Sunday, 5 February 2017

Our anthology writers – part 4

Marianne Picton is a third year English Literature and Creative Writing student from Cambridge, studying in Norwich at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Her hobbies, besides writing, include reading (of course) and baking ‘informal’ but very yummy carrot-and-walnut cakes. Her short story Memory Thief  will appear in Words And Women: Four.

Ronne Randall was born in New York in 1947 and has lived in the UK since 1985. She has worked in book publishing since the late 1960s, and in 1980 began editing and writing mass-market and educational children’s books – she has published more than 150 titles. More recently, she has been focusing on writing for a different audience, and has had stories published in Mslexia and The Forgotten and the Fantastical, volumes 2 and 3 (Mother’s Milk Books). The Talent Show , which will be published in Words And Women: Four, is part of a longer memoir she is writing about growing up in a Jewish immigrant family in Brooklyn in the 1950s.

Kate Robinson is a sculptor whose public art is represented  throughout the country. Her work has been published in creative and academic contexts on subjects as diverse as the rhetoric of sculpture to the history of science. She has devised and directed work for theatre and has recently been commissioned to adapt an early play by the Czech writer Franz Werfel. Her non-fiction piece Komodo Dragon  will feature in Words And Women: Four.

Cherise Saywell was born and brought up in Australia and lives in Scotland. She has published two novels, Desert Fish (2011) and Twitcher (2013) (both Vintage). Her short stories have won the Mslexia Short Story Prize and the VS Pritchett Prize and been shortlisted for several others including the Asham Award, the Bath Short Story Prize and the Salt Prize. In 2015 she had a story selected for the BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines. Cherise’s stories have been published in Mslexia, The London Magazine and New Writing Scotland, as well as several anthologies. She lives in Edinburgh with her family and is working on her third novel. Cherise’s story Private Parts  will appear in Words And Women: Four.

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