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Caroline Johnstone WANICaroline Johnstone is from County Down and moved to Ayrshire [Scotland] some twenty years ago. She is returning to the world of HR after working for a charity that transformed students’ life chances. She also dares people to be happier and is a poet, a writer and leads journaling and happiness/well-being classes all over Scotland.

Maura JohnstonMaura Johnston is a writer from Moneymore in County Derry. She has written short stories, poetry and work on children’s literature. Her work has appeared in Fortnight; The Honest Ulsterman; The Sunday Tribune and Belfast Review. Her collection is called ‘Just Suppose’.

Tanya Jones is a novelist, non-fiction writer, blogger and environmental activist based in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.  Her experiences as a solicitor in Yorkshire inspired her trilogy of comic crime novels, beginning with Ophelia O. and the Mortgage Bandits, published by Hodder Headline.  Her other novels include Girotondo, set in the Tuscan city of Lucca where she lived and worked, and Fracking Up, a chick-lit fantasy with attitude, featuring sex and shale gas in almost equal measures.  She has written books for young chess players and for their parents, and articles about environmental issues, politics and faith.  Tanya blogs here and is an editor of thecombination.org.uk.  Her children Rory and Ashley are active in music, performance poetry and comedy in Belfast, and give her excellent excuses to board the 261 bus to the great metropolis.  Tanya is currently writing a crime novel set in Fermanagh, opening with the discovery of a body in the depths of Lough Erne, and continuing with plenty of traybakes. Twitter here. Facebook here. Contact here. Amazon author page here.

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Gaynor Kane lives in Belfast with her husband, daughter and dog. Mainly a writer of poetry, she has had work published in Atrium Poetry, Boyne Berries, Sixteen Magazine, and other journals and anthologies in the UK, Ireland and America. In 2016, Gaynor was a finalist in the annual Funeral Services NI poetry competition and commended in the Glebe House Poetry Competition. In 2017 she came fifth in the Annual Bangor Poetry Competition. Gaynor is currently working towards her first poetry collection.

Gaynor is a member of Holywood Writers’ Group and on the board of Women Aloud. She also volunteers for EastSide Arts during their summer festival and the CS Lewis festival in November. Gaynor is a keen amateur photographer and has had some of her photography published in journals and anthologies. You can find Gaynor on Facebook here and Twitter here.

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Teresa KaneTeresa Kane has worked as a freelance journalist for the BBC and for many years as a regional leader for Pushkin Prizes Creative Writing Trust. She has a long history of working with children in their poetry writing. Currently she is Principal in Magheralough Primary School, Trillick.

Rachael Kelly RB Kelly‘s first novel, The Edge of Heaven, was a winner of the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair Competition and was published in 2016. Her short fiction and non-fiction articles have appeared in magazines and journals around the world, and her short story Blumelena, was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2012. Her doctoral thesis, Mark Antony and Popular Culture, was published by IB Tauris in 2014. Website here. Twitter here. Facebook here. Amazon here.

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louise kennedyLouise Kennedy grew up in Holywood, Co Down but now lives in Sligo in the West of Ireland.She won both first place and runner up in the Ambit Fiction Competition 2015, and first place in Wasifiri New Writing Prize (Life Writing) 2015. Shortlists include Fish 2015, both Short Story and Short Memoir categories, Allingham Flash Fiction 2015. She has been published in Ambit, The Incubator and Silver Apples. She is studying for an MA Creative Writing at QUB.

Wilma KennyWilma Kenny has been published locally and in Canada and America. She is a freelance journalist and a published poet. She has been placed in a number of competitions such as theTrocaire/Poetry Ireland competition. A short story of Wilma’s has been published and she hopes to concentrate on short story writing as well as poetry.

Angeline King Angeline King’s first novel, Snugville Street (2015,) which is set between France and the Shankill area of Belfast was described by the Irish Times as “an enjoyable coming-of-age tale with a Belfast twist.” Angeline, a language and history enthusiast from Larne in County Antrim, works in international business and enjoys intertwining local and international themes in her work. A Belfast Tale (2016,) Snugville Street’s prequel, is a transatlantic story exploring the ordinary theme of marriage during an extraordinary time in Northern Ireland’s history. Children of Latharna (2017) is an illustrated book of stories for “big weans and wee weans.” Described by author Ian Andrew as “lyrical, nostalgic and comical,” it is an ideal resource for shared education and a fun introduction to Ulster-Scots. Angeline has appeared as guest speaker at festivals such as the Broadisland Gathering and Féile an Phobail and more recently has provided lectures on the history of Irish dancing. At the centre of Angeline’s life there are some real big weans and wee weans who inspire all the lyrical, nostalgic and comical words in her books. Angeline is currently writing an historical novel and preparing to publish a book on the history of Irish dancing. Website here, Facebook here, Twitter here, Amazon here.

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Literary Ladies DerryLiterary Ladies [Julieann Campbell, Lynne Edgar, Felicity McCall and Freya McClements] are Derry-based writers and friends who also provide creative writing facilitation and writing, editing and PR/marketing services for the arts sector, as well as event management and book launches.

Byddi Lee was born in Canada but grew up in Armagh. She moved to Belfast to study Biology at Queen’s University when she was 18 and made Belfast her home for twenty-one years, teaching science and writing for pleasure. In 2002 she took a sabbatical from teaching and travelled for two years, writing blogs about her adventures. She returned to Belfast in 2004 and resumed teaching. In 2008, she and her husband moved to San Jose, California where she made writing a full-time career. After the publication of her short story, Death of a Seannachai, she decided it was time to write, March to November, which was published in 2014.

Her short stories and articles have appeared in Canada’s Horizon Magazine, Ireland’s Own and The Irish Times. She was a monthly columnist during 2015 for the blog Girl Who Reads. On several occasions, she has read her short pieces at the San Jose Flash Fiction Forum.

She moved to Paris, France in 2016 where she continued to work on the Trilogy and chronicled her life abroad in her blog, We didn’t come here for the grass… In September 2017 she returned to live again in her hometown, Armagh. Facebook here. Twitter @Byddi Blog here. Website here. Contact here. Amazon author page here.

Byddi Lee is available for school visits, festival appearances, book club chats, readings and library visits.