Sunday, 17 January 2016

Our anthology writers – part 3

Julie Kemmy has been writing for pleasure since she was about 12 years old, and in more recent years has been writing character studies, short stories, and the outlines of bigger ideas.  She works full-time so usually it is only on holidays that she achieves anything.  She would describe herself as a great reader and admirer of other good writers, with a lot to learn.  Her short story Colin will feature in Words And Women: Three.

Isabelle King is an actress, writer and producer. She’s the founder of Books Talk Back; literary events which support and showcase new writing talent. Isabelle's writing has been short-listed for the Ideas/Writers' Centre Norwich national fiction competition and she won an arts journalism competition to be the Embedded Writer at the Family Arts Conference 2015. Isabelle has written a children's book of short stories and frequently reads them at family events throughout Norfolk. Her storyYou’re In The Movies, Huni will appear in Words And Women: Three

Kathy Mansfield was runner up in a competition by Leaf Books in 2006 with The Steady Bookkeeper which was published as a single short story, set in Malawi. She does not write about stereotypical ‘African’ tragedies: famine, war, destitution. She writes about the other Africa: a complex, energetic and optimistic continent of fifty four very different countries.  Her current project is a collection of short stories set in the context of Zimbabwe and its sometimes violent efforts to change from a white-owned system of agriculture to one which reflects the larger population. Her story The Friends will be included in Words And Women: Three.

C.G. Menon has won a number of short story awards, including the Asian Writer prize, the Winchester Festival award and The Short Story prize. Her stories have been broadcast on radio and are published or forthcoming in journals including The Lonely Crowd and anthologies such as Siren Press' Fugue II, the Rubery Book Award short story collection, the Willesden Herald shortlist and the first Words and Women collection. She lives in Cambridge, and is currently working on her first novel. Her story Sacraments will feature in Words And Women: Three.

Margaret Meyer is a writer, therapeutic counsellor and bibliotherapist. She has worked in schools, museums, and is currently a reader-in-residence in the prison service. Before training in psychology she was a fiction editor with Hodder & Stoughton NZ, publisher for the Museum of London, and director of literature for the British Council, promoting UK writers around the world.  A former journalist, Margaret’s non-fiction has been widely published. Her latest, an essay on ‘not knowing’, is included in the forthcoming The Wisdom of Not Knowing, published by Triarchy Press. Margaret’s story Leda’s Swan will appear in Words And Women: Three

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