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Vol.8 No.1 Mar 2014

Donald Atkinson has published five collections of poetry, most recently In Waterlight: Poems New and Selected (Arc, 2004).

Louis de Bernières is celebrated worldwide for his novels, most famously Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and recently published his debut collection of poems, Imagining Alexandria (reviewed in WR December 2013).

Paula Bohince’s poems have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, the TLS, the Irish Times, Granta, Poetry London, and elsewhere. She has published two collections with Sarabande Books, The Children (2012) and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods (2008).

Charles Boyle is the author of several poetry collections and the short novel 24 for 3. He is founder-editor of the small press CB editions.

Alison Brackenbury’s latest poetry collection is Then (Carcanet, 2013).

Christopher Burns’ most recent novel, A Division of the Light (Quercus, 2012), was reviewed in WR March 2012.

Paul Connolly lives in London and works on public policy. In 2012, he was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in the blog category.

Stephanie Conybeare has had poems in periodicals in the UK and US, and has published The White Macaw and Mermaid (both Luniver, 2006).

Andrew Crumey’s most recent novel, The Secret Knowledge (Dedalus), was reviewed in the September 2013 WR.

Carrie Etter’s third collection, Imagined Sons, has just been published by Seren. She is senior lecturer in creative writing at Bath Spa University.

Bert Flitcroft’s collection Singing Puccini at the kitchen sink was published by Fineleaf in 2011. A retired teacher, he lives in Staffordshire.

Paul Freeman has worked as a journalist, press officer and teacher. He is working on a first collection of poems.

John Greening received a Cholmondeley Award in 2008. His most recent collections, To the War Poets and Knot, are reviewed on p. 113. His edition of Edmund Blunden’s Undertones of War appears from OUP in November.

Michael Henry has published four collections of poetry with Enitharmon Press, the most recent being After the Dancing Dogs (2008). He won the Hippocrates Prize in 2011.

Sarah Hymas’s debut collection Host was published by Waterloo Press in 2010. In 2013 she published a pamphlet, Lune.

Christopher James’s most recent collections of poetry are Farewell to the Earth (Arc, 2011) and England Underwater (Templar, 2012). He has won the Bridport Prize (2002), the National Poetry Competition (2008) and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

Daisy Johnson is currently reading towards the Creative Writing MA at Oxford. She is working on a collection of short stories exploring the uncanny.

John Kinsella’s collection Jam Tree Gully won the Australian Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry in 2013. His short story ‘The Eagle’ (WR June 2013) was chosen for Best Australian Stories 2013.

Carl MacDougall has written three prize-winning novels, three pamphlets and three collections of short stories, two works of non-fiction and edited four anthologies, including the best selling The Devil and the Giro. He has written and presented two major television series, and teaches part time at the University of Highlands and Islands.

Alan Mahar was publishing director of Tindal Street Press from 1997 to 2012; he also founded the Tindal Street Fiction Group in 1983. He is the author of the novels Flight Patterns (Gollancz, 1999) and After the Man Before (Methuen, 2002).

Anna Metcalfe was born in Westphalia in 1987. Her work has been published in Elbow Room, Lighthouse and Tender Journal. She lives in Norwich.

Chris Miller is a widely published translator and critic. A co-founder of the Oxford Amnesty Lectures, he edited and introduced The Dissident Word (OAL, 1995) and ‘The War on Terror’ (OAL, 2006). He is the author of a study of the art of Roger Wagner, Forms of Transcendence (Piquant Editions, 2009).

Deborah Moffatt’s poetry and fiction have been widely published in periodicals and anthologies in the UK and Ireland, and a first collection of poems, Far from Home, was published by Lapwing in 2004. Originally from Vermont, she has lived in Fife since 1982.

Will Nicoll’s short story, ‘We’ll Call It a Himalayan Poppy’, was long-listed for the 2013 Highlands and Islands Short Story Prize. He has written features for various newspapers and magazines, including The Scotsman, The Spectator, The Telegraph and Men’s Health. He was short-listed for the 2012 Shiva Naipaul Prize and commended for the 2013 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

William Palmer is the author of six novels, the latest of which, The Devil is White (Jonathan Cape), was reviewed in the June 2013 WR. His new chapbook of poems, The Paradise Commissionaire, will be reviewed in the next WR.

Tim Parks is one of the most highly-regarded of living English novelists. The most recent of his books about Italy, Italian Ways (Harvill Secker), was reviewed in WR December 2013. The novel from which the opening chapter is excerpted here, Painting Death, will be published this summer and concludes the crime trilogy begun with Cara Massamina and Mimi’s Ghost.

Melanie Petch teaches at De Montfort University in Leicester and is especially interested in how cultural duality is represented in contemporary women’s poetry.

Christopher Reid’s latest book is Six Bad Poets (Faber, 2013). Two earlier volumes, A Scattering and The Song of Lunch, are currently being prepared as a theatrical double bill by the actor Robert Bathurst.

Ian Revie is a freelance writer, poet, critic and occasional broadcaster who lives in Edinburgh.

Alison Ribeiro de Menezes is Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick, where she researches and publishes on contemporary Spanish fiction and cultural memory. Her next book, Embodying Memory in Contemporary Spain, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan this spring.

Harry Ricketts’s most recent book of poems is Just Then (Victoria University Press, 2012). As well as criticism and anthologies, he has published a life of Kipling, and Strange Meetings: The Poets of the Great War (Chatto & Windus, 2010).

Tony Roberts’s most recent collection of poems is Outsiders (Shoestring, 2010).

David Rose’s Posthumous Stories is reviewed on p. 103.

Sarah Rudston works as a communications assistant for a charity and as a freelance copywriter. She has published poems in Magma, Brittle Star, Obsessed with Pipework and The Frogmore Papers.

Omar Sabbagh has published three poetry collections, most recently Waxed Mahogany (Agenda Editions, 2012), and a monograph on Conrad and Ford.

Elizabeth Smither, a former New Zealand poet laureate, published her seventeenth collection, The Blue Coat (Auckland University Press), last year (reviewed in WR December 2013). She has also published ten books of fiction.

Rashmi Varma teaches postcolonial literatures and transnational feminism at the University of Warwick. She is the author of The Postcolonial City and its Subjects: London, Nairobi, Bombay (2011).

F. J. Williams lectured in English at the University of Chester and was Director of the Bridge Arts Centre. He has published two poetry collections, Reading Lesson in the Lifers’ Wing (Peterloo, 2009) and The Model Shop (Waterloo, 2011). He currently runs the Poetry Stanza in Stoke-on-Trent (

Jackie Wills’s fifth collection of poems, Woman’s Head as Jug, is reviewed on p. 139.

Andrew Winer is the author of two acclaimed novels, The Color Midnight Made and The Marriage Artist. He teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.