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.

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.

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.

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.

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