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About the Author: Avril Joy

I was born and brought up on the Somerset Levels, the setting for my first novel, The Sweet Track, published in 2007 by Flambard Press.

I left Somerset at eighteen for U.E.A, and a degree in the History of Art, then lived in London where I taught in Greenwich and Deptford and did a year at Goldsmith’s before moving north.

I travelled in India, Kashmir and Nepal for a while and when I came back I started work as a temporary teacher in a women’s prison HMP Low Newton, on the outskirts of Durham city. I met Writer-in-Residence Wendy Robertson here and that’s when I began writing. Until then I had no thoughts of being a writer.

In 2003 I won a Northern Promise Award, from New Writing North.

When the children were up and leaving home, I finally left my job in order to write. I was by this time a Prison Governor with responsibity for learning and skills development. I hadn’t meant to stay at Low Newton for so long but almost from the start I became deeply involved with the women and their lives – read more here and in many ways that never leaves me. I see it creep in again and again, often through the back door, into what I write.

In 2012 I won the inaugural Costa Short Story Award for my story Millie and Bird.

My latest novel, Sometimes a River Song, will be published in 2016 by Linen Press

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Paperback, Published in Nov 2011 by Createspace

ISBN10: 1466472324 | ISBN13: 9781466472327

Page count: 240

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