Nicole Watt is the founder of The Scarlet Cord where she blogs, publishes literature and hosts guest authors to raise awareness of sexual abuse at home and abroad. Originally from the US, Nicole now lives just outside of Omagh. Her first novel, Walking Out of Night, was published in 2015.
Liz Weir is a storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland, who has told her stories to children and adults on five continents. As a children’s librarian for the city of Belfast in the 1970s, she learned about the healing power of storytelling. She was the first winner of the International Storybridge Award from the National Storytelling Network, which cited her “exemplary work promoting the art of storytelling within Ireland and between other countries”. Liz is currently Storyteller in Residence with Libraries NI.
Tara West’s first novel, Fodder, was published by Blackstaff Press to widespread critical acclaim. Her second novel, Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan, was published by Liberties Press. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast, is a member of the Society of Authors, and has received a number of Arts Council Northern Ireland Awards for her writing, including the prestigious Artists Career Enhancement Scheme. Her memoir about depression and recovery, Happy Dark, will be published in 2016 by Liberties Press.
Sheena Wilkinson has been described as ‘one of our foremost writers for young people’ [The Irish Times, March 2015]. Since the publication of the multi-award-winning Taking Flight [Little Island] in 2010, she has published several novels for young adults and children. Grounded won the CBI Book of the Year in 2013. She also writes short stories, the most recently-published being ‘Each Slow Dusk’ in Walker’s The Great War anthology . Name Upon Name (Little Island) is her first historical novel, set in Belfast 1916. Sheena is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, and lives in County Down. You can find out more about Sheena here.
Amy Louise Wyatt is a poet based at the Blackberry Path Studios in Bangor. She has been writing for many years and her work has been featured in on-line publications. She is currently completing a collection of sonnets written to her great aunt who was a spinster seamstress. She hopes to self-publish the collection in 2017. When she is not writing and creating art, she teaches English and R.E. at SERC, and art classes at her studio.
Jo Zebedee writes science fiction and fantasy, either in her space opera world of Abendau or on the streets of her native Northern Ireland. She’s the author of Abendau’s Heir and Inish Carraig and has book two of the Inheritance Trilogy, Sunset over Abendau, due for release in March 2016. Recently an Amazon bestseller, she regularly blogs here at and can be followed on Twitter here .