The Team

Greg Forrester

Greg is Managing Director and a Co-Founder of Bandit Fiction. He has BA and MA degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Sunderland and Newcastle University respectively, and has previously published an anthology of creative work. He writes, mostly, works of magical realism, and has been published by Fairlight Books.

Some of his favourite stories are:

  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Jane Currie

Jane is Editor-in-Chief and a Co-Founder of Bandit Fiction. She graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2016 with a BA in English and Creative Writing, during which time she was published in a poetry collection by Spectral Visions Press. Although she still writes creatively as a hobby, her main love is reading and reviewing works of literature - check out her personal review blog

Some favourite stories of hers include:

  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • The Prestige by Christopher Priest
  • The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Cara De Sausmarez

Cara is a Co-Founder and Engagement Manager of Bandit Fiction. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing, and is about to start an MA at Newcastle University in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. She has published work within Spectral Vision’s Press Tarot Card Collection. She writes fantasy, science fiction, detective, and literary fiction. Cara also has a Youtube channel with a playlist of creative writing aid.   

Some of her favourite stories are:

  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Deeper than Blue by Jill Hucklesby
  • Who's Afraid of Mr Wolfe by Hazel Osmond
  • The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Above Suspicion series by Lydia LaPlante

Danni Pratt

 Danni is a Co-Founder, the Creative Designer, and resident red head at Bandit Fiction. While gaining a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in York she worked as an editor on multiple books as well as contributing to a magazine or two. When she isn’t writing articles for her own magazine The Nymph Delphyne, you can find her ‘playing’ the ukulele or binge-watching the same series on Netflix over… and over…. And over again. 

Some of Danni’s favourite books include: 

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
  • The Night Flower by Sarah Stovell 
  • Black Cat by Kentaro Yabuki 

Bev Priestner

 Bev is a Co-Founder and the Marketing Co-ordinator at Bandit Fiction. She has a BA in Creative Writing, from the University of Sunderland, and is currently girding her loins through an English Literature MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture from the University of Manchester. She writes science fiction and horror sporadically, but reads compulsively and with the voracity of a starving hell beast. She’s been published by CoLico, and Lightning UK. 

Her favourite stories include:

  • The Humbugs by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Signs and Symbols by Vladimir Nabokov
  • A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
  • Garden of the Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Remainder by Tom McCarthy
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Emily Crosby

Emily is the Social Media Coordinator at Bandit Fiction. She recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University and graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2016. She has worked as an editor for Spectral Visions Press and in 2016 was Project Manager for an anthology called Wear’d Tales, a collection of short stories and poetry based on Wearside. In July 2016 she worked as an intern for Thailand’s leading English language publication, being published in both the magazine and on their website. She currently works in digital marketing as an SEO and Social Copywriter and is writing a children’s novel exploring mental health.

Emily's favourite books include:

  • The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
  •  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • After Dark by Haruki Murakami  

Freelance Editors

Laura Stringer

Laura has a BA in English Literature and Language from the University of Leeds, and now works in a senior internal communications role within the civil service. When she's not writing workforce communications (and trying to correct everyone else's grammar), she enjoys reading a good fantasy or dystopian novel. She also loves playing with her funny-looking cat Torvi, discovering new kinds of rum, inhaling chocolate, running (but not quite enough to counteract the rum and chocolate) and training in Taekwondo.   

Some of her favourite stories include: 

  • Madd Adam by Margaret Attwood
  • Tuf Voyaging by George R R Martin
  • Leave it to Psmith by P G Wodehouse)  
  • Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
  • The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • and of course, anything by Terry Pratchett 

Carol Hammond

Coral graduated from York St. John University in November 2017 with a degree in Creative Writing. She is now writing her first full length novel among other small projects that will be launching in 2018. She is a lover of all things YA contemporary, fantasy, and horror. When she’s not reading or writing, Coral enjoys to bake and play video games.   

Some of her favourite book series’ include:  

  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling 
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkein
  • The Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin
  • The House of Night series by P.C. Cast
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Mass