Bristol Prize

2008 Shortlisted author profiles

June 18, 2008   screenbeetle

The 20 writers featured in the 2008 Anthology are :

Susan Akass has been writing since the early nineties and has written a number of children’s picture books, including Number Nine Duckling and Grizzly Bears. She has also written many children’s readers for national and international reading schemes, her most popular character being Pirate Pete. Her previous short story successes are runner up in the first Independent/Scholastic Children’s Story of the Year competition and an adult story The Tree, broadcast on Radio 4. She lives with her husband in Bath where she teaches full-time.

Irene Black’s short stories, articles and poems have won prizes, including first prize in the 2003 National Association of Writers Groups annual short story competition. She has been a published short story prizewinner in Writers’ News and Writers’ Forum. Her novels, The Moon’s Complexion (2005) and Darshan (2008), both set partly in India, are published by Goldenford Publishers Ltd, a company she helped to found in 2004. The Moon’s Complexion is also published electronically by American publisher Virtual Tales. She holds an MA in Indian Temple Architecture and draws upon her research in some of her books and short stories.

Catherine Chanter grew up in Bristol and went on to study English Literature at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. She worked as a political lobbyist, both in the UK and the USA, but having become disillusioned with the process, she re-trained as a teacher. She has worked in a wide range of settings supporting children with significant emotional and behavioural difficulties. This has inspired much of her work, including programmes for Radio 4 and poetry and short stories published in anthologies by Cinnamon Press, Leaf Books and Earlyworks Press, as well as various journals.

Sue Coffey is from the Cynon Valley and now lives in Cardiff. She also lived Cyprus for many years. Sue, who has an MA in Creative Writing, works for a training association and moonlights as a Tutor on the Learn programme at Cardiff University. Her short stories have been published in national magazines and Honno anthologies. She has won two South and Mid Wales Association of Writers awards and her work has been long-listed for a Cinnamon Press Award and short-listed for the Legend Writing Award both in 2007. She is currently working on a collection of stories.

Anthony Howcroft has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford University and has been published in a variety of magazines including Succour, Pestle, The London Magazine, and Trespass. His short stories have appeared in anthologies by Leaf and Invisible Ink, and his work has been broadcast on BBC Radio following a prize winning place in the short story competition at Wells Festival of Literature. He is a Director at a major technology vendor, and spends too much time waiting around at airports. He has written two terrible novels and destroyed both.

Michael Karwowski is of French and Polish extraction, French polish. He is a self-employed public relations consultant, freelance journalist, and writer. Originally from Lancashire, where his father was a GP, he now lives and works in Bristol. He writes and reviews regularly for the subscription magazine, Contemporary Review, specialising in subjects including Bob Dylan, Tom Stoppard, and Harold Pinter, and was previously a regular contributor to Plays and Players. He is currently writing a book on the meaning of Bob Dylan’s songs. The Goddaughter is his first publication between book covers.

Fran Landsman is an award winning documentary film-maker, currently taking a year out to do an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University. She is writing her first book, a collection of linked short stories called Britannia Terrace.
Her films include My Family And Autism, The Waughs – Fathers And Sons, The Secret Life Of The Classroom, The Piano- A Love Affair, and Barnardo’s Children.
She trained as a journalist, and worked on newspapers and magazines before becoming a television researcher on the Parkinson Show. Now she has two children and lives with her husband in Bath.

Nick Law was seven years old when he wrote a story called Dr Who and the Octomen (men in robotic suits that had eight extendable arms – little knowing that a certain Mr Stan Lee had already conceived half of it) and was made to go class to class reading it out for the benefit of the rest of the school. He loved it- a legend in his own milk-break. He wanted to be a writer. Thirty-five years later and he is again as pleased as punch to be picked for this anthology.

Miranda Lewis works as a freelance editor and copywriter. She began to write fiction after attending a course at London’s City Lit and since then several magazines, including The London Magazine and Cadenza, have published her short stories. She is based now in Oxford with her partner and three children.

Rebecca Lloyd stories have been published in Canada, USA, New Zealand and the UK. She runs a creative writing course in the Grant Bradley Gallery in Bedminster, Bristol. She lives in a house once owned by the butcher poet of Bedminster. She hopes he regarded himself as a poet first and a butcher second – most writers have daytime jobs, but it helps to keep motivated if you regard your daytime job as ˜the other thing you do”. She is the volunteer fundraiser for Fareshare SouthWest, a charity redistributing good food destined for landfill to organisations supporting people without access to healthy food otherwise.

