Abigail is a blogger on Goodreads, a short story writer, a feminist, and a full-time poet. She is hard at work on a young adult novel. She briefly studied speech and drama and film. She was the recipient of writing grants from the National Arts Council in Johannesburg, Centre for the Book in Cape Town, and the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council in East London, South Africa. Her literary work (fiction) was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. She has been published widely in print and online in South Africa, as well as abroad and has written for Modern Diplomacy and contributed to a symposium on Ovi Magazine: Finland's English Online Magazine. Abigail has contributed to TRAVEL, LONELY, WAR, HAPPY, BETRAYAL, THE SEASONS and THE CHALLENGES OF FINDING LOVE.
AKWU SUNDAY VICTOR
Akwu was born 1987, hails from Etutekpe, Olamaboro L.G.A. Kogi State, Nigeria. He holds a degree in English and Literary Studies from Kogi State University, Anyigba and is presently a postgraduate student of Literature. He is a poet and critic. His critical papers have appeared in scholarly journals in Nigeria and abroad. Akwu has contributed to TRAVEL, LOVE and BETRAYAL.
Alan is the Irish writer and illustrator of three collections of poetry for young readers. Dublin-born, he currently lives in Lismore, county Waterford. His latest collection, Prometheus Unplugged, was listed in a children’s and young adults’ books of the year article in the Irish Times. He has been featured in children’s poetry anthologies in the UK and America. “A lot of incredible talent has emerged recently from Ireland. Alan Murphy is one of the them.” - Anastasia Gonis, Buzz Words magazine. Alan has contributed to LONELY, LOVE and HAPPY.
Anna Cheung currently lives in Glasgow in bonnie Scotland. Her writing repertoire includes published online music reviews for new independent music; blogs for the arts and heritage project, A View from Here (Refugee Week Scotland) and had one of her poems,Thirst published in the e-magazine, Dark Eclipse. Her new project is writing children's picture books. Anna has contributed to LONELY.
Ashraf is a young digital content producer and poet living and working in Cape Town. He's always on the lookout for the next big food trend and loves cooking and penning poetry in his spare time. His poetry has been published online by Aerodrome, Botsotso, Badilisha Poetry X-Change, Word n Sound and Poetry Potion, as well as literary journals New Contrast and New Coin (to be published in June 2016). His first published poem appeared in the UWC Creates anthology; This is my Land, compiled by Antjie Krog, Meg vanderMerwe and Sindiwe Magona. Ashraf also enjoys taking photographs and is passionate about human rights and equality. Ashraf has contributed to LONELY.
BARBARA E ROBINSON
"I live in the picturesque English town of Whitby – of ‘Dracula’ renown.’ I have had an interest in writing since my early school days when I won a prize for a short story which was published it The Daily Mirror. After winning the Wetherby prize at the Literary Festival in 1985, I was later short-listed for the Leeds Peace poetry competition and then won the Partners Open Poetry Competition. My writing, published in many small press magazines and Anthologies, covers a broad range of both adult and children’s poetry and prose and I’ve recorded stories for Wetherby local radio. My work is also being published in Australia’s Free Xpression and India’s Metverse Muse. I have had three poetry books published; One Moment in Time, Singing to the Four Winds and A Touch of Nature (2013). Also, I contributed to the World War 1 Anthology Whitby Voices for Whitby’s Pannett Park Art Gallery. My current project, together with five members of the Library writing group, is a book entitled: A Journey Through The Museum, a tour in poetry and prose through the James Cook Museum at Whitby - now gone to print. I have recently finished a humorous children’s poetry book which hopefully will be published soon." Barbara has also contributed to WAR, HAPPY, BETRAYAL, THE SEASONS and THE CHALLENGES OF FINDING LOVE.
