AUTHOR PROFILES 

from A - J



JANE CONNOLLY

UK journalist, Jane was a prize-winner 
in the 2015 Ouen Press Short Story Competition when she was awarded a 'Runner-up' place for her work 'Old Tricks' - which was included in the anthology Last Call & other short stories. Jane trained with Trinity Group Newspapers and has over 10 years experience writing lifestyle features for newspapers, magazines and online media. An avid ghost-hunter, Jane says her ambition is to write the perfect ghost-story.    
             
   
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MICHAEL CONNOR

Writer and author, Michael has crafted a true crime biography - The Soho Don, a psychological thriller - The Cleansing, and a pacy crime fiction - May All Your Names Be Forgotten.   Hotel-school trained, Michael had a regular feature in the Caterer & Hotelkeeper for six years, and his crime and travel pieces have been included in national newspapers, glossy supplements and monthly magazines. Michael is a member of English PEN which promotes free speech, human rights and a greater understanding through literature. 


AVIVA DALE MARTIN

Canadian writer, Aviva was awarded a 'Commended' accolade in the 2016 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her work 'Manuela' which was included in the recently published anthology Journey through Uncertainty & other short stories. Aviva studied Creative Writing with Hugh MacLennan at McGill University, and later at the University of British Columbia.  In retirement now, Aviva has returned to extended and vigorous writing, with the aim to tell stories that are unique, provocative and authentic.

 
 
CAROL FENLON

UK writer, Carol was awarded a 'Commended' accolade in the 2015 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her work 'Ghosts of Former Days' which was included in the anthology Last Call & other short stories.  Carol sits on the editorial board of the Short Fiction in Theory and Practice journal and is an active member of Edge Hill University Narrative Research Group and Skelmersdale Writers' Group. She also won the 2007 Impress Novel Prize for her story of a feral child, Consider the Lilies.  



JOHN FREW

John was a prize-winner in the 2016 Ouen Press Short Story Competition when he was award a 'Runner-up' place for his work 'Danny on the Beach' which was included in the recently published anthology Journey through Uncertainty & other short stories. Former UK government advisor and diplomat, John is currently working on his first book based on a walking pilgrimage in Myanmar.  Originally from the North-West of England, John is now based in London.


 

ROBBIE GILMORE

Belfast based, sportsman and writer Robbie  was awarded a 'Commended' accolade in the 2016 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for his work 'Canoeing the Hudson' which was included in the recently published anthology Journey through Uncertainty & other short stories. Since graduating from Cambridge University, Robbie competes in the Olympic 49er sailing class, aiming to represent Ireland in the 2020 Olympic Games.


VANESSA HORN

UK author and junior school teacher, Vanessa was awarded a 'Highly Commended' accolade in the 2015 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her work 'Paws in Time' which was included in the recently published anthology Last Call & other short stories.  Vanessa gained a degree from the Royal College of Music, and enjoys playing flute and piano.  With a growing list of writing successes, Vanessa's first book Eclectic Moments was published in 2015.

 
  
VALERIE HORTON

Leeds based writer, Valerie was awarded a 'Commended' accolade in the 2016 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for her work 'Into the Blue' which was included in the recently published anthology Journey through Uncertainty & other short stories. After a 20 year career in IT, Valerie has decided to devote more time to the creative side of life.  With a degree in English and a Diploma in Creative Writing, she has continued to develop her craft, completing a number of short stories, specialising in tales with a twist.


ROBERT HULL

UK journalist and author, Robert was the overall winner in the 2015 Ouen Press Short Story Competition for his work 'Last Call' which is the title story in the recently published anthology Last Call & other short stories.  Robert's epic road-trips and expeditions form the basis of travel pieces for the Guardian, the Observer & the Sunday Times newspapers.  Robert is currently working on his first short story collection - Lost & Found, and is researching his first novel which will be set in the glory days of the British music hall. 

  
 
SOPHIA JACKSON-GILL

Sophia was a prize-winner in the 2016 Ouen Press Short Story Competition when she was awarded a 'Runner-up' place for her work 'The Land of the Free', which was included in the recently published anthology Journey through Uncertainty & other short stories. London based Sophia is an actor, writer & adventurer. Following graduation from Birmingham School of Acting, Sophia continues to explore the different platforms through which storytelling can be delivered.