AUTHOR PROFILES 

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S.L. MASUNDA
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Shingirirai Lincoln Masunda trained as an auditor & fraud analyst for one of the big 4 accountancy practices.  However, his true passions are in creative writing – with a primary focus on modern African society, particularly issues affecting youth culture. Shingirirai adopts an unorthodox approach to social customs, always questioning ethos and tradition. Imagine Ghosts Telling tales in front of Smoky Mirrors is a fresh voice in African magical realism.
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S.R. McGLYNN
Scottish based writer, Rosie was awarded a 'Commended' accolade in the 2016 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her work 'Journey to Everywhere: Seventy Soviet Years in a Day', which was included in the recently published anthology Journey through Uncertainty & other short stories. Rosie gained a degree in Russian from Leeds University, and has spent time living and travelling abroad.  Currently, a full time carer for an elderly relative - Rosie uses the time this affords her to write fiction, poetry and enter writing competitions.
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GABRIELLE MULLARKEY
UK journalist and author, Gabrielle was awarded a 'Commended' accolade in the 2015 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her work 'No Dogs Allowed', which was included in the anthology Last Call & other short stories.  Gabrielle gained an English degree from London University, holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, and is a member of Lapidus - the writing for wellbeing organisation. Gabrielle has also written two novels - A Tale of Two Sisters and Hush Hush.




ETHAN NORTH
UK writer H C Johnston writing as Ethan North author was awarded a 'Highly Commended' accolade in the 2017 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her work 'Signature Dish' - which was included in the anthology Tasting Notes & other short stories. HC read English at Oxford University and holds qualifications in Statistics and Economics. A full member of the Writer's Guild, HC has trained in writing for theatre and TV/Film.  She runs creative writing seminars in partnership with her local council library service and cites her interests as probability theory, behavioural economics and ancient history.


MATTHEW REARDON
French/Canadian lawyer and writer, Matthew was awarded a 'Commended' accolade in the 2017 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for his  work 'The Terroir from Beyond' - which was included in the anthology Tasting Notes & other short storiesHaving had short fiction published in Retro Future magazine and Story Seed Vault, he is currently working on a novel.



JULIET ROBINSON
Edinburgh-born Juliet was awarded a 'Commended' accolade in the 2015 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her work 'The Chase', which was included in the anthology Last Call & other short stories. Juliet has recently moved to the United Arab Emirates with her husband. New to writing, Juliet admits to bouts of writer's block - but taking care of her two rescue dogs keeps her from becoming a writing hermit.

JILL SIEBERS                                       New York City based writer, Jill was awarded a 'Highly Commended' accolade in the 2017 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her work 'Lion's Tooth' - which was included in the anthology Tasting Notes & other short storiesJill earned a BA in Philosophy & French Literature, and studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.  Her poems have appeared in Poetica, the Examined Life Journal, & Switched-on Gutenberg. With a long commitment to children's education, Jill volunteers for the Pajama Programme.

EMMA SMITH
Eire based business writer and housewife, Emma was the overall winner in the 2016 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her work 'Journey through Uncertainty' which is the title story in the anthology Journey through Uncertainty & other short stories. Emma has gathered two Master of Arts degrees, helped along by her ability to write and write.  After many years of business writing and online editing, Emma is now focusing on her own creative work.



LINDA TYLER
Linda was awarded a 'Commended' accolade in the 2015 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her work 'Winter Solstice' which was included in the anthology Last Call & other short storiesAfter a career as a Law lecturer, Linda has settled in Kincardineshire, Scotland to run a self-catering holiday business with her husband. Linda's writing successes include a 'Highly Commended' submission to the 2015 Winchester Festival crime writing competition. 




REKHA VALLIAPPAN
Former college lecturer and writer/editor, Rekha was awarded a 'Commended' accolade in the 2017 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her  work 'Written in the Stars' - which was included in the anthology Tasting Notes & other short storiesShe has seen her work published in numerous anthologies and named in Best of Fiction lists. With an MA in English from the University of Madras, and an LLB from the University of London, Rekha writes speculative fiction, with Asia being her inspiration.  


SHAHZODA VAREBERG
LA based Shahzoda, writer and aspiring filmmaker was awarded a 'Highly Commended' accolade in the 2017 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her  work 'Synaesthesia: A Taste for Art' - which was included in the anthology Tasting Notes & other short stories. She has received numerous awards including the MidWest Student Emmy Award and an emerging writers award from MSUM.


ALAN WILKINSON
After a degree in American Studies, and MA in Creative Writing from the UEA, Alan was appointed Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence in Florida.  But his great love has always been the American West, where he has explored the wilderness on foot, on horseback, by bike and canoe.  And it was a Fellowship at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico that afforded Alan the space and time needed to complete his most recent novel - Cody, the Medicine Man and Me.  


KATY WIMHURST
UK based writer Katy was awarded a 'Highly Commended' accolade in the 2017 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her  work 'The Colour of Dulton' - which was included in the anthology Tasting Notes & other short storiesKaty read social anthropology at Cambridge University, before studying for a PhD in Mexican Surrealism.  Her fiction and non-fiction work has been published widely and she is the winner of the Earlyworks Short Story Prize 2017, and the Tate Modern short story competition. Katy says she has a soft spot for myth, magic, mongrels and mudflats.