John Vaughan is not only an award winning screenwriter and Director but is also the founder and host of the Golden Blasters and the curator of the truly feared Vault of Horror on Saturday Night. When he’s not on panels why don’t you ask John what he’s up to right now ….but remember he can smell fear y’know.
Jo writes science fiction and fantasy, either in her Space Opera world of Abendau or on the streets of her native Northern Ireland. She’s also a prolific writer of short stories and enters regular flash fiction competitions. She blogs – and occasionally rants – on www.jozebwrites.blogspot.co.uk.
As well as writing, Jo runs her own consultancy, shepherds not-so-young children and has several pets – and a husband, buried in the chaos. She is keen to see cloning technology move on or, failing that, housekeeping robots.
More about her, including links to several free-to-view short stories can be found on www.jozebedee.com and she can be followed on Twitter under @joz1812.
Nigel Quinlan is an Irish author whose stories have appeared in Albedo 1 and whose short story collection, This Way Up, was published by Aeon Press. His children’s fantasy novel, The Maloneys’ Magical Weatherbox, was published last year by Orion Children’s/Hachette (there was a takeover just before Weatherbox came out, it was a whole thing), and a paperback edition will be out in the US this Autumn from Roaringbrook Press. His next book will be The Cloak Of Feathers, out sometime next year from Orion Children’s. Follow him on Twitter @Nigellicus
Maura McHugh lives in Galway, and began her career in academia. Her first Masters examined Irish nineteenth century supernatural fiction (making her a life-long Dracula nerd). After a sojourn in IT she later explored her love of cinema through a Diploma in Film Studies followed by a Masters in Screenwriting. Her dark fantasy and horror short stories and non-fiction essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies in America and Europe. Her two collections – Twisted Fairy Tales and Twisted Myths – were published in the USA, and she’s written award-winning comic book series, including co-writing Witchfinder with Kim Newman for Dark Horse Comics.
She’s also a playwright and screenwriter, and has appeared on RTÉ Radio 1’s culture programme Arena talking about Popular Entertainment. She’s helped organise conventions, curated programming for events such as WorldCon in London and the Hay Festival in Kells, and has served on the juries of international literary, comic book, and film awards. Her short story “Bone Mother” is currently being adapted into a stop-motion short film by See Creature in Canada.
Oisín McGann started off working in illustration, design and film animation, later moving into advertising as an art director and copy writer. He now works full time as a writer and illustrator. He has produced numerous books for all ages of reader in a range of genres, including eleven novels. He teaches the Science Fiction and Fantasy Course at the Irish Writers’ Centre. His illustration work has been exhibited in venues such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the European Parliament in Brussels and the Festival of Young Readers, Palais Auersperg, Vienna. Oisín is a winner of the European Science Fiction Society Award, and his books have been shortlisted for numerous other awards, including le Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire in France and Locus Magazine’s Best First Novel Award in the US.
Ruth Frances Long
Ruth Frances Long writes dark young adult fantasy, often about scary fairies, such as The Treachery of Beautiful Things, A Crack in Everything, A Hollow in the Hills and the forthcoming A Darkness at the End. (O’Brien Press, 2016). As R. F. Long, she also writes fantasy and paranormal romance.
She lives in Wicklow and works in a specialized library of rare, unusual & occasionally crazy books. But they don’t talk to her that often.
In 2015 she won the European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award for Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Leeann Hamilton is a self published comic book artist, as well as the lead artist of game studio Nebula Interactive. Her first series of comics, Finn & Fish, have won and been nominated for several awards. Her current work, Kitteenies, is an experiment in art style and storytelling to appeal to all ages.
Her work also appears in several of Nebula Interactive’s games, the main titles being Project G and the new Woolly Word for mobile formats.
You can find her online here http://thecoolbean.net/ and @thebeanitself .
Irish writer Michael Carroll can type over one hundred words a week and is stronger than many five-year-olds. He likes four-legged animals – especially cats – but tragically suffers from an intense hatred of, misplaced commas and cauliflower. He sometimes writes comics and novels – including Judge Dredd and the New Heroes series. Visit his awesome hand-made website at www.michaelowencarroll.com