She has worked as the assistant editor for the online magazines Alison Marr, originally from Northern Ireland is a musician and songwriter based in London.
She studied Creative Writing at the OU and writes short stories and poetry and is currently working on a collection of fairy tales set in Kilburn.
She read English Literature and Classics at Trinity College, Dublin.
Her work has been published in some blogs and journals and she is currently shortlisted for the National Memory Day Poetry Prize.
Her previous jobs include waitress, tutor and hypnotist’s assistant.
Her fiction has been published in Mslexia, Litro and Open Pen. Read In 2017, Laura Morgan won a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award for her short stories, which have been shortlisted in many competitions, including the Brighton Prize and The Moth Short Story Prize.
The 2019 Life Writing Prize winner is Charlotte Derrick for The Lady in Black.
Charlotte receives £1,500, publication on Spread the Word’s website, an Arvon course, two years’ membership to the Royal Society of Literature and a development meeting with the editor Kit Caless of Influx Press, and the agent Robert Caskie.
The screenplay lay gathering dust on a shelf until a couple of years ago, when I dusted it off and wrote the second draft as a true story.
As I attempted to develop it further, I realized that there were too many events and characters to fit into a 90-minute screenplay, so I decided to turn it into a book. Read Xanthi Barker works as a learning mentor in a primary school and is studying child psychotherapy.