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I have lived in several different countries, having left the UK 40 years ago. I am now happily retired and settled in France but I still enjoy teaching French and Spanish to other expats. I have had two novels published and several articles and short stories, including one in the Guardian and Mail on Sunday.





Chris has had articles and short stories published; a novel has been written and “longlisted” in a publisher’s New Novels competition. Health problems mean that writing activities are now mostly online ventures, but have also highlighted the attractions of shorter literary forms : haiku and “flash-” or micro-fiction.




Christine has been living in rural Normandy for twenty-one years. She channelled her lifelong passion for literature and language into a teaching career and gradually developed a sideline as a writer of both short stories and articles on wide variety of subjects.





Having recently retired, I now split my time between Bulgaria and the UK.  I have had three children’s books published, letters articles and poetry.  I write novels, shorts stories and poetry and read as much as I can.




I was a teacher, then after studying Psychology, a lecturer in Further and Higher Education. Relatively new to writing – I recently studied at York Uni – Creative writing. I am writing a novel. I’ve had a couple of pieces of poetry published and a couple of short stories.






Morgen is an avid reader and loves writing short stories. She has recently been getting some stories ‘out there’ and has had four stories published by Alfie Dog Fiction. She has recently retired and is looking forward to organising her projects and actually finishing some of them!




Olaf Chedzoy started his career at the hard logical edge of science, but has softened to qualitative rather than quantitative assessments. Led a writers’ circle for 15 years, written over 60 short stories and articles, and has occasional publications, including one in the Daily Telegraph.




Philip writes short stories, flash fiction, poems, songs, shopping lists, sick notes and a lot of ‘to do’ lists. He works as a teacher in Spain, and blogs about his experiences. His stories have been featured online and in literary magazines.




Rosemary is a writer and publisher living in North Yorkshire. In addition to writing for business publications, she writes short stories, poetry and novels. Her first novel was long-listed in Bridge House Publishing’s Debut Novel Competition.




After 15 years as a journalist at the BBC, Sally went freelance at the beginning of 2006 as a garden writer. She now writes on gardens and gardening for several national magazines and websites, and also enjoys writing fiction – though for fun rather than publication!



I live in Scotland, the weather is fickle but usually dreich.  I am a tutor with a MLitt in Creative Writing. I’ve been writing it seems forever.  My current WIP is a novel; in it I see wee glimmers of something. Keep on writing, I say, even to my non-writery friends.





sue woodward pic croppedSuzanne

My home is in the mountainous Auvergne region of France. I teach English, often by telephone, which is very practical in winter. I’ve had a few non-fiction items published and I will persevere with my plans to write a novel.




Zena lives in Hertfordshire and was a historical researcher and writer until easing into semi-retirement recently. She now pours her creative energy into other avenues (unafraid of mixing metaphors), so with articles published, websites edited and a novel awaiting its entry on the literary scene she looks forward to avoiding any form of work that requires being answerable. Don’t you just love writing?


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