Dominica McGowan lives in Belfast and has two sons and a daughter. She started writing seriously about a year ago. She is part of the Down Writers’ Group and Queen’s Writers’ Group and is also an avid reader particularly enjoying Irish writers such as William Trevor and Brian Moore. Her short story The Mean Feast recently won the Northern Ireland Education and Library Board’s ‘One Book’ Competition, her first success in writing. It really spurred her on. Her greatest ambition is to have a book published.

Charlotte Mabey was born in London in 1974. After completing degrees in Environmental Science and Palaeobiology, she dabbled in contemporary dance, amateur dramatics and stand-up comedy. But writing soon took over as her primary interest. After seven years with the BBC’s Natural History Unit, Charlotte took the plunge to begin a more modest life permanently attached to a notebook. Shortlisted in 1997 for the Channel Four Young Persons’ Sitcom Writing competition, she has also completed creative writing courses with the OU. Her next project is a children’s novel about space and time travel. Well, naturally. Charlotte lives in Bristol with her husband Tim.

Ian Madden’s short fiction has appeared in Carve Magazine, the Bridport Prize 2005 and The Light That Remains and Other Stories (Leaf Books, 2007). He studied on the M.Litt Creative Writing programme at St Andrews University. He currently works for a company which prospects for oil in the Libyan desert. He lives in Tripoli.

Ian Millsted lives in Bristol with his wife, Elizabeth. He teaches Philosophy and Ethics and has had articles published in the T.E.S. and the Journal of Liberal History. After editing an anthology of short stories by others, Angles (2007), he is now trying to write more of his own fiction. He is part of the Great Western Writers group based in Bristol.

Derek Sellen lives in Canterbury, where he teaches and writes textbooks for foreign learners. He has been writing poetry, short stories and drama for many years and has been awarded prizes in various competitions and been included in PEN, Arts Council and other anthologies. He has read on the radio and given readings in Essen, Germany, and Novorossysk, Russia, as well as in the UK, while his plays have been performed in Brighton, the University of Kent and Bratislava. Angel and Assassin started with some lines from Chaucer and then developed into a rather different kind of tale.

Lee Taylor is 57, married with two children and lives in Winkfield Row in Berkshire. He is retired, having spent most of his working life as an account planner in an advertising agency. After retirement he trained for four years as an integrative psychotherapist. He is currently taking some time out from this training to pursue other interests, including creative writing. Lee joined Slough Writers, a thriving local group, in December 2007. Unfinished Business is his first short story. He submitted it for the Slough Writers winter competition, where it was disqualified, quite rightly, for failing to comply with the entry requirements.

Alan Toyne was the joint winner of the Guardian and Radio 5’s Young Travel Journalist of the Year award in 1997. The prize was to produce a travel article about Croatia and a short radio programme. He has travelled extensively and has written several novellas about backpacking. In 2005 he had a short story published in an anthology entitled Bristol Tales. He is about to complete his first novel, Urban Ape and lives in Bristol.

Rebecca Watts was born in Bristol and grew up in the Avonmouth and Shirehampton districts of the city. She attended and maintains a strong affection for Portway School and studied English at the University of the West of England. She now lives and works as a child protection social worker in Brighton. Rebecca has always scribbled stories but it was only last year that she plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class at the Connaught Community Centre in Brighton. She has never had anything published before.

Tim Weaver is an entertainment and technology journalist who has written for Sports Illustrated, Total Film, SFX and Edge, and lowered the tone on The Big Breakfast and Radio Five Live. He’s had a 15-minute script filmed as part of a season of shorts on Channel 4, and his first, full length novel, The Last Sound, has just been taken on by The Darley Anderson Agency, who represent bestselling writers like Lee Child and John Connolly. He’s obsessed with football, American TV shows, movies and travel, and his idea of heaven is sitting on a beach in South Africa with his wife and daughter.

Joel Willans was born in Suffolk. He has lived in Canada, Finland and Peru. He has a degree in History and studied creative writing at The London School of Journalism. He currently works as a copywriter for a Helsinki ad agency. When not writing slogans, he writes fiction. His short stories have appeared in more than twenty publications including Bonfire, Pen Pusher, La Fenetre, Southword, Penumbra and Brand as well as several anthologies, including The Remarkable Everyday published by Legend Press and the Route Compendium by ID Publishing. In the last year, he has also been successful in over a dozen competitions.

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