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Rising Writers

Karine Tuil

Karine Tuil was born in 1972 in Paris and is of Tunisian heritage. An acclaimed novelist and playwright, she is one of France’s foremost contemporary writers and has been nominated for and won numerous prizes, including twice being shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Goncourt, most recently with The Age of Reinvention. Much of her work explores themes of French and Jewish identity, as well as the functions of memory and writing, and is marked by a ‘sense of irony, tragicomedy and Jewish humour’. She is currently working on a timely new novel set in Paris.



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Louise Brown

Louise Brown has lived in Nepal and travelled extensively in India, sparking her enduring love of South Asia. She was a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Asian Studies at the University of Birmingham, where she worked for nearly twenty years. In research for her critically acclaimed non-fiction books she's witnessed revolutions and even stayed in a Lahore brothel with a family of traditional courtesans. Eden Gardens is her debut novel. Louise has three grown-up children and lives in Birmingham.

Tom Callaghan

Tom Callaghan is a Wearsider by birth, a Mancunian by upbringing and a Yorkshireman by education. After graduating from the University of York and Vassar College, New York, Tom joined Saatchi & Saatchi, working for several years in London, New York and Philadelphia as a Creative Group Head, before joining the newly-formed M&C Saatchi. He then lived in Singapore and Dubai, where he worked as Creative Director for one of the region’s leading boutique agencies. An inveterate traveller, Tom now divides his time between London, Prague, Dubai and Bishkek.

Aaron Gillies

Aaron Gillies is a writer for numerous publications including The Poke, Huffington Post and Hoot Comedy, and is better know as his twitter alias, TechnicallyRon. Born in Aldershot in 1987, he later moved to Hereford where he studied music technology and started a ten-year career as a theatre technician, working for receiving houses and the Edinburgh Fringe. The name TechnicallyRon derives from that. His interest in Twitter became an obsession and in 2014 he married Alexandra, who he met on the website.