About

 

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.

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Just met you at NWC this evening. Enjoyed listening to you and just purchased the Kindle version of The Orchid House to add to my ever expanding to read list – although it might queue jump a few!

    • avril

      February 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Great to meet you too David and good luck with your publishing venture! Thanks for buying The Orchid House – hope you enjoy it.

      Avril

  2. Avril,

    I have searched high and low for your email address could you email me ?

    My email address is patricia_mcclelland@yahoo.co.uk

    Kind Regards

  3. Hi Avril

    nice to see you in The Northern Echo and well done on your award.

    hope you and your family are well

    kind regards

    Imelda :)

    • avril

      January 31, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you Imelda – lovely to hear from you – we are all well – and I hope you and yours are too, love Avril

  4. Just caught up with this. Very interesting to see it put together like this. w

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