Diane Jardel is a published poet, finding inspiration in the natural world around her in Enniskillen. She has been working as a poet/facilitator, visiting rural schools, for the past four years.
Rosemary Jenkinson is a short story writer and playwright from Belfast. Her plays have been performed in Dublin, Edinburgh, New York and Washington DC. Her latest play, Love or Money, produced by c21, is opening at the Lyric and touring from February until mid-March 2016. Her first collection of short stories, Contemporary Problems Nos. 53 & 54, was published by Lagan Press and a new collection, Aphrodite’s Kiss, will be published by Whittrick Press in 2016.
Caroline Johnstone is from County Down and moved to Ayrshire [Scotland] some twenty years ago. Currently working for a charity that transforms students’ life chances, she hopes to return to the world of HR before an adventure taking her to Dubai. She also dares people to be happier and is a poet, a writer and leads journaling workshops all over Scotland. [Caroline will be celebrating Women Aloud NI 2016 by hosting an event in Prestwick!]
Maura 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’.
Nandi Jola is based in Portadown. A poet, equality officer and activist, she has had work published in a number journals and anthologies. She has featured at the Belfast Book Festival and worked with Terra Nova Productions as a commissioned poet. Nandi delivers community workshops and is currently engaged as a dance-storyteller for the Building Bridges Project [NI]. Her collection of poetry, Enkosi Tata, was published in 2014. It is dedicated to Nelson Mandela.
Gaynor Kane recently graduated from the Open University with a BA (Hons) Humanities with Literature. Mainly a writer of poetry, she has had work published in the Galway Review, A New Ulster and other journals. Recently, Gaynor was a finalist in the annual Funeral Services NI poetry competition.
Teresa 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 A native of Northern Ireland, Rachael Kelly has a PhD in Film Studies and published her doctoral thesis [Mark Antony and Popular Culture: Masculinity and the Construction of an Icon] with IB Tauris in 2014. She writes science fiction as RB Kelly and her first novel, The Edge of Heaven, was published in 2016.
Louise 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 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.
Berni Kerr is a poet and playwright originally from Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. A member of Derry Writers Group, Berni has had two plays professionally staged and her poetry is regularly performed at literary festivals and gatherings and included in published anthologies. Her poem The Perfect Mother was shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award. She published her first collection of poetry, ‘Me and Mr Boulder’, in 2015.
Angeline King is the author of Snugville Street, a heart-warming tale set around a French exchange in The Shankill area of Belfast. Angeline, who comes from Larne, has had a successful career in international business for the last fifteen years and is currently on a one-year career break with her children. Self-published at the end of September 2015, Snugville Street has been a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Angeline’s next novel, a prequel, is due to be published on St. Patrick’s Day 2016.
Ruth Leonard writes poetry & cookery books. Originally from Dublin, she attends Fermanagh Writers, which she enjoys thoroughly. She is looking forward to her first poetry publication in the coming weeks, titled ‘Hope’.
Literary 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.
Siobhan Livingstone took early retirement almost 2 years ago to concentrate on writing. Nearing the end of writing the first of a trilogy set in Ireland, England, Italy and the USA, the process of finding an agent and a publisher now looms! Her poetry focuses mostly on relationships and reflects the experiences of many of the women she has encountered both professionally and personally throughout her life. Siobhan is based in Derry.
Sheila Llewellyn began writing in 2010, taking an MA in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University, Belfast. In 2011, she won the P J O’Connor RTÉ Radio One Drama Award, followed in 2012 by the Silver Award in the New York International Radio Drama Festival. She has been shortlisted for the Hilary Mantel Short Story Prize, the Bridport Prize and the Seán Ó Faoláin Prize and shortlisted twice for the Costa Short Story Award. Publications include Myslexia; The Bridport Prize Anthology; The Hilary Mantel Short Story Prize Anthology (What Lies Beneath –The Kingston Writing School); Surge: New Writing from Ireland; The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland; Irish Pages. In 2016, she finished a PhD at the Seamus Heaney Centre and completed her first novel, Walking Wounded, to be published by Sceptre in 2018.