(In alphabetical order by first name)
When he was small Adrian Brown wrote a story about two dogs on a canal boat holiday. He’s decided to give writing another shot. Born in Newcastle but has never met Ant or Dec. Now lives in London with a nice young lady and two spoilt cats. He blogs at http://meerwords.posterous.com
Stories written: "Bang!" (read by Alex Mann).
comes from the Polish lake district but now lives in London. She writes
best in transit, anywhere between a lift and a flight. She was a runner-up in The Fine
Line Short Story Prize in 2011. Her work has also appeared in Tales of the Decongested.
Stories written: "Belgian Passion" (read by Silas Hawkins).
Alan Graham studied "Creative Writing" and "Economics" at UEA and is still unsure which discipline relies on make-believe the most. He currently lives and works in London.
Alan Maddrell spends the day writing about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, so his story is of course about a troubled woman. He's been doing joined-up writing since secondary school but still forms the number eight by making one loop on top of another.
Stories written: "Mother" (read by Mia Holmes)
Stories written: "The Runner" (read by David Mildon), "The Sacred Elephant" (read by Becky Hands-Wicks), "The Steel Rim" (read by Alex Woodhall), "Deal or No Deal" (read by Lin Sagovsky), "The Badger Sett" (read by Karl Niklas), "The Storyteller" (read by Rebecca Hands-Wicks), "Charlie Parker, not Parker Knoll" (read by Cliff Chapman)
Alleia Jones lives and works in West London. She is currently trying to write a good book.
Stories written: "Joy" (read by Clareine Cronin)
Alex Smith is author born in Cape Town who has written four novels published by Random House’s African imprint, Umuzi. The most recent, Four Drunk Beauties, is a speculative fiction set in Iran. In 2010 she won an award for youth literature and was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Stories written: "Icosi Bladed Scissors" read by Liz Bowers
Alice O'Keeffe is a journalist, speechwriter and mum to 2-year-old Stanley. She is expecting another baby in July which she is gestating the old-fashioned way.
Stories written: "In the Bag" (read by Tricia Stewart)
Alison Fogg has a BA in American Studies from Hull University and studied creative writing at the University of Iowa. She writes novels and short stories and has featured in One Eye Grey: Stories from Another London. She currently works in Local Government and lives in Colchester.
Stories written: "A Beautiful City" (read by Sophie Morris-Sheppard).
Alison Willis has been writing stories for a long while, and getting them published for a considerably shorter one. She has attended evening classes in fiction-writing and dreams one day of doing an MA: in the mean time, she writes mostly in her lunchbreaks.
Amanda Oosthuizen’s stories have succeeded in various competitions and are published online. She has an MA with distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. The Glorious Dolores kicks off a novel set in Paraguay; she’s tickled pink that Liars’ League is performing it. www.amandaoosthuizen.com
Stories written: "The Glorious Dolores" (read by Carrie Cohen)
Amber Dorko Stopper has published somewhere around thirty short stories, but only likes four of them. She is also a columnist for Korean Quarterly (www.koreanquarterly.org) and she knits as much as she writes. Her website is http://voluptuousstoicism.com/.
Stories written: "Kalachakra"
Amy Nichols lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She'd rather live where there are trees and seasons. Her stories will appear this year in the Say Goodnight to Illiteracy Anthology, and the fall issue of NANO Fiction. She placed third in the 2004 3-Day Novel Contest. Her mother calls her stories "different."
Andrew Lloyd-Jones was born in London and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. His writing has been featured in the first Tales of the DeCongested anthology, in the Canongate anthology Original Sins, in the Pulp.net anthology Down the Angel, and he was a winner of the Fish Prize for his story Feathers and Cigarettes. He lives in New York.
Stories written: "ChronoCrisis 3000" (read by Will Goodhand)
Angela Trevithick currently lives and works in London. Her stories have appeared in America, Australia and England. In 2005, she was the Young Writer-in-Residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in Western Australia. Angela is currently working on a novel.
Stories written: "Fuzzby & Coo" (read by Lynsey Pow)
An oncology nurse by day, a writer by night, Ann Brady has had several short stories published. She writes a monthly column in the magazine Oncology Nurse Advisor. An American, Ann lived in London from age 10 to age 16 and attended school in Cavendish Square.
Stories written: "Intensive Care" (read by Silas Hawkins)
Anna Clair was born in Southampton in 1979, never to return. She spent her early years moving around Europe and developing her obsessions with books and clothes. She occasionally writes fashion articles for various print and web publications. Anna’s fiction has been previously published by Pulp.Net, and like everyone else, she’s writing a novel.
Anna Mazzola is a human rights solicitor who decided she wanted to do something more creative. She's started writing short stories and recently came in the top six in the New Writer competition. She's also just started a novel. She lives in Camberwell with her husband and baby son.
Stories written: "Crossing the Line" (read by Gloria Sanders)
Anthony Malone is 34 and has lived and traveled widely in South London. His fiction has appeared on the Guardian Online website, performed at the London Writloud and Tales of the Decongested events, and recorded for London Link Radio. He once appeared on Jim’ll Fix It but, sadly, wasn’t fixed.
Arike Oke is a former rollergirl. She's superstitious and will always greet a magpie. She’s a dance archivist. She's studying creative writing at Royal Holloway University and wondering about writing a long story. Each month she puts a little piece of storyness on her blog 'arike writes'.
Stories written: "A Crowing Hen" (read by Katy Darby).
Atar Hadari was born in Israel, raised in England. Like his story “The Donkey” previously featured in Liars’ League, this piece ["Princess"] is drawn from his unpublished novel, When We Were Saved. His Songs from Bialik (Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the American Literary Translators’ Association Award and his collection Rembrandt’s Bible is forthcoming from Indigo Dreams in 2013.
Barry McKinley was nominated in 2009 for Best New Play in the Irish Theatre Awards for his play Elysium Nevada. He is currently editing a collection of short stories drawn from his late 1970s London diaries. He attends the National Film School in Dublin where he is studying for an MA in screenwriting.
Stories written: "Derby of Lost Souls" (read by Silas Hawkins)
Barry Walsh is a Londoner and an ‘I was always going to write’ writer who has finally got going. He has not been published until now. His novel The Pimlico Kid (from which his story is taken) will be published by Harper Collins in July 2013.
Stories written: "The Cowboy Hat" (read by Marc Forde)
Bartle Sawbridge has written one (so far unpublished) novel and a number of short stories, and has read his work on BBC Radio 4. He lives with his family in South East London. Bartle Sawbridge is his real name, honest.
Stories written: "For Your Ears Only" (read by Stephen Butterton)
Bernie Deehan has been coming to Liars’ League for quite a while, and he’s very excited that his story has been chosen this month. In his spare time he has tried his hand at scriptwriting (don’t ask) and is now a struggling short story scribe and hopelessly hopeful novelist. Oh no, not another one…
Bilal Tanweer is a writer and translator. He has an MFA in Writing (fiction) from Columbia University for which he received the Fulbright Scholarship. He was one of the eleven recipients of the 2010 PEN Translation Fund Grant for his forthcoming book of translation and was selected as one of Granta’s New Voices in January 2011. He is working on a novel.
Stories written: "After That, We Are Ignorant" (read by Rhik Samadder)
Bill Adelson is from New York City, but currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is definitely not pursuing a career as a screenwriter. He received his MFA from Columbia University. Bill recently completed a collection of short stories, To Happier Times, and is currently working on a novel.
Stories written: "Day Trip" (read by Lin Sagovsky)
Bobbie Darbyshire is the maturest student at the National Academy of Writing, UCE Birmingham, and Cinnamon Press has just accepted her novel Truth Games. She hosts a group Writers Together, came to cheer member Peter Higgins’s story at Liars’ League in August, and thought, “Hey, I’ll have a go”
Stories written: "Something Missing" (read by Clive Greenwood)
Brindley Hallam Dennis has published the novella A Penny Spitfire (Pewter Rose Press, 2011), and a collection of short stories is due out later this year from the same publisher. He has also published That’s What Ya Get! Kowalski’s Assertions with Unbound Press in 2010, and around 100 short stories. As Mike Smith he has published poetry, plays and critical essays. He blogs at http://Bhdandme.wordpress.com/
Stories written: "The Rage" (read by Martin Lamb), "Hecho a mano" (read by Susannah Holland),"The Workers on the Cross" (read by Steve Wedd), "Sal and Me, and Big D's War" (read by Tom Sykes), "Consommé" (read by Jennifer Aries), "When You Are Gone" (read by Kevin Potton), "Wheel ruts in the snow" (read by Tony Bell), "The Cold Blue Morning of Gidley Jones" (read by Lin Sagovsky), "Product Placement" (read by Louisa Gummer), "His Lordship in a Mirror" (read by Clive Greenwood).
