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The Workers

Meet the team working to promote great writers and bring you closer to their stories and inspiration.

Cathy Galvin

Director and Founder

Journalist, poet and editor, Cathy Galvin established Word Factory to bring the best short story writers together for readings, masterclasses and to share new work. She is committed to building a supportive community of writers from every walk of life. For information on our artistic programme, planning and creative projects contact: Cathy@thewordfactory.tv

Sophie Haydock

Associate Director

Sophie can be contacted with enquires about the short story club (which she co-hosts with Zoe Gilbert), Word Factory membership, masterclasses and salons by email: Sophie@thewordfactory.tv or Twitter: @SophieHaydock

Carlotta Eden

Digital Marketing Manager

Carlotta is a writer and editor living in Berlin and co-founder of Synaesthesia, a literary and arts magazine for the senses. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015 and her writing can be found on Necessary Fiction, matchbook, WhiskeyPaper, Chicago Literati and elsewhere. Find more at www.carlottaeden.com.

Twitter: @1chae.

Rupert Dastur

Editorial Associate

Rupert Dastur writes and edits for The Word Factory. If you have ideas and news that will interest the Word Factory contact him at: rupert@thewordfactory.tv

Tony and Corinne Oulton

Design Editors

This creative design partnership work in SW London at the end of their garden. They produce contemporary design that withstands the test of time – thoughtful, clear and unpretentious. Over the years they've been lucky enough to work with many innovative and interesting people, sharing a passion to launch new ideas and create new brands.


Zoe Gilbert

Short Story Club Director

Zoe’s short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals in the UK and internationally. Her story 'Fishskin, Hareskin' won the Costa Short Story Award 2014. Her work has also won prizes from Cinnamon Press, Lightship, and the British Fantasy Society amongst others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently working on her first folklore-inspired collection as part of her PhD on the short story at Chichester University. She runs a writers’ critique group in London and co-hosts the Word Factory short story club.

Twitter: @mindandlanguage.

Divya Ghelani

Programme Associate

Divya Ghelani is a graduate of UEA's Creative Writing MA and holds an MPhil in Literary Studies from the University of Hong Kong. Her stories have been published in Litro: India, The Bookseller, Visual Verse and more. In 2016 she won a Word Factory Apprenticeship. Divya's novel-in-progress has been shortlisted and longlisted for four literary awards. She lives between UK and Berlin and is rep'd by Niki Chang of Aitken Alexander Associates. Visit www.divyaghelani.com and follow her for book talk @DivyaGhelani.

Eloise Wales

Online Manager

Eloise manages and updates the Word Factory website.

She can be found on Twitter at @EloiseWales.


Paul McVeigh

Associate Director

Paul’s short stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies, been commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and read on BBC Radio 5. He’s also written plays and comedy shows and his debut novel ‘The Good Son’ is out with Salt Publishing. He blogs on short story oportunities here which provides our monthly round up, and tweets on short stories via @paul_mc_veigh.

Peter Clarke – Tangent Films

Film Editor

Peter has cut single documentaries and series for BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, PBS, ARTE and GEO. He set up Tangent Films with producer, director and composer colleagues and the company, amongst many other things,produces video profiles of artists, sculptors, musicians and writers.


Rebecca Swirsky

Film Interviewer

Rebecca is a fiction writer and critic, whose work appears in Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2015 anthology, Bridport’s 2013 Anthology and Ambit Magazine. As winner of the inaugural Word Factory Apprenticeship, Rebecca was mentored by the writer Stella Duffy. Rebecca has been published in the Observer, The Economist, The Financial Times, the TLS and the Royal Society of Literature Review, and her fiction shortlisted or placed in competitions including The Manchester Fiction Award, Fish Short Fiction Prize, Bristol Short Story Award, The Bath Short Story Award, the Sean O’Faolin Prize and The Lightship Prize.

Twitter: @rebexswirsky.

Carrie Kania

Word Factory Consultant

Carrie Kania worked in US publishing at Random House and HarperCollins for many (many) years before moving to London. In London, she helped start The Society Club, a literary cocktail bar in Soho and Shoreditch and works as an agent with Conville & Walsh. She’s worked on the three sides of bookselling: agent-publisher-bookseller and is making herself available for one-on-one consultations via The Word Factory.

Sharon Eckman

Social Media Associate

Sharon Eckman is a multi-tasking actor/singer/workshop facilitator when not writing. She was Time Out Travel Writer of the Year and her non-fiction pieces have ranged from hunting in Namibia to science fiction fans in London. She was longlisted for the Fish Memoir Prize 2015.
Sharon discovered the joy of short stories thanks to Word Factory and her short fiction has subsequently appeared in Shooter Lit, Words & Women: 3 and One Hundred Voices: An Anthology. She is currently working on a travel book and (re)refining her first novel.
She will never read anything where a dog dies.
Twitter: @SharonEckman

Tamara Pollock

Editorial Associate

Editor and writer Tamara Pollock contributes to content and is responsible for monitoring feedback and subscriptions.

Alison Hitchcock

Programme Executive

Among her many roles at the Word Factory, Alison Hitchcock manages the masterclasses and membership scheme while supporting Director Cathy Galvin. Lawyer, business woman and budding writer, Alison works with growing companies, sitting on Boards and advising in a management consultant capacity. Her clients range from innovative start ups to established listed companies. Writing short stories keeps her corporate and creative worlds in perfect balance.

Twitter: @alihitchcock1.

James Lawson


Our regular contributors include:

  • Kerstin Twachtmann

  • Alexa Radcliffe-Hart

  • Holly Dawson

  • Lauren Addicott

  • Lindsay Waller-Wilkinson

  • Andrew Oldham