Born in Derbyshire, Emily Devane now lives and writes in Yorkshire. She began writing short stories when her children were small, during a career break from history teaching. In 2016 she was selected as a Word Factory Apprentice under the mentorship of Professor Ailsa Cox. As part of the apprenticeship scheme, she took up a weekend writing residency at Waterstone’s, Piccadilly; she also taught flash fiction writing workshops and performed her work. In February of this year, Emily won the Bath Flash Fiction Award for her story ‘The Hand That Wields The Priest’. Her short fiction can be found in publications online and in print, including The Lonely Crowd, The Bath Short Story Award Anthology (2015), Rattletales 4 and The National Flash Fiction Day Anthology (2016). Her piece from The Nottingham Review (Winter 2016), ‘Back When The Sky Was Different’, was nominated for the Best Small Fictions Anthology. Emily is currently working on a novel, as well as a short story collection about a series of ‘misfit’ protagonists, for which she has received one of this year’s Northern Writers’ Awards.