Elizabeth Gates

Biography

I wrote my first stories as the age of 4, largely because no-one else had written the stories I wanted to read! And my writing life has continued to flourish and grow in much the same serendipitous way. Between reading English Language & Literature at Bedford College, University of London, and acquiring an MA in Linguistics at the University of Essex, for example, I explored Europe as a teacher of English and Creative Writing. Then, later, I worked as a freelance journalist. Published for over twenty five years, in national, regional and local magazines and newspapers, I focussed on Public Health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder in the armed forces and suicide among our farmers and the health of foreign seamen trapped on ships held in British ports. At this stage, I certainly had a varied and interesting writing life! Since 2005, when I founded the Lonely Furrow Company Writing Consultancy, I have been increasingly involved in helping clients use writing to explore their hopes, fears and lives. Making sense of their lives is important to them and they can use journalling and memoir and fiction to achieve this. I very much enjoy helping them

Website

Genre

Historical fiction

Publications & Performance History

1985-2010 Freelance contributions to national, regional, local and specialist newspapers & Magazines on Arts, Crafts, Travel and Public Health issues. 2016 The Wolf of Dalriada 2017 The Wolf of Dalriada Part 2 (WiP

Workshop & Reading Experience

2005 - Present (&future) Creative Writing Workshops 2016 - U3A presentation on 'Writing 'The Wolf of Dalriada'' 2017 - Vintage Radio Short Fiction Reading 2017 - 'Taming the Wolf Within - from idea to publication' Wirral Libraries Wirral Bookfest Presentation.

Reference

Elaine J Wilson, Wirral Libraries

Lisa Rossetti, bibliopoetry practitioner and Director for Story, Lapidus International lisa.rossetti@gmail.com

Rhona Whiteford, author and independent publisher, Wild Dog Books rhona.whiteford@googlemail.com

Group size preference

8 to 16

Group age preference

18+

Working languages

English

Area prepared to travel

Anywhere in the Northwest, though some contribution towards travel expenses would be welcome.

Other information

I should like to end each session with a book-signing and give £1 donation to local charities for each sale.

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