Bruce Holland Rogers
Ordinarily, Bruce Holland Rogers lives in the American state of Oregon, but he is spending two years in London. His most recent collection of stories, The Keyhole Opera, won the 2006 World Fantasy Award. He currently spends his free time interviewing ghosts in the Kensal Green Cemetery for story ideas.
Stories written: "Letter of Recommendation" (read by Mia Holmes)
C. T. Kingston
C. T. Kingston is a London-based writer of flash fiction and short stories. Her dramatic monologues have been performed in London, Leeds and Hong Kong, and her story ‘The Icicle’ will appear in the forthcoming Arachne Press anthology Weird Lies in Autumn 2013. Comments and job offers to email@example.com.
Cally Taylor lives in Brighton and works in London. Her stories have been published online, in print and have placed in fifteen competitions. When she's not writing Cally goes to gigs, the cinema, museums, galleries and the pub. Her debut novel, a supernatural romantic-comedy called Heaven Can Wait, was published in October 2009 (Orion Books). Her second novel, Happiness Ever After, was published in September 2011.
Stories written: "Full to Spilling" (read by Clive Greenwood)
Carolyn Eden hates writing. Worse than writing is editing. Worse than writing, editing and cutting is, of course, not writing. She quit smoking on 5th October 2005. Her current hobbies are eating and dieting. She loves the Liars League for appreciating her work and has now written exactly fifty words.
Stories written: "Some carpets to remain" (read by Clareine Cronin)
Cassie Gonzales won Granta's One Sentence Story Competition (2012), the Kenyon Review's 2012 Short Fiction Contest, and April 2012 London StorySlam. She has published one play, REX (Heuer, 2005) and is writing a novel. Originally from Arizona, Cassie lives in London with her husband. You can read her work at cassiegonzales.com.
Stories written: "Air Harp" (read by Lizzie Roper).
Catherine Sharpe wrote mostly for live performance in San Francisco in the 90's before turning her attention to gay marriage, IVF, parenting, gay divorce, dating, fiction, and nonfiction. Her first collection Ambition Towards Love hasn't yet been published, but read some more of the interlocking essays and fictions in Opium Magazine, Errant Parent, The Battered Suitcase, and upcoming in Weave Magazine and the Decameron Annual.
Stories written: "Tasting Flight" (read by Daisy Whyte)
Chas Warren is an English teacher who lives with his wife of 30 years -- also an English teacher -- in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. He is more pleased at having been picked for Shock & Awe than can adequately be expressed within a 50-word bio.
Stories written: "So Fast and So Far" (read by Will Goodhand)
Cherry Potts is the author of two collections of short stories, Mosaic of Air and Tales told before Cockcrow, published by Onlywomen Press. She will shortly be looking for a publisher for a ridiculously long lesbian fantasy epic.
Chris Fyles has now had three stories accepted by the League, and he's getting cocky. Moreover, he's got stuff coming out in Scotland, has just made a film, and is particularly proud that his elegy to his cat is being included in an anthology. It's what Tigger would have wanted.
Christian Fennell was born in Alabama, the youngest of seven children. At 14 he left home to work for a travelling carnival. He now lives in a small beach hut in Mexico. His interests include and are very much limited to: women, gambling, drinking and writing. He once owned a horse.
Stories written: "In a Small Town" (read by James McNeill).
Christina Lovelidge was born in Vancouver, Canada, but spent her formative years in the deep dark jungles of Hull. She studied Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and was awarded a John Woods Fellowship through the University of Michigan for Theatre and Poetry. Liars' League is her first foray into fiction.
Stories written: "Knob Creek" (read by Elizabeth Bower)
Clare Sandling has been a one-fifth writer since January when her day job generously gave her Mondays off from modernising the ambulance service. She regularly tries the patience of Brockely Writers Of Our Age and Willesden Green Writers Group.
Courttia Newland is a novelist, short story writer, and literary activist. “Gone Away Boy” is taken from his new collection A Book of Blues, published by Flambard Press, and available for ₤8.99.
Stories written: "Gone Away Boy" (read by Tony Bell)
Craig Calhoun left Tucson, Arizona to live in Toronto, Canada in 2007. When not writing, he enjoys screaming at the politicians on television and weirding out his adopted countrymen with fantastic tales of the rifle ranges of his youth. His work has appeared in several North American literary journals.
Stories written: "Heaven Must Be Wondering Where You Are" (read by Lin Sagovsky).
Dan Gillen is the author of the unsuccessful commercial thriller Dead And Buried.
Stories written: "A Handful of Air" (read by Stephen Bellamy at Liars' League Leeds)
Dan Timms was born in Liverpool . He spent six years in Brussels working as a speechwriter for the EU before returning to the UK to study for a Creative Writing MA at UEA, where he is currently writing a novel based on the character of Ben.
Stories written: "Half Empty" (read by Jo Widdowson)
Danny Birchall divides his time between SE4, W9 and SW1. His work has been published in nthposition and The Mechanics Institute Review, and read at writLOUD and Tales of the DeCongested. He blogs at squaresofwheat.wordpress.com
Stories written: "Ten English Trees" (read by Clareine Cronin)
Darren Lee live in London. He is a regular contributor to MusicOMH.com and his story Spellbound was recently included in the 50 Stories for Pakistan anthology. He is currently working on replacing his hair, which has been shed in despair at the amount of unfinished work on his hard drive.
Stories written: "By the Horns" (read by Greg Page)
David Bausor lives in London and has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway. He is currently completing a novel about a war crimes trial called Ghosts in the Palace.
David Braga lives and works in Bristol. He enjoys writing, but it's really just something to do until his dream of being a fat middle-aged rockstar works out. Two down, one to go. He's published by Pill Hill press and Twisted Dreams magazine amongst others.
Stories written: "Shopping" (read by Ben Crystal)
David Gill is from Cardiff, lives in Hackney and works in Brixton. In the past year he has had stories published by The Frogmore Papers, Three Types of Love, Litro and Tales of the Decongested (Volume 2).
Stories written: "Cooking with Chicken" (read by Steve Wedd)
David Malone is a recent postgraduate. From Liverpool, he now works as a researcher at the BBC in London.
Stories written: "The Love Below" (read by Lynsey Pow)
David McGrath graduated in 2012 from an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. He has won StorySlam at the Royal Festival Hall, the Peirene Press short story competition and is published on Wordlegs. He is putting the finishing touches to his first novel, Rickshaw. Twitter @DaveMcgrath1.
David Rees – witty, thoughtful, handsome – can't believe that he gets to write this. From the very summit of his capacious intellect to the subtle and tender depths of his lyrical heart, he hopes that you are all able to learn something from him. Or something.
Stories written: "Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Martyn" (read by Lisa Rose)
David Varela is a freelance writer who won’t sit still. He’s written radio plays, stage plays, interactive drama, speeches, websites, ad campaigns, short films, short stories, short poems and a very long treasure hunt. People have given him awards but he doesn’t like to make a fuss.
Stories written: "The Alminian Dragon of Tureq" (read by Will Goodhand)
Dean Kisling is a high school dropout who learned to type when he was 47. He has been a soldier, laborer, driver, welder, carpenter, musician, trailrunner and fool. He writes what happened and also makes stuff up. He lives in America and is very happily married. His website is http://pneumerology.com
Stories written: "Washing the Dead" (read by James McNeill)
Terry Pearce and Deborah Rosenblum were attracted to the Liars’ League because they both have issues with the truth. Deborah claims that everything she writes is biographical. Terry wants to clarify that any resemblance his antagonists may bear to people he has sworn revenge on is purely coincidental. Deborah lives in New York. Her recent work has appeared in The Legendary and Writer's Block. Terry lives in London, and his work has appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal and The Legendary.
Stories written: "The Second Law of Thermodynamics" with Terry Pearce (read by Jennifer Tan)
Deirdre Shanahan has published stories in the US in The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review and the Cimarron Review as well as in anthologies including New Writing from Vintage , The Phoenix Book of Irish Short Stories and Well Sorted from Serpent`s Tail. She was recently shortlisted for the Mslexia Competition.
