Agustina Bazterrica is an Argentinian novelist and short story writer. She is a central figure in the Buenos Aires literary scene, co-curating the event series 'Siga al Conejo Blanco' and coordinating reading workshops. She has received several awards for her writing, most notably the prestigious Premio Clarin Novela for her second novel, Tender is the Flesh, which has sold in eight languages and is forthcoming from Pushkin Press in 2020.
Catherine Cho gave birth to her son Cato in 2017. Six months later, she would find herself in an involuntary psych ward, separated from her husband and child. Catherine was diagnosed with a rare form of postpartum psychosis that affects 1–2 in 1000 women.
Russ Thomas was born in Essex, raised in Berkshire and now lives in Sheffield. He grew up in the 80s reading anything he could get from the library, writing stories, watching large amounts of television, playing videogames, and largely avoiding the great outdoors. He spent five years trying to master playing the electronic organ and another five trying to learn Spanish. It didn’t take him too long to realise that he’d be better off sticking to the writing
After a few ‘proper’ jobs (among them: pot-washer, optician’s receptionist, supermarket warehouse operative, call-centre telephonist and storage salesman) he discovered the joys of bookselling, where he could talk to people about books all day
Serena Patel is a part-time, law firm training coordinator, part-time fixer and finder of all things in
the house and mum of two. She was shortlisted for the Asian Writer Short Story Prize in 2017 and a finalist in the Undiscovered Voices Anthology in 2018. She is also a member of the Golden Egg Academy and SCWBI.