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The Workers

Meet the team working to promote great writers and bring you closer to their stories and inspiration.

Cathy Galvin

Director and Founder

Journalist, poet and editor, Cathy Galvin established Word Factory to bring the best short story writers together for readings, masterclasses and to share new work. She is committed to building a supportive community of writers from every walk of life. For information on our artistic programme, planning and creative projects contact: Cathy@thewordfactory.tv

Sophie Haydock

Associate Director

Sophie is a journalist, editor and winner of the 2018 Impress Prize for New Writers, for her novel about the women who inspired the artist Egon Schiele. The same novel was also shortlisted for Adventures in Fiction Spotlight First Novel and New Voices competition; Retreat West First Chapter; and the 2018 PENfro Book Festival’s First Chapter Competition. She can be contacted with questions about the short story club (which she co-hosts with Zoe Gilbert), Word Factory membership, masterclasses and salons by email: Sophie@thewordfactory.tv or Twitter: @SophieHaydock

Tony and Corinne Oulton

Design Editors

This creative design partnership work in SW London at the end of their garden. They produce contemporary design that withstands the test of time – thoughtful, clear and unpretentious. Over the years they’ve been lucky enough to work with many innovative and interesting people, sharing a passion to launch new ideas and create new brands.


Zoe Gilbert

Short Story Club Director

Zoe’s short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals in the UK and internationally. Her story ‘Fishskin, Hareskin’ won the Costa Short Story Award 2014. Her work has also won prizes from Cinnamon Press, Lightship, and the British Fantasy Society amongst others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently working on her first folklore-inspired collection as part of her PhD on the short story at Chichester University. She runs a writers’ critique group in London and co-hosts the Word Factory short story club.

Twitter: @mindandlanguage.

Peter Clarke – Tangent Films

Film Editor

Peter has cut single documentaries and series for BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, PBS, ARTE and GEO. He set up Tangent Films with producer, director and composer colleagues and the company, amongst many other things,produces video profiles of artists, sculptors, musicians and writers.


Dylan Brethour

Digital Editor

Dylan is a freelance journalist and editor. Her articles and essays have appeared in places like The Guardian, Vice, and Ploughshares. Dylan’s short story ‘The Moon We Drown In’ was highly commended in the London Short Story Contest and she has other pieces of short fiction published around the web. Dylan is currently working on a novel about bad decisions. For information about contributing news, interviews, and articles to our blog contact her at dylan.brethour@gmail.com or @DylanBrethour.

Rachael Petty

Social Media Manager

Rachael is the Word Factory’s social media manager. She also runs her own project, The Muses, which is geared toward bringing readers and writers of short fiction together. For any questions, suggestions, or concerns, you can e-mail her at r.petty617@gmail.com.


Paul McVeigh

Associate Director

Paul is a co-founder of the Word Factory Apprentice Award. His short stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies, been commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and read on BBC Radio 5. He’s also written plays and comedy shows and his debut novel ‘The Good Son’ won the Polari Prize. He blogs on short story oportunities here which provides our monthly round up, and tweets on short stories via @paul_mc_veigh.

Rupert Dastur

Editorial Associate

Rupert Dastur writes and edits for The Word Factory. If you have ideas and news that will interest the Word Factory contact him at: rupert@thewordfactory.tv

Tamara Pollock

Editorial Associate

Editor and writer Tamara Pollock contributes to content and is responsible for monitoring feedback and subscriptions.

Richy Campbell

Digital Associate

Richy’s stories and poems have appeared in various literary magazines and anthologies nationally and globally. He has performed at Happy Valley Pride, Huddersfield Literature Festival, and at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. His first poetry collection is to be published in 2019 by Live Canon. Richy co-edits Sideways poetry magazine and exists digitally at richycampbell.com and @richyacampbell.

Peggy Lee

Social Media Associate

Peggy grew up in France and has been living in London for two years working as a bookseller, an editorial assistant and an assistant agent. She loves reading anything she can get her hands on and writes down ideas for stories on scraps of paper that she promptly loses. She will start an MA in creative writing at the UEA in the Autumn.

Emma De Vito

Social Media Associate (Instagram)

Originally from the West Midlands, but now living in Northampton, Emma is an English teacher and aspiring flash fiction and short story writer. Travel often motivates Emma’s writing and in addition to travelling round the UK and Europe, she spent a year working and travelling in Australia, blogging about her experiences. In 2016, she co-founded a writing group in her local area and got involved with The Word Factory by volunteering to run their Instagram account.

Sophie Pélissier

Social Media Associate

Sophie Pélissier is a freelance writer and illustrator, whose drawings and lifestyle articles can be found in the Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury Journals. She works part-time for an independent publisher as well as a letterpress printer in north London, both ample sources of inspiration for her own stories and poems. See more of her work on her website:www.sophiepelissier.com..

Divya Ghelani

Programme Associate

Divya Ghelani is a graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing MA and holds an MPhil in Literary Studies from the University of Hong Kong. Her stories have been published in Litro: India, The Bookseller, Visual Verse and more. In 2016 she won a Word Factory Apprenticeship. Divya’s novel-in-progress has been shortlisted and longlisted for four literary awards. She lives between UK and Berlin and is rep’d by Niki Chang of Aitken Alexander Associates. Visit www.divyaghelani.com and follow her for book talk @DivyaGhelani.

Carrie Kania

Word Factory Consultant

Carrie Kania worked in US publishing at Random House and HarperCollins for many (many) years before moving to London. In London, she helped start The Society Club, a literary cocktail bar in Soho and Shoreditch and works as an agent with Conville & Walsh. She’s worked on the three sides of bookselling: agent-publisher-bookseller and is making herself available for one-on-one consultations via The Word Factory. Carrie’s clients include Paul McVeigh and Simon Van Booy.

James Lawson