Alex is an author, playwright, and screenwriter born + based in Manchester UK. She recently won the Northumbria University/Channel 4 TV Writing Award 2017 and is is working with Bonafide Films on her winning script BELOW. She decided to set up MADA while studying an MA in TV and Radio Script-writing at The University of Salford. She is particularly interested in publishing work by marginalised writers and neurodiverse individuals.
Alex has written five stage plays. A colourful mix of drama and comedy with elements of magical realism weaved throughout. Her first short screenplay The Girl Who Dressed as a Bear was described as “beautiful study of a young female life” by screenwriter and playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz at the Watersprite Film Festival 2017. She also wrote the self-help book Awaken your Inner Faerie in 30 Days – learn to live from your creative core, winner of Prediction Magazine’s best new self-help book competition, and published by 6th Books. The book was inspired by her experiences in The Women’s Playgroup – a initiative she founded for women to rediscover their inner child through the creative arts to support recovery from trauma. Her first novel The Landlord, The Medium and The Cherub came runner up in the 2008 Commonword’s search for the next new northern novelist.
Alex likes all things absurd, magical, surreal, strange and bizarre. For fun, she makes small strange sculptures and leaves them in odd places to make people smile. She also likes pretending to be a frog while doing yoga, talking to stray crows and cats, and avoiding reality as much as possible.
Writers that get Alex excited include:
Camus, Stephen King, Joanne Harris, Tove Jansson, Kenneth Grahame, Lewis Carroll, Proust and Paulo Coelho. If she could only take two books with her on a Bear Grylls-esque island nightmare they would be Dostoyevsky’s Crime & Punishment and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, and Vic Reeves’ Sun Boiled Onions.
(One of Alex’s many flaws is she’s not a great with numbers)
Emmy is a children’s fantasy author who also dabbles in young adult fiction. Her work includes LUCH & FRIENDS (available on Amazon and Lulu) and FOX FACE (available on Lulu). Her short story BRENNA appeared in the charity anthology Unburied Fables (also on Amazon). She is currently working on a top secret middle grade fantasy series, as well as a collection of original fairy tales/short stories. She’s set to develop Familiar Books, her own imprint focusing mainly on diverse MG/YA fantasy, in 2020. In the meantime, she edits for the MADA website as well as the anthology Women of the Wild. Emmy reads roughly twelve books at a time to keep herself on her toes. Her blog can be found here. You can find her wailing about books, cosplay, podcasts and video games on Twitter @emmyaclarke or Instagram @starmaid.
EMMY’S FAVOURITE BOOKS: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Is Underground by Joan Aiken, Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.
Evangeline has been published in Mslexia magazine and recently made her short prose debut with GOOD TEETH in Women of the Wild. As well as working with MADA, she is a freelance editor specialising in speculative fiction. She designed the cover of Emmy’s FOX FACE, and is working on a series of illustrations for an upcoming short story collection centred around the weird.
In between all that, she can be found yelling about her favourite subgenre over on her book review blog, Oh My Fur & Whiskers! She is also co-piloting the Great Grand Robin Jarvis (Re)Read with fellow blogger Matthew Hodge. Contact her professionally at email@example.com, or chat to her on Twitter @aufwader.
EVANGELINE’S FAVOURITE BOOKS: Duncton Quest by William Horwood, The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin, The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, and the entire collected works of Robin Jarvis.
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