Gwen Owen was lucky enough to take part in a series of Spilling The Ink workshops run by fellow Angles member Melissa Fu. They were a timely inspiration, encouraging her to start taking her writing seriously. She has now got various smaller pieces under way, and has begun two novels, one being a collaboration with her wonderful husband.
On the wisdom front she counts motherhood, dog ownership, and the violin. She has over the years collected a weird variety of brownie points, but she no longer tries to explain the world in a systematic way. She remains interested, though, in that place where the theoretical intersects with lives as actually lived.
Gwen Owen is fantastically grateful to have joined Angles, and will finish something soon, she promises.
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 much prefers writing to 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). Poems have also been published by Envoi, Proof (Lincolnshire & Humberside Arts), New Prospects Poetry, The Sandburg-Livesay Award Anthology and The Hippocrates Prize Anthology.
Andrew’s short fiction has appeared in: All Write! (An Post – Republic of Ireland), A Cache of Flashes (Worcestershire Literary Festival) and Visual Verse.
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 grew up in the mountains of Northern New Mexico and moved to Cambridge in 2006. Her professional backgrounds are in physics, English education, and teaching. Writing is she brings together her myriad strands of thought and experience.
Themes that fascinate her include home, belonging, landscape, and the evolution of relationships. She is currently working on a collection of memoir-style pieces based on growing up in the Rocky Mountains. She has another set of pieces in the works called ‘non-parabolic trajectory’ which trace her zig-zag paths from A to B. She also has a blog where she writes weekly about whatever is in front of her when she sits down.
Because it’s so easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees, Melissa decided to make her blog a forest of one tree: one tree bohemia (onetreebohemia.wordpress.com) In addition to her own writing, she has a passion for leading writing workshops, and is especially interested in finding ways for writers to claim and hone their voices. Her years of teaching experience have convinced her that everyone has valuable perspectives to offer. Given time, space, and loving attention, these insights can emerge and be polished into gems for friends, family and not-yet-discovered kindred spirits. For more information about Melissa’s workshops in Cambridgeshire and online, please visit her website.
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.