Martin Millar is a Scottish author living in London. He is the author of such novels as Lonely Werewolf Girl, The Good Fairies of New York, and Suzy, Led Zeppelin and Me. He also wrote the Thraxas series under the name of Martin Scott, for which he won the World Fantasy Award in 2000.
@martinmillar1 | martinmillar.com
Suzanna van Moyland with Roman Gomez on piano “London-based vocalist, songwriter and producer Suzanna van Moyland is genre-defiant. Working closely with Argentinian pianist Roman Gomez, this is story through song, relayed in an unusually low voice, with slivers of the spoken word. The music’s somewhere between alternative and classical. The lyrics are poems, true stories, mini-epics with elements of noir, sci-fi and magical realism. “Unlikely but really fascinating… And don’t you think she’s got Marianne Faithful, Lotte Lenya, Marlene Dietrich all wrapped up there in that voice.” (Max Reinhardt, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3)
Damon L. Wakes holds an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester, and Ten Little Astronauts —the novella he submitted as the final project for that course—has since been accepted for publication by Unbound. He writes everything from humour to horror, and produces a brand new work of flash fiction every day during July each year. Damon also writes interactive fiction and games, most notably Girth Loinhammer’s Most Exponential Adventure. In addition to this, he provided the story and dialogue for Craft Keep VR, which has been nominated for two Game of the Year awards.
@DamonWakes | https://damonwakes.wordpress.com/ https://unbound.com/books/ten-little-astronauts
Mark Bowsher is a proudly dyspraxic writer and filmmaker. He wrote and directed three shorts which won Best Short awards (plus one Best Screenplay award) at festivals in the UK and the US. He has written short fiction for Lionsgate’s Fright Club ezine as well as articles for Den of Geek and Cult TV Times. He recently wrote and directed the pilot episode for a sitcom based on his previous career in film marketing entitled It’s All Lies. He isn’t married and doesn’t live in Surrey but he did once climb a mountain dressed as Peter Pan.
@MarkBowsherFilm | https://unbound.com/books/the-boy-who-stole-time
Dominic Canty was born and grew up in, South-East London, and has always been interested in entertainment and fiction. Having worked the London stand-up comedy circuit for two years, he turned to fiction and was delighted to be voted Guardian Readers’ Recommended Author in 2016. Dead Men Should Know Better introduces Britain’s new secret agent – Bristo Trabant. Described by South London Press as: ‘A barnstorming, laugh-out-loud bulldozer of a spy thriller from one of London’s most exciting new writers,’ this novel is a headfirst-dive into the world of international arms trafficking, which, by definition, has a dark, murky and gritty core, yet the book is flavoured with humour as the characters are introduced.
Back by popular demand, Stefan Clarke will be sharing his new short story collection, The Commando Sergeant’s Son. Clarke hails from Dublin, but calls South London his home. His first novel, Love and Blood, will be published soon.
Zelda Rhiando writes literary fiction with a dark twist – her first novel Caposcripti featured shrunken heads, and her second, Fukushima Dreams, focussed on the fate of a child missing after the Japanese tsunami of 2011. She’ll be reading from her new work, Good Morning Mr Magpie. Zelda lives in South London, with her husband, 2 daughters and 4 cats. She is one of the organizers of the Brixton BookJam.
@badzelda | http:www.badzelda.com
John-Michael O’Sullivan is a London-based writer and designer. A regular contributor to Esquire and The Observer, he also edits the menswear biannual Article (a project which also started life on Unbound four years ago, and is now on its 10th issue). His particular interest lies in mid-century fashion and photography. Since 2013, he has been working with Barbara Mullen, one of the top models of the postwar era, on a biography which explores fashion’s golden age from the other side of the lens.
@1972projects | unbound.com/books/the-replacement-girl
James Benmore is the author of the Dodger series, a trilogy of novels about the continuing story of the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist. Dodger, Dodger of the Dials and Dodger of the Revolution are all published by Quercus. He is writer-in-residence at Gad’s Hill school, former home of Charles Dickens and has had short fiction published in anthologies such as The Fiction Desk and The Sandspout. He’s currently working on a new crime novel called Ask for Mercy.
@jhenrybenmore | http://www.amazon.co.uk/James-Benmore/
Sophie Sparham is a spoken word artist and sci-fi and fantasy writer based in Derby. Her work has been featured in the People’s History Museum and UK Young Artists Festival. She has shared the stage with punk legends such as Crass’s Steve Ignorant, Andy T and Subhumans. Sophie has also performed at various festivals such as Rebellion Festival, Y Not and Bearded Theory. Please Mind the Gap is Sophie Sparham’s debut poetry collection, and features a foreword from Benjamin Zephaniah: “Sophie Sparham…has a unique and distinctive voice, and has some very important things to say. I am sure she will shine in the years to come and her talent will carry her far.”
Jon Newman presents Death on the Brighton Road – an account of a recent nine mile journey along the old coach road between Kennington and South Croydon, it contrasts the present-day streetscape with the history and associations of the long-forgotten execution sites that once dominated this route out of London: at Kennington, Brixton, Thornton Heath and at Smitham Bottom. In the eighteenth century these were all the locations for gallows and gibbets. David Western’s accompanying pen and ink and watercolour illustrations capture the same locations today.
Sarah-Jane Stratford’s most recent novel is Radio Girls. It was well-received in the UK and North America, reaching two bestseller lists. She is especially proud of it having inspired a new scheme at BBC Radio Five Live for young women starting out in radio. Sarah-Jane is a sudden Londoner after years of living in New York. In addition to her fiction, she has written for a wide variety of publications including The Guardian, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Marie-Claire, Bustle, Salon, Slate, and many others.
@stratfordsj | www.sarahjanestratford.com
Nick Cox has written and directed a cast of 12 and composed 60 minutes of music for the contemporary online drama Chow for the Koi – www.chowforthekoi.com, and Sylvia’s monologue for the play Femage-a-Trois staged at Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/femage-a-trois-women#/ – the thoughts of a retired actress during her last 20 minutes of life. His two hour stage play Liberty addresses the crisis of modern culture and the clashing philosophies of the West and Islam. Nick also writes songs, poems and short stories. He has done time as a barrister, management consultant, tour guide and van driver.