Jane Gordon-Cumming has published numerous short stories, including four in OxPens anthologies and a collection of ghost stories set on the Oxford Canal. Her romantic comedy, A Proper Family Christmas, has recently been republished by Headline Accent, and An Easter Conspiracy is currently with her agent. She is also writing the biography of her grandmother, the American heiress Florence Garner, who married Sir William Gordon Cumming of the notorious 1890 Baccarat Scandal, her proposal for which won the Biographers’ Club’s Tony Lothian Prize. After many years in Oxford, she and her husband now live in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire.
Alison Hoblyn is a writer and artist. She has written magazine articles on gardens and their owners, and a book on using watercolour and pastels, Painting Flowers and Gardens. Her novel, The Scent of Water has a backdrop of Italy, featuring art and gardens. Green Flowers is an illustrated handbook of garden plants celebrating their colour. Alison exhibits plant-inspired artwork and undertakes commissions. Presently she is exploring the value of art as a therapy for emotional problems. She has lived in and enjoyed the visual and literary aspects of Oxfordshire and the city for more than 30 years.
Ben McSeoin (Mc-Shown) has been writing – in one way or another – for as long as he can remember. In 2011 he gained a Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing with The Open University. The Beast of Summertown – found in the OxPens anthology The Midnight Press and Other Oxford Stories – is his first short story. His interests include travelling, music, languages and foreign and art-house cinema.
Rosie Orr lives in Oxford. Since winning the South Bank Show poetry competition she has had work published in several magazines and anthologies, including The Virago Book of Love Poetry, a PEN anthology and WOW! 366! She has a short story in each of OWG’s four anthologies, and has recently written and directed a short film, Let Nothing You Dismay (with Film Oxford). In July 2015 she signed a contract with Accent Press for two novels, Something Blue and Romantic Variations (on an Italian Theme), both Contemporary Women’s Fiction.
Jane Stemp Wickenden
Jane Stemp published two young adult novels, Waterbound and Secret Songs, with Hodder while working as a librarian for the University of Oxford. Secret Songs was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize; both books are are now out of print, but Jane hopes to re-publish them soon. Since 2001 she has been a rare books librarian for the Royal Naval Medical Service, so spends much of her time cataloguing or carrying out research and enquiry work for other people (and occasionally writing historical articles). Despite this, and an 80-mile weekly commute, she still writes fiction in her spare time, and is delighted to have had a story in each of the Oxpens anthologies.