Richard Clegg: Writes reviews for Confingo and The Manchester Review on art, fiction, and memoirs. Studied Creative Writing for the MA at the Centre for New Writing, Manchester. Walks in the Pennines.

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.

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.

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

A life-long bookaholic (obviously) Carola Huttmann engages in independent writing and research. Her areas of interest range across literature and the creative arts. The beautiful Orkney Islands have been her home for almost a quarter of a century and are the inspiration for all her creative thoughts. You can find her on Twitter @CarolaHuttmann or visit for more information.

Jackie Law lives in rural Wiltshire, England, where she spends more time than she should reading books and writing reviews for her blog, Never Imitate. She is particularly fond of the independent presses and was named a Literary Hero by Influx in 2016. When she attends book events people recognise her Twitter handle, @followthehens, ahead of her name.

Sarah Manvel is the Rotten Tomatoes-approved chief critic for Her novelette, You Ruin It When You Talk, was published by Open Pen in 2020, and she is looking for an agent for three other novels. Make friends on twitter; she’s @typewritersarah.

Laura Marriott is a historian, theatre critic and book reviewer. Find her at and @lauramwriting.

After Major League Baseball went on strike in 1994, Chris Oleson fled to Japan, where’s he’s lived ever since, cleaning up technical writing translated from Japanese and teaching various levels of students that the Oxford comma should not be optional. Although he’s much closer to death than birth, he continues to wait for an offer from Thomas Pynchon to edit his correspondence. Follow him on twitter at @TSwiver for odd literary quotations, quirky musical tidbits, and insider trading scoops for the Japanese stock market.

Valerie O’Riordan writes short stories (here’s one: and edits both Bookmunch and the Forge Literary Magazine ( She lives in Manchester and teaches creative writing at the University of Bolton.

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.

Amy Riddell is a born and bred Northumbrian who thinks about being a writer sometimes. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from Durham University, and currently utilises its teachings by sporadically throwing out reviews and original work on her blog, You can also find her being sweary on Twitter at @Riddellreads.

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 writes historical fiction. Her first book, Gioconda, was published by Granta Books in 2011. Since then she has written The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer, and a third historical novel, which will hopefully be published soon. She has a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature and has worked as a translator, a journalist and a teacher. She comes from Bournemouth and blogs about the fascinating insights of history at

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.

Peter Wild is the editor and founder 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. He has also edited four anthologies: 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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