Stories written: "Grievous Bodily Harm" (read by Sophie Morris-Sheppard).
Derek Ivan Webster
Raised in a tiny Alaskan fishing village, educated at Yale University, Derek Ivan Webster is a writer who appreciates a good contrast. A victim of the freelance lifestyle, Derek relies on his sage wife and their precious/precocious little conspirators to keep him sane. Read more at www.ivanhope.com/blog.
Stories written: "Content Management" (read by Martin Lamb).
Diane Payne writes serious journalism and curious fiction. She lives in Manchester and has worked in the media for far too long. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in several US and UK magazines, including the Triangulation sci-fi anthology, Creeping Horror, and Dead Good. Diane Payne is a pseudonym.
Stories written: "Lab Rat" (read by Will Goodhand)
Edward Sandling lives in North West London. He has written three novels, one of which was really quite good. Much to his regret, none of them have been published. He is married, and has two cats. He works at an international auction house, and wishes he could buy what he sells.
Stories written: "A Short Story on the Theme of War and Peace" (read by Tom Mallaburn)
Ellen O’Neill is a career coach to job seekers in the San Francisco Bay Area. She lives in Santa Cruz County on the California Coast, not far from the sea. Her feature stories have appeared in several newspapers, including the Cal Aggie and the Christian Science Monitor. Her short stories have appeared in the Chrysalis Reader.
Stories written: "Jethro" (read by Lucie Howard)
E. P. Henderson
E. P. Henderson works to live and lives to write. One day she's hoping to spend more time writing than working. She is a Londoner by adoption rather than by birth and is working on a novel.
Emily Cleaver has aspirations of being a writer, so she works in a secondhand bookshop on Charing Cross Road where they expect that kind of thing. She’s had work published in Smoke magazine, on various websites, and One Eye Grey magazine.
Stories written: "The Bad Boy" (read by Patsy Prince)
Emily Pedder is a London-based writer. Her short fiction has appeared in several magazines (Telltales, Mslexia etc), and in 2001 she co-founded Matter, a literary anthology promoting new writers. She completed her first novel in 2004 and is now working on her second, for which she won an Arts Council Grant.
Erinna lives in Brighton. She was a runner up at the Guilford Book Festival and has taken part in many events including Brighton Fringe. Her first novel STARLINGS is out this Friday through Revenge Ink! She is a founding member of Rattle Tales and is writing her second novel.
Stories written: "Underneath" (read by Elizabeth Bower).
Esther Cleverly is a writer of short fiction and scripts. Her stage work has been performed at the Broadway Theatre, Barking, and short stories have been read at Liars' League London & Leeds, and are published or forthcoming in Vintage Script magazine and The Alarmist.
She loves reading, has published a novel called The Glassblower’s Daughter and a collection of short stories called Unusual Salami, she updates a blog every Friday but can’t get the page to come up as the home page, works for Southampton University and is writing a second book very slowly.
Stories written: "Kenny" (read by Jo Widdowson).
Francois Castile is working on a novel about matters that are not easily put into words. This is why he feels he must write 100,000 words about them. The title of his story refers to a chapter heading in American Psycho, which he believes should be a set text in schools.
Stories written: "Tries to Cook and Eat Gordon Ramsay" (read by Paul Clarke)
Gaie Sebold has a day job. She has published short stories and poetry, has two novels with an agent, is finishing a third, is a member of T-Party Writers, and posts flash fiction on Plot Medics. She gardens, waves swords around, and hasn’t had enough sleep since 1992.
Stories written: "The King's Pleasure" (read by Marc Forde)
Gerri George's stories, which often portray the human side of outsiders of all ages, appeared in Literal Latte, Penn Review Literary Magazine, and The Bucks County Writer. "A Rose by Any Other Name" was a Pushcart Prize nominee. Soon in Wild River Review: “Henry Moore and the Bookstore Clerk.”
Stories written: "Night" (read by Maggie McCourt)
Gordon Collins (www.zipple.co.uk) has a BSc. MSc. and PhD in mathematics and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He has been a market risk analyst in London, a maths lecturer, an English teacher in Japan and a computer graphics researcher specialising in virtual humans.
Stories written: "In Tempore Vacuo" (read by Greg Page)
Grace McKenzie was born in Glasgow but now lives in London where she used to work in film and television. She once did a personality test which described her as a "moderately agreeable introvert".
Stories written: Chittery Bite (read by Kim Scopes)
Graeme MacFarlane studied at Leeds and then Glasgow University, where he took the Creative Writing MA, before making the inevitable move into English teaching. His fiction has appeared in several Scottish print and web publications. He lives in Edinburgh, where his first novel, a murder mystery taking place in the Old Town in the 1700s, is set.
Graeme McGregor is a human rights campaigner, occasional short fiction writer and illustrator from St Andrews, Scotland. His presbyterian Scottish upbringing prevents him from mentioning that this is his first submission to Liars' League.
Stories written: "Nobody Leaves Hungry" (read by Tony Bell).
Graham Buchan has published two books and a pamphlet of poetry with The Tall Lighthouse; individual poems in two national newspapers and many magazines; short stories in The London Magazine, Litro, Zembla and Butterfly; regular film and art reviews for East End Life and The Detour; and travel writing.
Stories written: "Colours" (read by Paul Clarke).
Gregory Jackson has studied at City Lit under Zoë Fairbairns and John Petherbridge. His poetry has been published in The Times and his story ‘Purge’ featured at Liars’ League NYC in June 2012. He lives in London.
Stories written: "Requests" (read by Freddie Machin).
Gregory Norminton was born in Berkshire in 1976. He has published four novels, including The Ship of Fools and Serious Things. 'At prayer in the madhouse' belongs to a forthcoming collection of very short stories. Gregory lives in Edinburgh. His website is www.gregorynorminton.co.uk
Stories written: "At prayer in the madhouse with Kit Smart" (read by Steve Wedd)
Harry Whitehead works in film and television production. He has an MA in creative writing from Birkbeck and an MSc in anthropology, which makes it remarkable he’s employed at all. He has had short fiction, poetry and academic work published, and is twiddling his thumbs waiting for a book he’s written on Nepalese Tantric art to be published.
Stories written:"Ringtone" (read by Suzanne Goldberg)
Hedy Zimra lives in Suzhou, China with her lovely children, ruggedly handsome husband and intersex dog. In the mid-1990s, she once made up a story to appear on a second-rate daytime talkshow. She has also published some fiction.
Stories written: "The Summer My Mother Made Me Pretend I Was a Lesbian" (read by Patsy Prince)
Heidi James’s novella The Mesmerist's Daughter (published by Apis Books) was launched in July 2007. Her novel Carbon was published by Blatt in October 2009. Her essays and short stories have appeared in various publications and anthologies including Dazed and Confused, Another Magazine, The Independent, 3:AM London, New York, Paris, Pulp.net etc. She lectures at Kingston University.
Stories written: "Now, possibly" (read by Jennifer Tan)
Helen Dring lives in Liverpool with enough animals to make a small petting zoo and a mountain of books. She is studying for a MA in Novel Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and is working on her first novel. Get in touch at www.helendring.co.uk
Stories written: "Ten Steps to Nangarhar" (read by Ben Crystal)
Helen Silverstein is co-editor of Southern Women's Review. She writes fiction, nonfiction and poetry. For more information, visit her website at www.helensilverstein.net.
Helen Simpson is the author of five collections of short stories, the most recent of which is In-Flight Entertainment. Her previous books include Four Bare Legs in a Bed and Other Stories and Hey Yeah Right Get a Life.
Stories written: "Night Thoughts" (read by Ben Crystal).
Hunter Liguore is a rebel writer and witness to our times. Her stories push conventional boundaries of genre, and usually end unpredictably. She holds advanced degrees in writing and history, and has been published in a variety of well-known publications. To become a Liguorite visit: http://about.me/skytalewriter.
Stories written: "Elder Leah" (read by Carrie Cohen)
Iain Laurie was born to a previously childless woman on 15th August 1981. She brought him up to be an upstanding citizen and this is exactly what his probation officer says he is. He writes and tells stories to avoid having to get involved with the truth.
Stories written: "Stag vs Sandal" (read by Silas Hawkins)
JM McLeod was born in 1977 and hails from West Norwood in the 'dutty' south. Educated the non-expensive way, he spends most of his time coming up with new 'your mum' jokes and posting them on his website. He has an obsession with Walruses and Lollipop Ladies.
