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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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
Jon is a writer based in Liverpool. A BA and MRes English Literature graduate, he is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University. Interested in general and literary fiction that dismantles stereotypes, his writing explores the dislocation between working-class culture and its literary imagination and pertains to certain concurrent themes: the variety in working-class identities, the psychological consequences of social mobility, and cultural geography: young people, urban spaces and the concept of ‘place’. Due to be published in Issue Five of Bandit Fiction, Jon is working towards publishing a short story collection entitled Common in late 2019. You can find him on Twitter @Jon_Kinsella
Ross Gowland (he/him) was born and raised in Sunderland, England. He is now based near to Glasgow in Scotland and works as a freelance writer, a poet and a short story writer with interests that include history, heritage and culture. He has been published in a range of British, Irish and European publications, including the Honest Ulsterman, Abridged, Poetry Salzburg and Strix Leeds. In 2016 he achieved a Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing from Newcastle University where he passed with Merit. Ross is interested in family history research and is currently crafting a novel, a historical ghost story set during the Great War. He is also working on a series of interconnecting short stories concerning British social history. The influences for this project include Sebastian Faulks and Haruki Murakami.
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
Madeleine Milligan is a freelance musician, budding writer and avid sock knitter from Rayleigh, Essex. Having recently graduated from the University of Winchester with a First in Creative Writing, she is currently pursuing all avenues of professional writing and editing, including a full time role as a bid writer/editor for the health and care sector. Her passion lies in the editing of fictional prose and is available for all proofing and editing needs.
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.
Orla is a budding writer and final year English Literature student at the University of Edinburgh. In her work and in her life, Orla is fascinated by the ideas of identity, race and gender. Her (current) favourite genre is contemporary feminist fiction, but her love for literature extends from Jean Rhys to Chinua Achebe.
Rachael works as an Editorial Assistant at Bloomsbury Plc and is about to begin a Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck. Before this, she studied French, Italian and Spanish at the University of St Andrews, but her current linguistic efforts result in a bit of a pick n’ mix of all three. She writes creative non-fiction, horror and thriller and hopes to have her work published some day. Her dream dinner guests would be Agatha Christie, Stephen King and Bertrand Russell. Twitter: @raccydubz
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.
Jaz Hurford is a lowly twenty-something flitting between jobs. She writes flash fiction and poetry to get away from things. Her words are scattered over the internet, and she has been long listed for Reflex Fiction’s flash competition twice. She still secretly reads YA.
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.
Shaun Carter is a fiction writer with a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. His work has been published in Liphar, Gwyllion, Magma, and more. He has sub-edited for the university’s student newspaper, and slush-read for a number of magazines. In the menial hours he is a technical author for a software company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher W. Clark
Christopher W. Clark (@chriswillclark) reads, writes, and teaches things. Their poems have featured in various publications including Emerge Literary Journal, The Cadaverine, and Ink, Sweat, & Tears. They have collaborated with The Royal Philharmonic Society and photographer Mick Frank among others. They are currently working on a chapbook and full-length novel dealing with the intersections of class and queerness.
Jake (he/him) is a cancer biology PhD candidate from Cork, Ireland. He has fiction published in perhappened mag and The Daily Drunk Mag. Big on weird short stories, american football, and annoying his baby black cat Archie.
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.
Dokubo-Asari Habiba (she/her) is an undergraduate pharmacy student at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is passionate about discovering good storytelling in her work and the works of others. She is fascinated by stories that say things in new and unique ways.
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.
JP (he/him) lives and works in London. He has a PhD in English Literature, writes and sometimes publishes short stories, and was shortlisted for the 2020 Bath Novella-in-Flash Award. He loves Elvis and is writing a novel about paranoia and COVID-19
Hannah Green is from the middle of the Shropshire countryside and now lives in Bristol. She has a BA in English from Bristol University, and writes poetry, short stories and creative nonfiction. She is also the Deputy Editor of ARCCA Magazine. She loves longform journalism and Joni Mitchell.
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.
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.
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
Ben Morley (he/him) is a British writer that travels from country to country as an English teacher. He likes to write people-centric stories that spook the reader. Website coming soon.
Abdulafeez O. Olaitan (Olaitan Humble) (he/him) is a Nigerian poet and pacifist who likes to collect quotations and astrophotos. He is an undergraduate of Applied Physics at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He won the People’s Choice Award at EW Poetry Prize Awards 2020. He is Poetry Editor for The Lumiere Review and Invincible Quill Magazine. His literary work which has been praised for its minimalism and sensory elements appears in numerous local and international journals, magazines and anthologies of lifestyle, arts and literature. Twitter: @olaitanhumble.
Jay (she/her/they) holds a BA in History of Art and teaches English as a foreign language. She is interested in a range of literature including queer, Victorian, Surrealist, and children’s. She is especially interested in writing that reflects queer and nonbinary life in an imaginative way. Her poetry and prose as Beth Jellicoe can be found in various magazines and anthologies. She has Twitter, @zoziinthemetro
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.
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.
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
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.