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Editor & Cover Designer: David
Ageing hippy, former teacher, later many things, including mental health care worker, living in London with partner Jean, and Charlotte the chameleon. Adopted daughter Cherelle has recently moved to Australia with her boyfriend. Four published works, SIRAT (science fiction novel), The Rainbow Man and Other Stories (short story collection), The Other End of the Rainbow (short story collection) and Engineering Paradise (novel) as well as many anthology entries and competition successes. Interested in science, philosophy, psychology, scuba diving, alternative lifestyles and communal living, travel, wildlife, cooking and IT. Large, rambling home page at www.davidgardiner.net.
Editor: Adele C Geraghty
Adele is a native New Yorker who claims dual citizenship, having been naturalised in the UK in 2012. Beside a lifetime dedication to the written word, she is also an illustrator and graphic designer. She 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. Adele is a member of the New York ensemble 'The Arts Soire', a collective of presentational artists of varying genre, 'The Patched Fools Ballads', presentational poets based in Newcastle and the writing site UKAuthors.com. She is Co-Founder, Publisher and Editor of BTS Books (Between These Shores), which specialises, but is not limited to promoting emerging women writers. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, including 'Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women' (Haven Press) and 'Cradle Songs' (Quill & Parchment Press). Her work may also be found in journals and magazines such as Sein und Werden, Long Poem Magazine and The Dawntreader. Her current work in progress is 'Searching for Jennie Harbour', a biography of the enigmatic Deco era Illustrator. https://www.facebook.com/BTSBOOKS. Email Adele
Photographer: Eleanor Leonne Bennett
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16-year-old internationally award-winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature's Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph , The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles,Florida, Washington, Scotland,Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011), amongst many other locations. Email Eleanor
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 thedistance and cry.
Webmaster & Layout: Omma
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.
Jo currently lives in East London with her husband and two
cats. She works as a legal secretary during the day, and writes
poems and short stories when the mood takes. She's also a
seriously addicted 'comper' and has various wins to prove
it! Email Jo
Calender Designer: Pia Lenau
Pia lives quietly North of Copenhagen. After battling mental illness all her life she has finally come out on the better side and is constantly trying new things these days. Life seems to be exciting for the first time. She has always dabbled in poetry writing both in English and Danish and the English languge has her heart, having grown up in Australia and gone to school there. She has been published in various anthologies, among others UKA's Voices from the Web. Email Pia