Beaton Galafa is a Malawian writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Language) from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. He loves the serenity that prevails deep inside mountain forests, on big rocks in rivers and calm nights in the village. His works have appeared in Malawian print and online literary magazines as well as international ones such as The Maynard, The Voices Project and Bashabhandhan Literary Review. In 2014, he was one of the 12 East African emerging writers who attended the Commonwealth Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Workshop in Kampala, Uganda. In 2015, his short story, Bullet in the Wind, got shortlisted for the Dede Kankondo Short Story Writing Competition (Malawi). In 2016, his essay Strategies for Achieving Trans-Generational Leadership in Political Parties in Malawi won the 2016 Free Expression Institute-Malawi Essay Writing Competition. He was selected to be one of the mentees in the 2017 Writivism Literary Project for the Koffi Addo Nonfiction Writing Contest for African emerging writers. His essay on the interaction of humans and their environment got an honorable mention in the 2017 SEALOEarth Global Essay Contest. Beaton has contributed to BETRAYAL and THE SEASONS.
A writer primarily of poetry, short stories and plays currently working on building connections and working relationships within Scotland’s Creative Industries sector. “I focus on exploring love
in all its forms, the oppositions of life and death and the nature of humanity and what it means to be a human being. I am passionate about issues such as mental health, domestic abuse and life
issues such as euthanasia, abortion and human sexuality. My previous work includes contributions for The Chronicles of Ollundra as part of their kickstarter campaign and Dia Issue 1
by Devolution Comics.” Bee has also contributed to LOVE, TRAVEL, WAR, HAPPY and THE CHALLENGES OF FINDING LOVE.
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A Poet possessing expression and creativity. In 1990 Bernadette received the Silver Poet Award from World of Poetry. Her work has appeared in The Wishing Well; Musings in 2010, Small Canyons Anthology in 2013, Poems 4 Peace in 2014. Fix and Free Anthology in 2015. She is the Vice President of the New Mexico State Poetry Society and member of Rio Grande Valencia Poets since 2005. Bernadette has contributed to TRAVEL, LOVE, WAR, HAPPY, BETRAYAL and THE SEASONS.
“I live in suburban Perth, the capital of Western Australia with my wife of fifty plus years. I write Bush Poetry, Australian rhyming poetry which has near perfect metre and consistency of structure. I write across many subjects and perform (mostly from memory) regularly at retirement villages, aged care facilities, country festivals, service and social clubs etc., etc. I perform under the name The City Poet - this is due to me being a member of the Western Australian Bush Poets Association, many members of which have a rural background and write on rural subjects - most of my poetry is from the point of view of an Australian city dweller. My poems reflect my lifestyle, age and interests, mainly ageing, being Australian, the environment, travelling, fishing and contemporary living. I also delve occasionally into politics and history. I have self published several books as well as some audio CDs and a couple of e-books of historic Western Australian poetry. I was born in rural Western Australia but came to the city in my teens. Following a career in telecommunications, I retired and started writing a family history. I found that I had a poet (Leigh Hunt) in my ancestry and looked up his work. I was far from impressed and thought I could do better, so I commenced writing, mostly contemplative short poems. - that was back in the mid 1990s. Since then my poetry has changed direction somewhat, now being mostly classified as Australian Bush Poetry." Brian has contributed to TRAVEL, LOVE, WAR and THE SEASONS.
Writer and photographer Brigette, has enjoyed creating for as long as she can remember. Her love of writing has blossomed over the past 10 years. As a mother, wife, sister, traveler and a nature lover, Brigette has new material to explore at her fingertips. Also, she feels her writing and photography are symbiotic, and encourage new creations everyday. It has only been recently that she has become more public with her work. Over the last few years, Brigette’s photography and writing have been in several shows and books. Her accomplishments include winning the People’s Choice Award for a short story submitted to the Duncan Journal, being short-listed for a nationwide poetry competition, and being one of the contributors and photographers for Word and Vision. Brigette has contributed to LOVE, WAR, THE SEASONS and THE CHALLENGES OF FINDING LOVE.
