Iain Hood was born in Glasgow and grew up in the seaside town of Ayr. He studied for a BSc at the University of Glasgow and a PGCE at Jordanhill College, and then worked in education in Glasgow and the West Country. He moved to Cambridge in 1998. During these years he attended the University of Manchester to complete an MA in Novel Writing. He continues to live in Cambridge with his wife and daughter. He joined Angles in 2017 and workshopped his writing with the support of the other writers, greatly sharpening the focus of his attempts at writing novels.
Iain’s first published novel, This Good Book, will come out through Renard Press in June 2021. Set in Glasgow from 1988 to the present day, This Good Book follows two artists as they live, love, get drunk, create successful and failed art, squabble, fight and commit to an art project that risks ultimately destroying one or both of them. It will be Iain’s fourth in terms of novels written.
Andrew likes to write and will write anything that seems like a good idea at the time, whether that happens to be non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, or a full-length novel. A lot of his work has been published, but as he would rather be writing than submitting, even more of it hasn’t.
He has two collections of poetry: Broken Bottles (Envoi Poets Publications, 1989) and The Opposite Page (Seal Books, 1992). Various poems have also been published by Envoi, Proof (Lincolnshire & Humberside Arts), New Prospects Poetry, The Sandburg-Livesay Award Anthology, The Hippocrates Prize Anthology and Visual Verse.
His short fiction has appeared in: All Write! (An Post – Republic of Ireland), A Cache of Flashes (Worcestershire Literary Festival) and Visual Verse.
Other published work includes Coincidence, Correlation and Chance and All About Averages – articles written for BBC Radio and reused by Plus Magazine, The Funeral – a two-page comic script which appeared in A1 Book 4 (Atomeka Press) and numerous articles, rules supplements and short fiction for Games Workshop.
Most recently, Andrew has published his long-awaited trilogy of YA/crossover science fiction novels, The New Mars Trilogy, and all three are now available to purchase online.
Angelica Lai grew up on Guam and has since lived in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and now Cambridge. She often writes about home, family, and food in both fiction and nonfiction short stories. Her works have appeared in the book collection ‘Six Words Fresh Off the Boat,’ the Columbia Journal, Paper Darts, Literature for Life, and Firewords Magazine. Angelica is also a digital writer and editor who has a soft spot for food puns.
Jan Hurst was born and grew up in Hackney and educated in London and Sussex. Jan worked for over fifteen years in consumer journalism, on broadsheets and magazines and co-authored numerous healthcare books, had short stories published and started a family. After moving from London to Cambridge Jan became freelance features editor on an early education magazine for Times Supplements and more recently has written and edited everything from a consumer help website to an educational guide to cemeteries, to fund an MA in Creative Writing and buy more time to write fiction. Love Child, a thriller about surrogacy, based (loosely) on her experiences as features editor on a parenting magazine, was shortlisted for the Myriad Editions First Drafts competition.
Melissa Fu grew up in Northern New Mexico and moved to Cambridge, UK in 2006. With backgrounds in physics and English, she spent many years working in education, both as a teacher and a curriculum consultant.
Melissa was the regional winner of the Words and Women 2016 Prose Competition and was a 2017 Apprentice with the London-based Word Factory. Her work appears in several publications including The Willowherb Review, The Lonely Crowd, International Literature Showcase, Bare Fiction, Wasafiri Online, and The Nottingham Review. In 2019, her debut poetry pamphlet, Falling Outside Eden, was published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press.
Melissa was awarded an Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice grant to work on her first novel and was the 2018/2019 David TK Wong Fellow at the University of East Anglia. Her debut novel Peach Blossom Spring will be published in early 2022 by Wildfire (UK) and Little, Brown (US).
Leigh trained as a journalist and worked freelance for several years before moving into communications and PR in the voluntary sector. In 2010 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University. It was while studying at ARU that she began writing her novel, Scapa Flow, set in the Orkney Islands during World War 2. The story is told from four points of view: an 11-year-old Orkney boy, an Italian Prisoner of War, a teenage Orkney girl and a German U-boat Commander, Gunther Prien (based on his real life story).
Anthea is a copywriter by trade with a passion for reading and writing short fiction. Her stories are published online at the Nottingham Review, the Londonist, Reflex Fiction and Visual Verse, and in print at Open Pen Magazine. Her story ‘You Have What You Want’ was selected as a winning entry in the annual Words and Women prose competition in 2015 and appears in the print anthology ‘Words and Women: Two,’ published by Unthank Books. She was the winner of the Greenacres/ Finchley Literary Festival Short Story Competition in 2015. Anthea graduated from the Royal Holloway Creative Writing MA with a Distinction in 2016, where she was awarded the MA’s Margaret Hewson Memorial Prize.