Hedera Felix

Mycelia Contributors


Issue 1 Contributors

Ryan Vance

Ryan Vance is a writer and editor based in Glasgow, with work published in New Writing ScotlandGutter MagazineThe Glasgow Review of Booksand The Dark Mountain. Between 2010 and 2016 he created and edited The Queen’s Head, a speculative fiction magazine. He has edited fiction for theislandreview.com and currently edits reviews for guttermag.co.uk. In 2017 he created Queer Words Project Scotland, a mentoring scheme for Scottish writers in which queerness is the qualifying factor. In 2018 it will pair four emerging writers with four professionals to workshop new queer writing and publish an anthology in Spring 2019. ryanvance.co.uk | twitter.com/ryanjjvance

Tara P Woolnough

Tara P Woolnough is a peculiar amalgamation of the elements, clothed in human form. Not long after emerging from her mother’s womb her very being became embroiled with words, reading and writing – an entanglement that continues until now and informs her vice as an ersatz writer and her subjective experience of so-called reality.

David Redford Palmer

The focus of my photographic practice has always been the natural world. As an untrained, self-taught photographer developing a relationship with landscape, inspiration came from artists as diverse as Fay Godwin, Andy Goldsworthy and Thomas Joshua Cooper. However, my particular fascination has been with the details of natural forms. Universal patterns, ambiguity of scale, the fractal essence of systems all provide objects of meditation and subjects to capture. If the devil is in the detail, then so too, surely, is the celestial.

E Saxey

E Saxey works in universities and likes and writes queer fiction. Their previous work includes pieces in The FantasistTranscendent and Unsung Stories. twitter.com/esaxey | lightningbook.wordpress.com/fiction-by-e-saxey/.

Ade Adesina RSA RGI

Ade Adesina, born in Nigeria 1980, is a full-time printmaker who lives in Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied printmaking at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen from 2008 graduating in 2012. Ade’s work is a visual commentary on the ideas of ecology and our ever-changing world. He is fascinated by how the human footprint is affecting our planet. Our world is full of wonderful landscapes and Ade wishes to highlight the continual damage caused to them through human activities such as deforestation, the politics of energy consumption, and the endangerment of wild species. He is a traditional printmaker, painter and sculptor. This artist combines cultures, producing work that makes people reflect on the past, present and the future. adeadesina.com

Louis Armand

Louis Armand is the author of the novels GlassHouse (2018), The Combinations (2016), Cairo (2014), and Breakfast at Midnight (2012). He lives in Prague. louis-armand.com

Alex Kennedy

Alex Kennedy is an art critic and art historian. He is the author of How Glasgow Stole the Idea of Contemporary Art and The Use of Style. His latest book Empty Subjects – Empty Signs is published by Daat Press

Olive M Ritch

Olive M Ritch has been published in literary magazines, anthologies and websites including Poetry Review, Agenda, Gutter, New Writing Scotland, The Poetry Cure, and In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights. She has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her work has received awards during her writing career and her poem, ‘The Hand Game’, was commended in the National Poetry Competition (2003), ‘A Message’ was commended in the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine (2011), and her poem, ‘Beyond Words’, was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2008).

Vivienne Chan

Vivienne Chan has a BA (Hons) in Design and Craft, specialising in 3D Design. Taking an experimental materialist approach for her degree’s final project, she created a range of lighting designs that explored themes of light, shadow and colour. As well as developing abstract forms in both 2D and 3D, Vivienne’s work has also focused on CAD for visualising furniture. Her interest in the technical side of creativity inspires her use of image editing software such as Sketsa and Compositor, where she practices creating new works by contrasting and combining shape, line, colour and different arrangements.

Daniel Pietersen

Daniel Pietersen is an author of weird/horror fiction and critical non-fiction, mostly interested in how the nature of horror is reflected in repetition, uncanny presences and eerie absences. His fiction work has appeared in The Audient Voidand Aether & Ichor, with essays on the limit experience in the work of Clive Barker and the eeriness of folk horror, pending publication in Thinking Horror and Revenant, respectively. In April 2018, he presented a paper at Sheffield University on the nature of horror in the D&D module ‘Ravenloft’. Daniel lives in Edinburgh with his wife and their dog.

Tom Byam Shaw

Tom Byam Shaw is a Creative Writing PhD candidate at the University of Aberdeen. He was drawn to the weird at an early age, probably because it triangulated his interest in natural history; his fascination with the esoteric; and his nascent queer identity. For fun he visits aquariums, fish markets and junkyards. He has been active in the open mic scenes of Glasgow, Paris and Aberdeen, and has words in Suma Lima; the Gaudie; as well as a few smaller anthologies. t.byamshaw.12[at]aberdeen.ac.uk

Jelle Cauwenberghs

Jelle Cauwenberghs writes poetry and dark fiction. He currently lives in Glasgow.

