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. Her short story 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.
Wave Davis is a writer and activist. He is a member of Writers Rebel and a founder member of Collier Street Fiction Group. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from City University. He is currently preparing his novel, Waking, for submission.
Praise for Wave Davis:
“…enormously impressed by [his] skill, natural talent, courage, and commitment… a tremendously talented writer…Very few writers have achieved anything in the order of the achievement we see here…in no doubt that Waking will find the audience it rightfully deserves.” Mira Hyland, Author (Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Booker Prize, and winner of the Encore Prize and the Hawthornden Prize)
Read an extract of Wave’s novel Waking here.
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 and a full-time 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.
Bruno read philosophy and French literature at Southampton University before finding employment in London in advertisement sales, bond sales and asset management where, amongst other things, he wrote financial market reports.
His first novel, A Thing of the Moment, was crowd-funded and published by Unbound in 2018. It’s a novel about the nature of self and identity told from the perspectives of three women, as explained here. Bruno’s second novel, Rosetta in Colletta, sets a teenage love story alongside the confessions of a retired CIA agent in Italy in 1978 at the time of the Argentina World Cup.
Bruno can testify to the truth universally acknowledged that a writing man in possession of a good novel must be in want of a literary agent and he waits to hear from one.
Read an extract of Bruno’s novel A Thing of the Moment here.
Alex has been passionate about words and writing since childhood, when he’d pen his own stories, normally heavily plagiarised from whatever he was reading at the time. Still with a keen interest in story-telling – now minus the plagiarism – when he’s not at work, Alex continues to spend his time writing. Currently working on a novel set in contemporary London (something he’s sure has never been done before), Alex enjoys narratives told from LGBT+ perspectives and other under-represented voices. Aside from writing, Alex enjoys pop music, horror films and being by the sea.
Jonathan is a strategy consultant and facilitator specialising in the life sciences. His passion for knowledge and an insatiable curiosity has led him to the study and exploration of everything from the stars to the mountains to the undersea world. Fluent in several languages, he has travelled widely in Europe and beyond. His books are an alchemy of the concrete, scientific and fantastical, with envisioned worlds, rules of nature and characters that are both strangely alien and disturbingly familiar.
He hopes to publish his first book, A Denser Air, shortly. He is currently working on the final book of the trilogy.