Cas de-Wale was born and bred in North London and, apart from the occasional package holiday, a five-year stint living in Bethnal Green and a month-long trip to Australia, she hasn’t bothered to move around much. She has a taste for whiskey and kebabs, although not always together, and dreams of one day becoming a famous pop star. When writing creative non-fiction, Cas finds her ever-so-slightly deranged family to be the focus of her musings. And, whenever talking about herself, Cas likes to refer to herself in the third person. Cas is currently writing a sci-fi novel. You can find her on Twitter as @cdewale or at http://uk.linkedin.com/in/casdewale.
Emily Sinclair lives in Bromley and works as a Group-Exercise Instructor in South London. She hopes, through ‘Two Worlds’, to give people an insight both into the history of Burma and into her own family. Emily’s Burmese heritage has inspired a lot of her work, and much of her writing includes aspects of Asian cultures. She would like to dedicate Two Worlds to her great-aunt, Vera Baylis, who died last year, 18 October 2013. Contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca Rouillard’s first word was ‘Turner’, in response to a print of The Fighting Temeraire. She has worked as a henna tattoo artist, a graphic designer and a paint-colour namer. She is currently in her final year of study on the Creative Writing BA at Birkbeck, and is the Managing Editor of the Birkbeck Writers’ Hub. Rebecca’s short fiction has been published in Litro, Even Birds Are Chained to the Sky & Other Tales, Wooing Mr Wickham, and The Mechanics’ Institute Review (forthcoming). Her stories have also been performed by Word Theatre at the Latitude Festival, at WritLOUD, and broadcast on Resonance 104.4fm. You can find her on Twitter as @rrouillard or at http://www.rebeccarouillard.com.
Ian Dawes moved from the south coast to West London in 2007. Currently at the end of his final year of study on the Creative Writing BA at Birkbeck, the course has shaped his writing aspirations with a more serious intent than he truly held for himself at the start. Within his creative non-fiction, Ian likes to explore memory and time. Interplays between the two allow for new juxtapositions, discoveries and pathways to unfold. Known tales and details become new again. In the gaps, also, new dialogues are found that were otherwise unknown. Throughout 2014 Ian will be finishing a black comedy play set in a crematorium, and then completing his first novel. Since 2007, several of Ian’s street theatre and short-films have been produced by Dorset-based http://www.fladermouse.com. Contact him at email@example.com.
Tarquin Landseer is the recipient of a Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize, and was shortlisted in The Bradford on Avon Fringe Festival Poetry Competition. He has travelled extensively in South America, and has drawn from his experiences to write various accounts of his journey, melding magic realism, magic journalism and Gonzo journalism, while mapping a psychogeography of mind and place. He makes pointillist pen and ink drawings and likes to analyse the world around him, real or imagined, through words and images. Currently at the end of his final year of study on the Creative Writing BA at Birkbeck, his poetry has appeared in The Keats-Shelley Review, Staple, The Frogmore Papers, and The Peloton Anthology.
Lindsey Jenkinson is a curly-haired mum-of-one from North London, though she now lives in South East London with her boyfriend and baby in a slightly-too-small flat. By day she’s a box office manager for a busy West-End show, by night she’s in her third year of study on the Creative Writing BA at Birkbeck. Much of Lindsey’s writing is influenced by her family (loud, Irish), her travels and the 1980s, though she finds the two weeks she worked on the refunds counter at M&S a constant source of inspiration. You can find her on Twitter as @LindseySpeaking.
Jane Pendjiky grew up close to where she was born in North West London, and still lives in the area. Her interest in writing began when she came third in a local Rotary Club short story competition whilst still at school. Many years later her first attempt at writing a novel reached the final selection for the 2001 Lichfield Prize, a competition for unpublished writers. She is currently in her final year of study on the Creative Writing BA at Birkbeck. She works as a photographer and illustrator for University College London where she produces figures for publications, and teaches Photoshop to PhD students.
Sian Shaw is a writer of prose fiction and non-fiction with a passion for exploring what makes humans behave the way they do. She is currently in her third year of study on the Creative Writing BA at Birkbeck. Her broad ranging career, from a barmaid in a bikers’ pub to an executive assistant to a managing director, including nearly fourteen years in the television and broadcast media industries, has given her some eye opening experiences to observe and write about.