Meet the Members

On this page you can get an eye full of our members.

Here you can get a sense of our backgrounds, the roles we have in the group and what we might be working on.

Josephine Bruni 


Following an education in Classics, Josephine attended university in Genoa to study Creative Writing before spending four years touring as a jester in a company of actors and musicians specialising in medieval festivals.

She has written plays featuring giant puppets, including ‘Confetti’, which won the first prize in the National Festival of Puppeteers in Perugia, Italy. Last year, one of her stories, The Jungle won the cover competition of ‘Open Pen’ (and is available here). Another, Reborn, was published by Litbreak, an American online magazine. Her story about Brexit was included in ‘Normal Deviation’, an anthology published by Lyle Skains of the University of Bangor (available here).

Josephine is a committee member for CSFG and is the treasurer for the group.

Hattie Clark


Hattie is a welsh writer, living in London. After studying creative writing at the University of Warwick, she worked for the British Museum where she first began researching her novel. Her work is published online by the women’s writing collective, Dear Damsels, and she is one of the London Library’s Emerging Writers for 2019.

She is a committee member for the group and runs CSFG’s admissions.

Will Forrest

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Will Forrest completed a creative writing masters at City University in 2017 and is currently working on a novel.

Nicola Hill


Nicola Hill is studying for an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has published three non-fiction books (which you can find here). She also runs an editorial business, Everything Editorial.

You can find Nicola’s previous journalistic work on her Guardian profile here.

Robin Mitchell


Robin Mitchell failed at just about everything else before he realised all he’s ever wanted to do is write.

He’s working on a novel, Breath’s End, and he’s absurdly optimistic about it. In the daytime, he masquerades as a tutor of English Literature among other things.

Guen Murroni


Guen Murroni is an award winning writer/director. Her films have been nominated at BAFTA and BIFA recognised festivals. Her TV Pilot “Hors D’Ouevres” was long listed for the New Voices Award (Debbies Awards). Her current feature project was long listed at TIFF Filmmakers Lab 2018.

Her novel “The Jiggle” was long listed at the Bridport Prize 2018. She’s BFI Network x BAFTA Crew 2019 as writer/director. She has been part of Collier Street Fiction Group since February 2019.

Niki Seth-Smith


Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance editor and journalist. She is also on the team at Ignota Books, a small press publishing at the intersection of technology, magic and myth-making.
Her work has been published in The London Magazine, Open Pen, the anthology Dove Release: New Flights and Voices, and as part of the literary and arts science fiction festival Athens, We Have A Problem. She’s interested in rapid-response fiction and exploring the relationship between fact, myth and narrative.

Mark Daniel Taylor

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Born in Plymouth, Mark joined Collier Street in October 2018. He has an MA in Creative Writing and has written several short stories and book reviews for online magazines.

He is an alumnus of the 2020 New Orleans Writer’s Residency and is currently working on his novel, Helmouth, which was a finalist in the Adventures in Fiction 2019 New Voices Competition and was shortlisted in the 2020 Spotlight First Novel Competition.

You can find a full list of his work on his website:

Maud Waret

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Born in Paris and brought up in rural France, Maud went to study eighteenth-century literature and Modern European history at the Sorbonne. Fascinated by linguistics and languages, she then travelled to South America and India before settling down in the UK where she recorded two Eps as a singer-songwriter.
Full time mother of two children as well as in full time employment as a French and Spanish teacher in a secondary state school, she mostly writes fantasy world-building fiction in her spare time. Her latest interest to date is how to decolonise the curriculum and issues of race and identity.

Richard Wilkes

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Richard has had a varied career – in theatre (various tours, West End and TV), psychotherapy (counselling psychiatric outpatients in a London Hospital) and business (co-founding a drama-based training company and a director for 20 years). His novel, Frank and his father, is out for submission with agents and he is currently working on his second novel, Hold the World.

 He joined CSFG in May 2019.