These people are our members – all writers and enthusiastic. To see more details about them, and samples of their work, simply click on their name. To contact them directly either follow their email link, visit their web site or phone.

  • Poet
    I'm interested in exploring liminal spaces in my poetry, whether that be between people, places, thoughts or experiences.  My first collection was concerned mainly with motherhood and daughterhood.  Funded by Arts Council, I am currently writing my second collection 'Call Her Alaska' which is a contemporary re-imagining of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, 'The Snow Queen'.
  • Novelist

    My novel-in-progress, called Polishing Harpa, was longlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2015.

    Meltdown won a filmed spot at Fest Flash 2015 during Literary Kitchen Festival in Peckham.

  • The Ladies of Waterloo Bridge is told from the point of view of three female protagonists, all from different backgrounds and all of whom experience major events during December 1940 that lead to them working on the bridge. The following thirteen chapters are written from alternating points of view and follow the timescale of the war chronologically. The final chapter is set in December 1945 at the official opening of the bridge.

    The novel explores the ways in which people deal with sudden change and how they accept comfort or reject the support of others. It is about resilience, adaptability, the ordinary in the midst of extraordinary circumstances, courage in the middle of everyday life, hanging on and letting go.

    In the accompanying extract, Evelyn and her sister, Sylvie, who is a Canadian War Bride, exchange letters in the first weeks after Sylvie's departure for Canada.
  • Novelist
    I have just completed the first draft of my novel, Scapa Flow. The story is told from four points of view: an 11-year-old Orkney boy, an Italian Prisoner of War, a teenage Orkney girl and a German U-boat Commander, Gunther Prien (based on his real life story). The section on this website is Gunther's first chapter (and the first chapter of the novel) and relates the sinking of HMS Royal Oak in Scapa Flow harbour in the Orkney Islands in 1939. This event triggers the events which follow and the lives of all the characters are changed by it forever.
  • Novelist, Poet, Short Story Writer
    I am currently exploring memory and communication in a collection of short stories set in Canada.
  • Themes that fascinate me include home, belonging, landscape, and the evolution of relationships. I am currently working on a collection of memoir-style pieces based on growing up in the Rocky Mountains. I have another set of pieces in the works called ‘non-parabolic trajectory’ which trace my zig-zag paths from A to B. I also have a blog where I write weekly about whatever is in front of me when I sit down.  Because it's so easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees, I decided to make my blog a forest of one tree: one tree bohemia (onetreebohemia.wordpress.com)

    In addition to my own writing, I have a passion for leading writing workshops.  I am especially interested in finding ways for writers to claim and hone their voices. My years of teaching experience have convinced me that everyone has valuable perspectives to offer.  Given time, space, and loving attention, these insights can emerge and be polished into gems for friends, family and not-yet-discovered kindred spirits. For more information about my workshops in Cambridgeshire and online, please visit my website, melissafu.com.

  • While taking a part-time MA in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin College I wrote a modern picaresque novel, which was shortlisted in a competition for debut novelists. Since then I have written two more novels, a crime story set in Cambridge and a psychological thriller, which is currently in its third draft. I am learning to be patient.
  • Poet
    less is more, 
    in my case, 
    a lot less

    I am currently working on a collection, my first, with the working title 'Enough'.
  • Novelist, Feature Writer

    I split my time between my novel-in-progress for readers of 16+ years old, teaching creative writing, lecturing about Iceland and Icelanders, writing features about rowing and writing novels for children, mainly middle school age range.

    As a literary citizen, I help sixth form schools establish beta writers groups. If you are interested in finding out how I can help a school to do this, please contact me.

    I currently paint in water colours and am working on a series themed around water. These are available as cards. If you would like to buy some cards, please contact me.

  • The novel I'm presently working on is set between contemporary Iran and Europe. Beyond that you'll have to forgive the coyness.
  • I am a short-story writer studying for a Creative Writing MA at Royal Holloway University. I am interested in exploring the way we shape our lives through memory.  Stories published online include most recently The Sender of Second Chances on the Londonist website.  In January 2015 my story You Have What You Want was selected as a winning entry in the annual Words and Women prose competition. The story will appear in the anthology Words and Women: Two, published in March 2015 by Unthank Books. I am working on a collection of short stories.
  • Novelist
    My current novel is set in the eighteenth century and tells the story of the mysteries within a doctor's house in Cambridge. It's a gothic tale, and I'm loving playing with what we can see and what we think we can, what we can know and what we think we know.
  • Short Story Writer

    I love the short story, and the challenge of each new one is becoming addictive! I am in the middle of writing (or rather drafting and re-drafting) a collection of short stories that explores spaces and gaps – looking at the ways that we find ourselves separated off, whether that be from society, family or a sofa. I am interested in the way people deal with separation and isolation, and how we connect and dis-connect with each other.

  • I have recently completed a series of three Young Adult science fiction novels set a few hundred years into Earth's future. They are currently looking for an agent.

    When not off in the future, I still try and find time to write the odd poem or piece of flash fiction.
  • Novelist, Poet, Blogger
    I have recently finished a first novel, The Hour of Birds, a psychological ghost story set in modern London, which blends themes of trauma and dissociation with ghost traditions drawn from the US, Britain and Japan.  

    My second novel-in-progress, The Clay Lady, twists together the stories of five Americans (a psychologist accused of professional malpractice, an internet crime addict, a society wife obsessed with plastic surgery, a cult survivor turned drama teacher and the vanished victim of an unsolved murder) to explore crises of body, mind and memory in the internet age.
  • Novelist, Blogger
    A Human Heart is a literary novel which deals with a political and historical topic on a personal level. Set partly in Buenos Aires and partly in Córdoba, Argentina’s second city, it tells the story of Argentina’s ‘disappeared’, from the point of view of both perpetrator and victim, examining themes of our relationship with the past, loss and recovery, and the search for truth.

     A young woman, Maria Esquivel, is imprisoned while pregnant in a secret detention centre for supposed subversives, where she is held and tortured. Her child is born in captivity and taken away from her at birth. Thirty years later, Álvaro Becerra, retired member of the Argentine military, believes that he has come to terms with his guilt and has been able to put the past behind him. However, he finds himself embarking on a journey which forces him to confront the horror of his country’s heritage, as well as the extent of his own crimes.  

    The book offers the reader a sense of the indefatigable courage and endurance of the human heart, as well as its capacity for evil.