Ever Dundas

Ever Dundas writes literary fiction, horror, fantasy and sci-fi. Her novel Goblinwon the Saltire First Book of the Year Award 2017. Ever is currently working on her second novel, HellSans, a sci-fi thriller. twitter.com/everdundas |instagram.com/everdundas | everdundas.com

John Dummett

With sculpture, performance and writing, John explores the interplay between different forms of language and how they are read, experienced and translated across multiple forms whether textual, spatial, social or otherwise. Underscoring this approach is the recognition that language, in all its iterations, is a statement on and of ‘publicness’. As an artist John has undertaken projects at the Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, Lothringer 13/Laden Munich, Lugar Comum Lisbon and recently at the University of Cumbria. In 2017 he completed a research-as-practice PhD at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

Ely Percy

Ely Percy is a Scottish fiction writer, memoirist and epistolarian. Their debut novel Vicky Romeo Plus Joolzis scheduled for publication by Knight Errant Press in February 2019.

Ruairdhri Wright

Ruairdhri Wright is an illustrator and graphic designer from the Highlands of Scotland. He graduated in 2016 from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen with a first class honours degree in Communication Design and now lives and works from his studio in Edinburgh. Ruairdhri has created artwork for up-and-coming bands and independent filmmakers, as well as for more established clients like Seattle rock band Soundgarden and the Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation. He’s a great lover of the Rolling Stones, David Lynch films, craft beer and binge-watching Rick & Morty with an endless supply of coffee. ruairdhriwrightart.myportfolio.com/illustrations| instagram.com/ruairdhriwright_illustration

Jenny Lancaster-Symington

Jenny is currently studying for Advanced Highers at Lanark Grammar School. She lives at home with her two mums who encourage her to put her creative work in view of the public eye. She has been writing stories since she could hold a pen and is never found without a notebook to jot some poetry in – some of which she has performed as slam poetry. Despite her mountain of studying she finds time to create short pieces of fiction, as well as developing her current project, which she has been writing, proudly, for over a year now.

Mark Bolsover

Mark is a freelance writer living and working in Edinburgh. He has short experimental prose-poetry published, and forthcoming, in a number of international literary magazines. The piece, ‘eye contact (or,… —an only optical love),’ was a winner of the inaugural Into the VoidPoetry Competition (2016). Mark’s debut chapbook, IN FAILURE & IN RUINS—dreams & fragments, is published with Into the Void Press (Dublin & Toronto, May 2017). 

Issue 2 Contributors

Katy Lennon

Katy Lennon is a queer writer and editor from Aberdeen, based in Edinburgh. In 2016 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University with distinction and the class medal. She writes weird, horror and SF short fiction, with stories featured in Shoreline of Infinity and 404 Ink’s The F Word. She also edits and runs Blood Bath, a new horror and genre literary zine, now on its second issue.
twitter.com/katy__lennon | twitter.com/bloodbathzine | instagram.com/katy__lennon

Amanda Minkkinen

Amanda Minkkinen was raised in Michigan. She now lives in Denmark and attends the University of Copenhagen as a sociology student. She writes short stories, poetry, and screenplays. She has had poetry featured in Wu-Wei Fashion Mag and was shortlisted for the Young Romantics prize hosted by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association in 2015 and 2016. instagram.com/aljminkkinen

Scott Caruth

Scott Caruth is currently based between Glasgow and Berlin. His artistic practice explores the limitations of documentary, the issues presented by the lens and the politics of ‘evidence’. He also has a sound practice that usually manifests in the band Total Leatherette, of which he is one half. Recent residencies include Intonal at Inkost in Malmo, CCA Creative Lab in Glasgow, Stills Gallery in Edinburgh and Fondazione Fotografia in Modena, Italy. Recent exhibitions and performances include ‘Ian White: Cinema as Live Art’ at Arsenal Kino, Berlin, ‘Radical Film Network Meeting’ at Silent Green Kulturquarter in Berlin, ‘Cazzate Su Cazzatte’ at Glasgow International 2018 and ‘Disco! An Interdisciplinary Conference’ at The University of Sussex. scottcaruth.co.uk

Niamh Moloney

Niamh Moloney writes, draws, talks, makes and dreams. She was born in Dublin and is now Glasgow based. Her artistic practice explores the connection between mind body soul and beyond. Her inner emotional landscape manifests through drawings, texts, sculptures and installations. She writes about her experiences of personal transmutation, the wisdom of the feminine and the relationships between our Selves, the earth and the cosmos. She recently graduated with an MLitt in Fine Art Practice from The Glasgow School of Art. instagram.com/niamhmol | niamhmoloney.com

