Deirdre Quiery, born in Belfast, is author of Eden Burning [her debut novel which was published by Urbane Publications in 2015]. She now lives in Mallorca where she is writing her second novel Gurtha and where she paints and travels globally to run leadership workshops for multi-nationals. Deirdre has won prizes for writing, including the Alexander Imich Prize in the USA for writing about exceptional human experiences.
Rebecca Reid is a mummy of four from Bangor. She’s an author and ni4kids columnist on her rapidly growing food blog.
Heather Richardson is a novelist and short story writer. Her stories have been published in The Stinging Fly, QWF, pulp.net, Black Mountain Review and Incubator, and appeared in anthologies from Comma Press and Lagan Press. Her first novel, Magdeburg, [Lagan Press 2010] is set in Germany during the Thirty Years War.
Margaret Sands [known as Meg] is a single mother, foster carer and teacher who lives in rural Co. Down. She has studied Dramatic Art and English with Education to Masters degree level at QUB and with The Open University and has published some pieces of her short story and poetry. Meg has been long-listed for The Seamus Heaney New Writing Poetry Award  and for the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award .
Claire Savage is a writer from the North Coast, with short stories published in The Lonely Crowd and The Incubator journals, SHIFT Lit – Derry writing magazine and The Launchpad journal. In 2014 Claire was awarded a National Lottery-funded grant from the Arts Council NI to complete a collection of short stories and poetry. Her poetry has appeared in the Abridged journal, Community Arts Partnership (CAP) poetry anthologies (2014/15), the Co Derry Post newspaper and poetry e-zine, A New Ulster. Another is forthcoming in an anthology in memory of Seamus Heaney. You can find out more about Claire and her writing here.
Lara Sunday is a Belfast based poet driven by her interests in sustainable living, politics, sex and food and the places where these topics intersect. Active in the local poetry scene, Lara runs The Poetry Review, a monthly gathering (think book club but for poems) held at Tullycarnet library. Having received a place at the John Hewitt Summer School 2015, Lara went on to take part in their Once Alien Here project. Lara was winner of the 2014 Curious Cat Poetry competition and has been published in FourXFour poetry journal, panningforpoems, also the Derry Post. Concurrently, Lara is a full time student at Queen’s University studying International Politics and Conflict Studies. She shares her home with four children, two dogs, a bearded dragon and a lovely bearded man.
Mandy Taggart is a short story writer, published widely in print and on-line. Winner of the 2012 Michael McLaverty Award for ‘Ways of the North’, her work has appeared in anthologies published by Kingston University Press (curated by Hilary Mantel), The Fiction Desk and Alma Press, and in various journals including Crannóg magazine and The Honest Ulsterman, as well as various on-line publications.
Jane Talbot is a writer and storyteller based in County Antrim. Jane’s first book, The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories [Blackstaff Press, 2015], is a collection of seven dark faerie tales set in Northern Ireland’s beautiful North Coast area. Stories from her collection are being adapted for the stage by Big Telly Theatre Company. The stage production, called The Faerie Thorn, will be touring the UK and Ireland April-June 2017. You can visit Jane’s website here. When Jane is not writing, she runs a coaching and training business. She is also the founder and overall project manager of Women Aloud NI.
Catherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works in Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com and @CatherineTinley on Twitter.
Judith Thurley is from Bangor. She’s a linguist, a nurse, a poet, a singer and a member of Word of Mouth women’s poetry collective. First published by Lapwing in 1995, she has been published in Ireland, UK, US and Canada since. She was shortlisted for the Templar Poetry Prize and has had non-fiction nature prose published in NI and Scotland. She often writes in Spanish and then translates hew workinto English. She is currently finalising a full collection of poetry and working on her singing and songwriting.
Csilla Toldy was born in Budapest and has been living in Northern Ireland since 1998. Her prose has appeared in Southword, Black Mountain Review and anthology, Fortnight, The Incubator Journal, Strictly Writing, Cutalongstory and Ink Sweat & Tears. Her poetry was published online and in print literary magazines, such as Snakeskin and Poetry24, Savitri, Lagan Online, Headstuff, Visible Verse, A New Ulster, The Honest Ulsterman, Allegro Poetry and in the Canadian feminist anthology “Mothers and Sons” published by Demeter Press. She has two chapbooks out with Lapwing Publications Belfast: Red Roots – Orange Sky and The Emigrant Woman’s Tale.
Joanna Toner lives in Lisburn and has a guide dog called Nash. She’s a Laughter Yoga instructor and, although new to writing, has written a book about her experience of sight loss.
Shelley Tracey is a poet and community arts facilitator. She was Artist in the Community (Arts Council NI Award) in 2015, with an intercultural creative writing project, A Write to a Sense of Belonging. You can visit Shelley’s creativity blog here.