse to write every day! Having found some success in writing competitions, she dreams of becoming a full-time writer – and travelling the world. Away from her desk, she loves singing, exploring new places and spending time with her friends and family.
Brittney Uecker (she/her) is a librarian and writer living in central Montana with a Master’s of Arts in Anthropology. She writes all lengths of fiction and dabbles in prose and poetry. She is currently working on a novel about punk rock, class, and sexuality in present-day rural Idaho – it includes lots of broken teeth. Her work has been published by Waste Division and Stone of Madness Press. She is growing into her true Scorpio nature and embracing extremes and perilous authenticity. She is @bonesandbeer on Twitter and Instagram.
Rebecca Youé (she/her) is a professional book editor and aspiring author from Worcestershire. She has a degree in English and American Literature from Keele University and has worked in the publishing industry since graduating in 2012. She is currently on the reading panel for the Highland Book Prize and is working on her first novel in her spare time.
Gillian (she/her) is fourth year English and History student at Trinity College, Dublin, and has taken every Creative Writing module she was able to. She would copy-edit for fun if that weren’t horribly sad, so instead she copy-edits for TN2. She has written for TN2 herself, and for Trinity News and Trinity Film Review, and is hoping to add to that list. Her favourite genre is horror.
Rosalyn is based in York, and has a BA and MPhil in Linguistics. She writes short fiction, and enjoys reading work that makes her think.
Vic Nogay is a proud Ohioan with a BA in Creative Writing from Denison University. A writer and reader of poetry and fiction, she is especially into hybrid and micro. She is also an animal cruelty investigator and a mother. Find her on twitter @vicnogay.
Devon hails from Philadelphia and moved to the UK in 2013. She studied French and Russian at the University of St Andrews before receiving an MA in Translation Studies at Durham University in 2020. She currently resides in London, working as a bookseller and freelance translator and writer. Her favourite genres include history, fiction, travel writing, literary criticism and all things translated. Her dream job is to work in translation publishing and hopes to have some of her translations published in the future. You will most likely find her in a cozy coffee shop (or pub), nose-deep in a book. Twitter @devdlee
Deeksha Verender (she/her) is an Indian writer based in the U.K. She likes writing about post-colonialism, women’s experiences and intercultural shifts. You can find more of her work here: www.deekshaverender.com
Jack Goldingham Newsom
Born in New Zealand but currently living in Paris, France, Jack (he/him) can be found philosophising in the cafes of Europe. Currently working on a novel tying in themes of anxiety and poverty, as well as various politico-philosophical pieces, Jack is a keen writer and critic – as well as loving to cook! He has a degree in philosophy from KU Leuven in Belgium.
Callum Cooney (he/him) is a procrastinating poet and sporadic short fiction writer from Yorkshire. He graduated from York St. John University with a first-class degree in Creative Writing and English Literature and is currently working towards a PGCE. Some of his inspirators include John Cooper Clarke, Franz Kafka, and Kate Tempest, whose perspectives on societal strife and quotidian absurdity inform his unique outlook on contemporary culture.
Jessie Goetzinger (she/her) is currently reading for a MSt in English (1900-Present) at the University of Oxford, where she recently finished her BA. She was previously editor of The Oxford Review of Books and now works remotely on social media for Irish arts and literature magazine The Moth (and their sister magazine for kids, The Caterpillar). She is always on the lookout for writing that features crows.
Sophie Raine (she/her) is a Sunderland University graduate and is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature at Lancaster University studying Victorian penny fiction and the Gothic. She enjoys a writing prose and poetry and recently, has started recording spoken word poetry.
Amber (she/her) is currently a third year English student at the University of Suffolk. As an avid bookworm, she enjoys all works of literature but is particularly interested in the gothic genre, speculative fiction and philosophy. Outside of her studies, you will usually find Amber in the library, travelling, or taking sunset pictures. After University, she seeks to continue her studies in Literature, exploring how socio-political factors influence the literary canon.
Ebube is a creative writer from Nigeria. She is especially fond of African story telling and often brings that into her work. She intends to get her MFA in creative writing soon, until then she experiments as a product designer. Some of her favourite writers are Ada Límon, Sonia Sanchez, Lesley Nneka Arimah and the untouchable, James Baldwin. You can find her on Twitter:@justebube
Shringarika Pandey (she/her) is an undergraduate student of English Literature, a poet and an occasional connoisseur of Spotify playlists. On good days she can be found reading Ada Limón’s poetry to her favourite houseplants
Danny G. Champken
Danny (he/him) is a reader, writer, marketer of beer and estranged northerner. He lives in Bristol with his husband and dog, conducting an intense love affair with Cornwall. Danny studied Film and Media Communications before pursuing a marketing career in brewing and hospitality. He’s quenching his thirst for creative writing with a novel in the works and through short stories, studying with Curtis Brown Creative. Instagram: @dgchampken
Clara Little is a PhD graduate in Biomedical Science working in the education sector. She has a keen interest in reading and writing poetry. Some of her favourite poets include William Butler Yeats, Pablo Neruda, Dylan Thomas and Judith Wright. She is an aspiring writer and lives in Tasmania, Australia.
Michael A. Arnold
Michael A. Arnold is a graduate of the University of Sunderland and Northumbria University. He is based in North East England, and has previously published essays and short fiction. His influences include George Orwell and Robert Frost.
Prachi (she/her) has a day job as a Business Analyst in IT, but dabbles at being a writer and a blogger by night. She loves reading all kinds of books but her favourite genre is Fantasy. She keeps finding herself in her parallel universes though. She is a mother to a wonderful little girl and loves to spend her free time reading, writing, dancing and travelling when she can. She currently lives and works in Pune, India. She has a BE in Telecommunications from India and an MBA from Macquarie University, Sydney and aspires to be a writer.
Outside of her day job as a manager for a local charity, Esther (she/her) spends her spare time putting the world to rights and getting excited about books over on her blog at ‘clydescorner.org’. When she’s not reading or blogging, she can usually be found exploring the Northumberland coast, at a rock concert or eating pizza.
Gab Harvey was born in 1989 in Turin (Italy) and he lives in London with his wife. He loves writing horror fiction and reading a bit of everything
Zoë Wells (she/her) is a Swiss-British writer and poet based in the UK. She is currently studying towards an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester, having previously received her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Warwick. She is working on a debut historical fiction novel, alongside a poetry pamphlet, and has had her short fiction and nonfiction published in a number of magazines. Find her on twitter at @zwells_writes or visit her website.
Rachel is an author and Creative Writing tutor from Birmingham, UK. She currently lives in New Zealand, where she spends her days writing, tracking Lord of the Rings film locations, and being inspired by the incredible scenery. Rachel has a PhD, MA and BA Hons in Creative Writing, and has spent many years lecturing and tutoring on the subject. She can be found on Instagram at @teachmecreativewriting.