Lighten Up Online

The quarterly light verse webzine

Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He has his original wife, but advises that after forty-nine years they’re both out of warranty. He works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of five review editors. Ed’s had a hundred and forty stories and poems published so far, and a series of articles on fly fishing. His collected fairy and folk tales, The Witch Made Me Do It was published by Gypsy Shadow Press. His novella The Witches’ Bane was published by World Castle Publishing, and his collected fantasy and horror stories, Capricious Visions, was published by Gnome on Pig Press. Ed’s currently working on a paranormal/thriller novel tentatively titled The Rule of Chaos.

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Katie Mallett started writing after the birth of her sixth child. She was a journalist for local papers in Essex, and developed as a poet during this time. She has had work published in local and national newspapers and magazines including Essex Countryside, New Statesman, Spectator, Literary Review, The Oldie,  and various anthologies. She was one of the contributors to a series of Viking/Penguin books edited by Eric Parrott, including How to be Tremendously Well Tuned to Opera, How to be Well-Versed in Poetry, and How to be European. She was also the BBC Essex poet for 5 and a half years, writing and reading a light hearted poem on various domestic and topical subjects every week. She was a contributor the late lamented Terry Wogan’s Radio Two show. She continues to write, entering and sometimes winning competitions.

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