Inktank.fi, a publication of content marketing agency Ink Tank Media, is Finland’s most internationally visited blog. On average, we’re read by five hundred thousand wonderful people every month. To keep them entertained, engaged and excited, we write about Finland, books, history, music, the Web, film, TV and pop culture. Highbrow, lowbrow and everything in between if it’s exciting we’ll feature it.
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Joel Willans is the Editor of Ink Tank. An award-winning copywriter and the co-founder of Ink Tank Media, he is also the author of the short story collection, SPELLBOUND: Stories of Women’s Magic over Men. His prize-winning fiction has been broadcast on BBC radio and published in dozens of magazines and anthologies worldwide. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
Valerie O’Riordan is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester and edits both The Manchester Review and Bookmunch. Enough, her chapbook of microfictions was published in 2012. She also runs regular workshops on fiction writing and blogs at not exactly true.
Kathleen Harris has background in Linguistics, with a BA from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a MA from the University of Helsinki. She’s originally from the United States, but has been living in Helsinki, Finland for the past 4 years. When she’s not researching and writing the articles that you read here, she enjoys reading, binge-watching TV series, and gaming.
Thomas Nybergh is passionate about user-centred design and music and he has spent the last 10-years working at the crossroads of technology and culture. He plays the drums and gets very vocal about urban planning. Happily, not at the same time. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Tom Vowler is an award-winning novelist and short story writer living in south west England. His debut collection, The Method, won the Scott Prize in 2010, and his novel What Lies Within received critical acclaim. He is editor of the literary journal Short Fiction and an associate lecturer in creative writing at Plymouth University. His second novel, That Dark Remembered Day, was published in 2014.
Elaine Chiew is a writer and the editor of Cooked Up: Food Fiction From Around the World (New Internationalist, forthcoming March 2015). Her short stories have won and been shortlisted for numerous prizes including the 2008 Bridport Prize and 2010 Camera Obscura’s Bridge- the-Gap competition. They have also appeared in many publications, including One World: A Global Anthology and Short Circuit: Guide to the Art of the Short Story. She blogs about food and fiction at Redemption in the kitchen.
Adnan Mahmutovic came to Sweden from Bosnia as a refugee of war in the 90s. He’s an associate professor of literature and creative writing at Stockholm University. His first novel was published in 2010 as the winning entry in the Cinnamon Press competition and his short story collection How to Fare Well and Stay Fair came out in 2012 with Salt Publishing. He’s the fiction editor of Two Thirds North. www.adnanmahmutovic.com & www.twothirdsnorth.com
Anna Kurkijärvi-Willans is the co-founder of Ink Tank and Editor of Feel Good Wardrobe. She studied Literature at the University of London, and worked as a copywriter and cultural journalist for both national newspapers and magazines. Now she enjoys writing about travel, politics and popular culture, as well as her first love, books.
Adam Monaghan is a British art historian and photojournalist. Now based in Helsinki, Finland, his photos and words have been published in many places including Time Out and The Guardian. You can find examples of his work at his blog, Photos from my world.
Rebecca Lloyd’s short story The River won the 2008 Bristol Short Story Prize in 2008. She has written a children’s novel Halfling and had two short story collections published, Mercy and The View from Endless Street. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Originally from Tampere, Finland, Aki Järvinen is the Editor of KidGamer and General Manager at the UK social games developer, Playdemic. He has Ph.D. in Game Studies and more than a decade creating games that rock. When not making magic, he’s a passionate football fan and hobbyist programmer.
Sarah Butler’s debut novel Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love is published by Picador and in 15 other countries around the world. Her new novel, Before The Fire, is published in March 2015. She runs UrbanWords, exploring the relationship between writing and place through projects and writing-residencies.
Douglas Black Heaton is a composer, producer, music supervisor/editor, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist from England. He’s worked as freelance composer for several TV series for channels such as the BBC and Sky and is currently a music supervisor and composer for Rovio Animation Studios of Angry Birds fame.
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