Alicia McAuley is an editor and book designer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She studied English at Trinity College Dublin and has over 15 years’ experience in publishing, with an international roster of clients including Cambridge and Oxford University Presses. Her short stories, flash fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in The Irish Times, The Dublin Review, Banshee and elsewhere, often under the pen-name Jane Lavelle, and been shortlisted for various competitions including the Fish Prize. Her short story ‘Gas and Air’ was highly commended by the An Post Irish Book Awards. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories dealing with the darker aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood; and a novel, examining the immigrant experience in Northern Ireland. She and her husband, who was born and raised in Karachi, have four young children.