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).
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 freelance journalist, writer and poet living in Brighton. She joined the Sabotage Reviews team four years ago, taking over as Poetry Editor from Becky Varley-Winter. Karen’s poems have appeared in anthologies by Seren and magazines including Stand, The Rialto and Poetry Wales. She is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing from the UEA and previous winner of the Eric Gregory Award.
It’s really exciting to see so many poetry pamphlets come through in the last few years, and particularly how many BAME voices we now represent. Sabotage gives all writers a platform, it’s the open mic of the reviewing world – anyone can submit and be reviewed by one of our contributors.
The poetry inbox is overflowing with experimental zines, anthologies by spoken word collectives, translation, even a poetry cassette tape playlist. There’s a DIY element to what we do which goes right back to the founder Claire Trévien, who started the website in 2010 as an alternative to mainstream poetry, 10 years later it’s still going strong.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.
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.
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.
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 and Niamh joined the Sabotage team as Social Media Co-Managers in November 2019.
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
Niamh MacKenzie — Social Media Manager
Niamh is a recent graduate from the University of Stirling where she completed her Masters in Scottish Literature. Before this, she studied Culture and Heritage with the University of the Highlands and Islands. Her undergraduate dissertation was on ‘Scottish Hip-Hop: The Contemporary Voice of the Working Class?’ and her masters thesis was ‘A Critical Exploration of the Scottish Spoken Word Scene’. Niamh and Liam joined the Sabotage team as Social Media Co-Managers in November 2019.
I’ve had quite a unique student experience which has allowed me over the last five years to live in a variety of communities including Kirkwall, Ullapool, Edinburgh and Stirling. Although I am not an artist myself, wherever I have lived I’ve been passionate about supporting and understanding the various arts scenes, something which I hope I can continue to do as I figure out my next steps after so long in the university bubble! In my spare time, I love to go to gigs, the cinema, theatre or festivals. Although I have dipped in and out of city life, I am happiest by the sea and enjoy nothing more than a long beach walk followed by coffee and cake.Niamh MacKenzie, 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