Issue Two - Underdog

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Artists

Natalia Balza

Natalia works as a graphic designer from 9am to 6pm while taking any chance she can to work as an illustrator on the side. She loves creating small worlds through her art, and losing herself in books. She’s a romantic, a lover of stories.


Instagram: @natbalza

Facebook: NataliaBalzaDibuja

Behance: @NataliaBalza

Email: natybao@hotmail.com


Natalia has created the cover art for Issue Two, based on Old Blue.

Shahrzad Sharif

Shahrzad has always been amazed by the magic power of art specially painting from early ages, as early as four years of age.  To improve the required techniques specially in oil painting, she has attended many courses and classes held by great masters of this art. The subject of her paintings are people with a connection to her Persian culture.


Shahrzad has created the accompanying artwork for Bonabot.

Seb Slingsby

Seb is an Illustrator/Artist hailing from the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. After earning a BA Hons in Illustration from UCLAN and spending the last few years working in Graphic Design, he has recently decided to re-enter the world of art and illustration. He enjoys creating artwork and illustrations that capture the seemingly ordinary, trivial or even mundane elements of everyday life.


Instagram: @sebjayillustration

Email: sebjayillustration@gmail.com


Seb has created the accompanying for Lost Time.

Writers

Sarah Dale - author of Fly Away Home

Sarah Dale is an occupational psychologist and the author of Bolder and Wiser, comprising interviews and top tips from older women as Sarah herself turned fifty. Since then, she has taken the women’s advice and as a result has started a part time MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University. She’s loving it – and looking forward to seeing where it might lead…..


Facebook: SarahDaleBookworm 

Twitter: @creatingfocus

Bryn Chamberlain - author of Old Blue

Bryn Chamberlain is a writer and filmmaker working out of Toronto, Canada. Bryn is currently writing a compilation of short stories and working towards spending more time aboard his boat. Bryn has always had a dog.


Email: stillreelfilms@hotmail.com

Simon Marlowe - author of Fundamentally Flawed

Simon Marlowe is an author and artist living and working in London and Essex. He published my first novel, Zombie Park, in 2017, a sharp, witty, intense portrayal following the lives of trainee psychiatric nurses in the mid-1980s. He is currently working on a second novel, whilst publishing short stories, poetry and a political blog.


Website: https://simonmarlowe.wordpress.com/ 

Facebook: SimonMarloweAuthor

Twitter: @simon_marlowe

Robert Levett-Millett - author of Bonabot

Rob writes in his free time primarily exploring the themes of history, politics and the general futility of everything. He is currently working on an anthology of alt-history short stories. Although presently studying for an MA in international security, he dreams of one day making a living from his hobby.


Twitter: @roblevmil

Instagram: @roblevmil

Patience Mackarness - author of Lost Time

Patience Mackarness lives and writes in Brittany, sometimes in a cottage and sometimes in an elderly VW camper van.  Her work has been published  online by Every Day Fiction and The Pygmy Giant. 


Website: www.patiencemackarness.wordpress.com

Alex De Cesare - author of Life After Death

Standing at 6'5", Alex's immense size is matched only by his incredible love for literature. An accounting student by trade, Life after Death is his first foray into the world of writing and one of his proudest accomplishments. When he isn't reading, Alex can be found on a football pitch or basketball court dunking balls and scoring goals.


Email:  alexanderjohndecesare@gmail.com 

Zoe Wells - author of The Anatomy of a Home

Zoë Wells is a writer and poet from Switzerland. She is currently studying at the University of Warwick, where she is head editor of the University’s literary magazine, Kamena


Twitter: @zwells_writes 

Website: https://zwells.com/

Laura Muetzelfeldt - author of Sunbeams

Laura is a teacher, writer and silversmith who lives in Glasgow. She writes short stories and has been published in journals such as The International Literary Quarterly and From Glasgow to Saturn; her story, ‘Anna on the Wing’, was highly commended in The Federation of Writers Scotland Competition 2018. She also writes dystopian young adult fiction and her novel, Perfect Memory, was longlisted for Fish Publishing’s Young Adult Novel Contest. 

Erez Majerantz - author of Archangel Robin

Erez Majerantz is a Philosophy and Comparative Literature major. Many of his works dealing with the gap between science and the rational and the mystical and emotional. Erez is influenced by Brecht, Hanoch Levin and Beckett, alongside writers like Borges, Grass, and Milan Kundera.


Website:   

http://en.erezmajerantz.de/

Dot. - author of Butter Chicken

Dot. AKA Aditi Saigal is a British-Indian musician and writer currently completing a BA in Music and Creative Writing at Bangor University, Wales. Butter Chicken is her first written publication, but she also has a repertoire of original music that roots itself in poetry available on YouTube. 


Music: https://www.youtube.com/user/msknockknock99

Instagram: @dotandthesyllables

Valentine Carter - author of Lone Star Song

Valentine Carter became a woman after successfully completing many years as a girl. She is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London. Valentine has had short fiction published by The Fiction Pool and will be published in the forthcoming In Yer Ear and The Mechanics’ Institute Review: Issue 15 anthologies.


Twitter: @_vcarter_

John Ashton - author of A Bug's Life

John D. Ashton published his first novel, Crystal Castle, a fantasy adventure, on paperback and Kindle on Amazon in October 2016. His second novel, a dark thriller with supernatural elements called Hunter, was published the following November. He has had several short stories published and writes and plays by his own rules. 


Facebook: JohnAshtonOfficial

Eamon O'Leary - author of St Bernard Spoiled The Party

As an after dinner speaker in Cork, Ireland, Eamon (aka The Gannet) has been telling stories for years. After retiring from the day job in finance, writing instead of playing more bad golf seemed like a good idea. With a number of stories published to date and readings scheduled for this summer, it has worked out well. Stories cover all genres, but the target is to finish a collection of humorous semi-autobiographical tales of growing up in the 60/70’s. 

Alex Hubbard - author of The Doctor

Alex Hubbard is a Londoner hoping between his hometown and Wales. He recently completed his BA at Aberystwyth University. He writes fiction and poetry. He has previously been published in the magazine Aber Ink and the anthologies Before, Behind and Now and Wandrian. His influences include James Joyce, Ali Smith and David Mitchell.