Our writers

Brindley Hallam Dennis is the author of A Penny Spitfire (Pewter Rose, 2011), and creator of Kowalski (That’s What Ya Get!, Unbound Press, 2010). He edits Eden Arts, Weekly Word Flash Fiction. His fiction has won numerous prizes. He writes regularly for Liars’ League London. He blogs at www.bhdandme.wordpress.com.

Cassandra Passarelli has run a bakery, managed a charity and sub-edited. She has travelled in the Middle East, Africa, Sri Lanka and Burma and lived some years in Guatemala. She studied literature, journalism and creative writing. These days she lives on a Greek island with her daughter, teaches yoga and writes. Other stories of hers have been published by Cinnamon Press, Pulp.net, Salt River Review, Litro, Takahe, Switchback, Adirondack Review; Ocean and Falling Star.

Cherry Potts is the author of two collections of short stories, ‘Mosaic of Air’ and ‘Tales Told Before Cockcrow: Fairy Tales For Adults’. Her first creative writing workshop, Writing with your Ears, is happening in January in an Edwardian concert hall in London.

CT Kingston is an actress who loves to write. Her work has appeared on various flash fiction websites, and she is currently turning one of her previous stories for Liars’ League (London), The Hand in the Dark, into a short film.Comments and job offers to catkingston@googlemail.com.

David Rees is the usual skein of self-delusions, a twisted selection, just like you.

Denrele Ogunwa (pronounced Den-ray-lay, in case you were wondering) writes preposterous stories and a good few poems, some of which have been published. She can often be seen performing at various London venues; sometimes she sings. She once wrote and performed a fangirl ditty about Neil Gaiman. This is how she would like to be remembered. She blogs intermittently at http://braincandy.tumblr.com.

Elizabeth Hopkinson has been writing ever since she used to make books out of scrap paper in wet playtimes at school. Her historical fantasy novel, Silver Hands, was published by Top Hat Books in 2013. She has had over 40 short stories published in magazines, webzines and anthologies; and has won prizes in the James White Award, the Jane Austen Short Story Award and the Mifiction Interactive Fiction Contest.

Esther Cleverly is a newish writer of stories, though she has had short plays performed at the Broadway, Barking, her local theatre, among other places. She likes writing, reading, and Friday afternoons.

Fiona Salter works for a sexual health charity in London and lives in Lewes. Faced with a truly dreadful commute (thank you, Southern Rail) she bought a laptop and started writing. She likes to find the subversive humour latent in everyday life.

Gregory Jackson has studied at the City Lit under John Petherbridge and Zoë Fairbairns. He has been shortlisted for the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize, but no banana. He lives in London and has no intention of giving up the day job without a fight.

James Smyth currently works in the City, doing a job so shamefully unBohemian it hardly seems appropriate to mention it here. He’s been writing for years, specialising mainly in unfinished short fiction and barely begun novels. Once he almost had a story published.

Joan Taylor-Rowan is a teacher in London and spent her teenage years working in department stores. She has had several stories on Radio 4 and her first novel The Birdskin Shoes will be available on Amazon in the next week. Her website is:  www.joantaylorrowan.com.

Joe Saxon grew up on the cornfields of Iowa before travelling to snowy Switzerland. He has recently settled in Leeds, where he hopes to pursue his writing career. He currently writes for The State of the Arts and his short story ‘Pioneer’ was recently published in Broken Worlds, an anthology of dystopian fiction.

Katy Darby studied English at Oxford University and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, where she received the David Higham Award. She teaches Short Story Writing and Novel Writing at City University, London; her acclaimed first novel, The Whores’ Asylum, is published by Penguin.

Liam Hogan has recently finished a novel writing course, so he now needs to find an unfinished novel writing course. In the meantime, he’s delighted to write another short story for Liars League Leeds, and to secretly plot his assault on Liars League New York…

Maire Cooney was born in Edinburgh and lives in Glasgow with her partner and two children. Her stories have been published by Asham, Chroma, Leaf and Apis books. She is writing her first novel.