Stories written: "The Crossing" (read by Marc Forde)
Jack Fox was born in 1978 and works as a secondary school teacher. He attended the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers’ Programme and has had short plays performed at the Warehouse Theatre in Croydon and in various fringe theatre venues including the King’s Head Theatre in Islington. Bunbury Banter has also produced several of his short radio plays.
Jackie Walker joined her local writing group WOOA in Brockley five years ago and had her first book Pilgrim State published by Hodder in hardback 2008 and in paperback 2009. Pilgrim State, a family memoir narrated in four voices, won the Association for Social Policy award for Best Publication, 2009.
Stories written: "The Games They Played" (read by Adam Ganne)
Jake Stringer has just got his first proper job. After squandering some years in a pleasant fashion at university he then spent most of his time travelling, office temping and selling his body to medical science. He now works for an enormous machine but still writes every day, except when he doesn't.
Stories written: "The Storm" (read by Mandy Lalley)
Jacqueline Downs is a writer and editor from London. Her work has been published in Smoke: A London Peculiar and on Smokebox, and read at various events including Storytails and Are You Sitting Comfortably? She is a regular teller of real-life tales of debauchery at Spark London.
Stories written: "The Great Big O" (read by Libby Edwards)
James Burt is a Brighton-based writer. When not writing he likes running along Brighton's seafront and computer programming. He has recently finished writing his first novel, about strange events in a world war 2 POW camp. He has a weblog is at www.orbific.com
Stories written: "Eat at Lovecraft's" (read by Becky Hands-Wicks)
Brought up in Yorkshire, James has washed up on the shores of London. He spends his days working as a political geek and his evenings dreaming about earning money from writing.
James Smyth currently works in the City, doing a job so shamefully unBohemian it hardly seems appropriate to mention it here. He’s been writing for years, specialising mainly in unfinished short fiction and barely begun novels. Once he almost had a story published.
Stories written: "Listening to Reason" (read by Martin Lamb), "The Honourable Thing" (read by Jaz Deol), "Dial A For Action" (read by Max Berendt), "Let There Be Light" (read by David Mildon), "Telling It Like It Is" (read by Steve Wedd).
Jamey Genna teaches writing in the Bay area of San Francisco. She received her Masters in writing from the University of San Francisco. Her short fiction has been published in many literary magazines such as Crab Orchard Review, Cutthroat, Eleven Eleven, Georgetown Review and the Iowa Review.
Stories written: "Manx" (read by Elizabeth Bower)
Stories written: "Carnival" (read by Freddie Machin).
Born in New Mexico, raised on an island off the Florida coast, today, Jarred McGinnis is just another Londoner. He wiles away his days publishing academic works such as the sexily titled, On the Mutability of Protocols. At night, he writes stories to amuse himself, his wife and a Russian who lives in Texas.
Stories written: "Today I eat the world" (read by Tim Aldrich)
Jason Jackson has been writing for four years. His stories have appeared at www.pulp.net, www.3ammagazine.com, and in print in various anthologies. Jason is a member of Alex Keegan's online writer's community Bootcamp, where he hopes to find the time to continue writing.
Jeff Wood lives with his wife and dog on South West London, and has never done a creative writing course. This hasn't stopped him getting published, for better or worse, by Comma Press, Oriole and York Notes. Personal Jesus is definitely not autobiographical.
Stories written: "Personal Jesus"(read by Ed Cooper Clarke)
Jeffrey Green is a freelance literary and academic translator. He was born and raised in New York City and has lived in Jerusalem since 1973.
Jenny Arnold lives in the US and, like many Americans, is unhealthily enamoured with the British accent. Her work has been published in Versal, Smokelong Quarterly, and Bound Off, among others.
Stories written: "This Little Piggy" (read by Danielle Fenemore)
Jerome McFadden is an iterant American who has lived for long periods in Casablanca (3 years), Paris (10 years), and Singapore (6 years) and is now nesting in the countryside one hour outside of NYC. Suicide is one of his first efforts at fiction writing.
Stories written: "Suicide" (read by Terence Anderson)
Jessica Kranish is an American writer living in Camden Town. She is a postgraduate student in arts administration at City University London and this is her first story for Liars' League. Her favourite writer is Alan Hollinghurst and when not reading his books she spends her time playing guitar.
Stories written: "Brooklyn Bridge" (read by Freddie Machin)
Jessica Lott’s first book was the novella Osin, published in 2007. She is a New York City-based fiction writer and art critic and the recipient of frieze magazine’s 2009 Writer’s Prize. She has just completed her first novel, Rhinehart’s Resurrection, for which she is seeking representation. Her website is www.jessicalott.com.
Jessica Roth lives in central Arizona where she writes stories that should be poems and poems that should be stories, instead of working on her first novel. Her words have appeared in Alligator Juniper and CT Review. She will start her MFA at Boise State University this fall.
Stories written: "Mesquite" (read by Sarah Feathers).
Jet McDonald has written a novel about furniture made out of living dogs called "Automatic Safe Dog" and a novella about comatose American women called "The Centrally Locked Mothers of America". His short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies and he has told his tales all over the country in clubs, pubs, boats and lighthouses. He runs "Folk Tales" a much loved storytelling and music night in Bristol and writes songs and perfoms in the twisted folk band Jetfly. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Weinberger is a freelance web journalist whose writing on new media for NewTeeVee.com has been syndicated to Salon and the website for the New York Times. She is also a screen and television writer and the winner of the Austin Film Festival Award for Best Teleplay, Drama.
Stories written: "Getting away with it" (read by Emer O Connor)
Jim Alexander lives in Devon, where he tends bar for tourists (of whom he used to be one). He once had two books published on the same day to a fanfare of neither publicity nor acclaim. There was free beer, though.
Stories written: "Be the Best" (read by Terence Anderson)
A north easterner, now living in Walthamstow, Jim Minton is living proof that background need be no barrier to mediocrity. He’s still learning, but is enjoying writing about ordinary blokes and their hang ups. Plentiful material there, so if you want to read more, just ask.
Stories written: "Skinless and Boneless" (read by Alex Mann)
Jim Murdoch is a Scottish writer living just outside Glasgow. He is the author of three novels, Living with the Truth, Stranger than Fiction, Milligan and Murphy and a poetry collection, This Is Not About What You Think. You can find out more about him on his blog, The Truth About Lies.
Stories written: "Funny Strange" (read by Steve Wedd)
Jo Hopkins is a communications professional who has been writing short stories for a few years. She has been published in Jackie magazine and has a BA in English Literature. She is currently working on an anthology of short stories and is studying creative writing at City University. It’s not about the coat hooks is her first story to be performed by the Liars’ League.
Stories written: "It's not about the coat hooks" (read by Kim Scopes).
Joan Taylor-Rowan has had several stories on Radio 4 and has been a finalist in several international short story competitions. Her novel The Birdskin Shoes is now available in paperback and e-book format. She is a teacher of Art and Textiles in London..
Joanna Bell trained as an actor at Central School of Speech and Drama and went on to co-found theatre company Lucid Muse. She lives in North West London and this is her first short story.
Stories written: "The Homecoming" (read by Jennifer Tan)
Joanne L.M. Williams
Joanne decided she wanted to be a writer at age ten and has been writing stories and poetry ever since. A year ago she gave up her job in theatre management to allow her to complete her first novel. She lives in London, dividing her time between writing and theatre.
Stories written: "One Year On" (read by Suzanne Goldberg)
A native of Massachusetts, Jody Callahan has recently moved from a houseboat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Her short plays have been performed in Europe and throughout the U.S. In 2011 she was named a finalist in Glimmer Train Press’s Short-Story Award for New Writers.
Stories written: "Morality Laws for Wild Animals Aboard Noah's Ark" (read by Will Goodhand)
John Harrower 23, WM, NS, GSOH, OMG, WLTM interesting individuals that he can shamelessly use as characters in his flash fiction or put in ridiculous and often fantastical situations for embarrassing effect. Find him in Stirling, Scotland scrawling non sequiturs in underpasses.
Stories written: "Fortune" (read by Tricia Stewart)
Jonathan Pinnock has reached that difficult stage in his writing career when it has become as essential to him as eating, sleeping and breathing. Despite this, he is still married, with (as far as he can recall) two children. His imaginatively-titled website is at www.jonathanpinnock.com.