Stephen Cashmore

Stephen Cashmore is a professional proofreader and editor based in Ayr, Scotland. He has had two books on contract bridge published, and many short stories. He has written eight novels and plans to self-publish some of them. Members of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle (members always welcome) thought ‘Dark Triptych’ was hard to follow. It was meant to be. stephencashmore.com

Don Redwood

Don Redwood lives in Glasgow, where he has been banging his head against his brick wall of a first novel for the last ten years. He has made a wee dent, and the resulting concussion has helped him dream up a growing collection of delirious short stories. These have previously appeared in Daily Science Fiction and the Speculative Spaces podcast.
twitter.com/donreedwood | donredwood.com

Ely Percy

Ely Percy is a Scottish fiction writer, memoirist and epistolarian. Their debut novel Vicky Romeo Plus Joolz was published on 15 March 2019 by Knight Errant Press. twitter.com/decenthumanbean | elypercy.com

Eris Young

Eris Young is a queer writer from southern California, based in Edinburgh. Their work explores the queer experience and themes of otherness and alienation. Eris is the Writer in Residence at Lighthouse Bookshop, and editor of fantasy magazine Æther/Ichor. Their work was a finalist in Shoreline of Infinity’s 2018 flash fiction contest, and has appeared in Expanded Horizons, Scrutiny Journal, Bewildering Stories, and two anthologies: 404 Ink’s We Were Always Here and Knight Errant Press’s F, M or Other. twitter.com/young_e_h

Marcus Jack

Marcus Jack is a curator, writer and occasional photographer. In 2015 he founded Transit Arts, an organisation for the exhibition of artists’ moving image, and has since developed projects with organisations including ATLAS Arts, GFT, Goethe-Institut, GSFF, SCAN and Tyneside Cinema. He is the Coordinator of the Margaret Tait 100 centenary programme and Research Associate at LUX Scotland. Since 2016 he has been on the submissions panel of the Glasgow Short Film Festival, and in 2018 was invited to jury the TENT Academy Awards, Rotterdam, and undertake a curatorial exchange with Videoclub in Taipei. He is currently undertaking an AHRC-funded PhD at the Glasgow School of Art.

Daniel Pietersen

Daniel Pietersen is an author of weird fiction and of critical non-fiction that investigates the nature of horror and related genres. His fiction has been published in The Audient Void, Mycelia and Æther/Ichor. An analysis of the limit experience in the work of Clive Barker is featured in the second volume of Thinking Horror with an essay on liminality in Folk Horror pending publication in Revenant. Daniel is also a regular contributor to Dead Reckonings, the in-house journal of Hippocampus Press. Daniel lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and dog.
twitter.com/pietersender | constantuniversity.wordpress.com

Heather Parry

Heather Parry is a Glasgow-based writer and editor. Her short stories have been widely published (The Stinging Fly, Gutter, F(r)iction) and performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Belladrum Festival, Hidden Door and more. She was a prizewinner in the 2019 Mslexia Short Story Award, won the Cove Park Emerging Writer residency in 2017 and the Bridge Award for an Emerging Writer in 2016. Her work explores self-deception, transformation, identity and the body. heatherparry.co.uk

Katie Harrison

Katie Harrison is a writer and lecturer living by the Scottish seaside. The granddaughter of a world-renowned botanist, she is a nature writing scholar with the British Council and her podcast of earthly delights will be released later this year. In 2017, a florist approached her to ghostwrite, How Not to Kill Your Plants which beat Alan Titchmarsh on Amazon (sorry Alan). Katie lectures on Narrative & Voice at Central Saint Martins and recently taught her first class at ECA. When she’s not writing about nature, she writes award-winning copy for global brands such as Uber, Chambord and Nike. katieanneharrison.com

Joma West

Joma West was born in London but lived and grew up in different countries in Africa. She studied English Language and Literature at the University of Glasgow and then took up teaching. Joma’s novella, Wild, won the 2016 MMU novella award and was published by Sandstone Press. She has had short stories appear in To Hull and Back and Nivalis 2017. Joma writes in several genres and she likes to use the strange to highlight and interrogate the familiar. She believes stories are reflections of ourselves, and whilst they should definitely entertain, they should also help us understand what it is to be human. She currently lives in Glasgow. twitter.com/jomawest

Miranda Stuart

Miranda Stuart is a writer, designer and, sometimes, artist based in Glasgow. With a background in English Literature and Graphic Design, she makes work that plays with narrative and fragments of text and is interested in the bodily writings of Medieval female mystics. She collaborates with artist Nastja No on a publishing project called Agony Press.

