Bernie McGill was born in Lavey in County Derry in Northern Ireland. She studied English and Italian at Queen’s University, Belfast and graduated with a Masters degree in Irish Writing. She has written for the theatre (The Weather Watchers, The Haunting of Helena Blunden), novels, The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet and a short story collection, Sleepwalkers. Her short fiction has been nominated for numerous awards and in 2008 she won the Zoetrope:All-Story Short Fiction Award in the US. Her work has been anthologised in award-winning collections The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shoreand in Female Lines.
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.’
Rosemary Jenkinson was born in Belfast and is an award-winning playwright and short story writer. She won the 2001 Black Hill Magazine Short Story Competition, third prize in the Brian Moore Short Story Awards and was shortlisted for the 2002 Hennessy Award for New Writing. Her first collection of short stories, Contemporary Problems Nos. 53 & 54, was published in 2004 by Lapwing Press. Her second short story collection, Aphrodite’s Kiss & Further Stories, was published by Whittrick Press in 2016. She’s won many General Artist’s Awards from the ACNI and this year she has been awarded Artist-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
Sybil Allen and Anne Montgomery
Sybil Allen is an actress and writer from Antrim, who lives in London. She co-wrote The Guardian Sword (1970), a story of legend and adventure set in the Glens of Antrim, with fellow actress Roma Tomelty, followed by Lissamor’s Child, a gothic ghost story, in 1973.
Anne Montgomery is an artist and illustrator. During a varied career, she ran a knitwear design business, worked as a textile advisor in Papua New Guinea, and was a senior lecturer in Textile Design at the Belfast Art School. She now lives in Eglinton in County Londonderry in her childhood home (with walled garden).
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.