Stories written: "The Patience of a Saint" (read by Paul Clarke), "Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions" (read by Sabina Cameron), "Rare Meat" (read by Greg Page), "The Last Words of Emanuel Prettyjohn" (read by Tony Bell and Lin Sagovsky)
Johnny Steel is not very sure about much in his life. His most common feeling is a vague sense of abscence. He thinks he's from London, but really, your guess is a good as his.
Stories written: "A Room of One's Own" (read by Ben Farrow)
Joshan Esfandiari Martin lives in London. He hates going out and meeting people but sometimes hates to stay in and enjoy watching a film with a bottle of wine. He hates all kinds of food, and is not keen on conversation. He hates humour and current affairs. He is a mammal.
Judy Delin is a corporate language specialist and information design consultant. She specialises in rewriting legal and financial verbiage so that it's understandable by ordinary mortals. She lives in Crouch End and Berwickshire with her partner and two dogs.
Stories written: "Jane Bartram's Visitors" (read by Martin Lamb)
Juleigh Howard-Hobson's work has appeared in Aesthetica, Going Down Swinging, and KeyHole, among other places. A Million Writers Award "Notable Story" writer, she's been nominated for "The Best of the Net" and The Pushcart Prize. Born in England, she grew up in Australia and now lives in Portland Oregon, USA.
Stories written: "On the Catching and Cooking of Magical Folk" (read by Rob Whitcomb)
Julie Mayhew is a writer and actress. Her Afternoon Play Stopgap will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on September 8th and you can currently hear her performing in Radio 4 sketch series Recorded For Training Purposes. She has recently completed a debut novel Red Ink. More details at www.juliemayhew.co.uk.
Kachi A. Ozumba
Kachi A. Ozumba is a winner of the Decibel Penguin Short Story Prize. His stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and appeared in journals and anthologies. He lives in Newcastle, pursuing a research degree in Literature/Creative Writing while working on his first novel.
Stories written: "The Devil's Lies" (read by Steve Wedd)
Kate Cording is a Geordie by birth but recently moved to Manchester, to study Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a huge fan of ghost and horror stories.
Stories written: "Cold Snap" (read by Ben Crystal)
Kathryn White is thrilled to have her first ‘publication’ with Liar’s League. A barrister by day, she harbours ambitions of one day finding more time to write and read. Kathryn recently completed the Intermediate Fiction course at City University; she also attended an intensive course in Creative Non-Fiction with The Arvon Foundation in 2006.
Stories written: "A Nearly Done Thing" (read by Susannah Holland)
Katy Darby studied English at Oxford University, where she appeared in over 30 plays in Oxford, Edinburgh and London, and took her MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA), receiving the David Higham Bursary. Her work has won several prizes, been read on BBC Radio, and appeared in magazines including Stand, Mslexia and The London Magazine. She teaches three Creative Writing classes at City University in London, and her debut novel The Unpierced Heart was published by Penguin in 2012.
Stories written: "The Fan" (read by Max Berendt)
As well as writing for the UK's premier sustainability journal, Green Futures, Pushcart-nominated Kay Sexton is a finalist in the University of Hertfordshire Writing Award . She blogs about writing fiction at http://writingneuroses.blogspot.com and has a regular column at www.moondance.org. Her fiction is widely anthologised.
Stories written: "Still Life with Shirt and Sheep" (read by Sharron Byrne)
Kit Caless was raised in a tiny village outside the cathedral city of Canterbury. He is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, Acquired for Development By ... (Influx Press, 31st March) – a collection of short stories and poetry set in Hackney, by authors who live in the borough.
Stories written: "Hop Heads" (read by Emile Clarke)
Krishan Coupland was born in Southampton, and completed a BA at Staffordshire University. He runs and edits Neon Literary Magazine. His writing has appeared in Brittle Star, Aesthetica and Fractured West. In 2011 he won the Manchester Fiction Prize. His website is: www.krishancoupland.co.uk.
Stories written: "The Pilot's Wife" (read by Sarah Feathers)
Kurt Tidmore has been a construction worker, printer, tortilla manufacturer, illustrator, photographer, ice-plant worker, paid scientific guinea pig, salesman, dish washer, national magazine editor, jazz musician, dark-room technician, truck driver, published novelist, and radio disc-jockey. He was born in Texas and now lives in Ireland.
Lane Ashfeldt is a writer of short fiction. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies and websites in Ireland, England and the US, among them Southword, Guardian.co.uk, and the short fiction website Pulp Net
Stories written: "Bedtime Stories" (read by Sabina Cameron)
Laura Martz is an American writer and editor based in London and Amsterdam. Always a fan of long odds, she recently turned her hand to fiction and published her first short story last year.
Stories written: "Stained" (read by Tricia Stewart)
Laura Williams is currently writing a novel set in a South London paved with fried chicken bones and trampled by no hopers. Her work has been published in Mechanics Institute Review and read at Tales of the Decongested. She is enjoying her exile in W9.
Stories written: "Mark's Fortunes: A Story in Eight Parts" (read by Susan Crothers)
Lauren Frankel grew up in Connecticut and lives in England. Her writing has been featured on Radio 4 and in other publications. She looks forward to seeing female boxers win gold for the first time in history at this summer’s Olympics.
Stories written: "Throwing Heavy Leather" (read by Sabina Cameron).
Lee Reynoldson is a new(ish) writer from Leicester who learnt most of his craft writing at Alex Keegan's Boot Camp, a hard-working online community of writers.
Leonie Milliner lives in London. Her work has been published by ‘The Casket’ on i-tunes as podcasts and featured for National Flash Fiction Day. Leonie is working on a novel, The Turncoat's Daughter, a light-hearted romp through eighteenth century Rome, loosely based on the life of the architect Robert Adam.
Stories written: "To John Wright of York" (read by Will Everett).
Liam Hogan runs a sanctuary for homeless stories. If there is anyone else out there who can give a good home to one of his stories, please get in touch. Most of them are house-broken.
Stories written: "How to Build a Mass Murderer" (read by Clive Greenwood), "Commuters' Tails" (read by Silas Hawkins), "He Does Not Know" (read by Ben Crystal), "Bob, Justbob" (read by Silas Hawkins), "Stalemate" (read by Freddie Machin), "The King's Computer" (read by Ben Crystal), "Rat" (read by Silas Hawkins), "The Tasting Menu" (read by Lucie Howard), "Remembrance Day" (read by Will Goodhand), "Sunset" (read by Saul Reichlin), "Last Blood, First Ink" (read by David Rees at Liars' League Leeds), "How the Elephant Fell" (read by Rachel Spicer), "Temp" (read by David Zezulka at Liars' League Leeds), "Feathers" (read by Lin Sagovsky), "Extract from the Time Travellers' Guide - Ch. 7: Tourism" (read by Carrie Cohen), "Crossroads" (read by Terence Anderson)
Lisa Annelouise Rentz
Lisa Annelouise Rentz lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, in the United States, where the loquat trees bloom in December. She works for a wonderful arts council and has a husband who can bake:http://www.eatgoodbread.com
Stories written: "The Chimney" (read by Max Berendt).
Lucinda Pang (Ray to her friends) is a third year creative writing student at Bucks New University and an insomniac, with an addiction to Pepsi and the written word.
Stories written: "House of Cards" (read by Annalie Wilson
Stories written: "Entanglement" (read by Lynsey Pow)
Maggie Womersley grew up in Sussex but now lives in London. Until recently she worked in the TV industry as a film researcher, a promo director and more recently in programme development. Her writing is inspired by the "What if?" factor, the uncanny, and by the resilience of ordinary people who find themselves thrust into extraordinary situations.
Malachi King is an English teacher, Mensa member, and holds a Language Arts degree from Grand Valley State University. His writing centers on the extreme: extreme emotion, extreme survival, and extreme courage. Many of his stories have been published in various online and print markets including Orion's Child Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine, Indigo Rising, Widowmoon Press, and The Corner Club Press. He's currently seeking an agent for his science fiction novel, and can be contacted at www.malachiking.webs.com
Stories written: "Ironwork" (read by Ben Crystal)
Magnus Nelson lives in London and is currently writing his third novel, The Carers' Handbook. His work has been performed at Live Lit events and on the radio.
