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DavidProse Editor & Cover Designer: David Gardiner

Ageing hippy, former teacher, for a time perpetual student and many other things including mental health care worker, living in London with partner Jean. Four books in print, SIRAT (science fiction novel, 2000), The Rainbow Man and Other Stories (short story collection, 2003), The Other End of the Rainbow (short story collection, 2008) and Engineering Paradise (novel, 2011) as well as many anthology entries, magazine & newspaper publications and competition successes. Most recent venture has been creating a stage musical version of part of Engineering Paradise as an 'open source' project. Interested in science, philosophy, psychology, contemporary folk music, scuba diving, alternative lifestyles & communal living, travel, wildlife, cooking and IT. Large, rambling home page at www.davidgardiner.net. Email David

Adele Poetry Editor: Adele C Geraghty

BIO: Adele is the recipient of the 'US National Women's History Award for Poetry and Essay' and author of 'Skywriting in the Minor Key: Women, Words, Wings', a poetry collection. She is Publisher of 'Between These Shores Literary & Arts Annual' and a member of the New York ensemble 'The Arts Soire', a multi-genre artist's collective. Her work may be found in numerous anthologies, magazines and journals, including 'Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women' (Haven Press), 'Cradle Songs' (Quill & Parchment Press), 'Long Poem Magazine', 'The Dawntreader', 'Sein und Werden' and 'Prosopisia'. Her current works in progress are 'Searching for Jennie Harbour', a biography and 'Nine Ladies Dancing', a collection of women's short stories.   BTS Books on Facebook. Email Adele

Eleanor Photographer: Eleanor Leonne Bennett

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a critically acclaimed visual artist and photographer winning 50+ awards in her field. She is also the marketing manager & co-founder of The Vintage Compact Shop. As an artist her work has been exhibited across the world for a variety of prestigious exhibits & events. Email Eleanor

Slavko Illustrator: Slavko Mali

I was born in 1957 in Kosovo. There I finished art school for interior designing. My family moved to Belgrade. My father, a former officer of Tito's army, was an alcoholic. As any brainwashed person, he hated all progressive things and he tried to kill all the talents inside of me. He did not want to support my schooling financially. I studied landscape designing, arranging, and decorating. I finished nothing because the whole day I worked hard physical fieldworks and in factories, too. In the evening, I used to run away from my father into a pub. That way I wasted my youth. At the end, I left home forever. I was 29 years old. At the station of Nish, I got off, having a single pair of blue jeans and $99 in my pocket. My independent life started that way. I drew comics, illustrations, caricatures. I wrote poems, short stories, newspaper articles. I was making posters (bills) and scenographies. However, in this country, a man who works on those things cannot live well. Here, only politicians and criminals live nicely. I played guitar and harmonica and I drank a lot. I used to sell my paintings on the street, for a pack of cigarettes and a glass of drink. My country was broken by inflation, wars, bombardment... Now I live in a small, conservative town, where I write and draw for local newspapers. I lost that job because I was not a member of the ruling party. During the hyperinflation, when wages were about $1 or $2 monthly, I could not buy milk for my two year old son. He was drinking tea. Communists taught me only the Russian language. I wanted to leave this country, but I had no place to go. I still do not have a passport. I have an old 1969 Volkswagen "beetle", which I don't drive, but sometimes I sit inside of it and watch through the windshield, imagining me travelling through the desert full of cactuses and blue wigwams. I keep receiving letters from around the world, sent by artists who have seenmy drawings. Then I climb up the mountain, look into the distance and cry.

Owen(Founder) Webmaster & Layout: Omma Velada

Omma Velada lives in London with her two children. Her short stories and poems have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She came second in the UK Authors 2004 short-story competition and was elected Writer of the Month at EditRed. She has three published novels, The Mackerby Scandal (UKA Press, 2004), Sun, Sea & Pilots (Lulu, 2014) and How to Steal A Goat (FromA Witch) (Lulu, 2014), all available from Amazon. Email Omma

Nansy Grill Co-Features Editor: Nansy Grill

Nansy is a freelance writer, former newspaper journalist, author of user's guides, and many short stories. Her work in progress novel is based on a true story. As workshop leader, she has taught in writing conferences. She is a founding member of Thunder Rock Writers, and she critiques for other writers. She is an avid reader and Book Club member.

 

Stascia Lynne Co-Features Editor: Stascia Lynne

Stascia Lynne is an award winning artist residing in New York City. Her poetry can be found in The Colors of Life (2001), Scarlet Literary Magazine (2010) (for which she was nominated for the Pushcart Award), and Gold Dust Magazine (2014). Her short stories have appeared in Joe Relativity Magazine (2011). She is also an Assistant Producer for Two Tone Rambler Theater.

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