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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

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. www.cathygalvin.com

Twitter: @cathygalvin1

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.

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.

Baskerville Design

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.


Sophie Haydock

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...

Twitter: @SophieHaydock

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.

Eloise Wales

Online Manager

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.

Twitter: @eloisewales.

Kerstin Twachtmann

Online Advisor

Kerstin Twachtmann was born in London to German parents. She studied English Literature at university and worked for a number of years as a music journalist before moving into digital production. In 2015, Kerstin was awarded a Word Factory Apprenticeship to develop her body of short fiction work.

Twitter: @Kerstint.

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


Alexa Radcliffe-Hart

Writer, Editor & Marketeer, Alexa is passionate about language, literary fiction and helping to develop writers. Her debut short story collection Yet to be determined is due 2018 with Liquorice Fish.

Twitter: @Radcliffe_Hart

Holly Dawson

Holly first got involved with Word Factory as one of our inaugural Apprentices in 2013. Her fiction has been published, shortlisted and longlisted in various places from Radio 4 to the Fish Prize. She is a freelance writer & editor, a beekeeper and Fiction Editor of The W Review.

Twitter: @hollyjdawson.

Lauren Addicott

A social media consultant at the desk and a writer in the heart, Lauren primarily writes short stories and poetry, with forays into commissioned theatre reviews and journalism. Last year she completed an MA in Creative and Critical Writing focussing upon the uncanny and sexuality. Lauren has worked with and performed at various creative salons across London and her hometown of Brighton, where she aspires to filling her garden with recharged battery hens. Creative blog: https://lraddicott.wordpress.com/

Lindsay Waller-Wilkinson

Lindsay, a fashion designer in a past life, writes short stories and poems that will (she hopes…nay…believes) one day end up in real life books with beautiful covers, dedications and contents pages. She has been published in literary mags and anthologies, both online and print, and will read out loud to whoever is foolish enough to pass her the mic. She resides in rural-blissful Middle-England in a very male household (Even The Dogs…) and dreams of one day owning a Lady Parrot.

Blogs at poemstorydreamreality.com.

Andrew Oldham

Andrew Oldham is an award winning fiction writer and poet. Up to 2011 he was the Director of the literary promoter, Incwriters. His short fiction has appeared in Transmission, Gargoyle, The Sunday Times Magazine online and Next Stop Hope (Route Books). He is the owner of the e-Book publisher, Goggle. He is presently finishing his first novel. He lives in West Yorkshire and weathers on the moor.