Welsh Short Story Network Reading, November 2015.
Matthew Francis is the author of two novels, five collections of poetry and the collection of short stories Singing a Man to Death (Cinnamon). He is Professor in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University and one of the founders of the Welsh Short Story Network.
Nic Herriot lives in mid Wales with her wife and when she is not trying to tame the jackdaws who live in her chimney she writes short stories and generally makes things up. Her ideas come from family, friends and adventures that happen in the real world. She also enjoys the performance side of reading her work in public.
In 2012, Kiare Ladner received funding from David Higham Literary Agency towards a Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia. In 2014, she started working on a first collection of short stories as part of a funded Creative Writing PhD at Aberystwyth University. Her stories written since then have been shortlisted, longlisted or received honourable mentions in competitions including the Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition, the Short Fiction Competition, the Short Sharp Stories Award and Glimmer Train.
Helen Sandler's short stories have appeared in collections about gay life, Manchester, sex and the Olympics. She won two Lambda Literary Awards for anthologies she edited for Diva Books. Her published novels are Big Deal and The Touch Typist, and she is finishing a third. Helen lives near Machynlleth and runs Tollington Press, publishing new books by women. She co-programmes the LGBT-themed Aberration events at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. www.helensandler.co.uk