Karen French lives in Edinburgh. She writes and is the Editor Of Dactyl Zine.
She loves: neon signs, typography, bus drivers who say hi to you, white wine, blue cheese, a flat white and red lips, Johnny Cash, car boot sales, Le Petit Prince, cringy kitsch, pink roses, stargazing, people watching,Dr Seuss, everything about the 80's, train journeys, Bob Dylan, 2nd hand book shops, taking photos, calligraphy, a daily dose of E.L.O and Desert Island Discs.
And other stuff.
Karen has been published in various places, most recently in Poetry Scotland, and in the upcoming edition of Valve Journal V.
Dactyl was conceived in April 2013 and launched into the world soon after by Karen French and Leona Skene. Karen & Leona met at Stirling University in 1997.
Dactyl is a high quality, self published 'zine aimed at showcasing never before published poetry and prose. It organically grew to include photography, illustration and calligraphy and is all the better for it.
The first edition was launched in a blaze of fizz,cake and spoken word loveliness in November 2013 at Edinburgh's premier arts venue,Summerhall, and contains work from published authors, recipients of the new Writers Award Scotland, professional photographers and writers who's work has been included in esteemed publications such as Verve, Gutter and Poetry Review. We're just as proud to say we've provided a platform for talented emerging writers to have their first published piece of work.
We are currently closed for submissions.
Issue 2 of Dactyl launches during Edinburgh International Book Festival on 15th August 2014 at Golden Hare Books in the Grassmarket.
We are thrilled to announce that issues 1 & 2 of Dactyl will be on sale at the Edinburgh Book Festival Bookshop this year!
There are some amazing contributors to Dactyl 2, follow us on Twitter were we are releasing names daily in the run up to the big launch party.
find out more at www.dactylzine.com