About the Dragonflies

Flight of the Dragonfly has its roots in the Masters in Creative Writing where the team met. It all started in 2019 as a launch event for a course related anthology; we enjoyed ourselves so much sharing and hearing poetry and prose that night that we wanted more. Two years down the line the event is still going strong, albeit that we are now on Zoom rather than in an upstairs room of a pub.


This is a picture of Barbara

Barbara has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Brighton. She lives in the heart of Sussex with partner Tony and an elderly terrier cross called Bessie. Barbara’s favourite novelist has to be Iain Banks. Barbara also likes trees, red wine, hiking, yin yoga, deserted beaches, icespeedway, and mountains. As well as Dragonflies Barbara tries to organise a small writing group, she sometimes considers cat herding as a profession.

Barbara is working on a full collection of poetry while plotting a first novel, and in the meantime is delighted that she is soon to have her first poem published in a poetry anthology. 

Barbara writes under her maiden name of Mercer and can be contacted at barbaramercerwriting@gmail.com

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This is a picture of Darren

Darren has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Brighton. He likes to think that he is Barbara’s critical friend.

He is trying to promote a short (30 minute) play that he has written about “fictional” events that provoked the Peasants Revolt of 1381. He is also writing a short(ish) ghost story.

He is a hopeless (useless) romantic! He cuts his own hair.

He enjoys music, predominantly punk rock, but a lot of other sounds as well, his favourite bands are Eastfield, Citizen Fish and Surgery Without Research.  He likes a good lyric and a rockin’ raucous gig!  

His favourite author is Orwell.  He has developed a thing for Greek mythology! 

He loves Marmite and appreciates a good pint of craft IPA.  He lives in sunny East Preston on the West Sussex coast, with his lovely family, their rescue cats – Annie and Eddie, rescue dog Woody and Hamirez the no frills hamster.  

He has had poems published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press, Indigo Dreams Publishing, Parthian Books, Dempsey & Windle, Poetry NI, The Four Parts Press, The Angry Manifesto, The Journal and City Limits Publishing (USA). He had highly commended poems in the 2019 PENfro Book Festival Poetry Competition and in the 2020 Brian Dempsey Memorial Competition. He was shortlisted as a finalist for the Write Bloody UK 2020 full collection competition.

His debut pamphlet Honey Dew (a collection of 21 love poems) was published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in December 2020.

He tries to blog – www.djbeaney.wordpress.com

You can see his occasional tweets or even follow him on Twitter @DJ_Be_An

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You can email him – darren.j.beaney@gmail.com