The Best of Gazebo Contributors

Rex Batten is a retired teacher who originally trained as an actor. He joined GAW when he started work on his book Rid England of This Plague and received a great deal of help and support from the group. He now writes short stories.

Kathryn Bell is from Glasgow originally, now living in East London, happily retired after a lifetime of boring clerical jobs (apart from a memorable ten years in the Northern Rhodesia/Zambia Police). She writes short stories, some of which have appeared in The Green Queen and the anthology Queer Haunts.

John Dixon has had short stories published in Chroma, Gazebo and the anthology People Your Mother Warned You About. He is preparing a collection of stories, The Carrier Bag, for publication later this year, while his volume of poetry Seeking, finding losing was published in 2011. He has just completed a novel, A Good Address.

Jeffrey Doorn has stories in Gawp & Gaze, Don’t Be Blue, Queer Haunts and People Your Mother Warned You About, and poems in Slivers of Silver and Oysters & Pearls. He has also contributed to magazines, the Quarterly Review and three books on Herne Hill.

David Downing studied English at Birkbeck and now lives amongst the Grahams, Corbetts and Munros of the Scottish Highlands with his partner and their four dogs. His fiction has appeared in Gawp and Gaze and People Your Mother Warned You About. He can be contacted at

Jane Fletcher, having escaped the chaos and concrete of London, lives in southwest England, surrounded by enough historic sites to keep her happy. Her novels have twice won GCLS awards and been short-listed for the Gaylactic Spectrum and Lambda awards. She is also a recipient of the Alice B. Readers Appreciation Awards medal. She is author of two fantasy series, The Lyremouth Chronicles and the Celaeno series. 

Michael Harth likes wearing masks when he writes, usually of people he disapproves of or dislikes. He prefers not to think what this says about his psyche. He has published 3 short story collections as well as 8 volumes of erotica, these last under a nom-de-plume, and has some fantasy novels in the pipeline.

Joseph Hucknall was born Cumbria 1929 and joined Woolworths as a Trainee Manager in 1950. He progressed up their hierarchy until 1985, when he took early retirement to enjoy freedom from work and to travel. He lives in London with his Spanish partner, and is currently finalising his memoirs.

Elizabeth J. Lister was a single parent and school teacher until her early retirement in 1987. She has gone on from the teaching to paint, exhibit, and write two plays in which she also acted. Now in her seventies, she writes short stories for adults and children besides adult novels – two published by Paradise Press, third on the way!

Paul Mann escaped cruise ships to collect tickets on a Dorset chain ferry. Other jobs included working in a bank in Toronto, washing dishes, being a commando, owning a Chinese takeaway and managing a Top Rank Suite. Bored stiff by clerical work in the NHS, he packed bread in Tescos, where he lasted a week. He has published six books.

Devon Marshall has been writing short stories for many years and recently published her first full-length novel. When not writing she is studying for degrees in theology and psychology.

David Reade was born during the Second World War and grew up in a provincial town before moving to London, where he lived for thirty years. He now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Because his father and headmaster were fierce disciplinarians, he has always distrusted any kind of authority. His output comprises four novels, some poems and many short stories.

Graham Robertson’s dad was a pharmaceutical chemist, his mum a milliner. School, Penarth Grammar where he learnt to love Literature, cottaging and rough trade. Rolled more times than the Lords cricket pitch. Attended Oxford and Toulouse Universities. Became a teacher, then Penarth’s answer to Lovejoy. Wrote a bit. Now on the Board of an art gallery turning our Pier Pavilion into a multi-media arts centre.

Anne Stanesby has published various handbooks of legal advice, but in recent years has been spending a lot of time pursuing her interest in horticulture.

Ian Stewart continues working on his forthcoming Paradise Press novel Parable with Foreskin and Redheads under duress of considerable family responsibilities tangled around his elderly father’s dementia. An e-book version of his Paradise Press story collection Cocksuckery is now available from

Frank Storm was born in 1940 in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). Grew up there and in Holland. Lived and worked in Oz, Germany, France and Holland and finally settled in the UK where he lived and worked with his lover until the latter’s untimely death. Retired, he moved to sunny Spain, where he is still wondering if it was a good idea …

Elsa Wallace has been a member of GAW since 1978 and latterly a member of GASPS, finding both groups very helpful. Ghosts and Gargoyles, a collection of ghost/macabre stories, comes out in autumn 2012. For next year she is working on Musungu, stories about a different sort of ghost.

Donald West studied medicine at Liverpool, then specialised in psychiatry and sexology. Three times President of the Society for Psychical Research. Authored a number of books including Homosexuality, 1955, Penguin 1960, revised ed. 1968 (Pelican); Sexual Crimes and Confrontations, 1987; Male Prostitution,1992; Children’s Sexual Encounters with Adults, 1993 and Gay Life, Straight Work, (memoirs) Paradise Press, 2012.

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