Kaite Welsh (Chair of the Judges)
Kaite Welsh is a freelance journalist and author, and the LGBT Editor of The List. As well as being a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour, she’s written for a variety of print and online publications including The Guardian, The Independent, the New Statesman, Cosmopolitan and DIVA magazine. Her fiction has been nominated for several awards, including the Cheshire Prize for Literature (‘The Art of Stonemasonry’) and the Gaylactic Spectrum Short Story Award (‘City of the Dead’). She has been longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Short Story Prize. She likes tea, cats, pretty notebooks, riot grrl, tattoos and any piece of classical music that gives the cello the attention it deserves.
Simon Heafield has worked at Foyles since 2007, starting out shuffling scores in the Music Dept, before joining the marketing team five years ago. In his current role he has been responsible for the campaign to promote the new Foyles flagship shop, a task that has involved donning many hats, from party planner, to designer, to film producer. He formerly reviewed opera, theatre and ballet for the Pink Paper, and has written on books for Slightly Foxed. When he’s not in a bookshop, or reading a book, he can often be found singing in a choir, undertaking ambitious craft projects, or half-heartedly attempting to revive his moribund cabaret career.
Jonathan Kemp was born in Manchester in 1967, on the same day that the first Velvet Underground album was released. Jonathan teaches creative writing, literature and queer theory. He also DJs. His first novel, ‘London Triptych’ won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Polari Prize and the inaugural Green Carnation Prize. His second book, ‘Twentysix’ is a collection of short erotic prose poems, as well as a meditation on language, and how we put sex and pleasure into words. A non-fiction book, ‘The Penetrated Male’ was published in October 2013. His next novel, ‘Ghosting’ will be published in March 2015.
Laura Macdougall is an editor in the Fiction department of Hodder and Stoughton. After reading Classics at Oxford – nothing prepares one for the world as well as a thorough schooling in dead languages – Laura ran away to Italy for a few years where she worked as a teacher and freelance translator and developed a passion for literature in translation. Trips to the local library were a formative part of Laura’s childhood, though it has become a family joke that, when quite small, Laura would never go to bed without a copy of the Early Learning Centre catalogue… She has no recollection of this and maintains that her most-read book as a child was in fact The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Laura also writes and reviews for a number of magazines, including LGBT publications DIVA, Polari and Reprobait, and is a sometime culture reporter on the weekly LGBT radio show, Out in South London.
Gareth McLean is a writer, critic and journalist, best known for his work on The Guardian, where he worked for nine years and during which time he was TV critic, G2 feature writer, and commissioning editor and writer on Weekend magazine. Gareth wrote mainly on television, media and the arts, and interviewed subjects as varied as Liza Minnelli, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and The League of Gentlemen. He was also writer-at-large for Radio Times and has written for Attitude, Out, Elle, Wallpaper, The Times and The Independent. Gareth also contributes to radio, notably to Radio 4’s PM, Woman’s Hour and Broadcasting House. He recently turned his attentions to story lining for Coronation Street during its latest Bafta-winner year, and was part of the team that worked on Hayley Cropper’s cancer storyline and the murder of Tina McIntyre.
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