Editorial Team

Editors-in-Chief:

Alexandra d'Abbadie HeadshotAlexandra d’Abbadie (@Alex_dAbbadie) is Anglo-Mauritian, child of diaspora. BA and MA in English literature, Durham University. Book reviewer for Platypus Press’ the Wilds. Words: ‘Curepipe‘ in Orion Magazine (online), ‘The Part-Time Healer‘ in the Squawk Back Journal.


Justin-Lau-ProfileJustin YW Lau (@JustinYWLau) was born in Singapore and grown in Japan. This Japlish-speaking TCK holds a BA in English Literature from Durham University, UK where he specialised in comics. His Japan-related fiction have been published in The Missing Slate, Bunbury and elsewhere. He is the bassist/backing vocalist for singer-songwriter Harri Endersby, and is currently a Durham MA English Lit student. Visit his website: www.justinywlau.com.

Poetry Editor:

Jack Caithness Headshot

Jack Caithness was born in the UK to Finnish and English parents. He studied English Literature at Durham University and was longlisted (top 15) for Young Poet Laureate for London in 2014, with work published in ‘Podium Poets #2’ in August 2015. His poems are personal and often confessional, aiming to capture in new words everyday experiences and thoughts which he hopes readers may share. Read more and get in touch at jackcaithness.co.uk.

General Editors:

Eiffel Gao (@Eiffel-Gao) was born in a seaside town called Ninghai, in Ningbo, China. She graduated from Durham University with a BA in English, Classics and History of Art, and is currently an MA student of Creative Writing there. She started writing English poems in her final year, taking the module Creative Writing Poetry. Much she owes to her overseas experience, and much more still to her native tongue. A self-proclaimed painter, calligrapher, chess and Guzheng player; a professional dabbler in many areas with a stern attitude.

Katja Garson HeadshotKatja Garson was born in coastal Lancashire, England, which she still calls home. Alongside a passionate belief in the power of the written word, she engages in music and art, travel and the outdoors, and feels a particular curious wonder towards birds, plants, and other humans. Her half-Finnish heritage and knowledge of the language are influential, and she visits Finland regularly. She holds a BA from Durham University, is an MSc candidate in Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford, and will work towards creative solutions for environmental awareness and justice in the future. Some of her writing can be found here: ‘Water and Weeds’, ‘Lilies’, and more recently here: ‘Il est temps d’agir’: time for action following COP21.

Tom Morcom HeadshotTom Morcom was born and raised in rural Cornwall, a quiet place where he had plenty of time to both read and write. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, he has returned to study for his MA, which will focus mainly on Old Norse. His writing so far has been speculative and varied, although perhaps united by its trend towards cheery bathos. Highlights include a play written for Durham Drama Festival, and occasionally being published in local magazines. In his other spare time he can be found playing water polo, or singing very poorly.

Yasser Ali Nasser HeadshotYasser Ali Nasser was born in California but has been living in the Middle East for the last few years. He just graduated and is doing a Masters course, where he is learning Mandarin. He enjoys reading and writing fantasy and horror the most—but any good book will do! He has had experience writing and editing for his university’s online journal The Bubble, and writing for En Ville Publishing.

Cheriel Neo HeadshotCheriel Neo was born in Singapore, and now lives in the south of England with her Glaswegian husband. She studied History and English at Oxford, then went on to do Japanese Translation in Edinburgh, and now works for a non-profit which specialises in funding sustainable social change. She enjoys thinking about community, faith, culture and poverty.