I write a range of fiction and creative non-fiction, and in 2013 received a creative writing diploma from Oxford University. Several of my short stories and poems have been highly commended or shortlisted in competitions including Writer’s Village, Writing Magazine, Global Writers and Five Stop Story writing; and my stories have been published in Structo and Scribble magazines. Alongside my creative writing, I am a features writer and have been published in BBC History Magazine, Heritage (now Discover Britain), Writer’s Forum, and The Oxford Times, and a wide range of websites. I tend to write literary fiction, sometimes speculative or dark in tone, with the hope that I might touch on something about the fragility and complexity of human experience.
Megan Palmer in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?Under my bed in my bedroom as a child
What do you love about Short Stories?Because of its brevity, there is often an intensity to the observations and feelings in a short story that is particularly moving
Do you write in other forms?Novels, poems, creative non-fiction and drama
What distracts you from writing?My mischievous cat and online Scrabble
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Reading, playing cello, long walks, theatre and film
What is your favourite book?The Greek Myths by Robert Graves
Who are your favourite writers?Thomas Hardy, Hilary Mantel and JRR Tolkien
Where is your dream location?Anywhere with woodlands and mountains
What one item would you put into Room 101?People who don't know how to share physical space
Do you have any advice for new writers?Don't expect everything you do to be brilliant - all writers have bad first drafts and sometimes lose steam. Perseverance is key.
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