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 Tiny Miracles in issue#6
Armel Dagorn is now back in his native France after living in Ireland for seven years. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Lamplight, Apex Magazine, Tin House online, Unthology, Paper Darts and Popshot. He has a little place at armeldagorn.wordpress.com
Anna Lea Jancewicz lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where she homeschools her children and haunts the public libraries. She is an Associate Editor at Night Train, and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming at Necessary Fiction, Phantom Drift, Split Lip, Wyvern Lit and many other venues. Her flash fiction "Marriage" was chosen for The Best Small Fictions 2015. She is working on her first novel. Yes, you CAN say Jancewicz: Yahnt-SEV-ich. More at: annajancewicz.wordpress.com.
Author of Sheitel issue#6
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, #4, #5, #6 header illustrations, Anthology cover
Daedalus illustration issue#6
Silvia Carrus is an Italian illustrator and cartoonist that works mostly in digital media, producing colourful or black and white digital illustrations and comics. She's a big fan of trees, penguins and comedy.
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.
Sonia Mullett is an archive footage researcher living in London and sometimes wishing she didn't.
Andrew Smee spends most of his time thinking about boardgames and baking, and is currently studying to be a primary school teacher. His favourite kind of cookie is all of them.
Michaela earns book vouchers, which she understands most people know simply as "money", by working for a social care charity in London. She is possibly the only person alive to enjoy commuting, purely for the valuable reading time.
Michaela is a freelance writer who writes reviews, features and blogs for such websites as GeekPlanetOnline, Geek Syndicate and Sidekickcast. She also tweets far too much under the handle @bookiesnacksize.
Author of Myth in issue#6
Mark Burgh lives in Fort Smith, AR, teaches in the schools there, and has won many writing awards and his published his work in many journals. He was born in Trenton, NJ to a family of bakers and gamblers, attended the University of Delaware, where he won numerous writing awards, and has both an MFA and PHD from the University of Arkansas. He is a Henfield Fellow, a Lilly Peter Fellow, a winner of the John Gould Fletcher Medal, and other writing prizes. He was Champion for a Day on Dick Clark’s The Challengers.
Author of Daedalus in issue#6
Niall is 33. He is an English teacher who lives and working in London but is originally from Kilkenny, in Ireland. He is currently finishing an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University of London. He is working on a collection of poetry and a novel. He has had fiction published in Prole Magazine and Roadside fiction and has had poetry published in Southbank Poetry, Silver Apples and Three Drops from A Cauldron.
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.
Sheitel image issue#6
Rudy Loewe is a visual artist and facilitator who works primarily with drawing, writing and storytelling. Identity and the intersections of varying identities are a prominent feature in their work. Rudy is concerned with themes such as black histories & possible futures, race, gender, sexuality, mental health & disability and trauma. Rudy identifies as a non binary QPOC (queer person of colour) and their pronouns are they/ them.
Tiny Miracles image issue#6
Jenny is an illustrator based in Leeds, UK. After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University with a First Class (Hons), Jenny has developed a quirky and unique style based upon her pencil drawings, which she combines with bold acrylic paint markings and collage.
Taking inspiration from both nature and the breadth of human emotions, Jenny creates work that is bold in colour and shape.
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.
Foz Meadows is the author of two YA urban fantasy novels, Solace and Grief and The Key to Starveldt, both with Ford Street Publishing. She is also a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and Black Gate, and a contributing reviewer for Strange Horizons and A Dribble of Ink. She has been published in Apex Magazine and Goblin Fruit, and in 2013, she was shortlisted for a Best Fan Writer Hugo Award for her blog, Shattersnipe. An Australian expat, Foz currently lives in Scotland with not enough books, her very own philosopher and a Smallrus. Surprisingly, this is a good thing.
Author of Religion & Supernatural in issue#6 and The Empty Mirror in the 2013-2014 Holdfast Anthology
Lawrence White is a writer and journalist based in Hong Kong. He has been in Asia for ten years and lived in Nagasaki, Tokyo and HK. His day job focuses on writing about the Asia financial industry for Reuters, but in his spare time he enjoys reading science fiction and watching Deep Space Nine.
Author of The Slide Rule of Divinity in issue#6
Chris dwells in a hovel in deepest, darkest Oxfordshire, emerging only occasionally to procure more gin and burble random drivel at any cat that's prepared to put up with it. He crushes dreams for a living and still occasionally says 'BRAAK!' to crows. Which is completely normal. Shut up