L.D Lapinski

L. D. Lapinski graduated with distinction in M.A. Creative Writing in 2014. She has been published by BBC Newsbeat, The Siren Press, IdeasTap, Dagda Publishing, and Boo Books, amongst others, and is currently the Fiction Editor for Young Adult Literature Magazine SHIFT. She is represented by Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White. L. D. has been lovingly hand-crafted to meet all safety requirements. Twitter: @ldlapinski 

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Daniel Ross

Daniel Ross is a music journalist and writer. His first novel, ‘Bobby Denise Is Reigning Rampant’, is currently crowdfunding through Unbound. During the day he’s the online managing editor for Classic FM. As a freelancer he’s written for BBC Music, The Quietus, The Fly, Rolling Stone and the Evening Standard. He’s the author of Classic FM Handy Guides: Video Game Music and the co-author of Charting The Classics: Classical Music in Diagrams. He’s also worked as a music researcher for BBC Radio 4’s˜Something Understood’. He lives in South-East London with his wife and their cat.

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Dave Bradley

For 20 years I've been a magazine editor, journalist, reviewer and more. I ran the leading consumer sci-fi mag, SFX, and also launched Crime Scene and Comic Heroes. During my long stint on these titles I indulged my passion for fantastic literature. I was able to interview top authors and to evangelise genre fiction to the world. I still write book reviews for SFX. But now my day job is in the games industry looking after websites and events for Steel Media. I live and work near Bath and I'm on Twitter as @BoxDaveB.

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Natalie Shaw

Natalie works as Marketing and Publicity Assistant at Granta and Portobello Books. A fan of data and dead languages, she can be found on Twitter @natsshaw discussing books, politics and oversharing her love for etymologies.

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Leilah Skelton

A bookseller from Doncaster with enough experience to remember recommending picture books to some customers who are now bending the spines in the teen section. Being part of my community and engaging readers with great books is my passion. In a price-sensitive town where customers need to feel our enthusiasm, and with a creative itch to scratch, I’ve developed a bit of a reputation for book ‘makes’. Hand-stitched baby shoes for fictional twins, edible meteorites, and window displays with moving elements are among the back catalogue of well-recommended titles. Mostly found swinging between literary fiction and picture books, I can also be found enthusing profusely via twitter, @Leilah_Makes.

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Mariam K

Mariam is a freelance social media professional, writer and activist. She is currently writing an essay for Rife book: Twenty Stories from Britain’s Youth on the policing and politicisation of Muslim women’s bodies. She has written on feminism, Islam, publishing and identity. 

Mariam is also the host and creator of the #FeminismInYA Twitter chat.  @helloIamMariam

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Jo Boyles

Single mum of three, with eleven years of experience as a bookseller. Passionate about children's literature and fascinated by books, movies and music of an uncanny nature. I strongly believe in the old Mitch Hedberg joke "Every book is a children's book if you teach them how to read" and have no time for book snobbery. Flying the flag for low income families who love to read. Every recommendation is a personal endorsement.

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Fionnuala Barrett

Fionnuala Barrett is Senior Audio Editor at HarperCollins, where she oversees the audiobook publishing programme for commercial adult fiction and non-fiction titles.  Prior to this she worked at Penguin Random House Audio and Penguin Press.  She’s on Twitter on @fionnuala_b.

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