Meet the Team


Louise Palfreyman writes short fiction and her work has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Best British Short Stories.

She was writer-in-residence at the University of Wolverhampton from October 2017 to June 2018 as part of the national AA2A scheme, which sees writers and artists work alongside students and academics on creative projects.

Louise is a Room 204 emerging writer with Writing West Midlands and has twenty years’ experience in journalism and marketing.


Arts Critic

Richard Bruce Clay is the author of the novel Kingswinford Sunset, which places the characters and themes of fantasy fiction in the setting of the suburban Black Country.

He began writing in 2002 and his dystopian science fiction novel She’s Alone was published by Poetry Monthly Press in 2006.  His novel of ritual magic and religious obsession, Both, was self-published in 2010.   Kingswinford Sunset appeared in 2015.

He lives in Stourbridge, where he sometimes organises jazz and free improv concerts at Claptrap the Venue.

He was a regular participant in the PoW-WoW writers group and is involved with its successor, Moseley Writers.  He was treasurer of the PoW-WoW Festival of Writing from 2013 to 2017.

He occasionally reads from his work at Permission to Speak, also at Claptrap, and at spoken word events at Southcart Bookshop, in Walsall.


Fiction Editor


Storm Mann graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Creative and Professional Writing and English and has just started her first job in publishing.

Storm worked for the Arts Foundry from October 2017 to March 2018.

During her time at university, she wrote for the campus newspaper, and her short story Purple Spandex was published in Electric Reads’ Young Writers’ Anthology 2016.

Storm has also written for a variety of company websites and directed 30,000 readers to her online novel.


Poetry Editor

Chris Forrester graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Creative and Professional Writing and English from the University of Wolverhampton and has just been accepted onto the University of Birmingham MA programme.

Whilst studying for his degree, he wrote for the university newspaper, and his short story Apollyon was published in Electric Reads’ Young Writers’ Anthology 2016

Chris experiments with different ideas in his writing, plays strategy games, and enjoys watching films.