The Team

The Editors

Jess Phillips 21


Studies BA English Literature with Creative Writing
History Assistant ed. Issue 9
Cake Specialities Ruthless fine-tuning, and boundless love of clever fiction submissions
Ambitions To write for a magazine somewhere and drive a rusty pickup truck.
Fun Fact I really want to go to space.

Naomi Smith 20


Studies BA English Literature
Ambitions To one day never be late to anything, but I think it’s an impossible dream. Instead, maybe publishing a bestselling novel and finding the meaning of life is more manageable.
Fun Fact My cat is named after Alfie Moon from Eastenders.

Michael Pritchard 21


Studies MA English Literature
Cake Specialities Editing and proofreading – I’m more than happy to take on the mantle of grammar Nazi.
Ambitions To live a life well read and written.
I wanted to join Cake because of its openness to new and experimental writing from beyond the University campus. Oh, and I love cake.

Shelley Lau 20

Assistant Editor

Studies BA English Literature with Creative Writing
Cake Specialities Grammar and eloquence!
Ambitions To become an established, successful author

Dan Power 19

Assistant Editor

Studies BA Film and Creative Writing
Ambitions Money, fame and critical acclaim
Fun Fact I went to the same school as Shakespeare. Never met him though

Teodora Nikolova 21

Assistant Editor

Studies BA English Language and Creative Writing
Cake Specialities Poetry and caffeine induced stream-of-consciousness
Ambitions To create the kind of writing that influences people
Fun Fact I originally wanted to be a lawyer and kick ass in the courtroom

Jess Heaton

Assistant Editor

Studies BA English Literature
Cake Specialities I live for music and books – it’s all about the Manchester scene and Cult Classics!
Ambitions To pursue a career in publishing that will allow me to get undiscovered writers’ works published which wouldn’t normally be recognised or read.
I decided to join Cake due to the amazing work it does to give people the opportunity to get their work published, and for people like me to get their foot in the door of publishing and editing!

Matthew Page

Assistant Editor

Studies MA Literary Studies
Cake Specialities Providing poets with incisive feedback
Ambitions To write a PhD on T.S. Eliot
Fun Fact I wore a tie that belonged to the ‘pop singer’ Mark Ronson to my graduation.

Head of Web Development & Public Relations


Ben Goldsworthy 20

Computer science second year, scuttle hound

Past Team Members

Bethan Thomas (editor, Issue 9)

Joanne Buttner (editor, Issue 9)

Sarah Sutton (editor, Issue 9)

Jodie O’Toole (assistant ed. Issue 9)

Rhiannon Knowles (assistant ed. Issue 9)

Jon Topham (assistant ed. Issue 9)

Thea Bibby (head of marketing & sponsorship, Issue 9)

Georgia Robinson (assistant ed. Issues 6, 7 and 8)

Shona Jackson (assistant ed. Issues 6 and 7, ed. Issue 8)

Rebecca Parkinson (assistant ed. Issues 6 and 7, ed. Issue 8)

Finn Jackson – (assistant ed. Issue 5, ed. Issues 6, 7)

Thomas Ley – (assistant ed. Issue 6) blogs at

Helen Eccles – (assistant ed. Issue 6)

Fenella Craven – (assistant ed. Issue 6)

Martha Sprackland (founder of Cake) – (ed. Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, associate ed. Issue 6)

Andrew McMillan (founder of Cake) – (ed. Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, associate ed. Issue 6)