Meet the Editorial Team

Charley Barnes — Managing Director

Dr Charlotte “Charley” Barnes is an author, poet and lecturer, and was the Worcestershire Poet Laureate for 2019-20. Currently Writer in Residence at The Swan Theatre, Charley’s publications include The Women You Were Warned About (Black Pear Press), A-Z-Hearted Guide to Heartache (V.Press), Intention, Copycat, and Play (Bloodhound Books), Body Talk (Picaroon Poetry), Death is a Terrible House Guest, and Burn the Witch (The Black Light Engine Room Press), and Go on a Road Trip (Wild Pressed Books).

Email Charley: [email protected] | Twitter: @charleyblogs | Web: charleybarneswriter.com


Sabotage Reviews, and its sibling ventures, have grown so much in the last eight years. Claire [Trévien] has developed and manned something special, alongside a hard-working team of valued editors, too. While even I am sad to see Claire take a step back from the Sabotage family, I’m delighted to be taking a step in to continue the work that Claire has started and, hopefully, to bring new ideas and opportunities to the Sabotage network as well. I’m hoping that Sabotage can continue to grow with a strong team still sitting behind the wheel.

Charley Barnes, Managing Director, upon taking over from Claire Trévien in August 2018

Karen Goodwin — Poetry Editor

Karen Goodwin is a poet and journalist. Winner of the Eric Gregory Award, she has an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA. Her poems have featured in Oxygen: New Poets from Wales and Seren Selections (Seren Books) and magazines including Stand and The Rialto. She is a freelance reporter for BN1 Magazine and writes features and reviews on everything from pop to politics. She lives in Brighton.

Email Karen: [email protected] | Twitter: @karenpoetKL


“It’s a real honour to be Poetry Editor for Sabotage Reviews, advocating for smaller presses and indie lit. New voices are given equal space in a poetry community free from the usual gatekeepers. I joined the team four years ago, taking over from Becky Varley-Winter and am incredibly lucky to have such a great team of reviewers.”

Karen Goodwin, Poetry Editor

Phil Olsen — Fiction Editor

Phil Olsen is a short story writer from Liverpool with a Creative Writing MA from the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. Winner of three flash fiction competitions (Northern Short Story Festival Slam 2017; Writing on the Wall’s WoWFest 2016; Book Week Scotland 2014), Phil has blogged and reviewed for Comma Press, Manchester Literature Festival and The Manchester Review. He is also a submissions reader for Vestal Review.

Email Phil: [email protected] | Twitter: @Liverpolsen | Web: polsen.co.uk


I’ve long been a fan of short stories – from the realism of Raymond Carver and Alice Munro, to the surrealism of Miranda July and George Saunders – and love the fact that Sabotage really champions the form, celebrating short story collections, anthologies, novellas and chapbooks. It was an honour to be invited to take over from Richard T. Watson in March 2019, after he’d been looking after the fiction side of things since the very beginning of Sabotage back in 2010.

Phil Olsen, Fiction Editor

Hannah Ledlie — Spoken Word Editor for Birmingham and Midlands

Originally from Edinburgh, Hannah is a Birmingham-based poet interested in ideas of dystopia, sexuality and belonging. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Award, and as a member of the University of Birmingham’s poetry team she came first place at UniSlam in 2018 and ’19. In 2019 Hannah was also a member of the winning team at the Hammer & Tongue National Team Slam Final, and won Platform Penguin’s spoken word competition. When she’s not writing, Hannah enjoys watching way too much Drag Race, and admiring dogs while going for walks.

Email Hannah: [email protected] | Twitter: @HannahLedlie | Web: hannahledliewriting.com


I am delighted to become Sabotage’s Birmingham Spoken Word Editor, for I see it as a chance to promote and represent a community which is both brimming with established talent and consistently welcoming to new voices. I also look forward to facilitating critical discussions about the work coming out of Birmingham, because I believe the best way for a community to grow is for it to examine and challenge itself whenever possible.

Hannah Ledlie, Spoken Word Editor, upon joining Sabotage Reviews in January 2019

James Webster — Spoken Word Editor for the South East

Webster is a performance poet, who has gigged around London, Oxford and Coventry and runs Strange Little Stories. He is one of the longest-standing members of the Sabotage Reviews editorial team and is known for texting poetry direct to people’s mobile phones. He loves words, socialism and you. In that order.

Email Webster: [email protected] | Twitter: @websterpoet | Web: strangelittlestories.tumblr.com


Liam Lees — Social Media Manager

Liam is a 2nd year Creative and Professional Writing and Screenwriting Joint honours student at the University of Worcester. He works in branding and social media and enjoys writing comedy and advertising pieces. Liam joined the Sabotage team as Social Media Manager in November 2019.

Email Liam: [email protected] Twitter: @thatwriterliam


Working in the fast-paced marketing sector really fuelled my passion for writing. In my spare time, I like to keep fit with a regular yoga practice. It keeps my body and mind in a state of equilibrium and I don’t think that I could cope without it. I also find that it helps with my writing, it allows me to take a complete break from what I’m working on so I can come back to it with fresh eyes.

Liam Lees, Social Media Manager

Previous members of the Editorial Team

Claire Trévien — Founder and Former General Manager (2010 – 2018)

Find Claire on Twitter: @CTrevien


Richard T. Watson — Former Fiction Editor (2010 – 2019)

Find Richard on Twitter: @RichardTWatson


Becky Varley-Winter — Former Poetry Editor (2015 – 2018)

Find Becky on Twitter: @RVarleyWinter


Sally Jack — Former Spoken Word Editor for the Midlands (2015 – 2019)

Find Sally on Twitter: @PunctualSally


Niamh MacKenzie — Former Social Media Manager (2019 – 2020)

Find Niamh on Twitter: @nronaidm


Meet the Reviewers

View profiles of some of our Contributing Reviewers