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Elaine Battersby: Originally from Preston, Lancashire, Elaine has been writing poetry, short stories and motivational workshops for the last 30 years. She spent many years working as a counsellor within the community supporting people with mental health issues. She has lived in Australia and at the age of 38 achieved her lifelong dream of travelling in South America and along the Amazon River, an experience which she feels awakened her inner artist and writer. She is now working on collating a selection of her poems, short stories and photography for publication.

Kathryn Bell was born in Glasgow and went to work in Africa where she met Elsa Wallace. She has been writing for about 25 years. Her stories have been published in Sappho, Capital Gay, Gazebo, The Green Queen and Queer Haunts. She produces the quarterly GAW Newsletter. She would like to write a novel but – so she says – lacks the stamina. She enjoys folk music, chocolate and arguing.

Stephanie Dickinson: I trained as a primary school teacher in my thirties, and that job, and my children, took all my time and energy! Now retired I have the time and opportunity to develop a range of diverse interests. These include writing; working as a voluntary woodland ranger; photography; walking, especially with my two dogs; and doing archival work. This last activity has mainly involved cataloguing the Kenric archive at the London Metropolitan Archive. This is particularly relevant as Pat Dungey and I are currently working on a book covering Kenric 1965–2015.

Colleen Doggett: I was a primary teacher and since retiring have been able to spend more time writing. My writing didn’t really take off until I was with a supportive group, where I could be open about being a lesbian and write without feeling inhibited. This was a group in Rotherhithe (‘Writing at Rotherhithe’ is on Facebook) where I went for four years. Two years ago I signed up for a course at Herts Uni, where I have learnt a lot more about the craft of writing. I’ve written a few short stories, poems and am now attempting a play. This is about unscrupulous caravan site owners in Cornwall. Visits to Cornwall always inspire my writing.

Pat Dungey: I was born in Luton, Bedfordshire. I came out at 31. I have recently stopped full-time teaching and am focusing on writing about my experiences and researching 1920s and 1930s women in London and Paris. I enjoy giving talks and visiting London galleries and museums for inspiration. Writing these poems has got me through some difficult times. I hope the reader recognises the feelings in these words and feels less alone, at such times.

Jill Gardiner’s poems have been published in The North and The Interpreter’s House, and in Brighton Poets’ Ice on the Wing anthology. She is also a historian, author of From the Closet to the Screen: Women at the Gateways Club 1945-85 (Pandora Press).

Rosie Jackson: Born in 1948, on the outskirts of London, to Irish parents, I have occasionally written poetry since my mid-teens. I first realised I was attracted to women in the mid-1970s and joined Kenric soon afterwards. In 1984 I met a French woman and had a 15-year relationship with her, until her death in 1999. I remained on my own for almost five years after this: firstly trying to come to terms with her death and latterly taking up the threads of my social life again. I managed this with the help of friends, both old and new. It was at the end of this time, around 2003, that my poem ‘The Awakening’ was written.

Anny Knight has been writing and performing her poems for many years on the women’s and poetry circuits. She has appeared at the Polari Literary Salon at the Royal Festival Hall and is a regular performer at Incite Poetry held at the Phoenix Artist Club, London. Anny is also a member of Kenric and has written many poems celebrating key events in Kenric’s history. She also organises the Kenric Drop-in where she often features authors, both published and new, on the programme. Twitter: @AnnyPoet.

Anna Larner: An English Literature graduate with a passion for LGBT heritage, Anna’s poetry is published with the University of Leicester’s Centre for New Writing. Anna is also an author; her debut novel Highland Fling is published by Bold Strokes Books (BSB). Her short story 'Hooper Street' is in the BSB anthology Girls Next Door. Anna’s second novel Love’s Portrait is due out in 2018. To keep in touch with Anna, check out her blog www.annalarner.com or find her on Facebook at anna.larner.writer or on twitter @annalarnerbooks.

V. G. Lee lives and writes in Hastings, East Sussex. She is the author of a collection of short stories, As You Step Outside, and four novels. Her fifth novel, Mr Oliver’s Object of Desire, was published in 2016 by Ward Wood Publishing. In 2014 she won The Ultimate Planet award for Best Established Author. In her sixtieth year, she decided to become a stand-up comedian and performs all over England. Website: www.vglee.co.uk; Facebook: val.g.lee; Twitter: @vlee_lee.

Elizabeth J. Lister began to write seriously after her seventieth birthday. Her aim of creating suspenseful stories, in which her characters live comfortably with their homosexuality, has resulted in short stories and five consecutive (stand-alone) novels in which women tackle real-life problems such as prison sentences, rehabilitation, single parenthood, unfaithful partners and homophobia. Love interweaves the plots! 1: Prisoner 537; 2: My Life Outside; 3: Nothing Stays the Same; 4: Tracy Manners; 5: Consequences.

Esme M. Miller fell in love with London when she first arrived in the UK years ago, and is happily settled in the vibrant borough of Lambeth. A journalist and sub-editor for many years, both in South Africa and in the UK, she rediscovered her love for writing and was thrilled to submit a short story for this anthology. She just needs to learn how to make writing into a full-time job.

Elsa Wallace grew up in Central Africa and came to London in 1969 to live with the partner with whom she still shares her life. She works with voluntary organisations concerned with human and animal welfare. She has published a novella and three collections of short stories. She specialises in ghost stories.

Alice Frances Wickham is originally from Dublin, Ireland. She has lived in London since 1987 and has been writing on and off during that period. In 2011 Alice completed her Masters in Writing and Literary Criticism at Birkbeck and embarked on a novel, which has morphed into a perpetual saga, and Alice hopes it will end before she does. Alice is also working on a satire about the Health Industry, which is nearing completion. Alice runs the popular blog newlondonwriters.com, and her work has appeared in Edge magazine, Litro magazine, Indiana Voice Journal, New London Writers, Paradise Press, and other outlets.

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