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.
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 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 Antlers in issue#4
Hannah Floyd likes reading (among others!) Ursula LeGuin, David Mitchell and Lian Stearn. She currently lives in Cambridge with a bearcub and a birdwatcher, and enjoys raising sourdough and knitting her own granola. She first discovered writing fantasy/speculative fiction as a way of translating the unfamiliar when living abroad; she is also a shameless poetry addict. Hannah's poetry has been published in Edinburgh-based magazine Dactyl.
Maximillian Edwards lives in London and works in publishing. When not reading other people's work, he writes his own fantasy worlds, exploring the potential intersections of magic and modern society. He runs a review blog, OneChapterMore, and tweets @onechaptermore.
Author of White Noise issue#4
Carol Hood holds a MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is a Merit Scholar at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her novel in progress, The Misadventures of Tip & J.B. Turner, was nominated for the Pat Kavanagh Award for Best Manuscript. Her short story, White Alien, was short-listed for Glitter Train's Short Story Award for New Writers and her upcoming graphic novel, American Witch, won SAIC's small grant award. Follow her on Twitter: @CarolHenny or "like" her comic on facebook.
Author of American Witch issue#4
Author of Breaking through the Silence: Searching for Black female experiences in Speculative Fiction in issue#1 and A Letter to Octavia Butler in issue#4.
Chardine runs the Mothership Connections Black Book Club:
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, #3 and #4 header illustrations
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.
Author of There's More to Me than Crisis and Tragedy in issue#4.
Cheryl Morgan is a writer, editor, publisher and radio presenter. She was the first openly trans person to win a Hugo Award. She blogs regularly at Cheryl's Mewsings, and you can follow her on Twitter at @CherylMorgan."
Alex MacDonald lives and works in London. He has had his poetry published in The Quietus, Clinic, 3AM and English PEN and was shortlisted for the Poetry School / Pig Hog Poetry Prize. He hosted a series of readings at the V&A Museum on independent poetry publishers and was recently the Poet in Residence for the Poetry School.
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.
Author of the regular Rendezvous with Rare Books column, starting with The Long Way Back by Margot Bennett in issue#4.
Sonia Mullett is an archive footage researcher living in London and sometimes wishing she didn't.
Grace Culloton is Chicago born and bred, and recently graduated with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She's spent her college career studying creative writing and sequential art, comics being her very favorite. When she is not drawing, she is playing video games and calling her pets weird names.
Illustrator for American Witch, issue#4