Rising Writers

Annabel Abs

Annabel Abbs grew up in Wales and Sussex, with stints in Dorset, Bristol and Hereford. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of East Anglia and a Masters in Marketing and Statistics from the University of Kingston. After fifteen years running a consultancy, she took a career break to bring up her four children, before returning to her first love, literature.

The Joyce Girl

Annabel Abbs



John Kenney

John Kenney has worked as a copywriter in New York City for seventeen years. He has also been a contributor to The New Yorker magazine since 1999. Some of his work appears in a collection of The New Yorker's humor writing, Disquiet, Please! He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Estelle Laure

Estelle Laure is a Vonnegut worshipper who believes in love and magic and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theater Arts from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and thinks everyone should have to wait tables or work in a kitchen at least once in their lives. Being who she is and where she’s from, Estelle has never fit in anywhere, but Taos, New Mexico is the closest she’s gotten, so she lives there with her two children. Also, The Breakfast Club is the perfect movie.

Emma Claire Sweeney

Emma Claire Sweeney has won Arts Council, Royal Literary Fund and Escalator Awards, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the Asham, Wasafiri and Fish. She teaches Creative Writing at New York University; co-runs a website on female literary friendship; and publishes features and pieces on disability for the likes of The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and The Times. Owl Song at Dawn is inspired by her autistic sister.

Owl Song at Dawn

Emma Claire Sweeney