Photo of Gillian LakerGillian Laker is a poet and writer of short fiction. She was the 2013 Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year and was short listed for the International Troubadour prize in 2012. Her poems have been published in anthologies, and magazines, on The Guardian website and she was featured poet in the 2014 summer edition of Envoi.

She won the 2014 SaveAs Writers' Bigger Picture prose competition and the International SaveAs Writers' prose competitions for 2013 and 2015. Her short story 'The Cauldron and the Casket' is to be included in Kent Life's historical fiction anthology due to be published at the end of 2016. She is currently taking an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Kent and working on a series of linked short stories spanning the hundred years since the First World War.