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Writers whose work has appeared on Short Story Radio over the past three years:

Sylvia Alston (Dust to Dust)
Sylvia was born in Preston, Lancs. and migrated to Australia in 1982 with husband Steve and three daughters who are now grown up. Sylvia is currently undertaking a creative PhD at the University of Canberra exploring laughter as a means of coping with pain and stress. She can be contacted at:

Paul Carey (The Inheritors)
Paul Carey lives in Grays Thurrock Essex, he is chairman of  the Thurrock Playwrights group, and Vice-chair of Diving through time drama group. He enjoys amateur dramatics, film-making, drawing, painting and writing.

He collects old American comics, likes TV shows from the 60's and 70's, is interested in the paranormal, and is fascinated by comic geniuses. Paul can be contacted at

James Donaldson Collins (Summer's Lease)
James Donaldson Collins is an artist and musician. He moved back to Scotland seven years ago after spending most of his life in the south of England. He lives with his wife, teenage daughter and three dogs in a farmhouse outside Elgin, Moray.

Catherine Davies (Adieu My Stooge)
Catherine, 24, runs Manchester’s leading literature night, RE:Verberate, supported by Arts Council England. She is the Department Coordinator of BBC Manchester News and Current Affairs, and also a stand-up comedian. Many literary magazines and arts websites have published her poetry and short fiction in the UK, Ireland and Canada. She is completing an MA in Creative Writing and finishing her first novel. She loves burlesque, travelling, Mac computers and second-hand bookshops. Website:

Helen Edmunds (Envidia and The Ginger Pig)
Helen Edmunds has been writing seriously for about four years. She writes prose fiction and is working on a series of linked short stories. She belongs to a women’s writing group in Medway called the Medway Mermaids.

Sarah Evans (Abandoned)
Sarah Evans lives in Welwyn Garden City with her husband, and works in London where she is part of a writing group. Her short stories have been published, shortlisted, longlisted, and – most usually – not at all listed, by a variety of magazines and competitions. Stories published by Writers’ Forum, Happenstance, Leaf.

Elizabeth Fearon (Peter's Last Stand)
Elizabeth moved to southern Spain from Southport three years ago with her husband, two teenage daughters and one large lovable dog. They have survived the ensuing emotional rollercoaster and are now happily settled for the foreseeable future. Elizabeth has had several articles published in national UK magazines and is hoping to find an agent for her first novel, having begun work on her second.

Annie Holland (The Circle)
Annie Holland returned from Portugal seven years ago where she lived for many years with her artist writer husband John. She organised John's art exhibitions and wrote his press releases. She has written one novel and is busy researching for her next on the Two Ladies of LLangollen. She has work pending inclusion on the Liverpool Walker Gallery website. Her stories have appeared in many pamphlet publications and been read on BBC Radio Merseyside. She is an enthusiastic member of the Chester literary scene.

David Irvin (The Ice Man)
David Irvin lives in Liverpool and is in his late 50’s. Divorced with two daughters he started writing whilst awaiting heart bypass surgery.He attended creative writing courses run by the WEA, Liverpool University and John Moores University. Interested in all forms of writing his preference is for short stories and sit-com scripts. Email:

Marie Keir (Shack's Whale)
Marie Keir was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and now lives in Canberra, Australia. She has cleaned cages of rats and mice and guinea pigs, taught in primary schools and universities, and worked as a social scientist and policy adviser. With all that behind her, she now writes for pleasure. She can be contacted at

David Markham (Paolo)
I live in Canberra, Australia, where I work for a government agency. I have been writing for a number of years, have the proverbial unpublished novel as a doorstop, and am working on another. I am a bit of a devotee of certain detective fiction, like writers such as Rankin, Lawrence Block, McDermid etc, and usually write in a similar genre. This is in some ways a guilty pleasure, as my background is in what could be construed as more highbrow literature – in the past, I got an Honours degree in literature, although I am not sure why.

Annie Morris (The Party)
Currently based in Twickenham, Annie began writing poetry and short stories over four years ago when she joined Richmond Writers' Circle. She has a deep fascination for, and belief in, myths and fairy tales.

Siobhan O'Tierney (The Centenarian)
Born Dublin 1960, writing since circa 1966 - ever trying! Stories published in various small press literary magazines & prize winner anthologies, & broadcast on RTE. Part time maths teacher & currently about to start M litt in Creative Writing @ Glasgow University.

Felicity Shakespeare (The Contingency)
Felicity Shakespeare lives in Bishops Stortford, Herts. She comes from a theatrical background having played many roles in musical theatre and is currently appearing in Panto locally. A couple of years ago she started writing her own material for the theatre, and this short story was part of that process. She can be contacted on  You can hear some of Felicity Shakespeare's stories at

J Carmen Smith (The Photograph, The Traveller's Tale)
J Carmen Smith went back into education in late middle age and gained an MA in Victorian Literature from the University of Liverpool. Now a grandmother she has just completed her first full length novel called Chasing Shadows - a fictionalised biography of her Spanish grandparents' lives as immigrants in Liverpool at the beginning of the last century. Website:

Jonathan Veale (A Helping Hand, Well of Hope)
Jonathan Veale, a serial entrepreneur with far too much time on his hands, has recently completed a collection of short stories all centered around a fictional village in very rural France. 'A Helping Hand' is the opening episode of twenty-two; stand by your headphones! When not sipping whisky at his keyboard, Jonathan oversees the development of a couple of websites devoted to writers seeking publishers. is now in its fourth year and chugs along at the mercy of a growing membership.

The bidding auction for Jonathan's writing masterpiece can now begin. Bill Tidy has produced a beautiful cover cartoon; what better start could a book have in life?


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