02: Contributors

Brian Baker is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He works on science fiction, masculinities and post-war British and American fiction, having published monographs on Masculinities in Fiction and Film 1945-2000 (2006), Iain Sinclair (2007), Contemporary Masculinities in fiction, film and tv (2015) and also The Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism in Science Fiction (2014). He is currently working on a collaborative film project, on a book which revisits and remixes 1960s experimental science fiction, and on the relation between sound, music, narrative and contemporary subjectivity.

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, New York. From 1978 to 2016, he worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, Virginia. His short stories and essays appear in Fiction International, London Journal of Fiction, New Haven Review, Poydras Review, The Short Story, and other magazines.


Jonathan Catherall has published work in Blackbox ManifoldDatableed3AMTears in the Fence, Molly Bloom, Envoi and others. He has reviewed for a range of publications, and edits the quarterly online magazine Tentacular


Tim Cooke is a teacher and freelance journalist. He writes about film, literature and place for various publications, including the GuardianLittle White Lies, the Quietus, Ernest Journalthe Nightwatchman and the Hackney Citizen. His creative work has appeared in Elsewhere Journal, The Shadow Booth, the Lampeter Review, Storgy, Litro, Drain Magazine and The Mechanics Institute Review, among others. He is currently studying for a PhD in creative writing. You can follow him on Twitter


Claire Dean is a writer and researcher. Her current work explores material writing practice for making digital wonder tales. Claire’s short stories are widely published and are included in The Best British Short Stories (Salt, 2017, 2014 & 2011), Thought X (Comma Press, 2017), Spindles (Comma Press, 2015) and Beta-Life (Comma Press, 2015). Bremen, The Unwish, Marionettes and Into the Penny Arcade are all published as limited-edition chapbooks by Nightjar Press. Claire’s first collection, The Museum of Shadows and Reflections, was published by Unsettling Wonder in 2016. She lectures at Edge Hill University.


David Evans studied philosophy and French at Oxford University and the École normale supérieure in Paris. His writing has appeared in various journals, and includes essays, translations and a retrospective of the life and work of a fictional artist.

Mairi O’Gorman is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.  Her thesis, drawing on fieldwork carried out in London and Seychelles in 2015 and 2016, focuses on transnational créolité, intimacy and things that grow where they shouldn’t.


Stu Hennigan is a writer, poet, musician, librarian, teller of tall tales, spinner of yarns and compulsive nostalgic, particularly fascinated by time and memory, and the distortive symbiosis between the two.


Blair James is a PhD Researcher in Experimental Literature and Cognitive Science at University of Salford, with research interests in Genre, Consciousness, Memory, and Shakespeare. James is Co-Editor of The Manchester Review of Books and Assistant Editor of LUNE Journal. Mixing academic and creative practice, James wants to write for the open mind.

 Tom Person is a creative writing student at University of Glasgow that finds pleasure in vivid in-betweens and crannies in the brain. They want to develop a mixture of genre and psychology and to extend the confusion of understanding what on earth is going on. Previously published journalism in Exberliner and Berlin logs.

Luke Palmer grew up in Dorset. He has been an English Teacher for 11 years and recently completed the Creative Writing MA programme at Bath Spa where his work focussed on the re-imagining of the self following trauma. His poems have been published in various journals and he was an Agenda New Generation Poet in 2016. He lives with his young family in Wiltshire.


Stefan Nicolaou is an essayist living in London, UK. He runs writing workshops in the basement of a bookshop. He has previously been published in .Cent magazine, Kensington & Chelsea Review, Huck, Fringe Review and Gay Times.



Gerard Sarnat has won many prizes for his poetry, including the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award and the Dorfman Prize. Educated at Harvard and Stanford, Gerry has worked in jails, built and staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a CEO and Stanford Med professor. He has been arried for a half century, and has three children and four grandchildren, so far.


Angela Sherlock’s Exports is the opening story in To know they dreamed, a collection of 16 interlinked stories which explore the Irish diaspora from the 1860s to the present day. Five of these have been published: Set Dance in New Short Stories, 5. Landscape with two figures, in Lighthouse, Issue 2. The Other Sister in Two Thirds North (Stockholm). Hangman in New Short Stories 7. Postman’s Knock in New Short Stories 8. Other work has appeared in Leaf Writers’ Magazine and on line in Staxtes Periodiko and in Litro. She is  currently working on stories which take their themes from the periodic table.

James Varney is a writer and theatre maker based in Manchester. His writing has been published in Ambit, The Stage, The Real Story and Le Monde. His work in theatre has handled treason, witches, mental health, the DWP, and ghosts. He is currently working on Prince Gorge, a long-form poem performed with a live band, in which Prince George of Cambridge grows up to become a Queer performance artist and cult leader. James writes cultural criticism at



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