Meet the team working to promote great writers and bring you closer to their stories and inspiration. Twitter: @cathygalvin1 Twitter: @alihitchcock1. Twitter: @SophieHaydock Twitter: @mindandlanguage. Twitter: @eloisewales.
Word Factory Director
Journalist, writer and editor, Cathy set up Word Factory to bring the best short story writers together for readings, masterclasses and to create new work. A champion of the short story form, she co-founded the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and has judged numerous national and international literary prizes. She's the editor of Red, the Waterstones anthology of new writing. Galvin has worked on staff for the Sunday Times and Newsweek and her journalism has appeared in national and international newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, Telegraph and Irish Times. Her poetry is published by the Melos Press.
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.
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.
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.
Short Story Club Director
Sophie Haydock is a journalist, sub-editor and budding fiction writer, with a love of short stories and wild mushrooms. Sunday Times by day, Word Factory by night...
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.
Freelance writer, researcher & editor, Eloise has been published in national magazines and journals. She holds an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London and in 2013; she was the recipient of Plymouth University’s Creative Writing Award. Travel often inspires Eloise's creative work and in the past, she has surfed in Indonesia, trekked in Nepal, backpacked in Central America, and ridden a motorbike around much of Europe.