The Team

Greg Forrester

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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 is currently working towards a PhD in Creative Writing. He writes, mostly magical realism, and has been published by Fairlight Books. His website is https://www.gregforrester.com/ 


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

Chloe Forester

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Chloe is a Joint Editor-in-Chief at Bandit Fiction, and is currently in her third year of an English Literature and Creative Writing BA at the university of Gloucestershire. She likes to read magical realism, fantasy and fairy tale-esque stories. When she isn’t busy with her bookstagram @beingbooksy, she is working towards a short story collection. 


Some of her favourite stories are:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Host by Stephanie Meyer 

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss 

Alisdair Hodgson

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Alisdair is a Joint Editor-in-Chief at Bandit Fiction, and holds a BA (Hons) in English & Philosophy and an MLitt in Creative Writing. His literary interests tend towards minimalism, hysterical realism, transgression, and anything postmodern. His own poetry and prose can be found in a variety of magazines, journals and anthologies. He also takes a keen interest in animal rights and regularly frequents Twitter @Youthanised
 

Some of his favourite stories are: 

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Lanark by Alasdair Gray

May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes

Gloria Cazzara

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Gloria is the Marketing Coordinator at Bandit Fiction. She studied for her BSc in Business and Economics at the University of Bologna (Italy) and she recently completed a MA in Cross-Cultural Communication and International Management at Newcastle University. She now works in advertising as an Account Executive in a Media Planning and Buying agency in London as well as trying to get her work published in academic journals. 


Gloria’s favourite books include: 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Looking for Alaska by John Green 

It by Stephen King 

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer 

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer 

Natasha Lytton

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Natasha is the Social Media Coordinator for Bandit Fiction. She is currently studying for a BA in Creative Writing at Winchester University. She is also the Social Secretary for the University's Creative Writing society, and is working with the society to publish their own magazine. She writes fantasy fiction, creative non-fiction, and short stories. Previously, she's worked with a start-up company, managing their social media, and writing content for their website.


Her favourite books include:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Editors

Cara De Sausmarez

Cara is a Co-Founder of Bandit Fiction. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing, and an MA from 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.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZzfGfPVY7EL0P3SgBRCg9Q  


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

Roberto Vargas

Roberto is working on finishing his BA in Creative Writing at Hunter College in New York City, with later plans to pursue his Master's in English education. In 2015 he served as an editor, and then editor-in-chief, for Swirl, a small literary and visual arts journal based in Houston, Texas. He mainly reads and writes Sci-fi and fantasy, and is currently editing a YA fantasy thriller about the Norse myths. On top of all that, he makes a living fixing bikes in NYC. When not completely inundated with work, he posts his musings and writing updates on twitter @R_Varg. 

Some of his favorite stories include: 

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Poetic Edda: Stories of Norse Gods and Heroes, Translated by Jackson Crawford

Almost anything by H.P. Lovecraft

Natalie Dunn

Natalie, originally from the Czech Republic, is a second-year MA in Creative Writing, Newcastle University, student. In her home country she published two novels and one poetry anthology under the pen name Natalie Nera. Natalie writes short stories, crime and general fiction as well as creative non-fiction. She lives with her British husband and two young sons in Haydon Bridge, Northumberland. Her website is www.natalienera.com


Some of her favourite stories are:

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré

First Love by Ivan Turgenev

The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov

The Cowards by Josef Škvorecký

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman 

Daniel Hubbard

Daniel is currently studying Biomedical Science at Coventry University, where he is president of the Creative Writing Society there. He applied for Bandit Fiction for his love of reading work from other aspiring authors,  and decided he may as well do something productive with that love. He is currently in the process of writing his first novel. 


Some of his favourite stories include:

The Devastation of Baal, by Guy Haley

1984, by George Orwell

The Crimson Campaign, by Brian McClellan 

The Dying of the Light, by Derek Landy

Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

Charlotte Ramshaw

Charlotte is based in Newcastle, although she is happiest by the sea. She is a recent graduate of the University of Aberdeen where she studied English Literature. She was also the founder and President of the English Literature Society and ran a successful performance art and poetry event for three years. She can never resist books set in localities that mirror her own Tyneside upbringing.

Her most loved stories are: 

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh 

A Secret History by Donna Tartt 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

Skellig by David Almond 

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Jason Jawando

Jason is a writer based in the West Midlands. He has had short stories published in Aesthetica, Ranfurly Review, Crannog, Black Country Arts Foundry and Bandit Fiction. He recently completed an MA in Creative Writing with the OU. He can be found on Twitter @JasonDJ 


Some of his favourite books are:

Phone by Will Self

Winter by Ali Smith

The Book of Birmingham edited by Khavita Bhanot

Emma Richardson

Emma is Head of Department for Middle School English at a school in Beijing, China. She has an undergraduate degree in English with Photography, a Masters degree in English Studies, and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education. She is also studying for a Masters degree in Education. Encouraging students to fall in love with writing is her passion. Emma’s literary interests include, but are not limited to, feminist studies, early Victorian, and gothic fiction. 


Some of her favourite stories include:

The Werewolf by Clemence Housman 

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Linda Brownfield-Pope

Linda is currently finishing a BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree in Sunderland University, where she’s also an editor for the student publishing press, Spectral Visions Press. Through the years she’s honed her skills through her love of reading and writing dark fantasy, historical fiction and sci-fi, and is working towards one day becoming an author.

Some of her favourite stories are:
Legends by David Gemmell
Pillars of Earth by Ken Follet
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett
Legion of the Damned by William C. Dietz
The Novice by Taran Matharu
The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster

Jon Kinsella

 Jon is a writer based in Liverpool. A BA and MRes English Literature graduate, he is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University. Interested in general and literary fiction that dismantles stereotypes, his writing explores the dislocation between working-class culture and its literary imagination and pertains to certain concurrent themes: the variety in working-class identities, the psychological consequences of social mobility, and cultural geography: young people, urban spaces and the concept of ‘place’. Due to be published in Issue Five of Bandit Fiction, Jon is working towards publishing a short story collection entitled Common in late 2019. You can find him on Twitter @Jon_Kinsella


Some of his favourite books are:

Howards End by E.M. Forster

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Young Skins by Colin Barrett

The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis

All That Man Is by David Szalay

Normal People by Sally Roone

Michael Holloway

Michael is based in Liverpool. He studied a BA (hons) English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Central Lancashire and an MA Writing at Liverpool John Moores University. He currently works as a library assistant at two universities and spends his time thinking up short stories based on the people he meets. He was shortlisted for the Sunderland Short Story Award 2018. He has written a novel and is now looking to get it published. You can read some of his work on: www.mjdholloway.com and you can also find him on Twitter: @mjdholloway


Some of his favourite books are:

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Girl With Curious Hair by David Foster Wallace

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro