Thanet Writers Editorial Team

Details of the Editorial Team that run the publication of writing by Thanet Writers.

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Thanet Writers is a non-profit social enterprise working to support writers in and with a connection to Thanet, publish writing with artistic or educational merit, and promote literature, creativity and culture. Part of this is facilitated by the Thanet Writers Editorial Team.

The Editorial Team oversee and work through all submissions, as well as contributing to other Thanet Writers projects, groups, events, community outreach, charitable work, and supporting partner organisations.

Fiction Editor: Alice Olivia Scarlett

Well-experienced in the nuances of fiction writing, Alice Olivia Scarlett is a published author and freelance editor, and has worked with several notable writers.

Her role at Thanet Writers involves reading, selecting and editing all short story submissions, editing fiction anthologies for publication, and developing groups and events to further engage writers throughout Thanet, including coordinating write-ins, consulting on writers’ groups and events, and attending literary festivals.

Poetry Editor: Connor Sansby

A published writer and poet, Connor Sansby is also a publisher and editor who runs his own independent publishing house with an extensive roster of authors and poets.

His position at Thanet Writers includes reading, selecting and editing all poetry submissions, editing poetry anthologies for publication, and coordinating, organising and producing events to engage with the local poetry community, including poet-in-residence schemes, poetry slams and open mic events, and workshops.

Essays Editor: Setareh Ebrahimi

With a breadth of experience and a wide-ranging knowledge of writing principles, published poet and writer Setareh Ebrahimi has a strong background in writing and editing non-fiction.

Her role includes reading, selecting and editing all essay submissions to Thanet Writers, as well as actively promoting Thanet Writers within professional writing networks, engaging with and supporting partner organisations, and furthering outreach, community-based projects and charitable work.

Reviews Editor: Kirsty Louise Farley

Published writer and poet Kirsty Louise Farley has a keen eye for detail, a strong understanding of writing form and craft, and experience reviewing and assessing literature across genres.

Her role at Thanet Writers involves reading, selecting and editing all book review submissions, sourcing new reviews and books to be reviewed, along with supporting and providing consultation for new and existing groups and events, and developing community project ideas and concepts.

Features Editor: Zoe Davies

A published writer and journalist, Zoe Davies is highly organised and versatile, with a background in business creation and development as well as media experience and a positive approach.

Her position at Thanet Writers includes sourcing, commissioning and editing the weekly features, working with writers and content providers including video producers and directors, developing new editorial concepts, and supporting partnerships with organisations and individuals within the community.

Opportunities Editor: Sam Kaye

A recognised and confident performer, Sam Kaye is a published writer who is well-versed in building professional relationships and uncovering intriguing and exciting new possibilities.

His role within Thanet Writers includes sourcing writing opportunities for short stories, poetry, and non-fiction, and curating them into a monthly roundup, along with attending events for and on behalf of Thanet Writers to build and strengthen relations with community groups, partner organisations, and local projects.

Contributing Editor: Luke Edley

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Writer and poet Luke Edley has been published in various newspapers and magazines, both locally and nationally, and has consulted on large-scale projects and developments within the publishing industry.

His position at Thanet Writers involves consulting on editorial decisions and providing an impartial view where required, and advising on strategy and business development, including new opportunities for growth and social impact.

Managing Editor: Melissa Todd

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Writer and columnist Melissa Todd has industry experience within publishing, performance, and people management, and is a published and well-regarded writer in various forms.

Her role as Managing Editor includes overseeing the day-to-day running of the Thanet Writers publication schedule both online and in print, developing strategies for generating submissions, managing and supporting a team of Contributing Editors, and developing ideas for community projects and charitable work.

Editor-in-Chief: Seb Reilly

Writer Seb Reilly has had fiction, non-fiction and poetry published in various magazines and publications in the UK and internationally, and been shortlisted for and won awards.

His role at Thanet Writers includes overseeing the Editorial Team, editing all approved submissions, coordinating the Thanet Writers publication schedule both online and in print, and supporting and developing outreach work, charitable opportunities, and community-based projects.


Thanet Writers is a community organisation and is always looking to grow. If you have a link to Thanet and would like to enquire about current opportunities to join the Editorial Team or other vacancies within Thanet Writers CIC, or to suggest a new idea or way that you can work with Thanet Writers to benefit the community, please get in touch.

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