Julian Stannard is the author of Rina’s War (Peterloo, 2001), The Red Zone (Peterloo, 2007), The Parrots of Villa Gruber Discover Lapis Lazuli (Salmon, 2011) and The Street of Perfect Love (Worple, 2014). A new book – Hotel Magnificent – is due out with CB Editions in 2016. Recent work appears in the Best British Poetry 2014 (Salt); he reviews for TLS, Guardian and Poetry Review. He teaches at the University of Winchester.
Bethany W Pope is an LBA winning author, and a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Awards, the Cinnamon Press Novel competition, and the Ink, Sweat and Tears poetry commission. She placed third in the Bare Fiction Poetry Competition, second in this year’s Bristol Poetry Prize, she was long-listed for the Bare Fiction short-story contest, short-listed for The Arianne’s Thread Poetry Contest and she was recently highly commended in this year’s Poetry London Competition. Bethany was nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program, and her MA from the University of Wales Trinity St David. She has published several collections of poetry: A Radiance (Cultured Llama, 2012) Crown of Thorns, (Oneiros Books, 2013), and The Gospel of Flies (Writing Knights Press 2014), and Undisturbed Circles (Lapwing, 2014). Her first novel, Masque, shall be published by Seren in 2016.