Carol Ann was born in S.E. London in 1948 and is now a grandmother in her sixties. She has lived in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains for the last nineteen years and after a lifetime working in the IT industry has 'retired' to indulge her passions for travel, writing and photography. These travels have provided an abundant supply of source material for her writing and she is particularly interested in exploring the links between sacred landscapes, their legends and underlying geology. As a member of Huntly Writers, Carol has been involved in various poetry readings and performances and contributed to recent anthologies including Weaving Words and the soon to be published paranormal anthology Open With Care. She has also published a children’s book called Rifka, the Adventures of a Gnome, and has contributed to LOVE and TRAVEL.
Carolina was born in Brazil, grew up in Argentina and is currently based in London. She is a Literary and Technical translator as well as a fiction and poetry writer, which she has been since at the age of four she dictated the stories of the white kitten María to her mother. At the age of fifteen, Carolina's first poems (written in Spanish) were published academically, and since then, she has not stopped writing both in her native language and in English, occasionally translating her own work. While working as a freelance translator, Carolina is hoping to beat writers' self-doubt and procrastination and fulfil her lifelong dream of writing the novel she always had inside her. Carolina has contributed to WAR.
Cath is a writer of fiction and fact from Merseyside, UK. Her flash fiction can be found, amongst other places, in National Flash Fiction Day anthologies 2014 and 2015. Non-fiction wise, she writes about feminism, books, lifestyle and music for a number of publications. Cath is a panelist for Bay TV’s 52% programme, broadcast across Merseyside, Cheshire – and Birmingham. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University. She co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film Big Society – The Musical (2013). Cath is currently completing a crime novel. Cath has contributed to LOVE.
Catherine has always had a creative slant but it's only recently that she's chosen to explore writing for fun as an outlet for her artistic expression. While dabbling in a number of writing projects she has ignited a long past passion for poetry. Catherine has contributed to LOVE.
Cathy lives and writes in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. Her Appalachian roots are central to her identity and her writing; her family has called the region home since the mid-1700s. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and was a recipient of the Dobie-Paisano Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. She has taught English and literature at a number of universities, but has worked as an antiques dealer for over a decade now. She is seeking publication of her novel, Isabel King of Black Oak Ridge, and her short story collection, The Orchard Camp and Other Stories. She has published stories, poems, and nonfiction in The Great Smokies Review, The Crescent Review, The Laurel Review, New Growth: Contemporary Short Stories by Texas Writers, and elsewhere. Currently she is completing a second story collection set in 1950s Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the height of the Cold War. Cathy will be contributing to EMPOWERMENT.
“I am from Nepal, currently working with a contracting company in The Kingdom of Bahrain. I write in my native language Nepali. I have an anthology of poetry in my credit and am planning for my second anthology soon.” Chandra has contributed to LONELY and WAR.
“Jaded battle-weary lawyer, mother of two small children, with a commercial helicopter pilot’s license to prove I really can be all that I can… closet hermit longing for the simple life with time to contribute something worthwhile, wife of a saint for having stayed married to me.” Charmane has contributed to LONELY.
Chris is a retired teacher/counsellor from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He is in complete agreement with Nobel Prize winning poet Joseph Brodsky, who said, "Poetry is perhaps the only insurance we've got against the vulgarity of the human heart." Dr. Kempling is married with three adult children, and five amazing grandchildren. He writes a regular religion column for the local paper (Kamloops This Week), and enjoys coin collecting, motorcycling, making Quidditch brooms, and attending vintage car events in his 1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV. Chris has contributed to LOVE and WAR and is contributing to EMPOWERMENT.
Currently based in New Zealand, Christine has a diploma in holistic life coaching and, over the years, has worked with people who suffer from mental illness, which she found extremely rewarding and opened her eyes to the heartache and struggle that comes with mental illness. Although, while in high-school, she had a couple of poems published in local publications, her real interest in writing and poetry came recently while travelling in Thailand and meeting up with a freelance journalist. Since then she has been inspired to develop her literary skills in both poetry and prose. Christine has contributed to LONELY.
