Meet the Team

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 is now studying for her English Masters.

As a freelance copy editor for her online business, Storm genuinely enjoys proofreading written work and preparing it for final publication.

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, so she knows how important it is for a piece of work to be just right!

When she isn’t editing or studying, you can find Storm with her head in a book, writing short stories, doing yoga or attempting ballet.

Poetry Editor

Chris Forrester graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Creative and Professional Writing and English from the University of Wolverhampton.

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 now works at the University of Wolverhampton as a Student Recruitment Graduate Intern and is preparing a Masters application.

He spends his personal time experimenting with different ideas for poems as well as writing fiction. He also plays strategy games, and enjoys a variety of film and television to augment his reading.

His Arts Foundry role will help Chris develop his poetry skills and support other writers in developing theirs.


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

She is writer-in-residence at the University of Wolverhampton 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.