Rising Writers

Elizabeth Macneal

Elizabeth Macneal was born in Edinburgh and now lives in East London. She is a writer and potter and works from a small studio at the bottom of her garden. She read English Literature at Oxford University, before working in the City for several years. In 2017, she completed the Creative Writing MA at UEA where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury scholarship. The Doll Factory, Elizabeth’s debut novel, won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018.

The Doll Factory

Elizabeth Macneal



Mattias Berg

Mattias Berg was born in Stockholm 1962. He studied journalism and literature, and has been a culture journalist since the late 1980s and worked at major Swedish newspapers, including Dagens Nyheter and Expressen. Since 2002 he has been employed at Swedish Radio, where he for ten years was the head of the Culture Department. He initiated the highly regarded weekly show Konflikt (Conflict), which blends international current affairs with culture issues. He lives in Stockholm with his wife and has two grown-up daughters.

The Carrier

Mattias Berg



Sara Collins

Sara Collins studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years. In 2014 she embarked upon the Creative Writing Masters at Cambridge University, where she won the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize of Re-creative Writing and was shortlisted for the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Prize for a book inspired by her love of gothic fiction. This turned into her first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton.

Thomas Taylor

Thomas Taylor has always lived near the sea (though that’s not difficult if you live in the British Isles). He comes from a long line of seafarers, but chose a career as an illustrator because that involves less getting wet and more biscuits. Thomas currently lives on the south coast of England, near the historic town of Hastings, which provided some of the inspiration for Eerie-on-Sea. He is a keen beachcomber, and has in real life found many of the things Mrs Fossil finds in this book. He loves nothing more than walking on the beach with his sons and his enormous hound Alpha, picking up dinosaur bones and sea glass jewels, and wondering about the stories behind them. And in case you are curious about the biscuits, the answer is… …custard creams!


Thomas Taylor