Contributors F to M


Born in Italy some decades ago, Gabriella fell in love with the English language at six when she started writing poems (in Italian), and is the author of Lo sguardo di Orfeo, L’inverno di vetro, Di altre stelle polari and Blue branches.



“I’m an ageing truck driver, living in the north west of England, and have done a multitude of jobs since leaving school including Casino Croupier, police officer, security guard and was once a Strippergram! I’ve written poetry from an early age.”



Hannah was born and raised in a small sea side town in Scotland and is a writer, director, actress, script writer, teacher, and pretty much every other creative entity she can aim to be. Discovering the art of writing in her younger years influenced the creative professional route she is venturing on, with a passion and commitment to implementing real change in the world through education and a multitude of art forms.
Instagram: @hannahlouisemacfarlane



Heera had been working as a teacher at Cambridge School, K. R. Puram, Bengaluru. She is also a writer, and has been writing feature articles, stories, poems (both rhyming and non-rhyming), plays and songs for the past 30 years. She wrote her first poem when she was an 8-year-old student in New York. There has been no looking back, and she writes prolifically besides reading voraciously. She recently won an Award for being The Times of India Best NIE Teacher Co-ordinator (which involves writing and editing creative work and poetry) from over 250 schools in Bengaluru. One of her prose pieces has been accepted by the Indian edition of the Reader’s Digest, and she has been interviewed twice by NDTV Good Times.



Jo’s day job is to convince motorists to drive safely. Never short of work, in the evening hours Jo writes and performs poetry. Jo has been published in five bells, fourW new writing anthologies, Feast of Poetry, Not Very Quiet Journal and on a postcard with the Ekphrasis Poetry Competition. Performing poetry - Jo has been a State Finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam in 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015. Jo lives with her family in Queanbeyan, NSW, and practices poetry lines while walking the family cattle dog along the Queanbeyan River. Jo still picks up the best performance lines from sitting on the sidelines listening to the cheering as her teenage sons play basketball & AFL for Queanbeyan Tigers.



I live in Bahrain, in the Gulf, am married for 25 years and have three children.


Born in Manchester in 1945 (father; foundry hand, mother;crane-driver), John now lives in Robin Hoods’ Bay, North Yorkshire. He's in a few writing groups plus a painting group… a tai-chi group… a music group… his French class… then there’s Open Gardens to help sort out for June (proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society) and the grandchildren who demand he plays with them…. he gets no rest. He enjoys the ‘anthology’ approach, and tends to stick to sonnets as the form exercises some control over his worse excesses.


John-Karl is internationally known as one of Australia’s most daring and interesting of poets and librettists. He’s on a campaign to bring back plain-speaking to the most emotional writings in English.



Katrina lives with her Siberian husky Kodee Noffolk, England. This is her first piece of writing based on an abusive and controlling relationship.



Kimmy is a wannabe poet from the land of Lake Woebegone. A retired steel worker who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Kimmy pursed his love of poetry as a distraction while undergoing chemo and radiation. For him, poetry has proven to be a powerful catharsis as he is currently in remission. When he isn’t writing he spends time with his four wonderful nieces, whom he says “are driving him to pieces.”




Linda is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. She is a two-time push cart nominee. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has six published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014), If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016), My Wings Were Made to Fly (Flutter Press, September 2017), Splintered with Terror (Scars Publications, January 2018), More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019), and one micro-chapbook Heaven Instead (Origami Poems Project, May 2018). She is also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018).
FB: @Linda-M-Crate-129813357119547
Instagram: @authorlindamcrate
Twitter: @thysilverdoe



LindaAnnis a dramatist, author, theatre critic, and poet. Conflicted Excitement [Red Wolf Editions, 2018] is her latest poetry chapbook. Her poetry has been published in Measure, Italian American, Owen Wister Review, PIF, The Cape Rock, Lullwater Review, Mused, Ink & Letters, Peacock Journal, Not Very Quiet, Sweet Deluge, Rue Scribe, Windhover, etc. and has won competitions in the USA and Canada. Her play Naked Came the Painting will be staged in Westchester County, NY in a 500-seat theatre in May 2019. Her collaborative non-fiction work on prejudice (published in the USA by Macmillan) will be released in an Italian version in Rome, Italy by Arachne Editrice in May 2019.
Twitter: @Mae_Westside



Lynda, author of two novels and the short story collection, Under a Cold White Moon, facilitates a creative writing class in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Her poetry and prose have been broadcast on both BBC Radio Ulster and RTE Sunday Miscellany. Literary successes include poetry and short story prizes at Listowel, the Mencap short story competition, and the Mail on Sunday novel competition. Having recently returned from Oman, she is presently working towards a debut poetry collection. Lynda has facilitated prose recitals commemorating the anniversary of the sinking of The Titanic and edited the prose and poetry anthology Linen for the Irish Linen Museum.