David McMahon

David McMahon is an author from Glasgow interested in science fiction and dark fantasy, often merging both with themes of the human condition and how it integrates with technology. He is currently editing his first novel Boxhead, which is the first in a series collectively called ‘Midnight Tayles’ and publishes short stories to his online blog of the same name. dmcmahonjnr.wixsite.com/midnight-tayles

Bragela Hornal

Bragela Hornal writes dark fiction for adults and young people from her home in Edinburgh. She is currently working on her first children’s novel, Islands of Memory, a magical realist adventure. twitter.com/BragelaHornal

Issue 3 Contributors

Mauricio Montiel Figueiras

Mauricio Montiel Figueiras (Guadalajara, Mexico, b. 1968) is a writer of prose fiction and essays, as well as a poet, translator, editor and film and literary critic. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Italy, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has been Resident Writer for the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in England (2003) and The Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy (2008). In 2012 he was appointed Resident Writer for the prestigious Hawthornden Retreat for Writers in Scotland. He has lived in Mexico City since 1995. In 2011 he started working on a Twitter novel, The Man in Tweed, in part through the account @LamujerdeM.

Gloria Gozi

Gloria Gozi is a Library Assistant and writer from London. She has written for various magazines, including Pie Magazine in Bath, and has a degree in English Literature from Bath Spa University.

Trahearne Falvey

Trahearne Falvey is currently reading, writing and travelling in Mexico, but calls Brighton home. He has studied at the Universities of Warwick, Sussex and Bristol and has worked as a teacher, waiter, barista and, briefly, a harvester of lemon verbena in Turkey. He writes short fiction that tends to feature weird dreams, and will eventually get round to editing the first edition of Whippet, a literary zine. instagram.com/trahearne.f

Stephen Toman

Stephen Toman is the author of the novel, The Philistines Be Upon Thee and its sequel, But God Made Hell. He is also the Creative Director at Malki Press and teaches “words n that” in a high school.

Ely Percy

Ely Percy’s first publication was in Big! magazine in 1994. Since then, they’ve released a memoir (Cracked, 2002), graduated with distinction from Glasgow University’s MPhil in Creative Writing (2004) and contributed over fifty short stories to literary journals. Their debut novel Vicky Romeo Plus Joolz was published by Knight Errant Press in March 2019.

Rhiannon A. Grist

Rhiannon A. Grist is a Welsh writer living in Edinburgh, whose weird work has featured in Strix, Monstrous Regiment, The Selkie and Shoreline of Infinity. She writes and performs with Writers’ Bloc. Her favourite ring on the hob is the top right. twitter.com/RhiannonAGrist.

Megan Jane

Megan Jane is a photographer who likes to capture the things we as humans may ordinarily miss or ignore. Inspired by the phenomena of everyday life, Megan uses her work to look closely at the details of our world, attempting to find a new perspective on the commonplace or familiar. 

Veronique Kootstra

Veronique Kootstra is from the Netherlands but for the past seventeen years has lived and worked in Edinburgh. English is now the language she writes and, weirdly, dreams in. Her work has appeared in 404 Ink magazine, The London Reader, The Scotsman and in various anthologies and websites. She won a highly commended writing award from the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award. She is the Edinburgh Writers’ HQ rep and is currently working on her first novel. twitter.com/vkootstra

Klara Kofen

Klara Kofen writes, makes films, directs, designs and builds costumes and sets out of discarded materials. She is the Artistic Director of Waste Paper Opera, a London based experimental music theatre and performance collective. Occasionally, she investigates international trade shows. Her work is influenced by her research into the impact new technologies have on notions of agency and responsibility, mushrooms and microbes, eighteenth-century pornography and the French Revolution. Klara studied at Glasgow University, Oxford University and Guildhall. She was born into a Greek and Polish family in Germany.

Jelle Cauwenberghs

Jelle Cauwenberghs is a poet and translator currently based in Glasgow, where he daylights as a bookseller. He is a regular contributor to Caught by the River and is working on a chapbook and a novel. He can be found on twitter. He loves to write about misshapen things, things that are out of place or placeless.

S. P. Hannaway

S. P. Hannaway is drawn to the weird and wonderful. His first story appeared in Litro Online in 2014. Since then his work has cropped up in journals such as Dream Catcher, Brittle Star, Lighthouse, The Incubator, Neon and The Interpreter’s House. He recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. He’s worked as an actor (in a previous life) and now lives in London.

David Redford Palmer

David Redford Palmer is a Glaswegian photographer who concentrates on the details of nature. The resultant images are abstract, painterly forms, universal patterns, or the fractal essence of natural systems. His photography is a kind of meditation, mindful and alert. If the devil is in the detail, then so too, surely, is the celestial.