Chrys is a trained performer and broadcaster, as well as widely published and anthologized poet. She has read and performed at festivals across the UK in Europe, The USA, Canada, Finland and India, and won numerous awards including a National Media Award (CRS), a New Writing Bursary (English Arts Council), a Work Development Grant (Scottish Arts Council), and a Fringe First from The Edinburgh Festival. She has published seven books for actors (Pub: Methuen Drama) and nine poetry collections. In 2012 The Burning was selected as one of the 20 Best Scottish Poems. In 2014 her pamphlet Weaver of Grass was shortlisted for the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award, she received Creative Scotland Bursary to finish her last collection Dancing on a Rock (Pub: IDP), and another to research her forthcoming collection about The Klondike Gold Rush. Her recent pamphlet collection, The Punkawallah’s Rope, written to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Partition of India was published by Indigo Dreams in Sept 2017. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to The Arts, and is listed in Who’s Who. Chrys has also contributed to THE SEASONS, BETRAYAL and WAR, and is contributing to EMPOWERMENT.
Clare has always loved writing since childhood, as her main creative expression. She writes from her heart, inspired by nature and her love for her devoted fiancé who also writes poetry. They are currently writing a book of love poetry together at their home by the Malvern Hills. Clare has a daily meditation and yoga practice, and does gardening for others. She also enjoys the creative flow of painting heart art and seascapes with watercolours and acrylics. She has a gift for nature photography which often complements her writing and poetry. She has written a wealth of poetry, prose and children's short stories which she shares to inspire others to have a deep connection with nature and experience inner peace. Clare has contributed to TRAVEL, HAPPY, BETRAYAL and THE SEASONS.
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Claudia is a PR-Consultant certified by the German Academy of Public Relations in Frankfurt and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel Business Management. She has 26 years’ experience in the tourism
industry and agency business of which she has spent 17 years in public relations and communications. While studying in Heidelberg, her passion for writing and publishing developed even further with
the opportunity to manage a monthly students’ magazine, a yearbook, and to regularly contribute to various hospitality magazines. Having traveled extensively around the world and, over the past
twenty years, lived and worked in different regions including Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Claudia regularly used her passion for adventurous trips and photography to create travel stories and
columns which have been published in places such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Bahrain and Germany. Apart from that she is a contributor to the following anthologies: More of My Beautiful
Bahrain (2014), Poetic Bahrain (2015) and What Women Really Want (2015). Claudia has contributed to TRAVEL and LONELY
and THE CHALLENGES OF FINDING LOVE.
Clement was born in a town named Dundee on the northern part of what is today known as Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa. He graduated from Dundee Secondary School in 1994 then worked in numerous companies as a call centre operator. Although he writes both poetry and fiction novels none have been published yet. He currently resides with his wife in Volkrust Mpumalanga province where he does upholstery. Clement has contributed to TRAVEL, LOVE and HAPPY.
Cynthia is a graduate of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre in Florida. She is an author, stage combat director, and an award winning playwright. Her plays have appeared Off Broadway in New York. She enjoys writing, most of all, Gothic and mad science stories. Her works tend to lean towards historic content. Although, she also specializes in works that speak against the suppression of women. Cynthia has contributed to HAPPY and BETRAYAL.
CYRUS DALI VESUVALA
Cyrus is a singer-songwriter from India and has been writing lyrics and music for 40 years now. Among his musical influences are Leonard Cohen, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, CSNY, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beatles and Jim Croce, albeit not necessarily in that order. Cyrus first picked up the guitar in 1973 and wrote his first lyric and song in 1976. Over the years thereafter, he has gone on to write close to 80 songs, poems and musical compositions, several of which he has illustrated with original artwork also. He has also collaborated with other musicians and lyricists located in the US, Europe and Bahrain on several songs, sometimes as a lyricist and sometimes as a musician. Cyrus is an architect and has lived in Bahrain for the past 21 years. Cyrus has contributed to TRAVEL and BETRAYAL.