Lucy Chatburn lives in Turkey and has had a book habit since the age of seven. She blames Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She is editor of PocketCultures (, a site about world cultures.

Thom Cuell is a reviewer, salon host and occasional guitarist in the band Billy Ruffian. His essays on dandyism and boys in make-up have been published by 3am Magazine and The Weeklings, and he runs the literary blog Workshy Fop (

Jim Dempsey is a book editor with Novel Gazing ( and blogs at The Fiction Therapist ( where he looks at the similarities between literature and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Rachele Dini is a writer and academic. She received her degree from Cambridge University, her MA from King’s College London and her PhD from UCL. Having spent her twenties writing about product innovation for various market research and advertising trade bodies, she now writes about rubbish. Her first book, Consumerism, Waste and Re-use in 20th-century Fiction: Legacies of the Avant-Garde, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in autumn 2016.

James Doyle lives in London and works in publishing, He was a co-editor of ‘The Decadent Handbook’ (published by Dedalus).

Ben Granger, resident of Greater Manchester, is a press officer for the public service by day, and a sometime scribbler for disreputable literary and music publications by night. Organs he has written for include Ready Steady Book, Spike Magazine, The Wildean, Red Pepper, Bookmunch and Manchester’s City Life.

Benjamin Judge is a writer, editor and, if you consider sending postcards to David Cameron art, artist from Manchester. His blog, Who the Fudge is Benjamin Judge? won an award. His favourite small orange is the satsuma. He feeds the birds but he doesn’t trust them.

Maia Nikitina is a writer and artist from Russia. She lives in Manchester with her partner, two children, a dog and a cat. She writes both in English and in Russian and her articles and short stories have appeared in many Russian newspapers. She has studied Creative Writing at the MMU Writing School, can be found at, and is currently working on a book about creativity.

Valerie O’Riordan is the author of Enough and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. She blogs at Not Exactly True and co-edits Bookmunch with Peter Wild.

Joe Phelan lives in Dublin. Book reviews have appeared in Sigla Magazine and Dogmatika. Short Stories and poetry have appeared in Write Away, a collection of poetry and prose from the Creative Writing Workshop of the People’s College 2007-8. He blogs at and rambles on twitter about art, literature etc @zesman.

In the time Tamim Sadikali has spent on software, hedge funds and commercial banking, he could have written the follow up to his debut novel, Dear Infidel. The world knows not what it has lost. Do condole him on Twitter: @TamimSadikali.

Lucille Turner was born in Bournemouth and has an MA in Comparative Literature. She worked as a translator and teacher for many years, and her first book, Gioconda, a novel about the life of Leonardo da Vinci, was published by Granta in 2011. It was translated into several languages and won the Hislibris prize for historical fiction in Spain in 2012. She is currently working on her second and third book. Find out more at Or!blog-1/xhtf6 for her blog

Fran Slater writes and reads miserable fiction in a flat in Manchester. You can find some of it via the links on his blog. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from The University of Manchester, and his novel has been shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Bursary and longlisted for The Bath Novel Award. He’ll let you know if it ever wins anything.

Claire Snook is a writer based in Bristol with shelves that breeds books. She has a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester and blogs about life at

Peter Wild is the editor of Bookmunch. He is also the author of a novel, The Passenger, a biography of Akira Kurosawa, and the co-author of Before the Rain and the editor of The Flash, Perverted by Language: Fiction inspired by The Fall, The Empty Page: Fiction inspired by Sonic Youth (published in the US as Noise: Fiction inspired by Sonic Youth) and Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction inspired by The Smiths (published in the US as Please: Fiction inspired by The Smiths). His reviews and articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, Time Out, the LA Times and the Big Issue. These days he writes for The Skinny and Manchester Review.

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