Michael Uhall

Michael Uhall is a political theorist and an aficionado of horror and weird prose. He finished his PhD in political science in 2019, and he is currently writing two novels. One is about a revolution on a cruise ship, and the other is a psychogeographical horror story about the bleakness at the heart of American historical experience.

Shane Jesse Christmass

Shane Jesse Christmass is the author of the novels, Xerox Over Manhattan (Apocalypse Party, 2019), Belfie Hell (Inside The Castle, 2018), Yeezus In Furs (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018), Napalm Recipe: Volume One (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017), Police Force as A Corrupt Breeze (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2016) and Acid Shottas (The Ledatape Organisation, 2014). He was a member of the band Mattress Grave and is currently a member in Snake Milker. shanejessechristmass.tumblr.com | instagram.com/sjxsjc | twitter.com/sjxsjc

Rachel Frances Sharpe

Rachel Frances Sharpe is an artist and researcher based in Glasgow. She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art MFA programme in 2017. Recent exhibitions include ‘How Strange When an Illusion Dies’ (Leith Theatre, 2018), ‘POKEY HAT’ (New Glasgow Society, Glasgow International 2016) and ‘Who Owns the Cone?’ (Likky Ruth Project Space, 2016). Moving image work has been screened at Deep Trash Romance (Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 2018) and the Fluid Physicalities Conference (Birkbeck University, 2017). In March 2019 she launched a new curatorial moving image project titled Point exploring the queer potentiality of the horror film genre.

Issue 4 Contributors

Ema Pina

Ema Pina is a London-based painter. Her artworks reconcile analytical observations of surface and interiority, by interweaving aspects of longing with the representation of artefacts, nature and the body. Her visual lexicon speaks, in riddles, of fictions within reality, the embodiment of sentience and the agency of idleness. Pina also writes musings on the processes of writing, thinking and feeling. Born in Portugal, she graduated in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins (UAL), London, in 2014 and has exhibited regularly since then, with shows including Through a Screen Darkly at Sensei Gallery, London, and The Future is Female, at La Porte Peinte, Noyers, France. Curatorial projects include Here then, was I / Here now, am I and Void Feelers, both at Thames-Side Studios Gallery in London. Her work was awarded the Kate Barton Award in 2014, the Brian Botting Prize and the Clyde & Co Art Award Collection in 2015, and the Eaton Fund in 2019. emapina.com

Klara Kofen

Klara Kofen writes, makes films, directs, designs and builds costumes and sets out of discarded materials. She is the Artistic Director of Waste Paper Opera, a London based experimental music theatre and performance collective. Occasionally, she investigates international trade shows. Her work is influenced by her research into the impact new technologies have on notions of agency and responsibility, mushrooms and microbes, eighteenth-century pornography and the French Revolution. Klara studied at Glasgow University, Oxford University and Guildhall. She was born into a Greek and Polish family in Germany.

Stephen O’Donnell

Stephen O’Donnell is based in Dublin and has had stories published in Typehouse Magazine, Strange Horizons and Five on the Fifth, among others. stephenmodonnell.wixsite.com/steodo

Charles J March III

Charles J March III is an asexual and neurodivergent Navy hospital corpsman veteran, who is currently trying to live an eclectic life with an interesting array of recovering creatures, in Orange County, CA. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Evergreen Review, Atlas Obscura, Litro, the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Lalitamba, 3:AM Magazine, Fleas on the Dog, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Taco Bell Quarterly, Storm Cellar, Harbinger Asylum, BlazeVOX, Bareknuckle Poet, Anti-Heroin Chic, The Beatnik Cowboy, Points in Case, Stinkwaves, The Writing Disorder, Literary Orphans, Otoliths, Oddball Magazine, amongst others. In 2020 he was a prize-winner in Blood Tree Literature’s Chimera Hybrid Contest. linkedin.com/in/charles-j-march-iii-4114b5b2 | soundcloud.com/charles-john-march-iii

Annie Schoonover

Annie Schoonover is a Minnesota native who recently graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio, with a major in Creative Writing as well as minors in English and Theatre. Her work has previously appeared in Barnstorm Journal and The Poet magazine and is forthcoming in Thimble Literary Magazine. twitter.com/AnnieSchoonover

Conor Baird

Conor Baird is an artist who was born and raised in Glasgow, where he is now based. By showing work in galleries and festivals, as well as sewers, he seeks to intimately unpack, and make a mess of, personal narratives around intimacy, shame, belonging and violence. With performance, film and installation Baird uses subversive dramaturgies and selected materials, to collage an unmonumental ‘queer actionism’. Recently, thanks to inaction and reflection during lockdown, this collaging has slid into more formalised approaches to publishing. He studied BA(Hons) Sculpture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, graduating in 2013, participated in the alternative postgraduate programme, Syllabus III, in 2018, and completed his MLitt in Theatre and Performance Practices at University of Glasgow in 2019. conorbaird.com

