Toby Litt (b. 1968) is the author of novels and short stories: Adventures in Capitalism, Beatniks, Corpsing, deadkidsongs, Exhibitionism, Finding Myself, Ghost Story and Hospital (to be published next year). He co-edited the British Council’s New Writing 13 anthology with Ali Smith. His website is www.tobylitt.com.
Janette Jenkins was born in Bolton in 1965. She studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Her novels are published by Chatto & Windus. She lives in the city of Durham.
Helen Kitson was born in Leicester and lives in Worchester with her husband and two children. She has published three volumes of poetry, the most recent of which, Tesserae, is published by Oversteps.
Vahni Capildeo (b. 1973) arrived in the UK in 1991 from Trinidad. Her books include No Traveller Returns (Salt, 2003) and Person Animal Figure (Landfill, 2005). Her work has been anthologized in The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse (OUP, 2005), and extracts from her unpublished One Scattered Skeleton are forthcoming in numerous magazines.
David Gaffney’s new book, Sawn Off Tales, will be published by Salt Press in autumn of 2006 – see www.saltpublishing.com.
Elanor Dymott was born in Chingola, Zambia, in 1973. She was educated in the USA and England, and has lived and worked in Indonesia and Singapore. She lives in London where she works as a law reporter.
Julian Turner (b. Cheadle, Cheshire, 1955) lives in Otley, W. Yorks, where he works for Leeds Mind. His first collection Crossing the Outskirts (Anvil), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize in 2002. His second, Orphan Sites, has just been released, also by Anvil.
Michael Glover is a poet and critic. His next collection of poetry will be published by San Marco Press.
Bernard O’Donoghue (b. Cullen, Co Cork, 1945) has lived in Oxford since 1965, where he teaches Medieval English at Wadham College. His most recent volume of poems was Outliving (Chatto, 2003); his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight has been published in Penguin Classics this August.
Philip Gross’s latest poetry collection, The Egg Of Zero (Bloodaxe), and novel, The Storm Garden (OUP), both appeared in March, 2006. Two of the poems in this issue come from The Abstract Garden, a collaboration with engraver Peter Reddick, which will be published by The Old Stile Press this autumn. Philip is Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University.
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