Maire Cooney was born in Edinburgh and lives in Glasgow with her partner and two children. Her short stories have been published by Asham, Apis Books, Chroma and Carve magazine.
Stories written: "Not a Fucking Hope" (read by Steve Wedd)
Margot Taylor lives in Somerset, works in her local library, and enjoys sailing and running. She was short-listed for the 2010 Fish One-Page Prize and the 2009 Willesden Herald Prize, and has been published in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 3, and online at Pulp.net.
Stories written: "Rain Music" (read by Michael Redston)
Maria Kyle is married with two children, and works as an editor in Swindon, where Jasper Fforde's Tuesday Next novels are set.
In previous lives, Mark Pearson was a punk, a DJ, a record producer, a toolmaker, a bookshop assistant, a philosopher, a translator and thief. In this life he is a teacher of English in Japan. He is married with one daughter and another on the way. He loves to tell tall tales.
Stories written: "Emma Cadbury's Voracious Husband" (read by Hannah Mercer)
Mark is a short story writer and forthcoming novelist currently hiding out in the badlands of Surrey. Most recently published in the apocalyptic anthology Terminal Earth, he is ending a recent hiatus to showcase his unique take on history’s greatest choreographer…
Stories written: "The Busby Berkeley Academy" (read by Lin Sagovsky)
Martin Cummins is an architect by day, a writer by night. His werewolf existence has currently spawned a reference book, Designing and Building Your Own Home, which has been in print since 2002, a completed novel, currently being edited, and another novel in production. He wonders whether, one full moon, his nocturnal vice will expand to encompass the daylight hours.
Stories written: "Hunger" (read by Clareine Cronin)
Martin Langley was born in Dublin in 1974, and now lives and works in London with his wife, two sons, and a cat called Heaney. He has published short stories in a number of journals, including Stand and New Letters.
Stories written: "Shanghai Boy" (read by Paul Hessey)
Martin Pengelly is a freelance sub-editor and writer who spends rather too much of his free time in the Renoir and the coffee shop at the LRB. He would like to apologise to Harland Miller for stealing his title.
Mary R. Butler
Mary R. Butler is a criminal lawyer and soccer mom in Texas. Her poetry has appeared in The Green Fuse. She has another murderous short story published in the March 2008 issue of Mouth Full of Bullets.
Stories written: "The Unmaking of a Made Man" (read by Alex Woodhall)
Anglo-American writer Melanie White returned to London last year after seven years of working as an arts journalist and editor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and New York City. She has written two feature screenplays and is currently working on a novel.
Stories written: "Honor Alone" (read by Nicky Diss)
Michael Carey lives in North London and feels, quite frankly, that this should be enough to land a book deal. So far, nothing, but he’s working on it. He can often be found scowling in pubs and also here where he's sometimes funny, often angry…occasionally thoughtful. (https://twitter.com/Menaman1) Michael hopes that one day he'll believe his own hype. http://apparentlyaspark.wordpress.com/
Stories written: "A Very Important Meeting" (read by James McNeill & Lisa Rose)
Michael is a retired American living in Mexico. He was born in Hollywood and a semi- known actor for too many years. He is Army veteran of a past war of America.. He also is the funniest writer here at LL (on stage.) In person he is dull.
Stories written: "The Sacred Duty of Mexican Mothers" (read by Lin Sagovsky)
Michael Spring writes occasional fiction under his own name and on sport as Jeff Blakeney. He loves horse racing, books and his family, but perhaps not in that order. Brittle Star, Fieldstone Review, Volume and Radio Ulster are among those who have published and broadcast him. He lives in London.
Stories written: "My Part in the Collapse of Civilization" (read by Camila Fiori), "Narky Jack" (read by Susannah Bond, Ed Cooper Clarke), "They Live in the Clouds" (read by Alex Willmott), "Frank's Lucky Day" (read by Camila Fiori), "The Crunch" (read by Max Berendt), "Kalashnikov" (read by Thomas Judd), "Lucky Numbers" (read by Avin Shah)
When her novella was longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Novella Award in 2007, Michelle Shine decided to take writing more seriously. Since then, she has completed a full length novel and achieved an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. Her work appears in this summer's edition of Grey Sparrow Literary Journal.
Stories written: "Skin Deep" (read by Claire-Louise Amias).
Mike Greenfield was brought up in London and has had a range of careers including motor-cycle couriering, working in restaurants and web design. He is currently a freelance photographer. 2B is his first published short story.
Stories written: "2B" (read by Ray Newe)
M. L. Stedman
Originally from Western Australia, M. L. Stedman lives in London. Her stories have been published in the anthologies Desperate Remedies, Tales of the Decongested Volume 1 and The Mechanics' Institute Review, as well as Litro. "Rabbit's Foot Ralph" is from her collection Outsiders Within. She is now writing a novel.
Stories written: "Rabbit's Foot Ralph" (read by Steve Wedd)
Mi L Holliday
Mi L Holliday grew up in Billings, Montana, which left her with a passion for escapist fiction, particularly the science fiction and fantasy genres. She currently teaches English in the south of Japan.
Stories written: "Just Me and My Goldfish" (read by Stephen Butterton)
N. D. Gomes
N.D. Gomes is a Peterbrough based writer and graduate of the UEA Creative Writing Masters.
Stories written: "The Clapping of Unseen Hands" (read by Ben Crystal)
Nathan Good has always written stories. He used to do it purely for pleasure but lately has become more focused on publication. He lives and works in London, where he struggles constantly to find the time to continue writing. He appreciates you listening to this story.
Stories written: "Games I've Played and the People I've Played Them With" (read by Sarah Le Fevre).
Niall Boyce has written short stories for Doctor Who and Bernice Summerfield, and articles on subjects such as Outsider Art and alien abduction. His first novel, Veronica Britton: Chronic Detective is out in November from Proxima Books. His work is available at http://bit.ly/npboyce, and he is on Twitter as @NPBoyce_Writer.
Stories written: "Christmas Future" (read by Paul Clarke), "Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Life" (read by Ray Newe), "A Call to Arms" (read by Annalie Wilson), "Blood Relative" (read by Claire Louise Amias), "The Love Machines" (read by Sarah Feathers), "Salvador Dali's 115th Dream" (read by Ben Crystal), "Viral" (read by Annalie Wilson), "A Vindication of the Rights of Frankenstein's Creatures" (read by Cliff Chapman)
Nicholas Hogg's second novel The Hummingbird and the Bear was published in May. Winner of the New Writing Ventures award for fiction, and prizes in the Bridport and Raymond Carver short story contests, his work has also been broadcast by the BBC. His flash fiction, Father and Gun, appears in the Saatchi & Saatchi 'Photo Stories' exhibition he collaborated on with Notes from the Underground. www.nicholashogg.com
Stories written: "California Burning" (read by Katy Darby).
Nichol Wilmor lives in London where he writes - very slowly - under different names.
Stories written: "Gilda" (read at Liars' League Leeds by Jamie Mottershaw)
Nicki Le Masurier
Nicki Le Masurier is a Producer for Literary Death Match London. Her day job as a Fashion Publicist has left her with the ability to describe everything as amaaazzzzing with utmost sincerity. At night she writes, she reads, she blogs. She does not bake.
Stories written: "The Domestic Struggles of Nigel, Karen & Rodney" (read by Rhik Samadder and Gloria Sanders).
Having completed a creative writing course with the Open University, Nigel Robinson’s main ambition is to play blues guitar at Ronny Scott’s. He lives in South London and in the belief that all men should experience a little misery in their lives, he is a Millwall season ticket holder.
Stories written: "The Apocalypse Breakfast" (read by Greg Page).
Nora Nadjarian was born in Cyprus and studied at the University of Manchester in England. Her poems and short stories have been published in magazines in the UK and elsewhere, won prizes or been commended in international competitions. She lives in Nicosia, where she writes books of truths and lies. She blogs at www.bettyboopinspired.blogspot.com
Stories written: "The Gentleman on the Train" (read by Emily Lucienne)
Owen Booth writes short stories, scripts and plays. His proudest moment was having 49 of his words performed by Sir Patrick Stewart at the epic finale of a corporate video.
P. J. Carnehan
P.J. Carnehan lives in London and is writing a book called Own Goal FC.
Paul Blaney is from London but now lives in Allentown, PA, and teaches at Rutgers University. He is working on a collection of short stories provisionally titled B, D, S & M. More at www.paulblaney.com
Stories written: "Masks" (read by Silas Hawkins)
Paul Takeuchi is a writer and photographer living in Brooklyn.
