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 is currently working towards a PhD in Creative Writing. He writes, mostly 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

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  

Cara De Sausmarez

Cara is a Co-Founder and Engagement Manager 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. 

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

The Editors

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

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 

Luke Newell

*Luke won't be reading submissions for Issue Five (between November and January) due to university commitments*

Luke is a poet, author and filmmaker from Wolverhampton, England. Currently in his third year at the University of Birmingham, he has had work featured around the world, with publishers such as The Good Men Project, 1888 Centre and Heavy Feather Review. He is currently working on his debut novel, and collaborating with Simon Armitage on a film project.  

Some of Luke's favourite stories are:

  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Different Seasons by Stephen King
  • The Bell Jar (and everything else) by Sylvia Plath

Alisdair Hodgson

Alisdair is a writer and freelance editor from Scotland. He studied for his BA (Hons.) in English & Philosophy at the University of Stirling, where he attained an MLitt in Creative Writing in 2018. His poetry and prose can be found nestling in an assortment of nooks and crannies, such as: The Blue Nib Magazine #36, the Scottish Book Trust’s Rebel anthology (for Book Week Scotland 2018), and Multiverse – an international anthology of science fiction poetry. He also has a keen interest in animal rights and regularly frequents (though equally abhors) 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 

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

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

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 

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 

Chloe Forester

Chloe 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