PAUL BIRTILL - poet and playwright born in Walton, Liverpool in 1960 and is half Irish. He moved to London in his early twenties and apart from a brief period in Glasgow has lived there ever since. Birtill's favourite themes of death, relationships and mental illness with his usual brand of dark humour and deep-veined irony - definitely not for the faint-hearted.
"His stark and hard-hitting verse skillfully echoes the neuroses of 90's life" - Irish Post
"Serious and deadpan, and then suddenly, incongruously comic" - Daniel Paddington, Time Out
"Bleedin' fabulous." - John Cooper Clarke
GERRY LINFORD is the writer of the award winning play The Miracle of Great Homer Street . He has also written a number of short films including Buddha Boy for the BBC. His collection of stories Where Will You Go When You Can't Go There? continues to gather popular acclaim and he is currently developing several television projects.
CATH BORE is a writer of fiction and fact. Her fiction and essays are published in Mslexia Magazine, Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class (Dead Ink Books 2017), DUSK: Solstice Shorts (Arachne Press 2018), National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies, I Hope You Like Feminist Rants, FWYL, Fictive Dreams, Spontaneity and more. She writes about music, books and pop culture for Getintothis and Bido Lito!, and is a panellist on Radio City Talk.
LOUISE FAZACKERLEY, fresh from supporting punk legend Dr. John Cooper Clarke. A bombshell word-witch, making the ugly beautiful, expect odd socks, hand-me-down dads and Afghanistan. As seen, heard and read on on BBC 1, BBC Radio 3,4,5, The Guardian Northerner.
ROY wanders his world and observes. He watches, reluctantly engages and recounts tales of ordinary and extraordinary inner-city madness. Where good snarls at evil and evil snarls right back. It’s dark, it’s sharp, it’s heartwarming and it’s funny. Ladies and gentlemen, the stories you are about to hear are true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
DEAN WILSON is the fourth best poet in Hull. His first collection - Sometimes I'm So Happy I'm Not Safe On The Streets is published by Wrecking Ball Press.
"Every bit as brilliant as Larkin, but a million times funnier" - Dave Lee. The Guardian