Stories written: "Please Don't Eat the Sausage!" (read by Alex Woodhall)
Peng Shepherd was born in Phoenix, but has lived in Los Angeles, Beijing, Washington DC, and London. Her work has appeared in Litro, .Cent Magazine, and now Liars' League. She interns at Narrative magazine, and is currently an MFA fellow in fiction at New York University.
Stories written: "Free Cake" (read by Alex Mann).
Peter Browning used to live in London but now lives in Oxford. He also worked in Pars as a journo. Apart from that, there's not a lot to say.
Stories written: "The Baron and the Porcelain Throne" (read by Paul Clarke)
Peter Francis-Mullins lives and works in South London. His stories read with the Liars' League are two of a collection of short stories he is working on. He has also written for Tales of the Decongested.
Peter Higgins was born in Dewsbury, a northern town famous for its connections with the Yorkshire Ripper, suicide bombers, and tripe. He lives in London, a southern town famous for its connections with suicide bombers and tripe.
Peter Lachaise writes in constant hope of escaping his dubious origins. He lives with the woman he loves and is forever grateful that she likes listening to stories.
Stories written: "Happy Hour" (read by Gloria Saunders).
Phil Klay is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and served in Iraq. His essay, 'Death and Memory' was featured in the New York Times. This is his first published story.
Stories written: "Redeployment" (read by Steve Wedd)
Stories written: "Jason's Very Last Day at the Lost and Found" (read by Michael Redston)
Quintin Forrest’s four principal activities are writing stories, rewriting his novel, playing PS2 and wishing for a PS3.
Stories written: "Elephant's Graveyard" (read by Dave Zezulka), "Pete Doherty's Christmas Carol" (read by Max Berendt), "Lavender Bunny and the Big Brother House" (read by Will Goodhand), "The Notting Hill Punisher" (read by Stephen Butterton), "Sarah Palin's Yuletide Epistle 2009" (Daisy Whyte), "Worst Review of My Career, So Far" (read by Al Woodhall, "Lavender Bunny and Celebrity Come Dine With Me" (read by Will Goodhand), "Barry Trotter And The Staff Of Power" (read by Stephen Bellamy), "Lavender Bunny and the Ninth Circle" (read by Will Goodhand), "The H-Meister Hits Thirty" (read by Tom Sawyer), "Investment Opportunities in the Isle of Man" (read by Cliff Chapman).
Rebecca is a Kiwi who’s been hiding in North London since fooling UK Border Control into letting her in four years ago. By day she writes code. By night, desperate for sex and marriage, she writes dirty love stories and the obituaries of ex-boyfriends.
Stories written: "Patrick" (read by Gloria Sanders)
Rebecca Gould's fiction, essays, poetry, and translations have appeared in Guernica, The Gettysburg Review, Literary Imagination, Asiatic, and Open Democracy. Her work is forthcoming in Wasafiri and Redactions. She currently teaches at the University of Iowa.
Stories written: "Speaking in Tongues" (read by Sophie Morris-Sheppard)
Rebecca J. Payne is a fantasy fiction author from Cambridge. Her short stories have been published in the UK and US in magazines including Interzone and Ethereal Tales. When not writing she’s usually at the theatre or the pub, so with the Liar's League she gets to combine all three of her favourite pastimes.
Stories written: "Hollow Man" (read by Ben Crystal)
Rebecca Swirsky did an MA in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. Her stories have appeared in Matter magazine (the annual publication of the Sheffield Hallam English Department) and, now, at Liars’ League.
Stories written: "Lillia in the Whale" (read by Elizabeth Bower)
After 30 years of working as an actress mainly in television comedy (Doc Martin, Extras, The Omid Djalili Show) Regina Freedman has decided to do something different. This is her first foray into writing. Her characters come from the many she has met living in Peckham and Camberwell.
Stories written: "Bay and Michelle" (read by Sarah Le Fevre)
About Richard Koworld: Written a play, chuffed with it, hawking the bastard right now. Wrote a book about shops which keeps me in pies and Happy Shopper cola. I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. Also kung po chicken. Richard is old enough to be your Dad and probably is.
Stories written: "This is why we walk" (read by Stephen Butterton)
Richard Meredith is the proverbial Englishman in New York, where he complains about the coffee, loves the pizza, and finds the 'dating' scene downright disturbing. By day he works for a large corporation, and by night he likes to dress up as a woman (but only in the literary sense).
Richard Smyth is a writer and journalist. He is the author of the history books Bum Fodder: An Absorbing History Of Toilet Paper and Bloody British History: Leeds and of the title story in the new Fiction Desk anthology 'Crying Just Like Anybody'. His short fiction has also appeared in .cent, The Stinging Fly, Vintage Script and Spilling Ink Review.
Stories written: "Lie There, My Art" (read by Greg Page), "Legerdemain" (read by Greg Page), "The Miller's Tale" (read by Paul Clarke), "This Isn't Heat" (read by Silas Hawkins), "In the Shadow of the High Gable" (read by Katy Darby), "Something Wicked" (read by Tony Bell), "The Work Is Not God's" (read by Steven Bellamy), "Love Says Truth" (read by Patsy Prince), "Saint Theresa" (read by Susan Crothers), "Heriot" (read by Silas Hawkins)
Currently caught somewhere between finishing a degree and full-time work, Rob Cox is knackered, confused and slightly worried. He’s also an avid writer and reader, with a few stories under his belt and some vague plans for completing a novel. He divides his time between Loughborough and Bromley, in South East London, where his mum lives in sin with two greyhounds. "Things" is his first public work
Stories written: "Things" (read by Martin Lamb)
Rob is from Coventry, and lives in London with his wife and son. His short stories have also been published by Litro, Bartleby Snopes, Every Day Fiction and Dead Ink. He's at work on his second novel, and is a member of Quad Writers: www.quadwriters.co.uk/rob-ganley
Stories written: "Ten Years On" (read by Paul Clarke)
Robert Long lives in West Hampstead. He has had work published by the Muscle & Blood Literary Journal, Bards & Sages Quarterly and the Terminal Earth anthology amongst others, and has recently finished work on a novel. More information about his writing can be found at http://adsoofmelk.blogspot.com/
Stories written: "Brothers' Eyes and Curtain Rods" (read by Terence Anderson).
Robert Marriott has been writing for a number of years, and is previously unpublished. Most of his writing is short stories, although he would like to find someone to write comedy-drama with
Stories written: "The Madness in Me" (read by Will Goodhand)
Robin Marsden started writing because he wanted to be a famous writer. He carried on because he discovered that writing is actually really fun. His work has appeared in the Tonto Press New Writing anthologies, and been long-listed for the Fish Prize for short stories. He is currently working on a novel, Why the City Never Sleeps.
Stories written: "Lovers & Liars" (read by Becky Hands-Wicks)
Rob Mukherjee audits auditors for a living but would rather be scuba-diving. Or cooking. Or even writing. He was born in the South, grew up in the North and now lives in London, where he keeps meaning to start work on a novel. This is his first published story.
Stories written: "Big Boy's Games" (read by Will Goodhand).
Rosalind Stopps writes fiction, mostly about people from the mean streets of South London, where she was born. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Lewisham bus routes and a particular fondness for cheese.
Stories written: "Monsieur Fromage" (read by Jo Widdowson), "The Suitcase" (read by Carrie Cohen), "A Pocket Full of Penguin" (read by Danielle Fenemore), "How to Survive the Olympics With a Broken Heart" (read by Nicky Diss).
Rosanna Boscawen was born in the eighties (just) and grew up in Suffolk. She has worked in a bookshop, walked from Siena to Rome, and written for the New York Observer. She likes travelling and cheese (among other things). She now works in publishing and lives in London.
Sam Carter is a reviewer and long-term student who has lived all round the world, and has only recently turned to writing "real" stories. Sam is also working on a play.
Stories written: "Touchdown" (read by Camila Fiori), "Black holes, white dwarfs" (read by Paul Clarke), "Stuff" (read by Penny Lamport at Liars' League Leeds), "Ten Green Bottles" (read by Matthew Lewney at Liars' League Leeds), "Darcy's Progress" (read by Kieran Knowles).
Raised in the American southwest, Samuel Taradash currently lives in London, where he divides his time between writing, so-called ‘real’ work and an irrational nostalgia for Japan. He’s currently involved in the episodic literary variety night, The Special Relationship, and is working on a novel.
