Rising Writers

Qian Shi

Qian ("Chen") Shi grew up in Shijiazhuang, a northern city in China. She has always been drawn to stories and loved making pictures. Her short animation Shoe won two awards and she has worked with Donna Wilson, Volvo and Disney. She now lives with her husband, Callum, in East London. The inspiration for her debut picture book The Weaver was a spider's web with a piece of leaf in the middle, as if the spider had collected it. Secretly, Qian is a little bit afraid of spiders.


Sara Holland

Sara Holland grew up in a small town in Minnesota, in a house full of younger siblings, unusual pets, and innumerable books. She went east for college, graduating from Wesleyan University with degrees in English and Political Science, and held odd jobs in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to fulfill her lifelong dream of working in book publishing. When not reading or writing, she enjoys road trips, video games, catching up on TV and podcasts, and exploring the city.


Tony Kent

Tony Kent grew up in a close-knit Irish family in London and studied law in Scotland. He is a top-ranking barrister and former champion boxer who brings a wealth of detail and personal insight to this unputdownable thriller. A regular at London’s Old Bailey, Tony’s case history includes prosecuting and defending many high-profile, nationally reported trials. Before his legal career Tony boxed internationally as a heavyweight and won a host of national amateur titles. He is based in London.


Mary Lynn Bracht

Mary Lynn Bracht is an American author of Korean descent who now lives in London. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. She grew up in a large ex-pat community of women who came of age in post-war South Korea. In 2002 Bracht visited her mother's childhood village, and it was during this trip she first learned of the ‘Comfort Women’ captured and set up in brothels for the Japanese military. White Chrysanthemum is her first novel.