Eric AkotoPublisher & Editor in Chief

ERIC AKOTO, @eric_akoto A keen runner and hiker Eric Akoto’s passions lie in innovation, fairness and free speech. Eric Akoto is Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts by invitation. Akoto founded the Warwick University Young writers competition and has written for various publications and contributed to various books on culture. He also guest curates and comperes at festivals such as The Brooklyn Book Festival, The Jaipur Literary and Arts festival (the largest in the world) and The Hay Festival. He is the founder and editor of Litro Magazine a fully fledged literary and creative arts platform supporting emerging and established writers in across the globe. Founded in London by Akoto over 15 years ago. Prior to Litro Akoto was the founder of the publishing house Ocean Media Books. He is 40 years old and currently resides in New York and London. He highly recommends a morning meditation to start your day… Hay Festival.

Barney Walsh

Barney Walsh. Barney is Litro Magazine’s Assistant Fiction & #Storysunday Editor. Barney Walsh is a graduate of the University of Manchester’s MA in creative writing whose stories have appeared in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 7, The Big Issue in the North: Award for Short Fiction 2013, Unthology 4, The Warwick Review, Unthology 7, Inky Needles’ Celebrity and Speed, and Shooter Literary Magazine.

Catherine McNamara

Catherine McNamara Flash Fiction Editor, Catherine McNamara grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris at twenty-one to write, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. Her collection Pelt and Other Stories was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award and semi-finalist in the Hudson Prize. Her work has been Pushcart-nominated and published in the U.K., Europe, U.S.A. and Australia. Catherine lives in Italy.

Serene Allen

 Serene Allen Serene is our Media designer & she is based in London with a passion for creating bold, dynamic and memorable short form content. Her skills include video editing, VFX, colour grading and sound mixing. She a passion for storytelling & delivering diversity in content

Ivy Hughes

 Ivy Hughes Ivy is our Digital Strategist, she has been a professional writer since before leaving university and has written and edited numerous national and international publications including the Boston Globe, Interval World, The Inertia, Entrepreneur, Success, Next American City, Rust Wire, the BBC, Ebony, Cleaver, the Eckleburg Press, Conjunctions, Pulp, Scary Mommy and others. Ivy also teaches journalism at Colorado State University.

Inés G. Labarta

  Inés G. Labarta Inés G. Labarta is a writer and artist born in Madrid. She lived in Ireland and Scotland before settling (for the moment) in the northwest of England. Inés writes in both English and Spanish, and her publications include a trilogy of novels, Los Pentasónicos (Edebé, 2008-2010), and the novellas McTavish Manor (Holland House, 2016), and Kabuki (Dairea, 2017). She has a Creative Writing PhD from Lancaster University. She lectures in Creative Writing at Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire. As an illustrator and cartoonist, she shares her work on Instagram at @InesGLabarta. In 2018, Inés launched an on-line publication and podcast called The Wandering Bard that features migrant artists and focuses on the connections between travelling and creativity.


  Calah Singleton Calah Singleton is a writer and editor. Originally from the States, she is now based in London, where she works at an independent publishing house. A member of the Black Agents and Editors group, she is also part of the Black Feminist Bookshop team, and is the co-founder of a wellness start-up called Mendü.


 Michael Aliprandini Originally from the USA, Michael Aliprandini lives and works in a mountaintop village near the geographical center of Italy. His writings have appeared in several literary publications, most recently Angry Old Man Magazine (“Have You Seen This Man?”) and Gravel Literary Journal (“After the Assassination”).


 Anna Binkovitz Anna Binkovitz is a poet and organizer holding a B.A. with departmental honors in English from Macalester College and an M.F.A in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Anna’s poetry is a finalist for the 2020 Pameti River Prize from YesYes Books, and has appeared in The Shallow Ends, Atticus Review, Crab Fat Magazine, Beech Street Review, Muzzle Magazine, and elsewhere.