Stories written: "Monitor" (read by Ben Crystal)
Samuel Wright has been writing for several years, but rarely to his own satisfaction. He works by day as a teacher, and sleeps by night (mostly). His favourite sound is the breaking of small glass phials. His stories are available at http://bearsick.tumblr.com and one, "Best Friend", was longlisted for the £30,000 EFG/Sunday Times Short Story Award 2013.
Sarah Brownrigg is a freelance copywriter, a brilliant mummy to her son Hunter (his words), a lover of music, dancing & rum, and a proud northerner. You’ll find her on Twitter – @sarah_nb – when she’s not busy convincing Guinness there should be a world record for most freckles on one face.
Stories written: "The Porter" (read by Frederick Aarons at Liars' League Leeds)
Sarah Ellender is a reluctant software engineer, who occasionally runs away screaming and comes back with an NVQ in Wood Occupations, or a lot of photos of temples. It’s all material. She is a long-term member of the London-based T-Party writers’ group and her flash fiction is posted regularly on http://www.plotmedics.com/friday-flash.html.
Stories written: "The Torture Orchestra" (read by Paul Clarke)
Sarah Rose Etter
Sarah Rose Etter earned her B.A. in English and Bullshit at Penn State University. She's currently working on her M.F.A. in Fiction at Rosemont College. She loves dive bars and hates the semicolon. You can read more of her nonsense in The Baltimore Review, The Menda City Review and Trespass Magazine.
Stories written: "Pitching Quiches" (read by Danielle Fenemore)
Sebastian Aston lives, works and plays in London. He spends his free time attempting to meld words into passable sentences. He is currently out of work and available for washing up. This is his first story for Liars’ League.
Stories written: "She Doesn't Know How Tough It's Been" (read by Tony Bell)
Simon Barker is from Sydney. His work has appeared in Eclectica, Word Riot, Storyglossia and elsewhere. In 2009 decomP nominated his story Tarzan of the Danube for a Pushcart Prize.
Stories written: "Tekken 3" (read by Clareine Cronin)
Simon Hodgson has been a tech journalist, tomato picker, burger flipper and film previewer. He was born in Scotland and now lives in San Francisco, where he annoys Americans, cooks for his wife and searches for irony.
Stories written: "Thieves We Were" (read by Andrew Lloyd-Jones)
Simon Jones honed his craft as a writer of obscure fiction in his many years as a Civil Servant. Since resigning, he frequents the British Library and glares at people who wander round it with their squalling brats - and writes stuff like what you're about to hear.
Sophie Smith abandoned writing straight fiction when she realised no-one would buy it. She now enjoys moderate success writing humorous dirty stories for poorly edited women's magazines. Liars' League is a real step upmarket for her. She dreams of one day writing something her mother isn't ashamed to show her friends.
Stories written: "Frank's Feet" (read by Bob Smith)
Stephen Parrish is the author of The Tavernier Stones and The Feasts of Lesser Men. In 2011 he was awarded the Independent Publisher (IPPY) gold medal in the mystery/suspense/thriller category. He edits The Lascaux Review, an online literary journal, and blogs at www.stephenparrish.com.
Stories written: "Passing the Spatula" (read by Martine McMenemy).
Steve is a psychotherapist. He runs Mindfulness Based Writing courses with Dr Kerry Ryan, therapeutic reading groups, and the only Short Story Bookclub in the village UK. He is currently on the lookout for people to contribute to his Read Me Something You Love podcast. Contact: email@example.com, or @ShortStoryBkClb (Twitter). Photo by Christian Barnet.
Stories written: "Kiss-Kill" (read by Cliff Chapman).
Suzy Amos is a youngish writer who is delighted to have been a part of Liars’ League’s inaugural event. She’s been writing stories for about five years but – uniquely – is not working on a novel. She is based in the Midlands but grew up in Hampshire, where she never once got invited to a sexy party.
Stories written: "Sexy Party" (read by Susannah Holland)
Tania Hershman loves science. Half the stories in her debut collection, The White Road and Other Stories (www.thewhiteroadandotherstories.com), published by Salt, are inspired by New Scientist articles. Tania is the European regional winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association short story competition, and editor of The Short Review, (www.theshortreview.com), a site dedicated to reviewing short story collections.
Stories written: "The Painter and the Physicist" (read by Susan Crothers)
Taylor Brown is a native of the American South who now lives in San Francisco. He studied at Oxford for a bit, but can't remember much of it for the pints. For more of his stories and publishing credits, please check out his website at www.taylorbrownfiction.com
Stories written: "Home Guard" (read by Ben Farrow)
After 20 years in small dark rooms, staring into electron microscopes, Terry Newman came out and wrote some jokes for the radio. He is now busy writing plays and film scripts and musicals and books (because nobody has told him that he can't) and doesn't miss the dark that much.
Stories written: "My Vagina" (read by Jennie Lathan)
Terry Pearce and Deborah Rosenblum were attracted to the Liars’ League because they both have issues with the truth. Deborah claims that everything she writes is biographical. Terry wants to clarify that any resemblance his antagonists may bear to people he has sworn revenge on is purely coincidental. Deborah lives in New York. Her recent work has appeared in The Legendary and Writer's Block. Terry lives in London, and his work has appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal and The Legendary.
Stories written: "The Second Law of Thermodynamics" with Deborah Rosenblum (performed by Jennifer Tan)
Tessa North has been writing fiction since she was very young and still can't find anything else she'd rather do. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from UEA, and is currently working on a western novel.
Toby Smith grew up in Leatherhead but is now based on The Isle Of Dogs. If it doesn't have a stupid name, he's not willing to live there. He has worked in TV for almost ten years and is currently a development producer - so don't mention anything to him unless you're happy to see it formatted into a neat daytime vehicle for that awful woman off Big Brother.
Stories written: "Forwarde & Bakk" (read by Jack Fortescue)
Todd Wheeler is a writer of speculative fiction. When not writing, he stays busy being a stay-at-home dad, which is just as satisfying as being a writer and pays about the same. Additional information is available at his website: http://todd-wheeler.com
Stories written: "Sour Notes" (read by Steve Wedd)
Tom Conoboy comes from Scotland but he now lives in Yorkshire. He works in local government, doing business process re-engineering, which is basically telling people how to do their own jobs. Consequently, he has few friends.
Stories written: "Cages Swinging in the Moonlight" (read by Gemma Stone)
Tom McKay was born in 1977. He has lived and studied in Bangkok, Seattle and Aberystwyth. He is a qualified lecturer in Film and English and recently left Buckinghamshire University to pursue a full-time PhD. He lives in North London and is a gangster.
Tom Ryan was born in London and now lives mostly in Seville, where he works as a writer, editor, journalist and musician. He's not nearly as busy as he sounds.
Tovah Reed was Canadian born and raised, until the wolves kicked her out of the cave. She struggled in the wild on her own, so she booked a flight to Blighty and here she remains. Trying her best to blend in, she is often found in the pub, speaking to the locals in a Yorkshire-North American hybrid accent which amuses most people.
Stories written: "Atwood Pet Food" (read by Jane Hollington at Liars' League Leeds)
Vanessa Thompsett is currently studying English Literature at UCL and intends to continue until she’s qualified enough to lecture there. Her influences include Roald Dahl, Angela Carter, HG Wells and Alan Moore. In her spare time, she writes when she can, bakes when required and builds forts with books and bedsheets.
Stories written: "Sawdust" (read by Louisa Gummer)
Vanessa Woolf-Hoyle lives in and writes about London. She likes to spend her spare time exploring the rivers of the mind which criss cross under the streets of her beloved Bermondsey. Please feel free to contact her with well paid commissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories written: "The Player" (read by Stephen Butterton)
Born and raised in Bath, after studying law at university, Vish naturally decided that she wanted to become a social worker. She is currently doing a full-time PgD in Social Work at Lancaster University and writing stories in her spare time. Why I Never Started Smoking is her first fiction publication and is based on a true party.
Stories written: "Why I Never Started Smoking, and Now I Can't Stop" (read by Max Berendt)
Will Boast was born in Southampton and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. His story collection, Power Ballads, won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award. He’s held fellowships from Stanford University and the University of East Anglia. He has new work appearing in The New York Times and The Atlantic.
Stories written: "Beginners" (read by James McNeill).