About

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The short version: I write fiction, both long and short. My debut novel ALL THE GOOD THINGS will be published by Viking, Penguin UK in June 2017, followed shortly by my collection of very short fiction, HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN with Influx Press.  Born in 1987 in Tooting, south London, I now live in Leeds; my heart is stubbornly torn between the two cities. I’m represented by Zoe Waldie at Rogers, Coleridge and White.

 

The not-so-short version:

My debut novel will be published in June 2017 by Viking, Penguin UK. It will also be published in Italy, Holland, Israel and Poland.

My short fiction has been published widely in print and online, including in anthologies from Siren PressCinnamon press  Litro, Aesthetica, Annexe Magazine and Flight Press. I won second place in the 2015 Ilkley Literature Festival short story competition, and won the 2013 London Short Story Prize and Cinnamon Press writing award.

I’ve also taken part in collaborative projects; In 2014 I was Writer in Residence at the UK Young Artists Festival, where I met and was hugely inspired by artists in all sorts of other mediums. My forthcoming collection, HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN,  began life as an ACE-funded commission for Leeds Light Night 2014, where I made a live art installation for the first time. worked as a satellite artist to Stevie Ronnie as part of the PH1 Residency project at the New Schoolhouse Gallery in York.

I run a monthly writer’s group in Leeds, WordLab, and do freelance editing, most recently with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.

I hold an MA (with Distinction) in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London and  BA in Modern History from Oxford. I speak French, play the piano, run, swim and walk.  I work at the strange and wonderful Square Chapel in Halifax.

“It honestly took my breath away, and reminded me what it’s like to become a reader for pleasures sake again – I was immersed in the world of her character’s. It was so refreshing to see the world I recognise on the page, three dimensional and uncompromising in tone. I have no doubt that we are in the presence of a great talent. Top notch storytelling, and a most deserving winner.” Courttia Newland, Spread the Word Writer’s Prize 2013 Judge and Editor of Edgeways Anthology

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