Marie Farrow is five-foot five and slightly round, with grey eyes and dark blonde hair. Her interests include newts and jam, and she is more accustomed to penning dating profiles than biographies. Marie works in a medical communications agency, where she spends her days writing about drugs and making pretty slides for pharmaceutical companies.

Niall Boyce is a full-time writer and editor. He has produced numerous reviews and essays, and appeared on BBC Radio 3. He has also written short stories for, amongst other things, Doctor Who and Bernice Summerfield. His e-book, Veronica Britton: Chronic Detective, is published by Proxima and available on Amazon. He tweets at @NPBoyce.

Paul Robinson should write more than he does but he bought an Xbox four months ago and that takes up a lot of his free time these days. He hopes you cherish this rare offering and will see you in the summer.

Peter Etherington writes in his spare time and is a founding member of The Leeds Savage Club of writers and artists. He won third place in a December 2011 Harrogate Advertiser ghost story competition, which they printed, and has had a couple of little plays produced. Little acorns…

Quintin Forrest lives, works and worships the Great Old Ones in London. He has written regularly for the Liars League down South, and is working on a novel.

An excerpt from Reece Abbott’s debut novel, The Maori House, won the Arvon Competition. Other stories have been shortlisted for CWA Debut Dagger Opening Lines; the Bridport Prize; Ilkley Festival and BLOC. Up & Running is an extract from the noirish novel, Lucky Country. Reece has an MA Creative Writing (Distinction), majoring in mendacity. Honest, guv.

Richard Smyth writes for magazines including History Today and New Humanist, sets questions for BBC Mastermind, and is a regular contributor to the Liars’ Leagues of Leeds and London. His illustrated history of toilet paper – no, really – will be published by Souvenir Press later this year.

Robert Powers currently lives in Shenzhen, China, and can be found online at http://adumbrate.me.

Rosalind Stopps lives in London, and has had stories performed at many venues including London and New York Liars’ Leagues. Some of her short stories have been published in anthologies. She has just finished a novel, which is currently searching for a home; she has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University, and has recently retired after a lifetime of gritty work.

Ruben Connell is a new writer from Leeds. His short stories have been published in Litro in the UK and in Menacing Hedge in the US. A first novel is due for completion some day soon.

Sarah Brownrigg is a freelance copywriter, a brilliant mummy to her son Hunter (his words), a lover of music, dancing & rum, and a proud northerner. You’ll find her on Twitter – @sarah_nb – when she’s not busy convincing Guinness there should be a world record for most freckles on one face.

Skeeze Whitlow was born in Buffalo, New York, USA.  He sailed in the Merchant Marine, settled down on a tree-lined street and wrote about the stories he’d lived.  He attended Marymount University and attained a Master’s Degree from George Mason.  He believes life to be a good deal.

Steve McCubbin loved creative writing at school and was delighted to get back into it by joining the Hampton Writers’ Group in Middlesex a few years ago. As a journalist, he has been knee-deep in words for more than 30 years. Steve is married with one son.

Steve Wasserman is a psychotherapist. He runs Mindfulness Based Writing courses, therapeutic reading groups, and is also on the lookout for people to contribute to his ReadMeSomethingYouLove.com project.  Please do get in touch if you fancy sharing a poem or story you love with him: @RMSYL (Twitter/Facebook), readmesomethingyoulove@gmail.com.

Sumit Dam’s stories The Man With the Musical Penis and I/O Error have previously been performed at Liars’ League London, and his story The North-South Divide at Liars’ League Leeds. You can read these stories, and many more, at his website, www.sumitsays.com. He lives, works and fails to sleep in London.

Susan Carey lives in Amsterdam where she writes and attempts to prevent her fellow countrymen and women speaking Dunglish. She writes short stories, FF, poetry and the occasional novel. Chirrups about life in Amsterdam here http://amsterdamoriole.wordpress.com. Likes poffertjes (mini-pancakes) and cycling along flat roads. Misses fish & chips and hills.

Tovah Reed was Canadian born and raised, until the wolves kicked her out of the cave. She struggled in the wild on her own, so she booked a flight to Blighty and here she remains. Trying her best to blend in, she is often found in the pub, speaking to the locals in a Yorkshire-North American hybrid accent which amuses most people.