Makarelle was founded by Dini Armstrong, Jane Langan, and Ruth Loten, and has been registered with Companies House as Makarelle Ltd since March 11th, 2021 (SC691879).
We are an independent literary and creative arts magazine. We publish a new issue every quarter (online only).
Each issue has its own theme.
I was born in Saltaire, West Yorkshire but grew up in Cleveleys, Lancashire. I graduated from Exeter University in 2000 and qualified as a Religious Studies teacher in 2001. Having met my husband at university, we got married and moved to the South East - him to do his MA and me to start my teaching career.
I worked full time as a teacher, writing odd bits here and there whenever I found the time, in between the job, the dogs, the husband and the small boy who was added to our family in 2005.
In 2014 I gave up teaching to become a full time writer, but after a few months, life decided it had other plans for me and I went back to running around after another small boy. At the same time, we moved to the Essex coast and started building our family life in a new town.
The only writing I was doing at this point, was a travelogue style Facebook page, run on behalf of our youngest son, which kept friends, family and a few strangers abreast of all the weird and wonderful things he was getting up to. When the littlest member of the family started pre-school, it was time for me to dust off the fountain pen and notebooks and start writing again. I decided to study for an MA in Creative Writing with the Open University and in December I graduated with a merit.
Since then I've finished the novel I started during the first year of the course and am now looking for an agent to represent that. I have also completed the first draft of a second novel and am now doing a Novel In A Year course to work on the third.
Jane wanted to be an actor. At eighteen, she realised this wasn’t for her and her true love was writing and photography. She has been doing that ever since. Her book of poetry, Blood Kisses is out now. You can also find her work in the anthology Footprints and Echoes, (both available on Amazon). She has been published extensively online and was shortlisted in the lockdown Haiku competition with Fish Publishing. She had a special mention from The Welsh Poetry Competition and was longlisted in the Mairtin Crawford Awards. Jane has a master’s in creative writing.
When she isn’t writing or taking pictures, you will find her tap dancing or drinking coffee curled up with one of her cats. If you google Muddynosugar you will find her online.
Dini, now Scottish, worked as a journalist in Germany until her move to the UK in 1998. She retrained as a psychologist and worked with clients aged 11-87 for the past twenty years.
She recently completed an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction. Dini has published short stories and flash fiction, both in German and English.
She is currently looking for a home for her first novel 'Why Daisy set the Hermit on Fire', which was shortlisted for the First Novel Prize 2021.
Examples of her work can be found here: