April grew up in the Silicon Valley, California. She received a BA in Literature and Philosophy from Boston College, an MA from the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Program at New York University, and a DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford in 2016. She is former president of the Oxford University Poetry Society, and an RAI scholar. She tutors a range of writing topics at the University of Oxford, and has published essays, criticism, fiction, and poetry.
Asiyla is an artist and designer studying Fine Art at Oxford University, she works across print and digital media. Her work has been exhibited around Oxfordshire and featured in the Jericho Arts Review. As a visiting artist and organiser, she has given creative workshops on film and practical design at independent arts festivals: Nine Worlds, Willowbrook Festival and VidUKon.
Mariah is a poet and PhD researcher from Oxford. She is currently based in the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester where she researches trauma and memory in Irish fiction and is writing a second collection of poetry. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies and been shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize, The Bridport Prize and won the AM Heath Prize. Her first collection City of Rivers is forthcoming from Eyewear Publishing in 2019. You can follow Mariah on twitter @MWhelanWriter or on her website mariahwhelan.com
Helena Palmer continues the trend of Events Directors having studied English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She now works for the University of Oxford. She is also writing a semi-autobiographical novel for young adults about how to save the world and pass your A-Levels at the same time.
Gaby Sambuccetti is a writer and teacher from Argentina. She is the author of five books including the widely reviewed ‘Al Nudo Lo Que Nos Quito’. She has been the host and founder of different poetry events in Buenos Aires, like the events called ‘Palabras en el sótano’ (Words at the Cellar) and ‘Nos Vemos!’ (See you later!). After publishing her second book, in 2012, she moved to the UK. She is studying a creative writing BA at Brunel University while working as a teacher and as a writer.
Katariina Kottonen is an author with an MSt in Creative Writing from Oxford and an interest in everything. She is a contributor to The Oxonian Review and The Oxford Cultural Review and the founder of the Chance & Physics website as well as writing regularly for Oxford Writers' House.
Sevda Salayeva is finalizing her PhD in English Literature at Ghent University (Belgium). Her PhD dissertation explores Henry James’s use of chiasmus and its close connection to his understanding and presentation of identity – personal or national. Sevda enjoys writing poetry – one of her poems (‘James and I’) was shortlisted in the 2016 international poetry competition run by the Poetry Centre of Oxford Brookes University. She is currently working on a screenplay entitled Human Themes.
Alice came to OWH after setting up Didcot Writers in 2016, which she still runs, and which has produced two anthologies of short stories. Alice has been writing fiction since 2015, and has had several short stories published online and in print: find out more at alicelittle.co.uk. She completed her DPhil in 2018, focusing on C18th collectors of ‘national music’, during which she was awarded a bursary from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Oxford Centre for Life Writing. She is a Research Associate at the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, and a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. You can follow her on Twitter @littleamiss and on Instagram @littleamiss.
Tom Kingsley is a copywriter and qualified teacher from Oxford. His poetry was featured in a city-wide exhibition in 2014, was nominated for the Martin Starkie Prize in 2015, and has been published in the odd magazine or book – he's also currently working on a surrealist novel about sex, death, and Elvis Costello.
Francesca grew up in Italy and graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Classics and English. While at Oxford, she has written for The Oxford Culture Review, for which she is also Theatre Editorial Assistant, and has previously contributed to Oxford Writers’ House. She is very interested in translation, poetry, drama, and ballet.
Pratibha graduated with a BA in Theology in 2015 and is currently studying a Masters in Literature and Arts at Oxford University. Her work has been featured in the Oxford Culture Review and she continues to enjoy writing about Oxford's Cultural attractions in her free time. She is particularly interested in how literature and narrative art can shape history, human behaviour, and memory.
Ramani is a second-year undergraduate studying Classics and French at St Anne’s College, Oxford. She has written for the student newspaper Cherwell and Engage, the magazine of the educational charity the Steve Sinnott Foundation. Ramani enjoys the processes of translating literary works; combining different art forms with the written word and engaging with other readers and writers through workshops and poetry readings.