I have been writing poetry for around 20 years. Most of my work, although not all, has been written whilst suffering depression and mental illness.



Margareth is the pen name of Mônica Mastrantonio PhD, author at Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords. Mônica's a mum of three, loves jogging, reading, writing, sunbathing, travelling, meeting people. Always happy, always forward, 101% Italian.
FB: @AuthorMargarethStewart
Instagram: @author_margarethstewart



Mark is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Centre. He is the author of Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press), Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes from the Underground (Moira Books) and the just published text based art book, Dream Streams (Clare Songbirds Publishing). His video, Widow's Peek: The Kiss of Death, was selected to the 2018 International Experimental Film Festival in Bilbao, Spain. He is a 2018 Audie Award Finalist for his contribution to the original audio book; Nevertheless We Persisted.



Mary Anne is  a graduate from the University of Malta in Social Work, in Probation Services, in Diplomatic Studies and in Masters in Probation. She has also obtained a Diploma in Freelance and Feature Writing from the London School of Journalism, and paints, writes poetry, novels and articles both in Maltese and in English. She is the author of three fiction books in Maltese. The first book was Id-Dell ta’ l-Eżmeraldi, and Ir-Raġel l-Iswed, the latter was awarded a prize by MAPA (Maltese Association of Authors and Publishers) This was followed by a fiction book with the title Stupru (Rape). In 2005 Marie Anne attended for a script writing workshop in Sitges, Spain. The book was presented in the literary section in the festival; Woman Creators of the Two Seas. Woman and Tradition, held in Thessaloniki, Greece between the 28 August and 04 September 2006. The Festival was organized by the Unesco Centre for Women and Peace in the Balkans. In 2008 the novel Torn Velvet was published and exhibited at the New Title Show Case at the London Book Fair between the 14 and 16 April 2008. The same book was published by the Mental Health Group with the title Shattered Wings. In 2009 Mary Anne's fourth book in Maltese Tfal Misruqa, (Kidnapped Children) a novel about the reality of missing children and child pornography, was published. In 2009 the Marie Anne's short story My Son, My Past was highly commended in the Aesthetica Annual Creative Competition UK. In 2010 two poems were published in the Strand book for International Poetry by Strand Publishers UK. In 2015, the novel Dawn in Seville was published. In 2015 one of Mary Anne‘s poem has been set to music and performed during the Mdina Cathedral Art Biennale by Maestro Reuben Pace. Mary Anne‘s literary work was also featured in Literature Today, Volume 4, 5 and 6. Other two poems were published in 2016 in Taj Mahal Review Volume 15, published by Cyberwit India. One other poem was published in the New English Verse in 2016, and in Praxis on Line Magazine for Arts and Literature, and in the International Collections of Poetry and Prose. Other poetry was published in 2017 in International Contemporary Poetry Volume 4. In 2018 other poetry was included in the Qutub Minor Review Vol. 1. In 2019 another poem was published in Literature Today Volume 8. Mary Anne is also artist and had participated in various art exhibitions both locally and abroad. In 2018 Mary Anne has been awared l-Artista dell Anno at the  Mezzujosu International Art Exhibition in Mezzujosu, Sicily and  awarded again in an another International Art Exhibition in Comiso, in September. Mary Anne's art has also been featured in Autumn edition 2018 of Art Ascent and in Rejoinder Journal online published by the Institute for Research on Women, and in The Universal Sea, The Art and Innovation Movement against water Pollution.     



“I am May Manoj, born in Kerala on the 9th of October, 1983. Travelling to Bahrain at the age of 4, I resided there for 30 years, completing my schooling and post graduation there. I worked for more than 10 years as a French and English teacher in Bahrain, subsequently writing poetry. I am married to a church minister, Manoj Abraham, and have three lovely boys Elijah, Jonathan and Faith. I have contributed to several poetry collections and authored a book; Rose Garden of Love.


I was born, and have lived most of my life, in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, in the North West of England, working in the local shipyard until leaving to train as an English teacher. I now work in the British School of Al Khobar, in Saudi Arabia. Although I have written poetry for many years, I have only recently begun to work on short stories. The writers whose stories have encouraged me to want to write include Peter Straub, Haruki Marukami, Cormac McCarthy and Leonard Cohen.



Mtende lives and writes from Malawi. She currently works with the Catholic University of Malawi as an Associate Lecturer in the English and Communication Studies Department. An avid reader of all things literary, some of her poetry features at Kalahari Review and Nthanda Review.

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