Amy Mackelden is a Weekend Editor at ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, & Marie Claire. She’s also an Entertainment Writer at Bustle. Her articles have been featured by Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Town & Country, Esquire, ELLE Decor, Hello Giggles, heat, Ravishly, New Statesman, and The Independent.
Prior to MS Is My Boyfriend, Amy wrote and performed in two spoken word shows, both of which were supported by Grants for the Arts awards. 2012’s The 8 Fatal Mistakes of Online Dating (& How to Avoid Them) was a co-commission of Durham Book Festival. 2013’s Retail was the recipient of ARC’s Bridging The Gap development opportunity.
Amy is a disability activist living with relapsing remitting MS, was featured in the MS Society’s MS: Enough campaign in 2015, and was a Lay Member of the MS Trust Steering Group MS Forward View throughout 2016. She co-edits feminism & pop culture blog Clarissa Explains Fuck All, and co-founded Northern poetry magazine Butcher’s Dog.
Amy is the recipient of 5 Grants for the Arts awards from Arts Council England, an Artists’ International Development Fund bursary, a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North, and a New Buds Award from New Writing South. She was recently selected as a member of BFI Network x Bafta Crew 2017.
Degna Stone is a Poet, Editor, and Producer based in Gateshead. She is one of six Enablers working across the north of England to support and develop black artists as part of Eclipse Theatre's Slate programme (formerly Sustained Global).
She was selected for National Theatre’s Step Change development programme in 2015, and had a six month placement as Assistant Producer with China Plate, where her responsibilities included tour booking for Chris Thorpe's Confirmation. Degna also has extensive experience as a dramaturg and script reader, and spent 12 years working in the Literary Department at Live Theatre, Newcastle, before becoming a freelancer in 2017.
Degna is also co-founder and Managing Editor of Butcher's Dog poetry magazine, and a contributing editor at The Rialto. She received Northern Writers’ Awards in 2010 and 2015 and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. She is an Inscribe-supported writer, and a fellow of The Complete Works III.
Degna is primarily interested in the intersection between poetry and theatre, and work that experiments with form, but has the audience experience at the heart of its creation.