Laurel and Lucy met at the SciFi Weekender, and bonded whilst shivering in a caravan and verbally writing a graphic novel series under the working title of 'The Lucky Strikes' (as both of their initials are LS). 'The Lucky Strikes' were a crime fighting duo in which Lucy's alter ego was a kung-fu fighting Mary Poppins, and Laurel's was a world-weary, whisky-drinking, braces-wearing brawler. In real life, Lucy is a film archivist who loves Star Trek: TNG and Laurel writes fantasy and dreams about befriending a talking fox. After leaving the altered state of consciousness that February in a caravan in Wales surrounded by SciFi fans induced, they decided that 'The Lucky Strikes' was probably better left behind. But such a partnership could not be wasted! This magazine is a testament to a friendship sparked in a cold, dank, terrifying caravan.
Author of Charmed: The Missing Sister in issue#3
Jobo currently spends her days silently screaming while editing news footage. Outside the tedium of the office she is a life coach, theatre director and aspiring novelist. Reading the article about dragons in the last Holdfast awakened memories of being a dragon fan as a teenager and that is how she has ended up as contributor, thus fulfilling the dreams of her inner teenage geek.
Author of Night Owls in issue#3
M J Wolfson is a UK-based short story writer and occasional playwright. He sold his first short story in 2012 and his work has subsequently featured in a variety of electronic and print publications. He’s an Assistant Editor at Firewords Quarterly; a poetry and prose fiction magazine which genuinely welcomes new writers. He enjoys networking with other writers and readers so feel free to contact him via his website or twitter account.
Sam Parsons is graduating in Anthropology from the University of Kent. He is currently tidying up his first novel and is well on the way to finishing his second, and has written numerous other works of shorter fiction. All genres of literature interest him, but he has a particular appetite for fantasy and science fiction. In the few spare moments he does not spend writing, Sam enjoys jumping out of planes at his local drop zone. Else he is found wandering the local woodlands searching for inspiration.
Author of Tui issue#3
Rima Devereaux studied Modern Languages at Oxford and holds a doctorate in mediaeval French from Cambridge. She is an editor, writer and translator. She has reviewed books in the Times Literary Supplement, the London Magazine, The Tablet, the Pastoral Review and Spirituality. She is working on her first novel, a quest fantasy inspired partly by her knowledge of medieval literature, and has written a number of fantasy-themed short stories. These are usually aimed at young adults or people in their twenties, and explore myth and legend in a historical or secondary-world context. She is the author of two works of non-fiction, Last Thing at Night and Constantinople and the West in Medieval French Literature. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the flute, medieval seminars and medieval re-enactment, European cinema, learning languages and country walks.
Author of Gita's Talisman issue#3
EGY Quesseveur read British and American Literature and Civilisation for her degree. Passionnate about books (not to say a total addict), she's got a soft spot for... any genre. She is currently trying to uncover the secrets behind the baking of perfect macarons, but for now she has only reached the "crackaroon" level.
Tracy lives with her family near the South Downs in West Sussex. She has been shortlisted in numerous writing competitions and published both online and in magazines with short stories and flash fiction. Currently she is working on a novel and an MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University. She shares a writing blog with The Literary Pig and tweets as @theliterarypig. Actively involved in West Sussex Writers, a local writing group, Tracy loves meeting other writers to talk shop. She does not talk to blackbirds or herself.
Faye McNulty is a freelance printmaker and textile designer. She has worked with innovative textile design centers –including the Textile Futures Research Centre and the London Printworks Trust – and as technical support to award-winning designer Linda Florence for the past seven years on handprinted wallpapers and on projects featured at Kaunas Textiles Biennial and the V&A Museum. She has printed and consulted for internationally renowned artists, cultural institutions and fashion designers such as Yinka Shonibare, Sonia Boyce, Preen, Victoria Beckham and The Foundling Museum. She has over five years experience teaching textile and wallpaper printing, most recently leading short courses at Chelsea College, UAL. Currently Faye is developing new interior products with upholsterer Emma Meadows under the name Hatcham Studio.
