But the development of the year in short fiction – yes, more exciting, perversely perhaps, for this observer, than either Alice Munro winning the Nobel or Lydia Davis nabbing the Man Booker International – was the emergence of Lighthouse, a little magazine from Norwich publishing short stories, poems and essays of exceptional quality, including one (Anna Metcalfe’s ‘Number Three’) that was later shortlisted in the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award worth £30,000. Lighthouse, with its excellent editorial judgement and attractive modishly old-fashioned design, is a publication to cherish.
– Nicholas Royle, editor, Best British Short Stories
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Lighthouse is aimed a new writing primarily (but not exclusively) emerging from the UK writing scene. We are particularly interested in seeing the experimental as well as the traditional. We are published by Gatehouse Press, an award winning independent press set for new writing. We run on a voluntary basis and not-for-profit. All money made is reinvested in future publications.
Andrew McDonnell writes poetry and short fiction. His work has appeared in print and online journals such as Poetry London, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Litro. In addition to the work with Gatehouse, Andrew works in Adult Education.
Meirion Jordan is a Welsh poet and musician. His first full collection of poetry, Moonrise, was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis prize for best first collection, and he is also the author of Regeneration and Strangers Hall, which was shortlisted for a Jarrold EDP East Anglian book of the year award. He holds a Phd in critical and creative writing from the University of East Anglia.
Jo Surzyn completed her MA in creative writing (poetry) at the University of East Anglia in 2014. She has performed her work at literary festivals across the UK, and was part of the Aldeburgh Festival’s English Song project.
Julia Webb has an poetry MA from the University of East Anglia. She teaches creative writing and is secretary for Gatehouse Press. She has had work in various journals and anthologies. In 2011 she won The Poetry Society’s Stanza competition, and in 2014 she was shortlisted for The Poetry School Pighog Pamphlet Competition.
Anna De Vaul was born in the Pacific Northwest. She holds an MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing from Cardiff University, where she was an editor for the literary journal Ore, and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in a wide variety of journals under both her own name and a nom de plume. In her spare time she can usually be found sewing, cycling, cooking, or eating.
Philip Langeskov was born in Copenhagen in 1976. He spent ten years working for bookshops and publishing companies in London. He has an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from UEA, where he now teaches. His fiction has been broadcast on the BBC and appeared in various places, including Five Dials, The Warwick Review, Unthology, and Best British Short Stories 2011 & 2014. Barcelona was published by Daunt Books in 2013.
Iain Robinson is the author of a novel, The Buyer, published by CoLiCo Press. He holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia where he teaches on the undergraduate programme. He also writes literary criticism and has had essays published on novels by Will Self and Sarah Hall.
Scott Dahlie was born in Jamestown, New York. He is an outdoorsman, a tremendous eater, the devoted kitten-father, and a sexy husband; he strives to be all of these always and all at once. He has edited prose for The Kudzu Review and LIT in the United States and is completing his PhD in Critical and Creative and Critical Writing at UEA.
Angus Sinclair‘s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Ambit, Blackbox Manifold, Poetry Review, 3:AM magazine, clinic and has been anthologised in Dear World and Everyone in it: new poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013). He works in the library and information sector and lives in London.
Laura Elliott is poet. Her work has featured most recently in The White Review, 3:AM magazine, Tender, Berfrois, The Bohemyth, and has been anthologised in Dear World and Everyone in it: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013). She is training to be a librarian and lives in Camberwell.
Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver, Canada. She completed her MA in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia, and has returned for her PhD. She won the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the 2013 Journey Prize. Her first collection of stories,Wallflowers, was published by Hamish Hamilton and Bloomsbury in 2014.