A librarian by profession, John Holland spent much of the 1980s writing comedy for BBC Radio 4’s Weekending and Radio 2’s The News Huddlines, as well as for TV shows he is happy he can no longer recall. He also wrote for Punch magazine, which folded while he was working for it - a fact that many believe is not a coincidence.

After his retirement from librarianship, he attended a creative writing course aged 59. In the four years since 2013 he has had more than 50 pieces of fiction published, and has been placed in over 30 competitions. Perpetually short-listed, he sees himself as a competition bridesmaid, which has at least provided him with some lovely outfits. In truth he has actually won a couple of first prizes - but the competition organisers always ask him to keep it confidential.

John loves writing dialogue, and believes strongly that there is humour in almost every human encounter.

A proud member of Stroud Writers Circle, John is also lucky enough to be supported by two writing buddies who are brilliant writers themselves. The approval and criticism of his work provided by Natalie Lee and Larry Cotterell (who don’t know each other!) is worth an ocean.

John lives in Gloucestershire and twice a year runs a short story event called Stroud Short Stories, at which he never reads his own stories. He believes this is the reason Stroud Short Stories was called “probably the best short story event in the South West” in last year’s the Cheltenham Literature Festival’s programme.

Websites – www.johnhollandwrites.com and http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.co.uk