Holdfast logo and issues #2 and #3 header illustrations
Hannah is an animator and illustrator from London. She likes to work with handmade elements – pencil, print making, fragments of paper – to create a glimpse into different worlds and landscapes. She's interested in where the everyday meets the surreal, how they intertwine, and how one informs the other. She likes to observe tiny moments in the every day, and magnify them to create a narrative.
Ancient Wing image, issue#3
With the advantage of an illustrative mind-set, Kirsty is motivated by ephemeral visual misunderstanding, transient half-light, ocular strangeness, nightmares, dreams and fleeting glimpses of unreality. Inspired by Faerie tales, myths and legends, ailuroanthropy, science, Alice-syndrome and transformation, childhood memories, ghost stories, naiveté, music, antique cultures, Quixotism and true romanticism; her idiosyncratic work often has its roots in dreamlike non-realities to create Art contained by the renovating of influences and ideas into images which often convey feelings of otherworldly states. Favouring pencil and ink, mixing with photography and print, Greenwood likes to work intricately to produce detailed phantasmagorias, unusual scenarios and creatures. For further examples or to commission work please visit this site.
Luke Spooner a.k.a. ‘Carrion House’ and ‘Hoodwink House,’ currently lives and works in the South of England. Having graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree he is now a full time illustrator and writer for just about any project that peaks his interest. Despite regular forays into children's books and fairy tales, for which he has won awards for literary and artistic merit, his true love is anything macabre, melancholy or dark in nature and essence. He believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility as well as being something he truly treasures.
Tui image issue#3
Brooke Rogers wrote the blog Reluctantly Meat Free, and was formerly a drummer in the Llama Farmers and exlovers. He spends a lot of his time thinking about American football, how to make the perfect stew and playing Battlefield.
Eric Randolph is an AFP journalist who specialises in foreign affairs, politics and SE Asia. He has written for the Independent, Foreign Affairs and The Economist.
He is a member of Beacon: http://www.beaconreader.com/eric-randolph
Shashi Abayasekera is at her happiest when eating ice cream, second only to choosing which flavour of ice cream to eat. Trained as an architect, she would like to one day design and open her own ice cream parlour so she can be surrounded by what she loves. She is knitting a pair of mittens for the winter.
Mat Andrew lives with his family in Exeter, where he is a cinema projectionist. He is also a filmmaker, graphic artist, amazing Lego-builder and fun dad.
Author of Relics issue#3
Mark Alder is the pen name of Mark Barrowcliffe, who also writes under the name MD Lachlan.
Mark has had a passion for history since he was young. He lives in Brighton, where he also coaches fencing.
Martin Robinson is Features Editor for Eurogamer, where his specialism is racing games. He is also the author of a number of coffee table video game art books, including Halo: the Great Journey - the Art of Building Worlds and collects boards for his Astro City arcade cabinet that takes up an unreasonable amount of space in the living room.
Matthew Clark Hellery
Matthew Clark Hellery is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator working out of Devon. Ever since he was young, Matthew has drawn cartoons and pictures for friends and family. A childhood spent travelling the worlds of Marvel and DC before exploring the real world fed his imagination. Matthew has created illustrations for movie festivals, books and magazines.
Author of The Curve of Zircote issue#3
Shauna Gilligan, from Dublin, has lived in Mexico, Spain and the UK. She writes short and long fiction. Her novel Happiness Comes from Nowhere (London, Ward Wood: 2012) was described by the Sunday Independent in Ireland as a “thoroughly enjoyable and refreshingly challenging debut novel.” She holds a PhD (Writing) from the University of South Wales.
Author of Inuksuk issue#3
Jo Dixon is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. In October she will begin a practice-led PhD in poetry funded by the AHRC. Recently, her poems have been published in New Walk Magazine and The Interpreter's House.