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Chris Gates

Chris is a part-time Creative Writing MA student, former stand-up comedian, resting actor and occasional director. Shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story prize in 2020, and winner of the BHAC poetry competition 2021 (Student Category). Excited to be working on Pier Review, he hopes to make it an integral part of the culture of the University of Brighton and to create a space which inspires readers and contributors from all courses, backgrounds and experiences. He loves writing which is well crafted and fed by the soul.


Pauline Sewards

Pauline is a part-time student on the MA in Creative Writing. She has recently retired from a long career in healthcare and returned to live in Brighton after several decades away. She writes about places, families, social justice, mental health and music. Her work has been published in small press magazines and she has co-organised regular poetry events in Bristol and London. She is thrilled to be part of the editorial team and is looking forward to reading submissions from all sectors of the university community.

Teddy Etherington

Teddy Etherington is currently studying their MA in Contemporary Literature here at Brighton and started working with Pier Review in 2022. When they are not editing your brilliant submissions, they can be found reading down on Brighton beach, drinking too much coffee, or getting lost in the North Laine.


Elana Waite

Elana Waite is a poet and writer from Sussex. She'd describe herself as a surprising mix of Lorelai Gilmore, Audrey Horne and Robin Scherbatsky, with a dash more insecurity, a stronger reliance on astrology, a wardrobe of more florals and a weaker digestive system. She loves to explore character driven narratives, is currently working on her first poetry collection and loves to pressure herself into madness over consuming every single media and literary product in existence, a side effect of having studied Film, Radio and TV BA as well as her Creative Writing MA.

Oli Court

Oli Court lives in Brighton. His fiction and essays have been featured in 3:AM, The Cabinet of Heed, and Misery Tourism, among other publications. Find him on Twitter @AnotherOli

Editor/Head of Social Media and Marketing

Katrina Smale
Katrina lives in Essex, but has completed all three of her degrees at Brighton University; BA English Literature, PGCE Secondary English and her current MA Contemporary Literature. She loves all things macabre and is Stephen King’s number one fan. After 4 years , she made the difficult decision to take a break from teaching and enter back into the writing and editing world, not only to indulge in her passion for this area, but to also focus on building a family. She loves to write poetry based on experiences of herself and others, as well as Gothic short stories, and is currently putting together a collection of her writing to publish within the next few months.

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