Bernie McGill is a short story writer and author of The Butterfly Cabinet, which was named by Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year in 2012. She was the winner in 2008 of the Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest in the US. Her short stories have been shortlisted for numerous prizes including the Bridport, Fish, Asham, Michael McLaverty and Seán O’Faóláin short story awards. Of her work, author Eugene McCabe has said: ‘Bernie Mc Gill’s rare, hypnotic gift for writing fills every page. [It] contains no end of apparently throwaway sentences you want to remember.’ Whittrick Press will be publishing Sleepwalkers and Other Stories in May 2013.
John McCloskey is one of Northern Ireland’s most talented animators and illustrators. As well as being shortlisted for a BAFTA and Cartoon D’or, he is a past winner of the Best Animated Film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and a double winner at the Celtic Film and Television Festival. His most recent project is an Irish language graphic novel of Flann O’Brien’s The Poor Mouth. Whittrick Press is working with John and in partnership with Raw Nerve Productions to repurpose the BAFTA-nominated animation The Crumble Giant as an iBook and app.
Peter Geoghegan is an Irish journalist and writer living in Edinburgh. He has written and reported from a range of countries including Albania, Kosovo, Egypt, Namibia, Zambia, Iceland, Ireland and Scotland. He writes as a freelance for a range of publications including The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Scotsman, Irish Times, RTE, London Review of Books and Irish Independent. He also edits a magazine called Political Insight for the Political Studies Association and organises political discussion events in Scotland under the name ‘Realpolitik’.
Martin Byrne is a writer living in Belfast. The youngest of seven children he grew up in the 80s, went to university in the 90s and met a wonderful man, and yes – reader – he married him. He’s lived through grunge, Britpop and the era of the superclub, the Troubles, the Good Friday Agreement and the entire run of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. All of these have influenced his life to a great degree. He currently works in the not so glamorous world of Belfast PR but when he’s not writing press releases he’ll be scribbling notes for stories.