Judith Allnatt is an acclaimed short story writer and novelist. Her first novel, A Mile of River, was a Radio 5 Live Book of the Month and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature; her second novel, The Poet’s Wife, was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award. Short stories have featured in the Bridport Prize Anthology, the Commonwealth Short Story Awards, and on BBC Radio 4. Her latest novel, The Moon Field, described by The Times as ‘deeply moving’, is set in the First World War. Judith has lectured widely on Creative Writing for universities and freelance for two decades. She loves meeting readers and works with a wide range of literature organisations and festivals giving readings and talks. She lives with her family in Northamptonshire and is working on her fourth novel, to be published by HarperCollins in spring 2015. Find out more about Judith’s books and events at: www.judithallnatt.co.uk Twitter: @judithallnatt
Judith Allnatt in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?On the farm in Staffordshire where I was brought up.
What do you love about Short Stories?I love the economy of the form and the power that this can lend to the content - as if the subject is examined with a magnifying glass under a bright light.
Do you write in other forms?I’ve written three novels and am currently working on a fourth.I also write poetry, and occasionally, journalism.
What distracts you from writing?Noise (bad). Tea and cake (good).
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Reading (obviously), teaching, good drama, the countryside and walking.
What is your favourite book?The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Who are your favourite writers?Rose Tremain, Sue Gee. and Anita Shreve
Where is your dream location?The gardens at the Villa Bardini, Florence.
What one item would you put into Room 101?My new varifocal specs.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Research the subjects that interest you and ‘write what you want to find out.’
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