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.
Sian Lorna Dawson
Author of Dear Mr Way in issue#7
Sian Lorna Dawson is currently studying a Primary PGCE in Skipton, North Yorkshire. She has a Masters in English Literature from The University of Warwick, during which year she taught creative writing in primary schools as part of the Warwick Writing Programme for Schools. It is her life’s ambition to inspire not only children but people of all ages to imagine, write and pursue their dreams. During the MA, a chapter of her young adult fiction was published in Read Me, an anthology of young adult literature, a project she secured the funding to self-publish. She writes in an array of forms: short stories, short fiction, poetry, poems that tell stories, songs, and is not afraid to play with the rules, choosing the experiment to best reflect the subject matter which tends loosely towards sci-fi and fantasy.
Nicki Heinen is a German born, London-based writer who was born in 1977. She studied English at Girton College Cambridge, where she won the Barbra Wrigley Prize for Poetry. She has been published in the 10th Anniversary of the May Anthologies, Oxford Magazine, Shooter Literary Magazine, Blue of Noon Magazine and Anomalie Magazine. She has also written for the Birmingham Post, Fire Magazine, Goldfish Magazine and Fashion Insider Magazine. Her play Spin was commissioned and performed by theatre company Write by Numbers at the Ovid Reworked festival in Brixton in 2010. Her play A Technicolor Death won the Goldsmiths Playwriting Competition in 2012. She was short-listed for the Pat Kavanagh Prize 2013, judged by United Agents, and for the Fish Publications Short Memoir Prize 2013 and Fish Publications Poetry Prize 2014. She completed an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, achieving a distinction, and attended Pascale Petit’s advanced poetry course at the Poetry School, currently studying there with Matthew Caley.
Author of Hampton Court poem issue#7
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
Adrian is currently a student of Ceramics in Cardiff. Combining this contemporary applied craft and his love for illustration makes him great conversation, so if you would like to chat or commission him, you can do so by emailing [email protected], or you can visit his blog: stilldrawing.tumblr.com for more examples of his work and process.
Lucy Smee and Laurel Sills
Sonia Mullett is an archive footage researcher living in London and sometimes wishing she didn't.
Lisa Kerrigan is a television curator and archivist. She is originally from Ireland but has lived in London longer than anywhere else in particular, so supposes that is home now. She tweets @kerriganagain.
Author of Time Travel Romance in issue#7.
Author of Sybil in issue#7
Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner Chris, and her two young children. Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration or on her blog. Her stories have appeared in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction and The Year's Best SF 18 and have been translated into a dozen languages.
Author of Falling Spider in issue#7
Matt is a writer based in Liverpool whose short fiction and poetry have appeared in HOAX, Confingo, The Alarmist, Transmission and others. He is currently finishing his second novel, which hopefully will be better than the first.
Foot Hoof Paw image issue#2, Night Owls image issue#3, Secret Six anthlogy image, Letters from the Tank image issue#5, The Slide Rule of Divinity in issue#6, Testing a Theory image in issue#7, and the header image for issue#7.
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.
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.
Homecoming image issue#1, In the Skin of a Goat image issue#2, Gita's Talisman image issue#3, White Noise image issue#4, anthology image for Lemon Sandals, P99 image issue#5, Myth image issue#6, Re-writing the Book image issue#7.
Les was the founding Director of tall-lighthouse press, a poetry publishing business that introduced many new voices to the UK poetry scene, published award winning poetry, held readings/events, and facilitated literature based workshops in schools and other organisations (refugee charities, libraries). He has had two poetry collections published by Flipped Eye press. Les has moved on from tall-lighthouse and has been a Trustee of the Poetry Book Society (PBS) and judged two poetry competitions for The Poetry Society. He has just completed a project editing 20 poetry pamphlets for EYEWEAR press which have been short-listed for the 2015 Michael Marks award.
Author of The Unbelievers in issue#7
Tom Riley lives and works in London with [redacted] and [redacted]. Though generally considered trustworthy, he considers The Phantom Menace his favourite Star Wars film and lists Southland Tales in his top five films of any genre.
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 Testing a Theory in issue#7
Elizabeth Hopkinson is from Bradford, West Yorkshire (UK), home of the Brontë sisters and the Cottingley Fairies. She does her best writing in Waterstones, Bradford Wool Exchange, where a staff member was recently heard to say of her: "She can do anything she likes. She keeps this place running." Elizabeth has had over 50 short stories published and one novel, Silver Hands, with Top Hat Books in 2013. She has won prizes in the James White Award, Jane Austen Short Story Contest and Historic House Short Story Contest. She writes weekly for silverpetticoatreview.com and her own website is hiddengrove.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
Author of Re-writing the Book in issue#7
Carol Fenlon is a freelance writer and creative writing tutor and mentor. She also writes short stories and her first novel, Consider The Lilies, the story of a feral child and part of her PhD thesis in Creative Writing from Edge Hill University won the Impress Novel Prize 2007 and was published in 2008 by Impress books. Carol's short stories have appeared in many small press and mainstream magazines. She lives in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and can be found at www.carolfenlon.com.