Saturday, 18 January 2014

Our anthology writers – the final 4

Kim Sherwood tours with literary salons Elbow Room and The Book Club Boutique, and has published short stories and poetry. She completed the BA in Literature with Creative Writing at UEA in 2011, receiving the Jarrold Prize for most outstanding performance. She continued on to the Prose Fiction MA, and is now a fellowship student on the Creative and Critical Writing PhD. Kim writes in Norwich, London, Devon, and the quiet coach. She is writing her first novel.  Her short story Quick Brown Fox will feature in Words And Women’s inaugural anthology.

Nedra Westwater, a Midwestern American by birth, travelled to Brazil as a Fulbright Scholar in 1960, where she met and married the Scottish designer Norman Westwater.  In 1966 she, her husband and small son moved from Rio to Lavenham, Suffolk.  She has since lived in London, Portugal and Santa Fe, where she was a founder-member of PEN New Mexico.  Nedra's writing, often illustrated with her own photographs, has been published in journals in England, Portugal, the United States and other countries.  She has lived in Norwich since 2003 and received an Escalator Literature 2006 Special Commendation for a chapter of her memoir about Salvador, Bahia – an ongoing work.  Her memoir The Stairway will be published in the anthology.

 Rowan Whiteside was born in Durban, South Africa but has spent most of her life in the fine city of Norwich. She works as Marketing Assistant for Writers’ Centre Norwich and as a bookseller for Waterstones, where she was formerly the manager of the fiction department. Rowan studied English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, where she snuck onto as many creative writing classes as possible and read a lot of books from the Classics section. Her writing has been published online on various sites and ‘zines. 

She can be found on Twitter @DilysTolfree. Her story Persephone will feature in the anthology.

Lois Williams grew up along the Wash coast and travelled widely, teaching English in university and community writing programmes in the US. Her poems and essays have appeared in many venues, including Verse Daily, New England Review, Antiphon, and Granta. She is busy completing a book of stories, The Invention of Home, from which “The House of Provisions” was awarded a notable essay listing in Best American Essays 2009. She lives in Norfolk, working as a freelance writer and visual artist, and volunteering with ecology and habitat restoration projects. Her memoir For The Records will be published in the anthology.

Many congratulations to all the writers selected for our anthology. The anthology will be launched on 8th March International Women’s Day. Details of the launch will be posted on this blog in February.

Meanwhile if you're based in Norwich and interested in teen fiction then don’t forget the Books Talk Back event this Sunday 19th January at The Playhouse, Norwich, 2- 5pm. 

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