Clive Birnie – Publisher/Founder
Entrepreneur, editor and poetry activist Clive Birnie founded Burning Eye Books in 2012 and has been cutting things up to make poems from them since 1994. Some of these have been published by <i>The Delinquent</i> and <i>Streetcake</i> and a fourteen poem sequence of thought fragments cut from overheard conversations and management seminars between 1994 and 1998 was published as a e-chapbook by Silkworms Ink in 2012.
Jenn Hart – Assistant Publisher/ PR and Social Media
Jenn Hart is a DIY feminist and activist poet residing in Bristol. She is a freelance PR and social media manger and maintains the Burning Eye blog, Twitter and Facebook. As a poet, she has performed at festivals like Boomtown and Green Gathering and released a zine of her work Scraped Knees and Sob Stories in 2013.
Jenn also manages our splinter initiative, Bx3.
Thommie Gillow – Poetry Editor
Currently lecturing in English, Film and Creative Writing, Thommie Gillow is a poet and co-curator of Hammer & Tongue Bristol. Her collection My Stepmother Tried to Kill Me was released with Burning Eye Books in 2013.
Alice Furse – Fiction Editor
Alice is the Fiction Editor for Burning Eye so always on a lookout for writers with sharp, strong voices and a fire in their belly (i.e. something to say). She has worked as a publicist and will help all the fiction writers at Burning Eye to gain a platform and find readers.
Her first novel, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, was published in October 2014 and has been described as gripping and deadpan funny, as well as “expressing, in comic and confident terms, the tumultuous and frustrating time in the life of a twenty-something.” She has also had short stories published in Litro, Squawkback, and Feathertale, and has written articles for The Guardian.
Liv Torc – Typeset and digital editing
Liv Torc is a stand-up poet who plunges the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human condition, armed with a box of matches and a sense of lyrical wonder. An experienced and popular performer and workshop leader, Liv was the South West winner of the last National Radio 4 Poetry Slam and the second ever Bard of Exeter. She is co-host of popular pop-up touring cabaret The Hip Yak Poetry Shack and runs a successful spoken word stage at WOMAD Festival. Her first published poetry book Show Me Life was released on 1 June 2015.
Liv is also the Marketing Manager and graphic designer for Somerset’s leading arts charity Take Art and has worked in publishing and arts marketing for 15 years.