We’ll be heard from Martin Millar, James Benmore, Rosie Wilby, Anna Mazzola, Dave McGowan, Venetia Welby, Jennie Ensor and Zelda Rhiando – hosted by the very talented Mik Artistik.
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Martin Millar is a Scottish writer. He lives in London, he’s had many books published, and he won the World Fantasy Award. His most recent book, ‘Supercute Futures’ was published in August 2018. Mox and Mitsu, owners of the huge Supercute Empire, find themselves under attack by their bitter rival Moe Bennie. For years they’ve dominated their ravaged world by having the cutest clothes and cuddliest toys, but now they’re obliged to revert to armed violence, something at which they’re surprisingly adept. Faced with an overwhelming cyber-assault, hostile drones in the air and mercenaries in the radioactive tunnels below, Supercute are struggling to stay alive.
Anna Mazzola is a writer who, due to some fault of her parents, is drawn to peculiar and dark historical subjects. Her debut novel, The Unseeing, which won an Edgar award, is based on the life of a real woman who was convicted of aiding a murder in South London in 1837. Her second novel, The Story Keeper, follows a folklorist’s assistant as she searches out dark fairy tales and stolen girls on the Isle of Skye in 1857. Anna lives in Camberwell with two small children, two cats and one husband.
Born in East Dulwich, Dave McGowan is a writer, photographer and performer. Author of Earwigging and Other Stories, co-host and founder of spoken word nights In Yer Ear and The Great Wen, and front man in a band called The Messengers of God. He is very fond of real ale.
Zelda Rhiando lives in South London, and is one of the founders of the Brixton BookJam – the quarterly literary event that has hosted readings by established and emerging writers since 2012. She is the author of three novels, Caposcripti, Fukushima Dreams, and Night Shift, and is currently investigating the curious history of her eccentric Irish ancestors. When not writing she can be found child-wrangling and making digital products.
@badzelda | http://www.badzelda.com
James Benmore lives in South London and is the author of a trilogy of novels about the Artful Dodger that were published by Quercus. They were Dodger, Dodger of the Dials and Dodger of the Revolution. Conn Iggulden described the series as ‘lively and as funny as the original Artful Dodger.’
He holds a Master’s degree in creative writing from Oxford University and has had several short stories published. He also works as a scriptwriter for Noiser podcast’s A Short History Of… series on Spotify.
Twitter @jhenry_benmore | Insta james_benmore
Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who has appeared many times on BBC Radio 4 programmes including Woman’s Hour, Saturday Live and Four Thought. Her first book Is Monogamy Dead? followed her TEDx talk of the same name and a trilogy of internationally-acclaimed solo shows investigating the psychology of love and relationships.
Rosie also presents The Breakup Monologues podcast, which was nominated for a British Podcast Award, has been recommended by Chortle, BBC Radio 4, The Observer, Metro and Time Out and provides the inspiration for her second book. She regularly appears as a commentator on sexuality, dating and love on radio and TV.
www.rosiewilby.com | Twitter @rosiewilby | Insta @breakupmonologues
Venetia Welby is a writer and journalist who lives in London. Her debut novel Mother of Darkness, a requiem for lost Soho, came out with Quartet in 2017 and her essays and short fiction have appeared in The Spectator, The London Magazine, Review 31 and anthologies Garden Among Fires and Trauma, among others. Her second novel Dreamtime was published by Salt on September 1st.
www.venetiawelby.com | Twitter @venwelby | Insta @vvwelby
A Londoner with Irish heritage, Jennie Ensor writes emotionally-charged psychological suspense and thrillers. A former journalist, she loves to tackle controversial issues in her novels: terrorism in Blind Side; sexual exploitation in The Girl in His Eyes. Her poem ‘Lost Connection’ placed second in its category in the 2020 Fish Lockdown Prize.
Her new work, SILENCED publishes 7 December 2021 with Hobeck Books – a crime thriller about two London teenagers who fall into the hands of a violent drugs gang.
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