The editorial team
Shanley McConnell is Head Editor for Refuge, and has completed an MSt Creative Writing student at the University of Oxford. Her work has been awarded second-place in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Competition and was shortlisted for both the SaveAs International Poetry Prize and the HT20 Oxford Review of Books Short Story Award (2020). As an International Student, her work often delves into exploration on the beautiful tension of belonging to more than one country. From a young age, her heart for the refugee crisis brought her to Malta to teach English to asylum-seekers as well as establish projects to raise funding for refugees.
Tina Zonko, originally from Poland, graduated from University of Dundee with a Master's Degree in English and Creative Writing in 2017. She studied in New Zealand where she also interned at Mākaro Press, working with the team to publish amazing quality books from poetry to adult ficiton. She writes fantasy fiction and enjoys long walks along the beach. She mostly reads fiction but does enjoy a good poetry collection.