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Vanessa Gebbie is a novelist, poet, short form writer, teacher and editor. Her fiction awards include prizes at Bridport Prize, Per Contra (USA), The Daily Telegraph, BBC Radio and more. Her novel, The Coward’s Tale, was a Novel of the Year for A N Wilson in The Financial Times. Poetry prizes include firsts at the Troubadour and the Brighton Prize, and her first poetry pamphlet was selected among the best of the year by the TLS. Her work has been translated into Portuguese (novel), Punjabi (poem), Greek (story), Russian (essay), Italian (flashes), Vietnamese (flashes), and German (novella in flash). She teaches widely. Her current project is a compilation of writing games, illustrated with example responses from her students (Ad Hoc Books 2023), and forthcoming is a stint as Writer in Residence for Petersfield Museum and the Edward Thomas Study Centre.
American expatriate Carrie Etter has published one chapbook of flash fictions, Hometown (V. Press, 2016), and four collections of poetry, most recently The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her awards include the London New Writing Award for her first collection and a BIFFY award for her short story, 'Stephanie.' Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other journals and anthologies internationally. After 18 years teaching at Bath Spa University, she is now a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Bristol.