Rising Writers

Rory Dunlop

Rory lives in London with Lika, his Georgian wife, and their two beautiful daughters, Mary and Constance. He studied Classical Literature at university and spent a happy year afterwards, tutoring and writing features and book reviews. He did a law conversion course, as he didn’t want to teach for the rest of his life and was too scared to try to make a living as a writer. More than 15 years on, he’s still a barrister, specialising in human rights (which is not at all like it seems in Bridget Jones).

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Hideo Yokoyama

Born in 1957, Hideo Yokoyama worked for twelve years as an investigative reporter with the newspaper Jomo Shimbun in the Gunma region north of Tokyo, before becoming one of Japan’s most acclaimed fiction writers. Six Four is his first novel to be published in the English language, where it has become a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller in hardback and been shortlisted for the 2016 CWA International Dagger.


Anja de Jager

Anja de Jager is a London-based native Dutch speaker who writes English. She draws inspiration from cases that her father, a retired police detective, worked on in the Netherlands. Anja has written a number of short stories, some of which have been shortlisted for Mslexia. She is currently working on the next Lotte Meerman novel.


Jess Kidd

Jess was brought up in London as part of a large family from Mayo, and plans to settle somewhere along the west coast of Ireland in the next few years. Until then, she lives in London with her daughter. Jess Kidd’s inspiration for her novel include Under Milk Wood, whose town of Llareggub ties in with Mulderrig, and J M Sygne’s The Playboy of the Western World, whose departure from the stereotype of the ‘uncorrupted’ Irish peasantry of County Mayo.