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Dr. Luke Thompson

Dr. Luke Thompson is a writer, publisher and founding editor of Guillemot Press, a small press for pamphlets of poetry and prose. He is a senior lecturer and course coordinator for the MA Professional Writing at Falmouth University. 

Abram Foley

Abram Foley is a lecturer in Literature and the Creative Industries at the University of Exeter. He has recently completed the manuscript of his first book, The Editor Function.

Anna Kiernan

Anna is a creative strategist, writer and publisher at The Lit Platform. She’s also co-director of the MA Creativity: Innovation and Business Strategy at the University of Exeter. Previously, Anna was a fiction editor at Simon & Schuster and co-founded the MA Publishing at Kingston University, among other things.

Helen Gilchrist

A writer, editor, journalist, publisher, event producer and general creative head, Helen is co-founding partner of creative content studio, Stranger Collective. She’s set up several award-winning magazines from scratch, written everything from animation scripts to immersive exhibition content, and is currently creating a children’s book about music and memory with her illustrator husband, inspired by his experiences of caring for his father with Alzheimer’s.

Clare Howdle

Clare is co-founder and partner at creative content studio Stranger Collective. She’s worked with words in many guises for over 15 years, helping brands tell their stories, while editing and writing about everything from machine learning to barnacles and back again. Her short fiction has been published in national and international newspapers and journals, and longlisted for the Bath Short Story Award and the Mslexia Short Story Prize (2019). She is currently one of The Word Factory’s 2019 short story apprentices.

Cathy Galvin

Cathy Galvin is a poet and journalist, founder of the Sunday Times Short Story Award and the short story organisation, The Word Factory. Her poetry has been published by independents including the Melos Press, Valley Press and most recently, the Guillemot Press.

Lucky Grace Isingizwe

Lucky Grace Isingizwe’s short story ‘The Weaving of Death’ is part of Redemption Song and Other Stories (the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing anthology). Her creative non-fiction piece ‘Losing Your Mind’ was published by Centre for African Cultural Excellence as part of Unbreakable Bonds (a 2019 Writivism anthology). She is a recent graduate at Mount Kenya University Rwanda with a BA in Communication and Mass Media. Since June 2017, she’s been working with Huza Press, a publishing house based in Kigali, in content creation and communications.

Ellen Jones

Ellen Jones is a researcher, editor, and literary translator based in Mexico City. She has a BA and an MSt from the University of Oxford, and a PhD from Queen Mary University of London. She is Reviews Editor at Hispanic Research Journal and writes regularly about multilingualism and contemporary Latin American literature, including for publications like the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and The Irish Times. Her translation of Bruno Lloret’s Nancy is forthcoming from Giramondo Publishing.

Callie Gardner

Callie Gardner is a poet, tutor and editor of Zarf poetry magazine, based in Glasgow.

Harry Webster

Harry Webster is a freelance feature writer and copywriter, with a special interest in media culture, literature and publishing, and environmental issues. He is a recent graduate of the Professional Writing MA at Falmouth University and is currently working on his first novel.

Phyllida Bluemel

Phyllida is a writer and producer at Stranger Collective, where she’s written words for everyone from Finisterre to Kodak. She particularly likes getting tangled up in the problems of language and exploring visual culture. She’s also an Associate Lecturer in Illustration at Falmouth University and an artist who’s designed and illustrated books for Atlantic Press and Guillemot Press, and exhibited at the Eden Project

C. F. Sherratt

Charlie F. Sherratt is a multidisciplinary ‘oddball’ working as an illustrator, musician and educator. He is interested in work which challenges boundaries of format, and exploring subjective experiences, identities and ethics.

Emma Dai'an Wright

Emma is founder of The Emma Press, an award-winning independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. As a BAME-led, feminist, radical organisation, The Emma Press is keen on making poetry, publishing and literature as welcoming and accessible as possible. It’s committed to breaking down traditional elitist and exclusionary structures, through providing opportunities for publication for writers and illustrators, through creating books which reflect as many people’s experiences as possible, and through sharing publishing knowledge.

Jeremy Poynting

Jeremy Poynting is Peepal Tree’s founder and managing editor. He first developed an interest in Caribbean writing as a student almost 50 years ago. In 2014 he was awarded an honorary DLitt by the University of the West Indies (St Augustine). The citation said: “Jeremy Poynting, who for years has been an authority on Caribbean literature and culture, is recognised for his work as editor and director of Peepal Tree Press and his invaluable contributions to Caribbean literature.”

Rob Dickens

Rob Dickens is founder of Psychedelic Press, an independent publisher focusing on psychedelics in history, culture & science. 

Sherezade Garcia Rangel

Dr Sherezade Garcia Rangel is a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Falmouth University. Thanks to a chance meeting with a black cat in a Redruth cemetery, she became interested in how graves tell the stories of those buried there. The podcast explores how engaging with cemeteries can produce creative responses inspired by these stories. Season One focuses on Falmouth Cemetery.