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Benjamin Francis Cassidy

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Benjamin Francis Cassidy lives in Longsight, Manchester, with his cat, Lucy. He was born in 1982 in Blackpool (Ben, not the cat!). Following many years drifting he finally returned to education, graduating in summer 2018, from Manchester Metropolitan University, in English and Creative Writing. With a lifelong love of live music and a deep love of the magic it makes, he previously contributed to MCR Live! and is now proud to write and be a part of Louder Than War. He also contributes to Haunt Manchester and various charity/social enterprise blogs. He writes fiction, appearing in a Comma Press anthology and other websites as well as poetry which he occasionally performs. He supports Liverpool F.C and his favourite band are The Beatles. Ben believes love is the answer and truly all we need.

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