Hailey Piper

Hailey Piper is a transgender speculative writer, and author of ‘The Worm and His Kings’ and ‘Benny Rose, the Cannibal King’. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association, and her short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, The Arcanist, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, among others. haileypiper.com | twitter.com/HaileyPiperSays

Sally O’Reilly

Sally O’Reilly writes for voice, page and screen, and makes performances for galleries, conferences, and opera houses, as well as open-air swimming pools, bathing machines and train tabletops. She savours complications that involve infrastructure, technology, voice and psycho-social encounter. Longer fictional works include the operas And London Burned (Temple Music Foundation, 2016) and The Virtues of Things (Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music, Opera North, 2015); the novella The Ambivalents (Cabinet, New York, 2017) and the novel Crude (Eros Press, 2016). She is also the head barkeeper of The Open Arms online pub.

Ignacio Evangelista

Ignacio Evangelista is a Spanish photographer, with a degree in psychology, based in Madrid. His photographic series show the relationship between nature and the artificial. By connecting his images with the human trace Evangelista focusses on places, or situations, where something seems contradictory. He has exhibited in the US, Germany, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, UK, Hungary and Spain; his images have also been featured on CNN International and ARTE TV Channel, as well as in The Independent, POLKA Magazine, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Citylab-The Atlantic, Der Spiegel, VICE, The European, Haaretz, ArchDaily, Domus Magazine, La Repubblica, El País Semanal and El Periódico de Cataluña, among others. ignacioevangelista.com

Mauricio Montiel Figueiras

Mauricio Montiel Figueiras was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1968. Based in Mexico City he is a writer of prose fiction, essays and poetry, and works as a translator, editor and film and literary critic. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Italy, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has been Resident Writer for the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in England (2003) and The Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy (2008). In 2012 he was appointed Resident Writer for the prestigious Hawthornden Retreat for Writers in Scotland. In 2020 he was appointed Resident Writer for the Saari Residence in Finland.

Omer Wissman

Omer Wissman is a 36-year-old single and asexual multidisciplinary artist, currently living on disability due to a comorbidity of mental health disorders. He narrowly escaped high school but not junior high. After proving too odd for even the oddest job, he went to university on an SAT scholarship and barely graduated from the psychology and music departments, albeit with some honours. His soul was at last, partially saved by a 27th birthday gift: a book of prose poems that opened up a life of writing – from drama to kid-lit. After exhausting local publishing opportunities with a poem printed on a column at the country’s oldest and weirdest mall, Wissman returned to the English of his angry lyrics’ youth, and since then has had texts published by PopMatters, Sensitive Skin and Serotonin, among others.

Colin James

Colin James has a couple of chapbooks of poetry published, Dreams of The Really Annoying, from Writing Knights Press, and A Thoroughness Not Deprived of Absurdity, from Piski’s Porch Press, and has published a book of poems, Resisting Probability, from Sagging Meniscus Press.

David Romanda

David Romanda lives in Kawasaki City, Japan. His work has appeared in Ambit MagazineMagmaThe MothPoetry Ireland Review, and Popshot Quarterly. Romanda’s chapbook, I’m Sick of Pale Blue Skies, is slated for publication in Spring 2021.

Jack Lawton

Jack Lawton is a writer of fiction and essays. His work has been included in The Mouldy Bike and the Inniu, Inné, Amarach collection. He currently works as a writer in the video-game industry in Galway, Ireland. twitter.com/_jacklawton_

Amanda Minkkinen

Amanda Minkkinen is a sociology student at the University of Copenhagen and a writer of short fiction and poetry. She has work in Mycelia, Odd Magazine and Wu-Wei Fashion Mag. twitter.com/aljminkkinen | instagram.com/aljminkkinen

Frank Roger

Frank Roger was born in 1957 in Ghent, Belgium. With his first story appearing in 1975, he now has several hundred short stories to his credit, published in more than forty languages, including Scots and Scottish Gaelic. In 2012 a story collection in English, The Burning Woman and Other Stories, was published in Ireland by Evertype. As well as writing fiction he produces collages and visual art, in a surrealist and satirical tradition, which have also appeared in various magazines and books.

William Joys

William Joys was born in Slough in 1989 and is based in London. As an artist working in performance, he uses writing, in the form of song, and sculpture, in the form of costume, to develop characters based on the symbolism of objects, encounters and architecture. Twinned with his own objectification he implicates himself within a shifting authoritarianism that is at times, masculine, feminine, androgynous and derived from both the animate and inanimate. In other words: if Shirley Bassey were a lighthouse, she’d be William Joys. Recent performances include a tour of William Joys: A One Man Show at Kunstraum London UK, Kunsthalle Münster, Münster DE and Kunsthalle Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg DE.  www.williamjoys.co.uk

Trahearne Falvey

Trahearne Falvey is a writer and teacher from the South Coast of England. His criticism has appeared in 3:AM Magazine, Entropy and Sabotage Reviews, and his fiction has appeared in Mycelia, Molotov Cocktail and Short Fiction Journal, among others. He won the Aurora Prize for Short Fiction in 2020. twitter.com/TrahearneF

Ryan J Smith

Ryan J Smith is a Glaswegian author, screenwriter and musician based in Margate. @mermaids_music & @more_ritual_reads

Issue 5 Contributors

Front cover of Issue 5.

Victor Okechukwu

Victor Okechukwu is an author based in Lagos, Nigeria. He writes character-centred short stories exploring various themes related to the mystery of nature’s hold on humankind, the diseases that affect the lifespan of Nigeria’s rural communities and the traditions that dictate family life. Victor looks at ways to fictionalise—and bring into debate—these important subjects. Oral histories of the activities of African tribes are also a source of inspiration. His works are published or forthcoming in Door is A Jar, Gordon Square Review, Fragmented Voices, and Rigorous.

https://twitter.com/uzochukwu1 | https://www.instagram.com/okechukwu6590/

Fulana Detail

Fulana Detail is the pseudonym of a London-based lockdown participant and internet user with dry skin. As a child, Fulana was told off for praising Greek and Roman gods in Sunday school. If you ever bump into Fulana in the rave, please do say hello.

Influenced by David Bowie, Virginia Woolf and Sally Wainwright, Elinora Westfall (she/her) is an award-winning Australian/British lesbian actress and writer of stage, screen, fiction, poetry and radio. Elinora is currently working on The Art of Almost, a lesbian comedy-drama radio series, as well as a television drama series and the sequel to her novel, Everland. https://www.elinoralord.com/ https://twitter.com/elinorawriter

Elinora Westfall

Sana Maqsood

Sana Maqsood (she/her) lives in Pakistan. https://www.instagram.com/sana_25002 https://www.facebook.com/sana.maqsood.3110

Ojo Taiye

Ojo Taiye (he/him) is an emerging artist and a dreamer. He is a graduate of Tansian University, where he studied microbiology. He is interested in the intersection of memory, home and storytelling. Alongside working for a rural hospital in Nigeria, Taiye is a freelance writer for several magazines. His poetry explores the power struggles, histories and mythologies that inform the way we perceive ourselves and the way we perceive others, particularly around race or gender.  https://linktr.ee/ojo_poems

Sonali Roy

Sonali Roy (she/her) is a freelance writer, traveller, photographer and composer. She is interested in holistic approaches to maintaining health, both for humans and their nonhuman friends, and is devoted to a vegan diet as well as yoga and meditation. When not working, Sonali enjoys spending time with her two canine friends, Fuchoo and Funtoosh. Her work has appeared in many magazines, and she has several articles in forthcoming issues of the robotics magazine, Servo.

Michael Uhall (he/him) is a political theorist and an aficionado of horrific and weird prose. He finished his Ph.D. in political science in 2019, and he is currently writing two novels. One is about a revolution on a cruise ship, and the other is a psychogeographical horror story about the bleakness at the heart of American historical experience. His academic monograph Noir Materialism will be published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2023.
https://www.michaeluhall.com https://twitter.com/noirmaterialism

Michael Uhall

Mauricio Montiel Figueiras

Mauricio Montiel Figueiras (Guadalajara, Mexico, 1968) (he/him) is a writer of prose fiction and essays, as well as a poet, translator, editor and film and literary critic. He is the author of fifteen books in different genres. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Italy, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has been Resident Writer for the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in England (2003) and The Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy (2008). In 2012 he was appointed Resident Writer for the prestigious Hawthornden Retreat for Writers in Scotland. In 2020 he was selected artist in residence for the Saari Residence in Finland. Since 1995 he lives and works in Mexico City. https://www.instagram.com/mauricio_montiel_figueiras

Kate Morgan (they/them) is a writer and artist based in Glasgow, interested in things we do with our hands, in the words that we use, in work and its effects on the body, and in what’s for dinner. They care about attending to the quotidian as a site of research and a way of thinking through. Kate is co-editor of Fortified Journal, a publication that prioritises writing on food and eating. They have been published by Sticky Fingers Publishing, tin beetle books, and in anthologies by Pilot Press. https://www.instagram.com/kaetmrgn https://www.instagram.com/fortifiedjournal

Kate Morgan

David Romanda

David Romanda (he/his) has had work published in places such as Ambit magazine, Magma, The Moth, Poetry Ireland Review, and Popshot Quarterly. His first poetry collection, the broken bird feeder, is slated for publication in fall 2022 (Trouble Department). David lives in Kawasaki City, Japan.

