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Who We Are and What's Been Published

Jacey Bedford
Jacey Bedford has forty-plus published short stories to date in print anthologies, magazines and online. Agented by Donald Maass of Donald Maass Literary in the USA. Two trilogies published by DAW: Psi-Tech and Rowankind. Fantasy novel, The Amber Crown, DAW in 2022. She is secretary of Milford SF Writers in the UK. She blogs at Wordpress, book-blogs on Dreamwidth, has an author page on Facebook and posts bookish things to Instagram. Sign up to her mailing list. Northwrite founder member.
Terry Jackman: wrote articles, study guides and actual exam papers for about ten years. She has short stories and novels published. Attended Milford for the first time in 2011, and several times since. Runs the BSFA Orbiters crit schemes. Her first novel, Ashamet, was published by Dragonwell Publishing. She blogs at TerryTalk, to be found on www.terryjackman.co.uk Twitter: @terry_jackman Northwrite founder member.
John Moran
John Moran: Milford attendee. Several short stories published in magazines such as: Escape PodPenumbra, and Nature. Northwrite founder member.
Gus Smith
Gus Smith writes under the name of Gus Grenfell and Gus Smith. Author of short stories and several novels for children and adults including Woodenface and Feather and Bone.
Tony Ballantyne
Tony Ballantyne joined Northwrite in summer 2014. He has sold short stories worldwide. Recursion, his first novel, was published by Tor UK in 2004.  Has been nominated for the BSFA and Philip K Dick awards. Dream London is published bySolaris and Dream Paris followed in September 2015. Twitter @TonyBallantyne
Cheryl Sonnier
Cheryl Sonnier has short stories published in several UK and worldwide indie publications, most recently online in Plasma Frequency, Cosmic Roots, Eldritch Shores and Emerging Cryptids. Mostly working on novel-length projects currently, including a sword and sorcery epic and an urban fantasy inspired by Irish mythology. Website: www.cherylsonnier.com Blog https://jessopcj.wordpress.com/.
Sue Oke
Sue Oke: is a science fiction novelist and short story writer. Her work is both informed and inspired by the years she spent living and teaching in the UK and West Africa. She currently works as the Reviews Editor for Vector – the critical journal for the British Science Fiction Association. You can find Her on Twitter @SueOke and on LinkedIn. She has (amongst other qualifications) an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing (SFF) from Middlesex University.
Shellie Horst
Shellie Horst: Never far from a castle or a cuppa, Shellie Horst first started writing for local newszines after handing over her ice cream van keys. Since then she has written for governments, new startups and high street chains. Her first fiction, Virtually Everything, was published in 2013 by Alfie Dog Publishing and she has gone on to have stories featured in a number of anthologies. Shellie graduated Hull University with a Creative Writing degree in 2015. You can find out more about Shellie and her explorations into enabling creativity in writers and coders on her website or follow her antics on Twitter.
David Lascelles
David Lascelles Author of Gods of the Sea (Pulp Empires) and Transitions (Mundania Press). He blogs at: https://dalascelles.co.uk/
Dave Langdale has been copywriting professionally for over 10 years and has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 6. He's held a number of roles, including Account Director and Digital Lead, making the leap to freelance writing in August 2018.
Georgina Kamsika
Georgina Kamsika is a speculative fiction writer born in Yorkshire, England, to British Asian immigrant parents and has spent most of her life explaining her English first name, Polish surname and South Asian features.
John Biglands
John Biglands lives in Yorkshire, England with his wife and children. He is a writer of short stories, even shorter folk songs and very long ‘to do’ lists. Due to his inability to make decisions he has qualifications in physics, machine perception and drumming and a PhD in medical imaging. He divides his week between working as a scientist, teaching drums and educating his two children.
Jeremy Pak nelson
Jeremy Pak Nelson is a writer and artist from Hong Kong. Based in Manchester, he holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. His preoccupations include outdated methods of putting words on paper, folk fiddle, accordion and the game of go. His work has appeared in Jellyfish Review, Solarpunk Magazine and has been selected as an Editors’ Pick for the Imagine 2200 climate fiction project.
Andrew Knighton

Andrew Knighton has Over sixty short stories published in anthologies, magazines, and websites; comics for Top Cow and DC Thomson; and the novellas Ashes of the Ancestors from Luna Press and Silver and Gold from Candlemark & Gleam. Has also ghostwritten over forty novels as a freelance writer. Can be found at andrewknighton.com and on Mastodon as @gibbondemon@wandering.shop

Past members include: Ian Creasey, Sue Thomason, Kari Sperring, Tina Anghelatos, Jim Gotass, Liz Sourbut, and Terie Garrison (RIP 2019).


Northwrite Successes

Sales of stories and novels that have been through the Northwrite critique process since our inception in June 2012. (Short stories unless stated otherwise.) Successes include members who are no longer active in Northwrite.

  • Tony Ballantyne: DREAM LONDON (Novel), Solaris (2014)
  • Tony Ballantyne: THE REPRESENTATIVE in Lightspeed (2017)
  • Jacey Bedford: CROSSWAYS (Novel) DAW (2015)
  • Jacey Bedford: NIMBUS (Novel) DAW (Oct 2017)
  • Jacey Bedford: SILVERWOLF (Novel) DAW (2017)
  • Jacey Bedford: ROWANKIND (Novel) DAW (2018)
  • Jacey Bedford: THE LAST WILD PLACE in Bloodbond (November 2015)
  • Jacey Bedford: WEIRD IS THE NEW NORMAL in Alien Artifacts anthology, ZNB (2016)
  • Jacey Bedford: METHUSELAH in Derelict (Anthology) ZNB, (2021)
  • Jacey Bedford: THE AMBER CROWN (Novel) DAW (January 2022)
  • Jacey Bedford: THE WAGER in Familiars anthology, ZNB (2024)
  • Ian Creasey: ESCAPE FROM THE ANDROMEDAN EMPIRE in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show (November 2013)
  • Ian Creasey: RESTORING THE MAGIC in Neverland's Library (Antho) edited by Roger Bellini, Ragnarok Publications (2014)
  • Ian Creasey: MY TIME ON EARTH in Asimov's (Oct/Nov 2015)
  • Ian Creasey: THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS in Analog (2016) Nominated BSFA Award
  • Ian Creasey: BOB'S NO-KILL MONSTER SHELETER in Unidentified Funny Objects 4 (Antho) edited by Alex Shvartsman (UFO Publishing, 2015)
  • Shellie Horst: MY LITTLE MECHA in Distaff A Science Fiction Anthology by Female Authors (KDP, August 2019)
  • D.A. Lascelles - COCH A GWYN in Gwyllion Magazine, October 2023
  • Sue Oke: BEST CASE SCENARIO in Amazing Stories (Readers Choice Awards Winner)
  • Cheryl Sonnier: INVESTIGATING THE SEA HAG in Dark Cheer Cryptids Emerging (Anthology) 2021