I have been writing
for 20+ years, publishing many short stories in mainstream and small press
magazines. My first novel, 'Consider the Lilies' won the Impress novel prize
2007 and was published by Impress books. It has recently been adapted for the
stage by Clare Girvan. My second novel 'Mere' is to be published by
Thunderpoint Books in May 2018. My writing heavily features place, specifically
the area of West Lancashire where I live and the coastal area of North Wales. I
have also written a biography of thalidomide Liverpool comedian Gary Skyner
which was published in 2017 and a non-fiction book, Skelmersdale: The Making of
a New Town which details the events leading up to the designation of
Skelmersdale as the first of the Mark 2 new towns. I hold PhD in Creative
Writing from Edge Hill university and am a member of their Narrative Research
Group. I am also on the editorial board of the journal Short Fiction in Theory
and Practice and contribute book reviews to the journal on a fairly regular
basis. I live in Skelmersdale and take a keen interest in the locality.
Publications & Performance History
Consider the Lilies,
Impress Books 2007 Various reviews between 2008-2018 Journal: Short Fiction in
Theory and Practice. Skelmersdale: A New Town in the Making, self published
2016 Mere, Thunderpoint Books 2018
Workshop & Reading Experience
Tutor annually at
Caerleon and Fishguard Writers' Holiday between 2015-2017. Creative writing
tutor for Chapel Gallery Ormskirk, 2015-2016 Creative writing facilitator at
Burscough Community Farm's 'Cultivate' arts project 2018 Workshop leader on
publishing and getting an agent at Chorley Literary festival in April 2018.
Competition judge annually for Writing on the wall's Pulp Fiction competition,
Liverpool, 2010 - ongoing. Competiton judge for the Impress Novel Prize,
Exeter, 2015 Competition judge for Lancashire Authors Association, 2016-2018
Filter judge for the Edge Hill short story prize, annually from 2014 -ongoing.
readings given at various libraries and Bluecoat gallery liverpool on
publication of Consider the Lilies. readings also given at the Continental
Preston. and many other venues.
Professor Ailsa Cox
Department of English Edge Hill university St Helens Road, Ormskirk email: email@example.com
Group size preference
12 max for workshop,
otherwise no limit.
Group age preference
Area prepared to travel