Saturn Akin

My practice is a conjuration of my own identity (Nb-trans) (they/them). My reflection revolves around queerness/non-binariness/transness in regard to technology, body signal sensors and translation into a coding environment. “A productive ambivalence about enlightenment conceptions of selfhood and deconstructs of the body/mind binary at its core.” (Florian Bast, ‘I Hugged Myself’, in Black Intersectionalities: A Critique for the 21st Century.) My work is mostly inspired by black and non-black feminist and/or transgender science-fiction authors like Octavia Butler, Pamela Sargent and Bogi Takács. I locate my projects in a future queer heritage in which ideas of planetary exode, (soft) controlling devices, living-spaceship, become vessel for emancipation, mental health care and collective healing.

A medievalist, a type 1 diabetic, and a cybercrime investigator, A.J. (he/him) graduated from Seton Hall University with a Master’s in Creative Writing. His work appears in Mysterion Online, Fractured Lit, and The Modern Deity’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, among other publications. He currently serves as Editor in Chief of Et Sequitur Magazine, Senior Editor at Flash Fiction Online, Assistant Editor at Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, and on the staff of Metaphorosis Magazine. www.WrestlingTheDragon.com https://www.twitter.com/aj_cunder

AJ Cunder

Ruby Lawrence

Ruby (she/her) is a Yorkshire-born writer based in Glasgow. Her previous work includes a stage adaption of The Yellow Wallpaper (Omnibus Theatre, London) and short film Skipping Lunch, nominated for two awards at Underwire Film Festival in 2019. https://www.writingsquad.com/squad-writer/ruby-lawrence/

Chloe McCormack (they/them) is a queer, nonbinary therapist and artist from Glasgow. They graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Central St Martins in 2006, and a decade later trained as a counsellor at the University of Brighton. https://chloemccormackcounselling.carrd.co

Chloe McCormack

Norman James Hogg

Norman James Hogg is a Scottish-Canadian artist, writer and para-academic researcher. He is co-founder of the artist collective, Confraternity of Neoflagellants and currently lives in a sinkhole in downtown Ottawa, Canada. https://www.normanhogg.co.uk https://www.instagram.com/norman.j.hogg/ https://twitter.com/NormHogg

Catherine Street (she/her) is a visual artist working across video, performance, sound, writing, drawing, painting and collage. She aims to celebrate the world using movement, colour and sensuality. She has recently shown work in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s Now 3 exhibition which ran until September 2018. Other recent projects include the solo exhibition, Muscle Theory at Glasgow’s Reid Gallery, and the group show, The Chamber of Maiden Thought coinciding with Glasgow’s GI Festival 2018.
https://catherinestreet.net https://www.instagram.com/catherine.street.art/

Catherine Street

Martin Taulbut

Martin Taulbut (he/him) lives in Paisley, Scotland and is a member of the Shut Up and Write! Glasgow group. He has previously published short stories in Psychotrope, Albedo One, Scheherazade and (forthcoming) Black Petals.

Gregory Heath is a widely published poet, short story writer and novelist from Derby, in the UK. Having taken a break from writing for a while, he is now focussing exclusively on short fiction and poetry.
https://gregoryheath.weebly.com https://www.facebook.com/Gregory-Heath-147676618053/

Gregory Heath

Sally Mairs

Guest Art Director for Issue 5

My interest in design came from studying fine art in Brighton, where, in my final year, I fell in love with printmaking and process. I became obsessed with the collaborative nature of print studio culture found in workshops, group projects and collective publishing, where sharing skills is the norm. Last year I graduated in MDes Communication Design at Glasgow School of Art, where I directed two issues of Complex Dessert Zine, produced a comics anthology called SHORTS and facilitated a group show at Salt Space co-operative. I now work as a studio technician at Edinburgh Printmakers and am based in Glasgow. My interests primarily lie in print, illustration and publishing, but I also work as a freelance educator and arts facilitator, running and assisting workshops with various organisations in Scotland. My illustrations often incorporate allegory and imaginative worlds, symbolism in everyday experiences and observations told through a surreal or cartoonish lens. I also love hand-lettering and automatic drawing. I’m thrilled to be guest art director for Issue 5 of Mycelia! https://sallymairsart.cargo.site https://www.instagram.com/smairss

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